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First-Year Program

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.

 

Spring 2019 First-Year Program Courses
 

Course # Title Instructor
FIRST-UG1811 Transfer Student Research Seminar: The Politics of Work Rosanne Kennedy
FIRST-UG709 First-Year Research Seminar: Language and the Political Andrew Libby
FIRST-UG717 First-Year Research Seminar: Literature and the Idea of Justice Sara Murphy
FIRST-UG740 First-Year Research Seminar: The Cold War: What Was It and Why Does It Matter? Hannah Gurman
FIRST-UG773 First-Year Research Seminar: The World in Pieces: Emergency Literature Anastasiya Osipova
FIRST-UG778 First-Year Research Seminar: Shadow Cities: Literary Alterity and Urban Underworlds Adrian Versteegh
FIRST-UG782 First-Year Research Seminar: The American Welfare State Jacob Remes
FIRST-UG783 First-Year Research Seminar: Money and the Muse: Culture, Creativity, and Global Capitalism Trevor Laurence Jockims
FIRST-UG784 First-Year Research Seminar: The History of Museums and the Politics of Space Melissa Turoff
FIRST-UG787 First-Year Research Seminar: The Detective Story: Solving Mysteries from Oedipus to Sherlock Paul Grimstad
FIRST-UG790 First-Year Research Seminar: Literature and the Performing Arts Sonia Werner
FIRST-UG791 First-Year Research Seminar: Autoethnography Eugenia Kisin
FIRST-UG793 First-Year Research Seminar: Politics, Religion, and the State Charles Gelman
FIRST-UG794 First-Year Research Seminar: Utopian Literature from Antiquity to Today Christina M. Squitieri
FIRST-UG796 First-Year Research Seminar: Love and War in the Long Sixties Daniel Howell
FIRST-UG797 First-Year Research Seminar: Translation in Science: Dual Ways of Thinking Lauren Greenspan
FIRST-UG799 First-Year Research Seminar: Afrolatinidad, NYC Sybil Cooksey
FIRST-UG815 First-Year Research Seminar: Science Fiction and the Other Anne DeWitt
FIRST-UG816 First-Year Research Seminar: Representations of Disability in Contemporary Memoir Jessie Male
FIRST-UG817 First-Year Research Seminar: Immigration, Race, and Citizenship in the United States Jude Webre
FIRST-UG818 First-Year Research Seminar: A Tale of Two Caesars Irene Morrison-Moncure
FIRST-UG820 First-Year Research Seminar: The Everyday Gothic Erag Ramizi