During your first two semesters, you will take classes primarily in Liberal Studies to establish a foundation in the liberal arts while fulfilling degree requirements for most NYU programs. We have compiled course descriptions for you to get an idea of the topics covered in some of the classes you are able to take in Liberal Studies.
Writing as Exploration and Writing as Critical Inquiry focus 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 and Global Works and Society are based on the study of great works from antiquity to the Enlightenment. In Arts and Cultures, you study literature, art history, and music; course examples include Death, Divinity and Power in the Cultures of the Ancient World and Global Arts at the End of Representation. In Global Works and Society you focus on philosophy, religion, political and social theory, and history; sample courses include Mythic Origins of Philosophy and Science and Politics, Ethics, and Epistemology in Ancient Times. The sequences provide an introduction to skills in critical analysis and synthetic thinking that are essential to successful study in all academic disciplines.
Additionally, your curriculum will consist of several elective courses which can be chosen from Liberal Studies as well as other NYU schools. Your advisor will guide you in choosing from NYU’s extensive offerings such as Microeconomics, Power & Politics in America, Middle Eastern Cultures, Introduction to Psychology, Environmental Studies, Chinese Language and hundreds more! These electives are designed to help you select a major or begin work in a particular field.