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Welcome to the Honors Program at the State University of New York at New Paltz. APPLY NOW

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The mission of the SUNY New Paltz Honors Program is to provide an enhanced intellectual experience in a climate conducive to interaction among highly motivated students and faculty. This experience will seek to develop and intensify skills from a conceptual point of view in a diverse multidisciplinary analytical environment that nurtures independent thinking, creativity, respect and social responsibility.


  • To build and sustain a diverse community that reflects the student body of the campus.
  • To integrate this scholarly community within the larger campus.
  • To promote deep engagement with ideas through innovative pedagogy and creative, interdisciplinary curriculum.
  • To nurture intellectual leadership as well as a sense of social responsibility and civic engagement - -on campus, in the village, within the state, or, ideally, internationally.

Learning Outcomes:

  • To demonstrate excellence in analysis and problem solving skills.
  • To demonstrate an ability to theorize using interdisciplinary processes.
  • To develop communication skills (oral, written, collaborative).
  • To develop skills to communicate with general and specialized audiences.
  • To practice and reflect on civic engagement.

The Honors Program consists of around 230 students. Once admitted to the program, students take special Honors seminars, which are interdisciplinary and small in size (usually around 15 students). Unlike traditional lecture courses, Honors seminars emphasize dialogue and non-lecture based learning; students are expected to come to class with something to say and to actively participate in debate and discussion.


Dr. Patricia Sullivan, Director

Office: CH-H 111
Phone: 845-257-3456

Spring 2017 Office Hours

Monday 11:00-12:00 & 2:00-5:00
Tuesday 10:00-12:00 & 2:00-3:00

Wednesday 3:00-5:00
Thursday 11:00-12:00 & 3:00-4:00

And By Appointment

Dr. Pat Sullivan is the director of the Honors Program at SUNY New Paltz and professor in the Department of Digital Media & Journalism. She served as department chair for seven years. She specializes in the study of rhetoric or public communication and has published criticism on a variety of texts (e.g., political speeches, U.S. Supreme Court decisions, autobiographies, media coverage). Current research interests focus on gender, race, and class issues in political communication; political apologies; and ethics and political communication. She is co-author of From the Margins to the Center: Contemporary Women and Political Communication and co-editor of Political Rhetoric, Power, and Renaissance Women and New Approaches to Rhetoric. Her articles have appeared in journals such as Quarterly Journal of Speech, Communication Quarterly, Western Journal of Communication, and Women and Politics. For the Honors Program, she teaches seminars on "The Individual and Society" and "Debates in U.S. History." As a member of the Department of Digital Media & Journalism, she teaches "Introduction to Media Criticism" and "Aesthetics and Criticism of Television". She received her B.A. in English and communication from Marquette University and her Ph.D. in communication (rhetorical studies) from the University of Iowa.





"The Borders of Dominicanidad". A talk by Lorgia Garcia Pena, Assistant Professor at Harvard University. This event has been rescheduled to Thursday, April 13 at 5:30p.m., in the Honors Center.



MBA Information Session for Honors Students. Tuesday, March 7 at 5:00p.m., in the Honors Center.




CARE Workshop. Monday, February 27 at 5:30p.m., in the Honors Center.






Reading and Book Signing with Genaro Ky Ly Smith. Thursday, February 16 at 5:00p..m., in the Honors Center.



Global Engagement Program General Interest Meeting. Tuesday, February, 7 at 5:30p.m., in the Honors Center.



Rob Cox, 2017 Ottaway Recipient. Campus Community Introduction and Q&A with President Donald Christian. Monday, February 6 at 6:00p.m., in the Honors Center.





NYC Trip, Sunday, February 12






There will be more events added to this list as the semester progresses.

Isabelle Hayes, Honors Program Orientation Liaison


My name is Isabelle. I'm a sophomore and am a proud member of the Honors Program. I'm a Political Science and Communications double major. My passion lies in environmentalism and I want to work in that field as my career. I'm from Warwick, NY, I love to play badminton and I'm so excited to be this summer's Honors Program Liaison. 


SUNY New Paltz 2016 Convocation Ceremony - Faculty Welcome

SUNY New Paltz 2016 Convocation Ceremony - Student Welcome