Honors orientation

The S. Daniel Abraham Honors Program

Students in the S. Daniel Abraham Honors Program enroll in honor courses, enjoy faculty mentoring, and complete a major research project. In addition, they participate in exciting extracurricular events - outstanding speakers, cultural outings to top NYC destinations, and leadership workshops.

For more information please contact: 

Cynthia Wachtell
215 Lexington Ave, Room 616


The S. Daniel Abraham Honors Program was founded in 1999 with the goal of enhancing the college experience of high-achieving students.

Built on the premise that outstanding scholars should be brought together, challenged and encouraged to excel, the program nurtures students as it helps them to grow both intellectually and personally. There are both academic and extracurricular components to the Honors Program.

The academic program stresses writing and critical analysis, research and individual mentoring. Students select honors courses from offerings in the humanities, Jewish studies, natural sciences and social sciences, as well as interdisciplinary seminars. In their final three semesters, honor students each complete a senior project under the individual guidance of a faculty mentor.

Students completing the honors program will have the Honors distinction noted on their transcripts and their diplomas.

Stern College honors students also participate in a rich variety of extracurricular events. Each semester the honors programs calendar includes a speakers series, leadership workshops and an exciting array of outings to operas, plays, museums and other cultural destinations. From Elijah or Swan Lake at Lincoln Center; to Jane Austen's Life and Legacy at the Morgan Library and Museum; to walking tours of Grand Central Terminal, Art Deco Manhattan, and Central Park, the program draws on New York City's vast resources. The honors program pays for all events.

Program Director

Dr. Cynthia Wachtell is the founding director of the S. Daniel Abraham Honors Program at Stern College. She earned her PhD in the history of American civilization and an AM in English at Harvard University. She jointly earned an MA and a BA, summa cum laude, from Yale University in American studies.

Her academic field of expertise is American literature of the 19th and 20th centuries. In addition to teaching at Yeshiva University, she has taught at Harvard University, the New School for Social Research and Fordham University.

She is the author of War No More: The Antiwar Impulse in American Literature, 1861-1914 (2010) and editor of The Backwash of War: An Extraordinary American Nurse in World War I (2019) for which she wrote the first biography of Ellen N. La Motte.  She also has published numerous articles in books,  journals, and and other publications, including the New York Times, Washington Post, and Huffington Post.

For more information about the S. Daniel Abraham Honors Program, please contact Dr. Wachtell at wachtell@yu.edu and visit the program's pages on the Office of Admissions site, where you can also apply.