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Emails are sent to everyone in the senior class periodically. These messages always contain timely and important information for those students planning to graduate during the current academic year. In order to make sure that students have access to this information even if a message is accidentally deleted from the inbox, the archive is constantly updated!


09.30.16 October Senior Class Email

Seniors! The fall weather is upon us and so is colloquium preparation season. We have a few questions for you to ponder as you look for your sweaters and work toward mid-terms…

Are you working on your rationale and booklist?
All seniors should be developing their ideas, selecting texts, and drafting the rationale. Even if you plan to do this slowly, you should be in conversation with your adviser now. We are receiving adviser-approved documents now for the October 1 review cycle…and we’ll accept them through Monday since the deadline falls on the weekend.

Have you been to a colloquium workshop?
If not, there are more scheduled…the next is October 6th. If you can’t make a workshop in person, listen to the workshop video available online.

After speaking with your adviser, do you still need help starting the rationale writing process?
If so, please feel welcome to join us during office hours!

Have a piece of writing that you might want published?
Consider submitting to the Gallatin Review by November 30th or to our online platform Confluence. These are great ways to translate a class assignment or personal project into a public forum.

Considering a Senior Project, Dean’s Award, Fulbright or post-graduation opportunity?
We have a Proposal Writing Workshop on Thursday, October 13th at 3:00 in 801. If you can’t make it, stop by office hours the next week for more information.

Finishing the last of your credits and requirements this semester?
If so, don’t forget to apply for fall graduation. Everyone who wants to earn a January 2017 BA needs to go into Albert’s Student Center and apply by October 7th.

Work hard and be in touch,
Meredith and Ben

Monday 11:30-2:30 (MT)
Wednesday 9:30-11:00 (MT) and 2:30-5:00 (BB)
Friday 9:30-12:00 (BB)

09.07.16 Welcome Back Seniors!

Welcome back seniors!

We hope you all had a wonderful summer and are ready for an exciting final year at Gallatin. Senior year is a busy, but incredible time when you can relish in the hard work and effort that will solidify your concentration and launch your post-graduation plans. You are part of a fantastic group of creative and interesting people, and we encourage you to get to know even more Gallatin peers by participating in clubs, workshops, community events, and student performances. There a few senior-specific events to look forward to this year including the December Senior Toast honoring our fall graduates and cheering on those with a semester to go, the Senior Symposium that showcases big ideas coming out of concentrations, myriad events concerning post-graduation scholarships and fellowships, mixers with alumni in industry specific areas, and the graduation events.

Senior class advising is set up a little differently from your previous class advising experiences. There are two Senior Class Advisers, Meredith Theeman and Ben Brooks. Ben will be assigned to seniors whose last names start with A-K and Meredith will be assigned to seniors L-Z. You can check Albert’s Student Center to determine with whom you are working. That said, please note that we will be assisting ALL seniors with academic questions and concerns about requirement completion, the colloquium process, graduation, and post-graduation planning - so do not hesitate to reach out to one or both of us.

As you settle into the fall semester, we would like to highlight a few things to keep in mind:

Add/drop ends Monday, September 19th – ensure that your fall classes meet any necessary requirements. Your “academic requirements report” shows you, in real time, which requirements are completed and in progress. You are responsible for knowing exactly where you are in the degree program…so double check!

Keep an eye on the Senior Class Website. It is updated with useful and timely information relevant specifically to those graduating in 2016-2017.

Meet with your primary faculty adviser within the first couple of weeks of this semester! You should be making plans for the colloquium and getting started on rationale and booklist, if you haven’t already begun that process. Rationales and book lists go out for second reader review on the first of every month, so many of you may be aiming for October 1. You will need to be working with your advisers to make this happen. Additionally, we are available to offer additional critique and support throughout the colloquium process. Keep an eye out for colloquium information sessions-there will be several this semester-and colloquium workgroups. These workgroups will allow you the opportunity to practice your colloquium with one of us and a group of your peers.  

The Senior Class Advisers have walk-in, no appointment necessary, office hours three days a week: Mondays 9:30-2:30 (MT), Wednesdays 9:30-11:00 (MT) and 2:30-5:00 (BB), and Fridays 9:30-12:00 (BB). These are moments when you can walk right into our offices on the 5th floor and ask questions. We are available at other times by appointment.

September 2016 BA Candidates
The last day to complete the colloquium is Friday, September 23 and all requirements must be met by September 25. All incomplete work should be submitted soon to allow for time for instructor evaluation and the posting of grades. If you received a graduation reminder from the Registrar, please attend to its details. Make sure that your address on Albert is correct – this is where your diplomas will be sent. September graduates will be invited to the May 2017 graduation ceremonies.

January 2017 BA Candidates
You have until October 17th to apply for graduation through Albert. This action makes you eligible to earn a fall degree if you finish your requirements in time! If you have not yet submitted an adviser approved rationale and booklist for review, please plan to do so for the upcoming October 1 review cycle. The last day to complete the colloquium for fall degree candidates is Friday, January 20, 2017, but all students are strongly encouraged to complete the colloquium before the winter holidays. All requirements for fall graduation are due by January 22. Fall graduates can submit DAGS proposals for post-graduation project funding until December 1st. All January 2017 degree recipients will be invited to the May 2017 graduation ceremonies.

May 2017 BA Candidates
Work with your adviser to develop your rationale and booklist for review this fall semester. Gallatin expects seniors to complete the colloquium during the penultimate semester. Make sure that you are on track to graduate at the end of the spring term and that your “expected date of graduation” in Albert accurately reflects your plans for “spring 2017” graduation timeline. Information regarding applying to graduate will follow in subsequent senior class emails.

Work hard and be in touch,
Meredith & Ben
Gallatin Senior Class Advisers & Associate Faculty

Benjamin Brooks, PhD | 212.992.7756 | 1 Washington Place, #516

Meredith L. Theeman, PhD | 212.992.7746 | 1 Washington Place, #517

Senior Class website |

04.18.16 Good News and Spring Events


We’re getting closer to the end of the semester….exciting times with lots of events and good news to share.

Mapping Your Future: What Can You Do With a BA in the Humanities?
Today - April 18 @ 5:30 in Kimmel 914

April 21 from 6:00-8:30 @ The Jerry H. Labowitz Theater
We’ll be highlighting those who made contributions to Gallatin student life this year.

April 29 from 5:00-7:00 @ B Bar
You're invited to join the NYC Alumni Council for a spring social and to welcome the Class of 2016 to the Gallatin alumni community!  Open to all Gallatin graduating students and recent alumni (BA + MA alumni of the last five years).
through the Gallatin Events page

May 12 from 6:00-8:00 @ The Jerry H. Labowitz Theater
Mark your calendar for one of Gallatin’s celebrations! We’ll raise a glass to all of the 2015-2016 graduates at this fantastic event. 
through the Gallatin Events page

This year, Robert Clinton will be our Student Speaker at the Gallatin graduation ceremony. At the NYU Commencement Ceremony, Jacob Ford will represent Gallatin as our Banner Bearer and Alyssa Yurasits will accept a diploma on behalf of our seniors as the BA Degree Representative! Information about the Gallatin ceremony and NYU Commencement can be found online.

Among other Gallatin students, senior Maddie Dolgin earned a President’s Service Award!

This year, three Gallatin students will be inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honors society. Congrats to Noah Baustin, Molly Donnellon, and Zachary Schwarzbaum!

Congratulations to Samantha Seid (’15) and Jacqueline Hsia (’16), who recently were awarded Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships! If you are interested in learning about post-graduation fellowships and other prestigious awards, be in touch with Ben Brooks.

Lots of fun and celebration ahead, but continue to work diligently on your class assignments and remaining requirements.

Meredith L. Theeman, PhD
Senior Class Adviser | Associate Faculty
NYU | Gallatin School of Individualized Study
1 Washington Place #517, New York, NY 10003
212.992.7746 |

Senior Class website |
Office hours | walk-in Monday 11:30-2:30 and Wednesday 9:30-11:00