• Riggio Honors Program
  • The Riggio Honors Program, Writing and Democracy, offers gifted undergraduate students at The New School an opportunity to investigate language and democratic expression across a spectrum of cultural, political, social, and artistic experiences. The honors program is supported by the Leonard and Louise Riggio Writing and Democracy Initiative, an endowment with the mission to accent "the writer in the world." It extends to undergraduate writers the resources of The New School's distinguished graduate program in Creative Writing and includes a scholarship for qualified students.

    The Riggio program fosters a community of writers through regular student readings and other peer-group activities, including an award-winning literary magazine, 12th Street, edited and published by Writing and Democracy honors students. The work of students and faculty is featured on the writing and democracy documentary website.

    The 32-credit curriculum consists of writing workshops (fiction, nonfiction, poetry), literature seminars, and a thesis project. Students also earn credit for attending the Writer's Life Colloquium, an ongoing series of public readings, literary forums, lectures, and symposia.

    Graduates of the Riggio program go on to graduate school and/or careers in writing, journalism, politics, human rights organizations, teaching, publishing (print and online), entertainment media, international affairs, cultural studies, and media.

    The Riggio program is designed for Liberal Arts majors in the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students at The New School. Credits earned are applied to the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor Science degree in Liberal Arts. A writing portfolio is required for admission to the Riggio program. Students who need to build a portfolio can take courses from the broad curriculum of writing workshops offered by The New School.

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    Office of Undergraduate Admission
    72 Fifth Ave., 2nd Floor
    New York, NY 10011
    212.229.5150 or 800.292.3040

    Riggio Honors Program
    66 West 12th St. Room 515
    New York, NY 10011

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