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First-Year Program

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The First-Year Program includes a series of first-year courses and activities designed to enrich your classroom learning and foster connections between your academic and extracurricular worlds. The First-Year Program begins with orientation and a variety of events during Welcome Week. At orientation you will meet faculty who will help you to think about your education as an interdisciplinary and independent venture. To help you settle into NYU and Gallatin, orientation also includes many social activities, informal discussions, and other opportunities to help you make new friends and become familiar with NYU and the surrounding Greenwich Village neighborhood.

First-year students (as well as transfer students who enter with fewer than 32 credits) take three courses that constitute the First-Year Program: the first-year interdisciplinary seminar, first-year writing seminar and first-year research seminar. The First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar introduces students to the goals, methods, and philosophy of university education and to the interdisciplinary, individualized approach of the Gallatin School. These small classes of about 18 students encourage discussion rather than lecturing and focus on a theme—"The Ancient Hero and the Heroic"; "The Thingliness of Things"; "Capitalism and Democracy"— that incorporates significant world texts representing several disciplines.

The first-year writing seminar and first-year research seminar constitute a two-semester sequence intended to help students develop their writing and research skills and to prepare them for the kinds of writing they will be doing in their other courses. Rather than attribute the success of excellent writing to a writer’s innate gifts or to some mysterious moment of inspiration, these seminars approach writing as a craft that can be learned by acquiring the skills appropriate for each stage in the writing process (free writing, drafting, revising, polishing). Each seminar is organized around a particular theme—"Aesthetics on Trial"; "Wilderness and Civilization"; "Art and the Dream Life"—with related readings that serve both as springboards for discussion and models for students’ own essays. Usually, the writing seminar begins with personal and descriptive essays and proceeds to focus on the critical essay. A significant portion of the research seminar is devoted to working on a long research paper, with attention to formulating key questions, choosing and evaluating sources, developing a thesis, structuring the argument as a whole and revising and polishing the final paper.

Fall 2014 First-Year Program Courses

Course # Title Instructor Day Time
FIRST-UG319 First-Year Writing Seminar: Aesthetics on Trial Christopher Trogan Tue, Thu 6:20PM–7:35PM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG32 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: The Social Construction of Reality Stephen Duncombe Mon, Wed 11:00AM–12:15PM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG343 First-Year Writing Seminar: Writers on Writing June Foley Mon, Wed 3:30PM–4:45PM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG35 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Family Patrick McCreery Mon, Wed 11:00AM–12:15PM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG353 First-Year Writing Seminar: The Faith Between Us Scott Korb Mon, Wed 8:00AM–9:15AM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG357 First-Year Writing Seminar: Wilderness and Civilization Andrew Libby Mon, Wed 11:00AM–12:15PM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG361 First-Year Writing Seminar: Collage: From Art to Life and Back Eugene Vydrin Mon, Wed 2:00PM–3:15PM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG377 First-Year Writing Seminar: Working Chinnie Ding Mon, Wed 2:00PM–3:15PM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG38 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Science and Society Gene Cittadino Mon, Wed 2:00PM–3:15PM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG384 First-Year Writing Seminar: Walking and Writing in New York City David Parsons Tue, Thu 9:30AM–10:45AM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG394 First-Year Writing Seminar: The Invisible Economies of Being: Poverty in the Non-West Sahar Romani Tue, Thu 4:55PM–6:10PM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG395 First-Year Writing Seminar: Frankenstein and Revisions Anne DeWitt Tue, Thu 11:00AM–12:15PM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG396 First-Year Writing Seminar: Participation, Art, and Democracy Sophie Landres Mon, Wed 6:20PM–7:35PM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG398 First-Year Writing Seminar: Myths of Orpheus David Markus Tue, Thu 4:55PM–6:10PM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG399 First-Year Writing Seminar: Community & Collaboration Margaret Galvan Mon, Wed 9:30AM–10:45AM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG400 First-Year Writing Seminar: Portraiture and Power Nina Hien Tue, Thu 4:55PM–6:10PM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG401 First-Year Writing Seminar: Anxiety Christine Smallwood Mon, Wed 9:30AM–10:45AM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG402 First-Year Writing Seminar: Gimme Shelter: Dwelling and Telling in the City Krystyna Michael Mon, Wed 9:30AM–10:45AM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG403 First-Year Writing Seminar: Abundance: Thinking, Writing, and Creating In The Age of Plenty Trevor Laurence Jockims Mon, Wed 4:55PM–6:10PM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG404 First-Year Writing Seminar: Thinking and Writing Through New Media Amanda Licastro Mon, Wed 4:55PM–6:10PM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG405 First-Year Writing Seminar: The Literary Animal Armando Mastrogiovanni Mon, Wed 6:20PM–7:35PM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG406 First-Year Writing Seminar: Mean Streets: The Detective and the City Nienke Boer Mon, Wed 3:30PM–4:45PM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG49 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: The Self and the Call of the Other Judith Greenberg Mon, Wed 12:30PM–1:45PM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG51 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: The Thingliness of Things Eve Meltzer Tue, Thu 11:00AM–12:15PM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG65 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Beyond Language: The Surreal, the Monstrous, and the Mystical Gregory Erickson Tue, Thu 2:00PM–3:15PM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG804 Transfer Student Research Seminar: Identity and the Cultural Construction of Race and Ethnicity Laurie Woodard Mon, Wed 4:55PM–6:10PM
Open to Gallatin transfer students only.
FIRST-UG806 Transfer Student Research Seminar: Buddhism and Culture in the U.S. Jean Gallagher Mon, Wed 9:30AM–10:45AM
Open to Gallatin transfer students only.
FIRST-UG807 Transfer Student Research Seminar: Popular Religion and Popular Culture in North America Gregory Erickson Tue, Thu 11:00AM–12:15PM
Open to Gallatin transfer students only.
FIRST-UG82 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Main Street U.S.A. Amy Spellacy Mon, Wed 12:30PM–1:45PM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG83 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Human Rights, Human Wrongs Vasuki Nesiah Mon, Wed 12:30PM–1:45PM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG84 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Picture Theories Chinnie Ding Mon, Wed 9:30AM–10:45AM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG85 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Science and Literature Anne DeWitt Tue, Thu 9:30AM–10:45AM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG86 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Place and Behavior Meredith Theeman Tue, Thu 9:30AM–10:45AM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG87 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: The Politics, Ethics and Aesthetics of Photography A.B. Huber Tue, Thu 11:00AM–12:15PM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG88 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: (Re) Imagining Latin America Alejandro Velasco Tue, Thu 2:00PM–3:15PM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG89 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Double, Double Eugene Vydrin Tue, Thu 6:20PM–7:35PM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG90 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Discourses of Love: Antiquity to the Renaissance Bella Mirabella Tue, Thu 3:30PM–4:45PM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG91 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: The Chains of Command: Authority and Obedience Andrea Gadberry Mon, Wed 2:00PM–3:15PM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.

 



 

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