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Rose Hill Honors Program

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A Community of Scholars for Justice

The Honors Program at Fordham College at Rose Hill is a community of scholars for justice. Our students have a deep curiosity that drives them—to push themselves and each other to explore topics in depth, to cross boundaries and disciplines, and to use their knowledge to think creatively about real-world issues. In discussion-driven classes, students from all majors pursue an alternate core curriculum that focuses on three features of Jesuit education—community, scholarship, and the pursuit of justice—all on a beautiful campus with easy access to everything New York City has to offer.

"The Honors Program exposed me to a dynamic, transformative education that I couldn't have found anywhere else. And it’s also where I met my zaniest, most supportive, and closest friends at Fordham."
—Amy Palen, Honors Alumna

Who Are Our Students?

The Honors Program recognizes and affirms the ethical and intellectual importance of diversity to a robust education. We therefore actively seek and support a cohort of students with varying identities and backgrounds who can learn from each other’s differing experiences, perspectives, commitments, and values.


Students Talking Outside of the University Church
  • An Honors core with fewer required classes to allow time for greater intellectual exploration
  • A substantive engagement with the concerns of justice and diversity in every course across the curriculum
  • A first-year investigation of foundational texts and topics primarily in Western intellectual and cultural traditions followed by focused study of specific subjects across diverse disciplines and cultures
  • Two courses specifically devoted to the academic study of justice in American and global contexts
  • A first-year course exploring the Bronx, the culturally rich borough we call home
  • A course devoted to research methods and required research or scholarly engagement in every class starting in the sophomore year

Note: This curriculum is in effect for students entering in fall 2019 and beyond. Students entering in fall 2018 or earlier follow a different curriculum.

Learn About the Honors Curriculum.


Seminar-style classes of 12–14 students that …

  • foster sustained and spirited conversation
  • provide an opportunity to sharpen speaking and writing skills
  • are taught by distinguished professors who excel in their fields and in the classroom

Learn About Our Faculty


Honors students become lifelong friends with a diverse group of individuals as intellectually curious as they are. There are many opportunities to build community as a Fordham student and as an Honors student in particular.

  • Hang out in Alpha House, an Honors-only space open 24/7 for studying, late-night paper writing, and spending time with friends.
  • Take advantage of a first-year, one-credit course exploring the Bronx, the culturally rich borough we call home, as well as co-curricular outings in Manhattan.
  • Attend our formal and informal Honors gatherings and social events throughout the year.
  • Pay it forward and give back alongside your Honors peers through community engagement and social justice work.
  • Take on a leadership role within the Honors Program’s Student Activities Council.

Learn About Our Honors Community