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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 2015 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 12:30PM–1:45PM
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-UG365 First-Year Writing Seminar: The Idea of America: What Does it Mean? Hannah Gurman Tue, Thu 2:00PM–3:15PM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG377 First-Year Writing Seminar: Working Chinnie Ding Tue, Thu 3:30PM–4:45PM
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-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 2:00PM–3:15PM
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 12:30PM–1:45PM
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 9:30AM–10:45AM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG404 First-Year Writing Seminar: Thinking and Writing Through New Media Paul Fess Mon, Wed 9:30AM–10:45AM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG408 First-Year Writing Seminar: Antiwar Activism in the Vietnam Era and After David Parsons Tue, Thu 8:00AM–9:15AM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG409 First-Year Writing Seminar: The Contents and Discontents of Marriage Kevin Goldstein Tue, Thu 4:55PM–6:10PM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG410 First-Year Writing Seminar: Narrative as Catharsis: A Critical Look Diana Anders Mon, Wed 2:00PM–3:15PM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG411 First-Year Writing Seminar: Scandal and Spectacle Anastasiya Osipova Mon, Wed 4:55PM–6:10PM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG413 First-Year Writing Seminar: Musical Subcultures Amanda Petrusich Tue, Thu 4:55PM–6:10PM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG414 First-Year Writing Seminar: Underworld Journeys in the Renaissance and Beyond Shannon McHugh Tue, Thu 8:00AM–9:15AM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG415 First-Year Writing Seminar: Just Food: Sustainability and Survival Nosheen Ali Tue, Thu 4:55PM–6:10PM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG65 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Beyond Language: The Surreal, the Monstrous, and the Mystical Gregory Erickson Mon, Wed 2:00PM–3:15PM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG69 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Boundaries and Transgressions Marie Cruz Soto Tue, Thu 9:30AM–10:45AM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG70 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Holy Grails Andrew Romig Mon, Wed 2:00PM–3:15PM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG71 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Political Theatre Valerie Forman Tue, Thu 4:55PM–6:10PM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG74 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Collective Memory of Atrocity and Crisis Hannah Gurman Tue, Thu 11:00AM–12:15PM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG77 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Play and Games in Early China Ethan Harkness Mon, Wed 9:30AM–10:45AM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG802 Transfer Student Research Seminar: Coming Home: Identity and Place Jennifer Lemberg Tue, Thu 12:30PM–1:45PM
Open to Gallatin transfer students only. Permission required. To register, please contact Gallatin’s Transfer Student Class Adviser, Joshua Shirkey (joshua.shirkey@nyu.edu).
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. Permission required. To register, please contact Gallatin’s Transfer Student Class Adviser, Joshua Shirkey (joshua.shirkey@nyu.edu).
FIRST-UG807 Transfer Student Research Seminar: Popular Religion and Popular Culture in North America Gregory Erickson Mon, Wed 11:00AM–12:15PM
Open to Gallatin transfer students only.
FIRST-UG83 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Human Rights, Human Wrongs Vasuki Nesiah Tue, Thu 11:00AM–12:15PM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG84 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Picture Theories Chinnie Ding Tue, Thu 2:00PM–3:15PM
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 Mon, Wed 9:30AM–10:45AM
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-UG92 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Predicting the Future Matthew Stanley Mon, Wed 12:30PM–1:45PM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG93 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: The Politics of Home Rosanne Kennedy Tue, Thu 9:30AM–10:45AM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG94 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Caricature Todd Porterfield Tue, Thu 4:55PM–6:10PM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
FIRST-UG95 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Reflexes of Romanticism Andrew Libby Mon, Wed 3:30PM–4:45PM
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.

 



 

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