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Seniors! This week, you should be thinking about:


All seniors should be developing their colloquium focus and rationale drafts in conversation with their advisers. Students with questions regarding the process should read through the resources available online including the Colloquium FAQ.

John Ridley Gallatin alumnus speaks at our 2014 Gallatin Graduation ceremony


Mark your calendars for our Marketing Your Gallatin Degree event on Thursday, October 8 @ 12:30. More information to follow!

The Wasserman Center for Career Development has a host of resources available to help you prepare for post-graduation opportunities. Use your CareerNet access. Be in the know.


RSVP to share food and conversation with successful alumni at our Tuesday, September 29 Student-Alumni Mixer!


Join the 1,300+ alumni, students, and parents in the NYU Gallatin LinkedIn Group to increase your professional networks. Whether you're looking to make a career change or grow contacts in your current industry, we'll help keep you connected.

The Gallatin alumni network has established groups in NYC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC, and Boston & keeps growing! Update your information and we'll share news and event invitations, and you can stay in touch with Gallatin grads wherever you go.


Senior year at Gallatin holds a number of exciting opportunities for students to develop new projects, share academic work, and to celebrate their academic achievements. Students continue taking Gallatin interdisciplinary seminars in their senior year and take advanced courses through NYU in their fields of focus. Advisers and students are working together closely during the last two semesters to support finishing with strong grades, a rich colloquium, and a valuable end to their undergraduate careers.

In the penultimate semester of the senior year, students participate in the senior colloquium. The colloquium is a final oral examination involving a two-hour conversation with three faculty members. At the colloquium, students synthesize their learning experiences they have had in and out of the classroom into an integrated discussion based on a self-selected list of texts.  

In the second semester of the senior year, students work on capstone projects showcased through various channels such as the Gallatin Arts Festival, Senior Symposium, theatrical productions, and the Environmental Studies Partnership. All seniors have the option to undertake a Senior Project. Senior project proposals are due at the end of the fall semester, and are evaluated by faculty committee. The committee supports proposals of exceptional merit that continue a sustained line of inquiry related to a student's concentration. During the second senior semester, the majority of students are also applying or preparing to apply to graduate school, national fellowships and scholarships, the Gallatin Dean's Award for Graduating Seniors, and professional employment.

Welcome back seniors! This semester work hard and be in touch.

Senior Class Adviser

As with everyone in the Office of Advising, the Senior Class Adviser is here to support academic progress toward the completion of the degree. In the semesters leading up to graduation, students get in touch with the Senior Class Adviser in order to:

...answer questions about their concentrations, degree requirements, or graduation timing

...gain assistance in formulating the focus of the colloquium and rationale

...gather suggestions regarding course selection

...overcome academic challenges and devise a plan to graduate successfully

...learn more about funding opportunities through Gallatin and NYU

...talk through the reasons to take a course pass/fail

...gain support in communicating with their primary faculty adviser

...understand the best way to ask for a requirement waiver or amendment

...answer questions about how to ask for letters of recommendation

...get feedback on award or fellowship proposal drafts


Senior Class Emails

Students in the senior class receive regular correspondence from the Senior Class Adviser, which contain timely, important information regarding registration deadlines, colloquium workshops, events, and opportunities. Seniors should read these senior-focused emails as they come in, but the Office of Advising also maintains the Senior Class Email Archive for your reference.  

September 2015 BA Candidates

Those planning to complete degree requirements in time for a September 2015 BA should make sure to apply for graduation and update their permanent mailing address no later than June 19, 2015. The last day to complete the colloquium in time for a summer degree is Friday, September 25, 2015. Please plan accordingly.


January 2016 BA Candidates

Those planning to complete degree requirements in time for a January 2016 BA should apply for graduation no later than October 2, 2015. The last day to complete the colloquium in time for a fall degree is Friday, January 22, 2016. Make sure your address is accurately reflected in Albert's Student Center so that your degree will be mailed to the right place.


Colloquium Planning

Students are encouraged to begin planning for the colloquium as soon as possible.  Seniors should set up a meeting with their primary faculty adviser early in the semester to touch base regarding the timeline for rationale and booklist development, and preparations for the colloquium. Read about the colloquium requirement, and learn about Gallatin's expectations for the conversation. Information about rationale and booklist review cycles and colloquium completion deadlines is available as well.  The Colloquium FAQ will likely address many questions!

Students entering Gallatin in Fall 2015 or later will be required to register for COLLQ-UG during the semester in which the colloquium is completed. This two credit requirement formalizes the time and effort needed to successfully prepare for the colloquium. Students who began their studies at Gallatin prior to Fall 2015 have the option to register. Details about COLLQ-UG are available here.

One hour colloquium workshops, held throughout the year, are led by the Junior and Senior Class Advisers. These workshops will articulate the timeline and expectations for the colloquium process. All Juniors and Seniors are advised to attend a colloquium workshop early in their planning processes. Before attending a workshop, read the information online.

Fall 2015 Colloquium Workshops:

  • Friday, September 11, 2:00 - 3:00 in room 501
  • Wednesday, September 23, 10:00 - 11:00 in room 801
  • Thursday, October 15, 5:00 - 6:00 in room 801
  • Thursday, November 12, 10:00 - 11:00 in room 801

Away from campus? Studying abroad? Want to review the colloquium workshop? The podcast below will likely be of use! Be in touch with your primary faculty adviser regarding timeline and expectations regarding process. 

Colloquium Preparation Podcast Series

We have a number of podcasts dedicated to preparing for the colloquium. Listen in and follow up with any questions you might have!


Colloquium Preparation Workshop

5 Signs That You Are Ready for Your Colloquium

Two Credit COLLQ-UG Information

Choosing Your Colloquium Committee


Graduation and Commencement

At the end of each academic year, students earning September, January, and May degrees celebrate together at the May graduation ceremonies. In December,the school hosts a Senior Toast to celebrate upcoming January graduates and to cheer on students with one semester to go.

Upon graduation, students earn a BA Individualized Major from the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study. On the CV/resume most students list the name of the school along with the name of the concentration. Students should speak with their advisers or Wasserman Center for Career Development staff for suggestions as to formatting.

Diplomas are sent by mail to the permanent address on file a few months after graduation to the address on file in Albert. Additional questions about diplomas should be directed to the NYU Registrar after reading this information.

If you have further questions about Gallatin Graduation, please consult Gallatin's Graduation Checklist. You'll find that NYU's Commencement webpages have the information regarding senior portraits, academic attire (i.e., cap and gown), Yankee Stadium tickets, graduation speakers, and more!


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Meredith L. Theeman, PhD

Drop-in office hours             Monday 12:00-2:30 & Wednesday 2:30-5:00. Other meetings by appointment.

Senior Class Adviser Benjamin Brooks, PhD                

Drop in office hours Wednesday 2:30-5:00 & Friday 9:30-12:00. Other meetings by appointment.                                                                                    

Gallatin graduation ceremony at Lincoln Center

Events Calendar

Theater at Gallatin presents Diamond Alice

10/2/15@7:00 PM The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts

Marching for the Extraordinary: The Culture and Spectacle of Contemporary Street Bands

10/14/15@1:30 PM The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts

The Art of Special FX: Halloween Edition

10/14/15@6:00 PM Cinema Secrets | 4400 Riverside Dr, Burbank, CA 91505

The Fabulous Life and Thought of Ahmad Fardid, Film Screening and Panel Discussion

10/14/15@6:30 PM The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts

Life is Sacred, Screening and Discussion with Antanas Mockus

10/20/15@6:30 PM The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts

Fashion Practicum Panel: The Menswear Market

10/21/15@6:00 PM The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts

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