About Global Liberal Studies

Global Liberal Studies (GLS) is an interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree program that brings the traditional liberal arts into the global twenty-first century and equips you with the skills to excel in a changing world.

In GLS, you take a humanistic approach to Global Studies, building a foundation in world cultures by studying significant literature, arts, politics, philosophy, and history from around the world. All your classes will be seminar-style and taught by full-time faculty who complement classroom learning with frequent co-curricular outings to museums, theaters, and landmarks to experience the global great works in person.

You will learn how meaning is formulated and circulates within and across borders, as you specialize in one of five concentrations and develop the intellectual framework for understanding globalization.

You will test this theoretical understanding against the local experiences you have during your junior year abroad. As a GLS student, you have the rare experience of spending your entire junior year studying abroad at one of NYU's global academic centers. There you will be immersed in the local culture through an experiential learning placement and language study, making the site itself a subject of study. You also have the opportunity to spend you first year away from Washington Square.*

As a senior, you bring all your studies and experience to bear on a thesis that integrates what you have learned of a particular culture into an overarching global context. Working closely with a faculty advisor, you will define, research, and choose a medium for your thesis.


You will graduate from GLS with a uniquely global and interdisciplinary lens for problem-solving -- valuable skills to any potential employer or graduate school that will evolve in our ever-changing world.


*Note: GLS students are required to spend the fall and spring semesters of both the sophomore year and the senior year in residence on Washington Square in New York.

GLS Graduates: Where They Work

  • Government, at the White House, the United Nations, and the Office of the Mayor of New York City
  • Media, in careers with Conde Nast, NPR, and NBC
  • Business, in positions at IBM, Deloitte, and Google
  • Entrepreneurship, by launching successful magazines, production companies, and winning the Harvard College Innovation Challenge
  • Non-profit work, with the Peace Corps, Teach for China, and the Fulbright Program

GLS Graduates: Where They Study

  • Harvard Law School
  • London School of Economics & Political Science
  • Columbia University
  • Courtauld Institute of Art
  • King’s College London
  • Diplomatic Academy of Vienna
  • London School of Business