In order to ensure the most productive conversation with your Pre-Registration Adviser, it is essential to prepare in advance. One of the best ways to do so is to familiarize yourself with the Gallatin philosophy, to begin understanding the interdisciplinary, integrated, individualized concentration (though you are certainly not expected to know, at this moment, what your concentration might be!), and to get acquainted with the liberal arts and the many departments and disciplines throughout NYU. You should read through the Academic Resource Guide (ARG), which outlines Gallatin policies and procedures, and will give you a sense of the opportunities of and restrictions on your first semester (and beyond).
As an incoming first-year Gallatin student, you must take a First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar (FYIS) and a First-Year Writing Seminar (FYWS). (In the spring, you will take a First-Year Research Seminar [FYRS].) These classes are small, enabling vibrant discussions and offering a chance to begin building community among Gallatin students and between students and faculty. The flipside of these advantages is limited enrollment, and, as such, we very, very strongly recommend that you consider at least five options for each of these required courses. Do note that these courses are first and foremost intended to be “how,” rather than “what” classes: the FYIS is meant to introduce you to interdisciplinary study and help you put interdisciplinarity into action by illustrating how to ask questions that might benefit from interdisciplinary approaches and modeling inquiry that transcends disciplinary boundaries; the FYWS is meant to help you develop and practice key writing skills, to prepare you for the task of essay writing in college. It is of course a great thing to be immediately intrigued by and interested in a particular course theme, but it is also necessary to keep in mind that all of the available FYIS and FYWS courses will help you realize the crucial goals of the First-Year Program, and your best strategy is keeping an open mind.
Indeed, keeping an open mind is the best possible approach to preparing for your pre-registration discussion (and to registration itself). Do your homework: read through all of the information found on this portal, and take time to consider your interests and your goals for your first semester at Gallatin. It’s great too if you begin generating some ideas about how these goals might be pursued in terms of potential classes. But make sure to hear what your Pre-Registration Adviser has to say. Sometimes, your adviser might suggest a department you have not considered or recommend a course that may not seem immediately applicable but could offer an important approach to your inquiries.