Welcome to Liberal Studies at New York University!
Liberal Studies provides the unique experience of a globally oriented, interdisciplinary liberal arts college within a comprehensive research university in one of the most exciting cities in the world. Our students not only explore the city of New York as a living-learning laboratory, but also have the opportunity to begin their studies at NYU sites in other world capitals, such as Paris, Florence, London, and Washington, DC. Liberal Studies faculty are scholars focused on undergraduate education, who engage students in rigorous academic exploration, creative and critical analyses, and innovative experiential learning. The Liberal Studies community is dedicated to creating an educational climate that celebrates and fosters diversity, intellectual curiosity, and personal growth, in which students are encouraged to expand their horizons and their understanding of the world around them.
Liberal Studies offers distinctive academic programs through small seminar-style classes, community engagement, creative encounters, and social impact projects. The two-year LS core curriculum provides students with an interdisciplinary grounding in great works from world civilizations across time and the writing and analytical skills to thrive in more than one hundred majors throughout the university. The four-year Global Liberal Studies (GLS) B.A. offers exceptional academic opportunities for intellectually inquisitive, bold, socially engaged, and entrepreneurial students. The GLS program builds on the interdisciplinary core curriculum with upper level academic concentrations that address global challenges: from the economics of climate change to human rights and immigration, to creative productions that narrate these challenges and engage in solutions. GLS majors study away for their junior year, taking advantage of the NYU global network and deepening their understanding of global trends, connections, and social and cultural influences. In addition to rigorous coursework, they participate in experiential learning and develop independent research projects.
I invite you to learn firsthand about Liberal Studies students’ incredible cross-border journeys and get to know the exceptional faculty members who guide these journeys.