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

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The SUNY New Paltz Honors Program provides the opportunity for prospective students and their family members to visit. 

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 280 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

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." 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.

CH-H 111
Phone: 845-257-3456
Email: sullivap@newpaltz.edu

Spring 2018 Office Hours*:
Monday: 2 - 4 p.m.
Tuesday: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Wednesday: 3 - 5 p.m.
Thursday: 2 - 5 p.m.
*Also available by appointment




NYC Trip, Sunday, February 25



Mohonk Preserve Hike, Sunday, April 15





Q&A with President Donald Christian and Ann Simmons, the 2018 Ottaway Visiting Professor of Journalism. Tuesday, April 10 at 6:00p.m., in the Honors Center.



"Privatizing Space, Atomizing Lives: Splintering Social Networks Within Beijing's Neoliberal Urbanism." Presentation by Melissa Rock, Assistant Professor of Geography, Asian Studies & WGSS. Tuesday, April 3 at 5:00p.m., in the Honors Center.



Join us for a night of conversation with Honors Program Alumni Miriam Ward and Zameena Mejia. Thursday, March 29 at 5:00p.m., in the Honors Center.


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


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