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Newly Accepted Students

Lone figure framed in by wall at LC - LGCongratulations on your acceptance to the Class of 2019 at Fordham College at Lincoln Center. It is my distinct pleasure to invite you to join our honors program.  After a thorough review of all candidates, the honors committee has identified you as an individual with excellent academic potential, a thirst for knowledge, and a desire to engage deeply in exciting and challenging coursework. These are the qualities that enable our strongest students to thrive in our honors program, and we hope you take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. While taking the honors courses and engaging in the research projects described below, you will enjoy the benefits of small classes and the attention of some our finest faculty. You will also be invited to enjoy co-curricular activities intended to incorporate the resources of New York City.  Museum visits, trips to the opera and theatre, as well as a wide variety of social, cultural, and intellectual programs will enrich your academic experience. As a member of the program, you will receive a museum pass that allows you free admission to most every museum in the city. While you will use this pass in connection with classes and program activities, you can also use it in your own exploration of this great city that will be your campus.

The honors program has its own accelerated core curriculum, allowing students to move more quickly to advanced work. As you progress, the program’s emphasis shifts from coursework to independent research. The first year includes specially designed seminars in:

  • Literature, focusing on writers and works connected with New York City
  • Faith and Critical Reason, considering the central questions at the heart of human concern with ultimate things
  • The Making of Modern Europe, providing an analytical overview of European history from the 16th century to the present
  • Philosophy of Human Nature, introducing students to critical reflection on mental and physical aspects of being in relation to questions of agency and ethics
  • Eloquentia Perfecta, focusing on speech, rhetoric, and written expression
  • Natural Science I, exploring how energy and matter interact through the four fundamental forces to shape our universe
  • Natural Science II, examining logic, information, and the workings of cells, computers, and the brain

The second year of the program includes specially designed classes in the social sciences, theology, history, and art history. In the junior and senior year, you will engage in independent research projects, study abroad opportunities, and/or internships, as well as complete a senior thesis in your primary area of study.

In short, the honors program encapsulates the best that New York City and Fordham University have to offer.  It will be my pleasure to welcome you to the city and to the University.

Should you have any questions, or if you would like to discuss the program in further detail, please do not hesitate to contact me, via phone at 212-636-6793 or email me at ftboyle@fordham.edu. You can also reach out to my colleague in the Office of Undergraduate Admission, Pedro Hipolito, Admission Counselor and honors program liaison, by phone at 212-636-7607 or email at phipolito@fordham.edu.

As a newly accepted student, you will receive a questionnaire about your interests and then work with the program director and the class adviser to customize your class schedule. First-semester schedules include honors core classes, a language class, and/or an elective. Advising will help guide you into classes that will allow you to explore potential major interests as soon as you arrive at Fordham.

 “Dr. Boyle Skyped with me while I was in India all summer to guide me through freshman registration—I felt so welcomed.” Taylor McCue 

We also make arrangements for you to become a member of the American Alliance of Museums. You will receive a museum pass that lets you into thousands of museums in NYC and beyond!

Honors students are at an advantage when applying for opportunities such as fellowships, study abroad programs, and “Master Classes” with graduate and undergraduate students.

 “A letter from an honors professor goes a long way in establishing your academic credentials, and helps secure internships and fellowships.” Riley Edwards