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

About the Program

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.

The Honors Program consists of around 180 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.

picture of dr. patricia sullivanDr. Patricia Sullivan, Director

Office:  CH-H 111
Phone:  845-257-3456
Office Hours:
Tuesday & Thursday from 4:00-5:00
Thursday from 10:00-11:30
Wednesday from 3:00-5:00
Friday from 11:00-12:00

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.

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image Poetry Reading & Book Signing with Joshua Mehigan.  Monday, November 9 at 7 p.m. in the Honors Center.
image Information Session for Study Abroad Opportunity in Jamaica. Monday, November 9 at 4:30 p.m. in the Honors Center.
image "Normalizing the Abnormal: Cuba in Transition" presentation by Carlos M.N. Eire. Monday, November 2 at 7 p.m. in the Honors Center.
image A representative from City Year will becoming to speak at New Paltz on Thursday, October 29 at 3 p.m. in the Honors Center.
image "A Green Turkey? Environmental Politics in the Turkish Republic" A talk by Professor Ilgu Ozler and Professor Brian Obach. Tuesday, October 27 at 5:30 p.m. in the Honors Center.
image "Here & There: Guatemalan Diaspora Through Activism & Art". Thursday, October 22 from 11:15 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. in the Honors Center.
  Talk with Avi Golden about his experience with Aphasia. Tuesday, October 20 at 1 p.m. in the Honors Center.
image Poetry Reading & Book Signing with Steven Sher. Tuesday, October 20 at 5 p.m. in the Honors Center.
image Join us for a salon-style talk and Q&A with Rob Cox, editor of Thursday, October 8 at 12:30 p.m. in the Honors Center.
image Reading from Lost Boi by award-winning author Sassafras Lowrey.  Tuesday, October 6 at 4 p.m. in the Honors Center.
image "Talk Make." A Q&A panel with graphic design alumni that is open to all students. Friday, October 2 at 10:30 a.m. in the Honors Center.


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