“How is our honors program unique?” asks Frank Boyle, associate professor of English and program director. “Let me count the ways. We admit only one class per year—about 16 exceptional students. They study together in seminars designed especially for them by some of the college's best faculty. They have multiple faculty advisers, as well as their own accelerated core curriculum designed to prepare them to move quickly into advanced courses, internships, study abroad, and double majors. They do this on our Lincoln Center campus, one block from Central Park and within walking distance of many of the world’s most important institutions—museums and libraries, theaters and other performance spaces, as well as media, financial, and other enterprises. I know of nothing else like it.”
Current honors students major in fields as diverse as neuroscience and international studies. Senior Stephen Henderson is finishing up majors in philosophy and economics, having spent his junior year studying at two of the most prestigious universities in Munich, Germany. Sophomore Maggie Fisher has embarked on majors in natural science and English, and has already seen some of her writing published. Don’t be surprised to find junior Nathan Miranda, a computer science and music double major, playing the alto-sax for Jazz at Lincoln Center—yes, he is that good. But you will need to travel further to find junior Joanna Connolly, a music and English double major: she is spending the year at Oxford.
"The professors don't just teach the course materials," says Adam Fales, Honors Class of 2017, a major in comparative literature and philosophy. "They help me understand what I've learned in connection with my life and my world. For every paper I've written, there's a new friend I've made who has helped me think about it. I've never had so much fun working so hard."
Honors Students at Brooklyn Historical Society
As 1 of 16 students in your honors class, you’ll be able to hit the ground running at Fordham. From the very beginning of your career here, you’ll have independence in crafting your education and the privilege of working with some of Fordham’s best faculty to get deep into the material you study. Small seminars and strong relationships with professors and peers indicate that you will not just be part of a class but an intellectual community. Support and brainstorming will come from your classmates, as well as your dedicated academic advisers. You will be given immense freedom to create your academic path at Fordham, and faculty will support you closely, helping you integrate opportunities such as research, internships, semesters abroad, and a relationship with the American Alliance of Museums. These complements to your classroom experiences will help to catapult you forward after your years at Fordham to set you up for success in whatever may come next.