Before you begin choosing your Fall 2019 courses, both in Gallatin and from throughout the undergraduate schools and programs at NYU, it is worthwhile taking a moment to understand some requirements. Perhaps the most important thing to consider about the requirements is the fact that they have been instituted to give your concentration depth and breadth, to ensure that you approach your interests from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and with academic rigor. As such, you should not take a course only because it satisfies a requirement; rather you will want to consider how the requirements might be used as lenses on things you are already interested in. Discuss with your Pre-Registration Adviser how a requirement that seems, on first look, to be beyond the parameters of your expected concentration might help you develop potentially productive approaches to your ideas. Keep an open mind as you browse NYU’s course offerings: a Gallatin concentration should be a dynamic intellectual endeavor, so give your interests a chance to evolve in exciting and illuminating ways.

Undergraduate Core Requirement: 34 units

The Undergraduate Core consists of both credit-bearing and non-credit bearing requirements.

Students must complete 32 units in Gallatin courses, all of which contain the letters “UG” in the course number. In fulfilling this requirement, incoming first-year students must earn 4 units in the First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar, 4 units in the First-Year Writing Seminar, 4 units in the First-Year Research Seminar, and 12 units in additional interdisciplinary seminars (IDSEMs). Any remaining units may be taken in other Gallatin curricular offerings, including additional interdisciplinary seminars (which you can plan on taking after the completion of your FYIS), advanced writing courses, arts workshops, practicum courses, Gallatin travel courses, experiential learning (internships, private lessons), and individualized projects (independent studies, tutorials). (Please note that first-year students in their first semester may not receive credit for internships or undertake individualized projects.)

In addition to the 32-unit course requirements, student must complete the following:

  • Intellectual Autobiography and Plan for Concentration (IAPC)
    Students, in consultation with their Primary Faculty Adviser, must write a two- to three-page essay, describing their intellectual and academic trajectory and framing their concentration and plans for pursuing their individualized course of study, by the end of the semester in which they complete 64 units toward the B.A. degree, typically the second semester of the sophomore year.
  • Rationale and List of Works
    Students are required to submit (1) a five- to eight-page adviser-approved consideration of a topic or topics related to their concentration, and (2) an adviser-approved list of works consisting of 20-25 works representing several academic disciplines and historical periods related to the theme or themes described in the rationale.
  • Senior Colloquium (COLLQ-UG, 2 units)
    In their penultimate semester, students must successfully complete a two-hour presentation and discussion with their adviser and two other faculty members, with the rationale and booklist serving as the main focus. Students earn 2 units, required as part of the Undergraduate Core, for successfully completing the colloquium.

All Gallatin students must complete the Liberal Arts and the Historical and Cultural Requirements

The Liberal Arts requirement is comprised of 8 units in the humanities; 8 units in the social sciences; and 4 units in mathematics or natural science. Satisfying this requirement will help ensure you are prepared to articulate an interdisciplinary concentration, one making use of various methodologies and approaches and attentive to multi-disciplinary conventions. The Historical and Cultural requirement is constituted by 4 units in the premodern period, 4 units in the early modern period, and 4 units in global cultures. Satisfying this requirement will help give your concentration a historical trajectory and a cross-cultural context, as well as prepare you for composing your list of works and rationale in preparation for the Colloquium. Keep in mind that a single course can count for multiple requirements across categories; for example, an IDSEM that qualifies as a humanities and a premodern course would simultaneously count towards the Undergraduate Core, the IDSEM units, and the humanities and premodern requirements. However, the Liberal Arts and Historical and Cultural Requirements can also be satisfied with courses taken outside of Gallatin.

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