Students must complete a minimum of five honors courses. These courses may be used toward general liberal arts or major requirements. Examples of recent offerings include Introduction to Quantum Mechanics; Philosophy of Rav Soloveitchik; The New York Skyscraper; History of Halakha; Modern Poetry; and Mind, Language, Consciousness. Summer travel courses have included Marine Biology (New York/Maine); Art History in Florence; Literary London; Global Health (New York/India); and Archeological Fieldwork in Israel.
Honors students are expected to maintain a 3.6 cumulative GPA.
At the end of her junior year, each honor student designs a project that involves intensive work under the supervision of a faculty mentor. During her senior year, each student then completes her senior project, which represents the culmination of her academic career at Stern.
During her second year on campus, each student is matched with a faculty mentor in her field of interest. The mentor provides ongoing guidance for the honors student throughout her time at Stern and serves as the faculty supervisor for the student's senior project.
Honors students travel to concerts, ballets, plays and such “only in New York” destinations as the American Museum of Natural History’s Rose Center for Earth and Science, New York City Opera, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the historic Lower East Side and the United Nations. Also, each semester, scholars and opinion-makers from a broad array of fields—including politics, science, the arts and commerce—address the honors students in small, intimate settings. Finally, honors students enjoy leadership workshops on topics ranging from time management to financial literacy.