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At Gallatin, you may pursue a number of different disciplines in the various schools of NYU. You will work with your adviser to make the connections among your different areas of study and you may also incorporate courses that are not a part of your concentration. If you wish to take a course in the arts, business, film, etc., that may be outside of your concentration, we encourage you to do so. These may even become a part of your concentration!

The most successful Gallatin students are independent, creative and self-motivated. You will be in a community of scholars, students and faculty, where you can discuss your ideas in an open and supportive environment. At Gallatin, you will have a great deal of freedom and flexibility to choose courses from throughout NYU. At the same time, you will work closely with your faculty advisers to ensure that your program has depth, breadth, and coherence and that it is consistent with your career and educational goals.

We think that NY is the greatest city in the world and that historic Greenwich Village is the best neighborhood in NYC. Broadway theater, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, Central Park , and world class opera are all within a short subway ride from campus. You can even receive academic credit outside of the University through internships and private lessons in the arts.

You will feel right at home. All Gallatin classes are small, conversationally-based and interactive! Gallatin classes are seminar style, with an average class size of 20 students. Of course, you will have larger classes in some of the other NYU schools, but this strikes a good balance.


Gallatin is one of the few schools in the country that was specifically created to allow students to design their own degrees. We were founded in 1972 and have been on the vanguard of individualized and interdisciplinary study ever since.

All Gallatin students receive a very strong liberal arts education, combined with a concentration in a specific area of study. A central component of the Gallatin curriculum is a commitment to the study of the history of ideas through traditional great books and other significant texts. Almost every Gallatin course—from first-year seminars to writing courses to the various interdisciplinary seminars—focuses to some degree on important and influential texts and ideas from across history and around the world.

You may have a very clear idea about what you wish to study and at Gallatin, you can pursue your interests with an interdisciplinary approach. For example, you may wish to follow a pre-med curriculum and combine it with public health, the arts or writing and Gallatin will encourage you.

It is fine to enter Gallatin without a clear plan of study. In this way, you will be open to all possibilities, always with the guidance of your faculty advisers.


Gallatin is very supportive of students with entrepreneurial endeavors, and we encourage you to combine coursework with entrepreneurial projects. It is even possible to receive independent study and internship credit connected to entrepreneurship. For example, one of our recent alums is a writer, filmmaker, and advocate, and is the Executive Director and founder of Generation18, the nation’s largest youth-run nonpartisan not-for-profit young voter engagement organization. Gallatin’s Independent study option allowed him to get credit for his projects, including a book project and a feature film.

At Gallatin, you will do both! You will receive an in-depth liberal arts education, pursue your academic passions, while being in a real-world environment. Gallatin students are extremely well prepared for graduate school and jobs, as you will have an interdisciplinary outlook on the world and will be taking courses throughout NYU to give you a broad perspective, while your concentration will enable you to focus on your own specific interests.
Among our alumni are film directors, CEOs, authors, composers, attorneys, journalists, architects, and psychologists. Gallatin graduates attend some of the most esteemed graduate and professional schools in the country. And our students consistently receive prestigious national awards and scholarships, including the Fulbright Grant, the Goldwater Scholarship, the Luce Scholarship, the Truman Scholarship, the Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute Fellowship, and the RFK Journalism Award.

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Gallatin School of Individualized Study
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