During your first year, you will take classes primarily in Liberal Studies, to establish a foundation in the liberal arts while fulfilling degree requirements for most NYU programs.
Writing I and II
This two-semester Writing sequence focuses on expository writing, the presentation of argument, and the elements of research to equip you with communication skills essential to every field.
Cultural Foundations I and II and Social Foundations I and II
Based on the study of great works from antiquity to the Enlightenment, these complementary, two-semester sequences comprise a large-scale cultural history. In Cultural Foundations, you study literature, art history, and music, while in Social Foundations you focus on philosophy, religion, political and social theory, and history. The sequences also provide an introduction to skills in critical analysis and synthetic thinking that are essential to successful study in all academic disciplines.
In addition, first-year students typically take a course in the natural sciences at Liberal Studies.