Honors Programs

Departmental Honors

We strongly encourage you to pursue honors coursework in your major if you are interested. Many students feel invigorated by the challenge, expertise, and faculty relationships they develop through in-depth research projects, unique classes, or papers related to honors in their declared major.

If you’re interested in Departmental Honors:
  • You need a minimum departmental GPA of 3.5 or higher within your major, and a 3.0 GPA overall.
  • You need to fulfill specific expectations established by the department.
  • You need to explore specific requirements and deadlines with your advisor, listed on your department’s website.

Thomas Hunter Honors Program (THHP)

The Thomas Hunter Honors Program is Hunter’s renowned interdisciplinary Honors program. Students in this Honors program take three special interdisciplinary honors colloquia, which offer breadth of exposure, and even more importantly, demonstrate how knowledge gained from a variety of disciplines can be related and integrated in an effort to understand complex processes and phenomena. “Special Honors Curriculum” appears on the transcripts of all students who are certified in the Thomas Hunter Honors Program.

To qualify for the THHP, students in a BA program must have:
  • 24 – 70 credits (at least 24 of which are Hunter credits, or 15 for transfer students)
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.65 or better
  • completed a program interview with faculty members of the Council on Honors
  • A short essay detailing the pursuit of your desired studies

For more information about the Thomas Hunter Honors Program, email sjeninsk@hunter.cuny.edu or call (212) 772-4127.

The Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College

Open to incoming freshmen only, the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College provides outstanding educational and financial opportunities, including individual mentoring by distinguished faculty members.

Freshman Scholar Programs

Open to incoming freshmen only, the Honors Scholar Program offers students a variety of advantages and support that can help create an extraordinary learning experience at Hunter College. The program offers merit scholarships, learning communities, dedicated academic advisors and faculty mentors, priority registration, and freshman year priority access to residence life. Honors Scholars are encouraged to work toward honors in the major or interdisciplinary studies, postgraduate education, and high-impact educational experiences (e.g. study abroad, research, internships). As freshmen, Scholars are matched with students sharing similar interests and guided by a faculty mentor as a Muse (Arts), Roosevelt (Public Affairs), Yalow (Health Sciences), Athena (Classics), Daedalus (Computer Science), Sage, or Jenny Hunter Scholar.