Core Program Curriculum
First Year Curriculum
You will complete a two-semester first-year Writing course focusing on expository writing, the presentation of argument, and the elements of research. The first-year courses Cultural Foundations I and II and Social Foundations I and II are based on the study of great works from antiquity to the Enlightenment. The Cultural Foundations sequence studies literature, art history, and music. The Social Foundations sequence focuses on philosophy, religion, political and social theory, and history. Taken together, the two sequences comprise a large-scale cultural 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.
Sophomore Year Curriculum
During the sophomore year, you will continue the Core Program curriculum with Cultural Foundations III and Social Foundations III. Building upon the genres and media covered in the first year, these courses introduce modern mass forms like film, radio, television, and the Internet. Students who will transition to College of Arts and Science typically take a second natural science course as well.
In the sophomore year, you will also, with the aid of your advisor, choose elective courses from NYU’s extensive offerings. These electives are designed to help you select a major or begin work in a particular field.