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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.


Fall 2020 First-Year Program Courses

Course # Title Instructor
FIRST-UG100 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Slow Looking Eugenia Kisin
FIRST-UG103 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Journalism and Democracy Lauren Walsh
FIRST-UG106 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Africa, China, and Globalization Duncan Yoon
FIRST-UG113 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: (Un)relatable Andrea Gadberry
FIRST-UG118 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: There and Back Again: Travelers and Traveling through the Middle Ages and Beyond Andrew Romig
FIRST-UG120 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: American Dream(s): Self, Stuff, Status and Social Mobility Kimberly DaCosta
FIRST-UG122 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: The Lives, Deaths and Rebirths of Public Space Gianpaolo Baiocchi
FIRST-UG123 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Aphrodite Hallie Franks
FIRST-UG124 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Masters and Servants Stacy Pies
FIRST-UG125 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Ancient and Renaissance Festivity: Its Literary, Dramatic and Social Forms Susanne Wofford
FIRST-UG126 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Examining the Mundane: Art and Literature of the Everyday Trevor Jockims
FIRST-UG1814 Transfer Student Research Seminar: La Mode: Fashioning Modernity Charles Gelman
FIRST-UG1817 Transfer Student Research Seminar: Bedtime Writing: The Literature of Sleep Adrian Versteegh
FIRST-UG1818 Transfer Student Research Seminar: Fictions on the Record: Journalism, Literature, and Their Claims to Truth Elizabeth Benninger
FIRST-UG24 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Migration and American Culture Michael Dinwiddie
FIRST-UG32 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: The Social Construction of Reality Stephen Duncombe
FIRST-UG343 First-Year Writing Seminar: Writers on Writing June Foley
FIRST-UG357 First-Year Writing Seminar: Wilderness and Civilization Philip Libby
FIRST-UG403 First-Year Writing Seminar: Abundance: Thinking, Writing, and Creating In The Age of Plenty Trevor Jockims
FIRST-UG419 First-Year Writing Seminar: Disability Arts & Culture Jessie Male
FIRST-UG424 First-Year Writing Seminar: Work, Freedom and Social Change Jacob Remes
FIRST-UG429 First-Year Writing Seminar: Fictions on the Record: Journalism, Literature, and Their Claims to Truth Elizabeth Benninger
FIRST-UG437 First-Year Writing Seminar: The Radical Eye: Aesthetic Experience in New York Jude Webre
FIRST-UG438 First-Year Writing Seminar: Writing Against Time Erag Ramizi
FIRST-UG439 First-Year Writing Seminar: Small Lives Maureen Chun
FIRST-UG440 First-Year Writing Seminar: Gender and Masculinities Marisa Tramontano
FIRST-UG441 First-Year Writing Seminar: Writing(s) on Photography Jonathan Macagba
FIRST-UG442 First-Year Writing Seminar: Manahata Sites of Memory: From Past to Presence Scott Barton
FIRST-UG445 First-Year Writing Seminar: Staging (In)Justice: Aeschylus to Butterworth Christina M. Squitieri
FIRST-UG448 First-Year Writing Seminar: Writing About Ethics David Wills
FIRST-UG449 First-Year Writing Seminar: Asian/American Labor: Past, Present, and Future Minju Bae
FIRST-UG450 First-Year Writing Seminar: Theories of Memory and the Art of Autobiography Liora Selinger
FIRST-UG451 First-Year Writing Seminar: Poetics of the Citizen Velina Manolova
FIRST-UG452 First-Year Writing Seminar: Writing of Exile Michael Krimper
FIRST-UG453 First-Year Writing Seminar: Race and History in Contemporary American Theatre Rosa Schneider
FIRST-UG454 First-Year Writing Seminar: Fashioning the Self in Slavery and Freedom Jonathan Square
FIRST-UG69 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Boundaries and Transgressions Marie Cruz Soto
FIRST-UG71 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Political Theatre and Performance Valerie Forman
FIRST-UG77 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: The Game of Go and the Art of War in Early China Ethan Harkness
FIRST-UG83 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Human Rights, Human Wrongs Vasuki Nesiah
FIRST-UG85 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Science and Literature Anne DeWitt
FIRST-UG96 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: The Idea of Nothing Gregory Erickson