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What is Individualized Study?

The cornerstone of the Gallatin School is its individualized approach to education: you enjoy an unusual degree of freedom to design your own individualized programs of study, with relatively few requirements and a wide range of opportunities. You pursue your academic and artistic interests by taking courses in the various schools of New York University, engaging in self-directed education through independent studies and tutorials, studying away through a Gallatin travel course or at one of NYU’s global sites, and participating in experiential learning through internships at New York City’s countless institutions, businesses and arts organizations.

Creating your own program requires maturity, self-motivation, and independence. Gallatin’s unique synthesis of high academic standards and flexible study opportunities provides an outstanding educational experience.  The Gallatin School was created to respond to the needs and interests of a special kind of student—focused, intelligent, disciplined, and creative. For more than 40 years, the Gallatin philosophy has continued to attract a wide variety of bright, talented students. Your classmates at Gallatin will be diverse and multitalented, making the classroom an intellectually stimulating environment.

How does Advising at Gallatin Work?

Strong academic advising is a key component of a Gallatin education. With access to a large, urban university such as NYU, the faculty adviser becomes your intellectual mentor and helps you to identify and take advantage of courses and opportunities at Gallatin and throughout the NYU. You are teamed with an NYU faculty member who in most cases has some expertise in your area of concentration. Your faculty adviser will help you to plan your schedule and ensure that your program has depth, breadth, and coherence as well as the elements that will help you to reach your educational and professional goals.

Undergraduate students have the additional support of a class adviser who works with the members of a specific cohort (e.g., first-year students). In addition to being a resource for each individual student, class advisers become acquainted with a class as a whole. Graduate students have the additional support of the administrative director and the faculty co-directors of the program, who serve as general program advisers and are available to clarify the aims and policies of the MA program.

What is the Concentration?

At Gallatin, every student develops his or her own program of study, the central focus of which is the concentration. Designed by the student in consultation with his or her adviser, a Gallatin concentration is based on a student’s academic and professional goals, and is not simply a substitute for a traditional undergraduate major. Students have a great deal of freedom in constructing their individualized concentrations and can combine disciplines, classes, and other learning experiences, including independent studies, tutorials, internships and private lessons. While there is no minimum unit requirement for the concentration, the course work usually constitutes anywhere from a quarter to a third of the student’s undergraduate program.