The Albert Gallatin Scholars Program (AGS) offers selected entering undergraduate students of exceptional ability an enriched educational and cultural experience that includes special seminars, intellectual mentoring, and international travel opportunities. The program also offers access to cultural and social pursuits made possible by Gallatin's location in one of the great artistic, financial and media capitals of the world, New York City.
Membership in AGS is extended as part of the admissions process prior to the first year. Students may remain in the program throughout the course of their undergraduate education at Gallatin, provided they meet the program requirements outlined below.
Each year, AGS explores a broad intellectual theme that provides context for the fall semester's seminars, the international study trip in January, and the essays that AGS Scholars write in the spring semester. The essays are published in Mosaic, the academic journal that Scholars produce. Past themes have included "The Creation and Maintenance of the Nation-State" and "The Arts in Times of Social Change."
Throughout the year, Scholars are invited to attend concerts, plays, gallery openings, films, and lectures that stimulate intellectual curiosity. Gallatin subsidizes entry fees to most events. Scholars are also encouraged to make a meaningful contribution to community or public service by choosing or creating a volunteer project that benefits others and promises to be personally valuable and intellectually enriching. Some examples include volunteer work with Campus Harvest, Grand Street Settlement, the NYU Anti-Hunger League, Words Without Borders, and the Bowery Mission.
Scholars may participate in two international study trips with the group during their undergraduate years; generally, they can choose which trips. To prepare for travel, Scholars study the culture, history and economy of the country to be visited. Gallatin subsidizes the cost of international travel, with Scholars usually contributing between $400 and $500 of their own funds. Recent trips have been to India, Venezuela, Turkey, South Africa, Vietnam, Spain and Morocco, and Chile and Argentina. View photos from recent AGS trips!
To explore the annual theme and prepare for the trips, Scholars are required to attend a series of seminars in the fall semester where they meet with guest lecturers and discuss the politics, art, language, economics, environment, and culture of the country they will visit. Short readings are required for most meetings.
Entering first-year students are invited to participate in the program based on their academic record and extracurricular achievements in high school; there is no application. To remain active in the program, Scholars must maintain a 3.5 GPA at NYU and participate regularly in scheduled meetings and cultural activities.
The essays that Albert Gallatin Scholars write in the Spring semester are published in a journal called Mosaic. Past themes have included “The Creation and Maintenance of the Nation-State” and “The Arts in Times of Social Change.”
AGS Faculty Mentor, 2014-15
Chinnie Ding is a Ph.D. candidate in English at Harvard University. Her research and teaching interests include Modernism, poetry, Asia, labor, political feeling, cinema, dance, opera, and visual art. more>
AGS Administrative Director
Patrick McCreery's teaching and research interests lie in the areas of sexual politics, family life, and social space in the United States. more>