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Preparing for the Colloquium

During the second semester of the junior year, students work closely with their advisers to compose the Booklist and write the Rationale. Seniors are expected to complete their Colloquium during the fall (or penultimate) semester of their senior year.

The Role of the Adviser

Conversations that the student has with his or her adviser are an important part of the Gallatin education and an important part of preparing for the Colloquium itself. The adviser must approve the student’s Booklist and Rationale, so he or she will play a key role in helping the student prepare the Booklist and write the Rationale. The adviser can explain the procedures for the Colloquium, help the student focus on unifying themes, make suggestions for the Booklist and offer helpful advice on writing the Rationale. The adviser will also play a significant role in the Colloquium itself as one of the committee members.

Ways to Prepare

COLLQ-UG (2 units)

In the semester when students expect to complete their Colloquium, they register for “Colloquium” (COLLQ-UG, 2 units). Awarding two units for the Colloquium provides the necessary time in a student’s schedule to prepare for the Colloquium.  

Consulting with Instructors

Students should feel free to consult with any member of the Gallatin faculty or any of their NYU professors, who can help by suggesting books, commenting on the Rationale and discussing the ideas the students want to explore in the Colloquium.

Gallatin Interdisciplinary Seminars

All of the Gallatin interdisciplinary courses can help students prepare for the Colloquium by providing books for the Booklist, but if a particular course is relevant to the student's Colloquium topic(s), the student may ask the instructor for permission to incorporate writing the Rationale into the course assignments.

Independent Study

Before senior year, some students choose to design an independent study around their Colloquium topic(s); usually such projects are for two to four units, depending on the number of books and writing assignments. A student may work on such an independent study with his or her adviser or other NYU faculty members, so long as the instructor has sufficient expertise in the themes and the books the student wants to include in the independent study.

Writing the Rationale (IDSEM-UG 1800)

"Writing the Rationale" is a Gallatin class in which students learn how to develop methods of interdisciplinary study and how to apply them to their concentration. In this course students will also be drafting, workshopping, revising, presenting, and completing their Colloquium Rationale and Booklist.

Colloquium Workshops

Join the Junior and Senior Class Advisers for one hour workshops held periodically throughout the year,  which discuss the colloquium preparation process. All workshops end in a question and answer session that many of our students find useful! This semester workshops are scheduled:

Fall 2017 Rationale Writing Workshops

  • Tuesday - 09.12 @ 12:30 - room 501
  • Friday - 09.22 @ 2:00 - room 401
  • Thursday - 09.28 @ 12:30 - room 501
  • Thursday - 10.05 @ 11:00 - room 801
  • Tuesday - 10.17 @ 12:30 - room 501
  • Monday - 10.23 @ 3:00 - room 801
  • Thursday - 11.02 @ 12:30 - room 501
  • Wednesday - 11.08 @ 3:00 - room 801
  • Friday - 11.17 @ 2:00 - room 801

Fall 2017 Colloquium Overview Workshops

  • Friday - 09.15 @ 2:00 - room 401
  • Monday - 09.25 @ 3:00 - room 801
  • Tuesday - 10.10 @ 3:00 - room 801
  • Thursday - 10.26 @ 11:00 - room 801

Colloquium Preparation Podcast Series

Away from campus? Studying abroad? Want to review the conversation from the colloquium workshop you attended? We have a number of podcasts dedicated to preparing for the colloquium. Listen in and follow up with any questions you might have!