What is my major in GLS?
Students study the liberal arts from a global perspective and earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Liberal Studies from NYU. The GLS B.A. is interdisciplinary, including courses that include world literature, history, philosophy, art, and science. Students develop a concentration in a particular area of global studies in close consultation with a faculty advisor.
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.
Can I study subjects outside my major?
Students may take elective classes in any of NYU’s undergraduate schools and programs. Many students will want to minor in the language spoken at their junior-year study site. Students are also encouraged to pursue a cross-school minor or double major.
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, Paris, 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, 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 is very difficult for students to complete a pre-health concentration in four years. Students who want to earn the GLS B.A. and also apply to medical school will either spend a fifth year at NYU or, after graduation, devote a year to a post-baccalaureate course of pre-medical study.
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 offers training in the critical reading, critical thinking, and communication skills that law school admission committees seek. GLS provides good preparation for application to professional schools and master’s programs in law, public administration, international relations, and master’s degrees in certain liberal arts 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.