Equity and Excellence connected circleIn alignment with Baruch’s mission, Honors serves as an engine of excellence and equity, by giving students a holistic academic experience and by serving as a laboratory for high-impact educational practices at Baruch for all students.

High-Impact Learning: Five Critical Experiences Circle puzzle of 5 critical experiences: global experiences, leadership and service, research/creative inquiry, and arts and cultural experiences.

In the Honors Program, supported by Honors courses and the assigned Honors advisor, students are active participants in building their educations. Students are encouraged to complete five critical experiences:

  1. Global experience, such as study abroad, internship/service abroad, and building global competency skills.
  2. Arts and cultural events, such as  Honors events, e.g., regular tours of the Mishkin Gallery, or opportunities in NYC. Students are required to attend and write reflections on arts and cultural events every semester.
  3. Leadership and service, such as leadership in clubs and organizations; writing with magazines or newspapers; or serving in Baruch or Honors student governments. Students are required to complete 30 hours of service and write reflections on their learning.
  4. Research and creative inquiry, such as writing a thesis, or creating a signature work in a capstone course, independent study, or creative project. Macaulay also offers a two-semester course in which students produce a research project. If not writing a thesis, or completing a capstone in their major, students complete a signature work in an interdisciplinary (Feit) seminar, or with the Writer-in-Residence.
  5. Academic engagement, which not only includes standards of academic integrity and a GPA minimum, but the selection of challenging courses of study, with the assistance of the Honors advisor.

Through these signature experiences in Honors that enhance classroom learning,  students have opportunities to learn critical thinking, work for social change, and expand their cultural capital. Professional development, through work with the Honors advisor, Honors career development activities, and required internship requirements (or study abroad, for Macaulay students).

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