Liberal Studies houses two programs: the Core Program, a two-year core curriculum program (HEGIS Code 5699*) from which students transition to other NYU schools to complete their bachelor’s degree, and the Global Liberal Studies Bachelor of Arts four-year degree program (HEGIS Code 4901*).
The Core Program is a full-time, two-year liberal arts program. It offers a comprehensive liberal arts background that serves as a strong foundation for further study. At the end of their studies, students who successfully complete the program requirements with a minimum GPA of 2.0 will enroll as juniors in one of NYU’s liberal arts bachelor’s degree programs in the College of Arts and Science (CAS); Liberal Studies; the Gallatin School of Individualized Study; the Jonathan M. Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism; the Rory Meyers College of Nursing; the Schack Institute of Real Estate; the Silver School of Social Work; the Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media, and Business; as well as select majors at the School of Professional Studies; the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development; and the Tandon School of Engineering.
The Core Program academic experience is built upon an interdisciplinary core curriculum that fulfills the liberal arts requirements of all the undergraduate programs at NYU. The Core Program is distinguished by small classes and an environment in which faculty and students work closely together to develop a community dedicated to learning. The Core Program functions like a small liberal arts college within the framework of a major research university.
The Core Program was founded in 1972. Its faculty are actively engaged in their scholarly, creative, and professional fields, and they bring enormous enthusiasm and dedication to their teaching. The program fosters close contact between faculty and students in and out of the classroom, and all students are assigned a faculty mentor from the beginning of their studies. The hallmarks of the Core Program—small classes, an outstanding teaching faculty, individual advisement, and an integrated program of study—create an ideal learning environment. Over 17,000 students have successfully completed the program and graduated from one of NYU’s baccalaureate programs.
The Global Liberal Studies Bachelor of Arts (GLS) is an innovative program that features core course work in the liberal arts with a focus on great works in a global context, bringing the traditional liberal arts into the twenty-first century.
GLS offers a rigorous course of study that combines ideas, materials, and methodologies from multiple fields of inquiry, including literature, history, philosophy, political science, physical and biological sciences, mathematics, foreign language, music, and art. The core curriculum is infused with global perspective, and sophomore seminars both reinforce this and prepare students to spend their junior year abroad at one of NYU’s many international campuses in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America. The senior year in New York combines advanced course work with a guided research project that integrates the four years of study.
Graduates of GLS will be world leaders, proficient in a foreign language, engaged in international cultures, and well-prepared for their careers and for admission to professional and graduate schools.
*HEGIS: Higher Education General Information Survey.
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