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English Honors Program (EHP)

For current EHP news, information, and opportunities, go to the English Honors Program Website!

EHP Cohort 2018-19 Group Photo The English Honors Program offers the Department's most talented, disciplined, and hard-working students an opportunity to push their own critical and creative boundaries. EHP students in literature, creative writing, and professional writing have privileged access to the English Honors Room (Carman 384), participate in a variety of academic and cultural events on and off the Lehman campus, take advantage of exclusive EHP advisement, work individually with a faculty member on an English Honors thesis in the fall term prior to their graduation, and collaborate in a colloquium and a senior mini-conference. Students who have met EHP requirements graduate from Lehman College as English Honors majors.

EHP Program Information


Any interested student who has taken at least two 300/400-level English courses and has a college GPA of 3.5+ and an English GPA of 3.7+ should complete the EHP Application Form and submit it via email to EHP director Professor Castillo Planas. Accepted students will meet with Professor Castillo Planas and then seek out Professor Hyman (English Chair) and Sandra Cortez to discuss coursework, internships, and scholarships. Only after the student has returned in a timely manner to Professor Castillo Planas, signed worksheet in hand, will she/he/they be admitted to the EHP and given permission to use iDeclare to declare an English Honors or Macaulay English Honors major in Literature, Creative Writing, or Professional Writing. Students must also maintain both their College and English GPAs throughout their time as EHP students.

English Honors Room

Carman 384 has been renovated to include tables, chairs, whiteboards, and a printer. EHP students have exclusive access to the Honors Room and its equipment.


Students meet with the EHP faculty several times during the year, particularly during registration, when each EHP student meets individually with the EHP faculty to go over his or her schedule—see below. In addition to meetings, students also receive regular email notifications about upcoming meetings and presentations concerning peer-tutoring, writing contests, student publications, internships on and off campus, graduate school, fellowships, etc.


The EHP faculty are responsible for providing English Honors Major advisement for all EHP students, and do all ENG/ENW literature and writing permissions.  Incoming students fill out an EHP Entry Form, describing their academic history and plans at Lehman College, which the EHP faculty keep on file.  In addition, all students maintain an English Honors Worksheet for their particular specialization, which helps them and the EHP faculty chart the courses they need as they make their way through the English Honors major. Students must meet individually with the EHP faculty during registration, but are free to consult with them at any time. Students need permission from both the EHP director and the English Chair to register for ENG/ENW 481/482 or any other honors-level course.

English Honors Thesis - Tutorial and Colloquium (ENG/ENW 481/482)

EHP seniors take ENG/ENW 481/482 in the Fall Term prior to their year of graduation. (If a senior plans to graduate in 2019, for example, he or she will take ENG/ENW 481/482 in Fall 2018.)

  • English Honors majors should be enrolled in the English Honors Program by the Spring Term prior to the Fall Term in which they plan to take ENG/ENW 481 and 482.
  • ENG 481 or ENW 481: Honors Tutorial (3 credits). In the spring, with the help of the EHP director, rising seniors find a mentor and decide on a thesis-topic; fill out a tutorial permission form and get the permission/signature of their mentor, the EHP Director, and the English Chair; and then register online when they receive course permission. Once registration is complete (and before the end of Spring classes), students meet with their mentors to develop a summer reading list as part of the Summer Contract for their senior thesis that they must submit to their mentor and the EHP faculty no later than the day of the Lehman College Commencement.
  • The ENG 481 or ENW 481 tutorial replaces an elective for all Honors English majors: see the Honors Major worksheet for your specialization for details. EHP students take only one credit (ENG/ENW 482) more than regular English majors.
  • ENG/ENW 482: Honors Colloquium (1 credit). In the fall, senior honors students attend weekly individual tutorial meetings (ENG or ENW 481) with their mentors as they research, draft, revise, and edit their English Honors thesis. In the fall, students also attend a weekly or biweekly colloquium (ENG 482) led by the EHP faculty. The colloquium enables students to stay on top of their thesis-calendar, share work-in-progress and provide peer-feedback in return, and attend presentations on graduate schools, writing contests, and scholarships.

ENG/ENW 481/482 involves real effort, but it is also a rewarding and transformative experience that allows students to achieve their personal best as they complete their work as English honors majors. Graduates of 481/482 can always be contacted by email to talk about the challenges and triumphs of doing a senior project.

Honors electives

Honors students are expected to take electives that allow them to develop the skills of their particular specialization (and to prepare them for their senior theses). Literature Honors students are required to take ENG 463 (Literary Theory and Criticism) as one of their English-major electives. Creative Writing and Professional Writing students are required to take HUM 470 (Internship) with Obscura, Meridian, or some other appropriate publication as one of their English-major electives. Ideally but not necessarily, Honors electives are taken in the academic year prior to the ENG/ENW 481/482 tutorial/colloquium.


An EHP student’s final honors status is a function of three things:

  • His or her ENG/ENW 481/482 grades
  • Faculty readers’ reports on the English Honors Senior thesis
  • The student’s final English GPA in 300/400-level ENG and ENW classes.

Lehman College requires all Honors graduates to have a final 3.2+ College GPA and a final 3.5+ GPA in their chosen majors. Graduating students receiving English Honors will be recognized in May (at the EHP Senior Presentations and the English Awards Ceremony) and in May/June (at the Lehman College graduation exercises).