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.
(formerly 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.
Arts and Cultures Sequence and Global Works and Society Sequence
(formerly 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 Arts and Cultures Sequence, you study literature, art history, and music, while in Global Works and Society Sequence 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.