What is my major in GLS?
Global Liberal Studies (GLS) is an interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree grounded in spatial, temporal, and conceptual understandings of a highly interconnected world. It explores the critical and creative study of texts and contexts, the movement of ideas and peoples, the confluence of material cultures, cities, crossroads, and changing media of communication. This framing, drawing on philosophy, history, politics, literature, and the arts helps to uncover the historical legacies in which so many of our current crises are rooted and the dynamics of our shifting social imaginaries and geopolitical realities. It encourages intellectual curiosity and agility, the ability to think critically and expansively, make connections across disciplinary boundaries, embrace new perspectives, and transcend barriers.
All GLS classes are discussion-based seminars, enhanced by experiential learning with visits to museums, theaters, and landmarks in multiple locations, engaging with the city as a laboratory of global learning. As they move through the sophomore year, students select one of our six concentrations to define the intellectual framework for their further global study. Senior year, GLS students complete their major with a capstone independent research project. GLS students study away for at least one academic year (and up to two or more), undertake advanced language study, pursue internships, and conduct independent research as part of their academic program.
Can I earn a B.A. in GLS and study another language?
Language learning is an essential part of the GLS degree program, and every student will study a language other than English to an advanced level of proficiency. Students are expected to continue developing their language skills during the junior year of study at one of NYU’s global academic centers. GLS students may pursue language minors and double major in a language as well.
Can I study subjects outside my major?
Students may take elective classes in any of NYU’s undergraduate schools and programs. If interested, students are also encouraged to pursue a cross-school minor or double major. Many students will want to consider a minor in the language spoken at their junior-year study site, but there are many opportunities to complement or supplement your studies in GLS through academic programs across NYU based on your interests.
Can I spend my first year away from New York?
Every year, groups of GLS first-year students elect to begin their studies at NYU's global academic centers in Florence, London, Madrid or Washington, DC. The academic program is structured so that students complete required core courses and progress in their studies at the same pace as first-year students in New York. Note: Students who begin at a global academic center must study for their entire first year at the same global center. In addition, to ensure compliance with student visa requirements and local law, students who wish to enroll in the first-year program at an NYU global academic center must be 18 years of age on or before the date of travel to the site for the purposes of study.
I’ve decided to spend my GLS first year at a global study site. What happens in my junior year?
All GLS students, including those who begin their first year at an NYU global academic center, spend their junior year at a selected location within NYU’s global network. The junior year experience is the keystone of the GLS degree—students are immersed in the history, contemporary culture, and language of their host city through coursework, advanced language study, global research and experiential learning. If you have attended an NYU global academic center in your first year, you may return to the same city, or you may choose a new location, depending on your concentration and academic goals.
Which global academic centers are options for my junior year in NYU’s global network?
Students currently have the options to spend their junior year at NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU Accra, NYU Berlin, NYU Buenos Aires, NYU Florence, NYU Madrid, NYU Paris, NYU Shanghai, and NYU Tel Aviv. The sites are carefully selected to ensure that required GLS classes are available and that students have a range of diverse experiential learning opportunities. New locations may be added from time to time.
Can I pursue pre-health/pre-med concentration while in GLS?
The pre-health concentration is available to all NYU undergraduates. Because there are limited opportunities for elective courses in GLS, and because students must spend the junior year away from the New York campus, it often is difficult for students to complete the pre-health curriculum in four years. Students who want to earn the GLS B.A. and also apply to medical school might need to consider additional time at NYU or, after graduation, pursue a post-baccalaureate pre-medical program. However, GLS students may pursue a double major in Global Public Health, as many Global Health courses are taught across NYU’s Global Network.
I would like to apply to law school or graduate school to earn a master’s degree; will GLS prepare me for this?
Many GLS students are preparing for a career in law. Indeed, GLS provides students with the close reading, critical thinking ,analytic, and communication skills that law school admission committees seek. GLS provides an excellent preparation for application to professional schools and master’s programs in law, public administration, international relations, and master’s or PhD degrees in many humanities and social science disciplines. GLS graduates have gone on to further study at institutions such as Harvard Law School, the London School of Economics, Columbia Law School, University of Cambridge, and New York University. For those entering the workplace after graduation, the degree prepares students for any field. For more about GLS graduates' career, see the GLS Graduate Placement Statistics page. GLS students also participate in the University’s NYU-by-NYU pathways to professional schools and many distinct combined BA/MA degree programs. Please see the website or ask your advisors for more information about these great opportunities.