Welcome to junior year at Gallatin!
During the junior year, Gallatin students focus on developing a unique concentration, which they first articulate in their IAPC (Intellectual Autobiography and Plan for Concentration). A Gallatin concentration is based on a student’s academic and professional goals and is not simply a substitute for a traditional undergraduate major. On the one hand, students have a great deal of freedom in constructing their individualized concentrations. On the other hand, Gallatin expects that a concentration be an interdisciplinary exploration based on a generative idea. This theme or idea should be manageable in scope—neither too broad nor too narrow—and should be anchored by a central, substantial, inventive question or series of questions. In short, a successful Gallatin concentration is integrated, dynamic, and placed in a historical and cultural context.
Some juniors also work toward completing cross-school minors such as “Media, Culture, and Communication” or “Computer Science,” just two of the many minors available at NYU. Other students may choose to study away at NYU programs in locations like LA, Prague, Ghana, and Tel Aviv. And many more take junior year to explore post-Gallatin possibilities by engaging in internships at recording studios, print publications, and financial firms, or by working on applications for summer research grants and national prestigious scholarships.
Another component of junior year is preparing for the Colloquium, Gallatin’s senior year capstone event. The Colloquium is an intellectual conversation among four people—the student and three members of the faculty—about a selection of texts representing several academic disciplines and historical and cultural periods. The Colloquium provides an opportunity for students to reflect on their concentrations and to synthesize their experiences at NYU both inside and outside the classroom.
As a junior, how do I best prepare for senior year?
In order to prepare for the Colloquium, juniors are encouraged to begin the work of compiling a list of twenty to twenty-five books, articles, or works of art that will serve as points of departure for their Colloquium conversation. The student gives context to this "List of Works” by writing a brief document called the “Rationale,” which describes the themes, concepts, and questions to be discussed in the Colloquium.
In addition, rising seniors will be required to register for COLLQ-UG during the semester in which they complete their Colloquium. This two-credit degree requirement formalizes the time and effort needed to successfully prepare for the Colloquium. As juniors, students should work closely with their Primary Adviser to assemble the List of Works, begin the Rationale, and plan to register for COLLQ-UG.
What's a Primary Adviser?
A Primary Adviser is a faculty member who works with students to plan their schedule and ensure that their program of study has depth, breadth, coherence, and those additional elements that will help them reach their career and educational goals. Relatedly, Class Advisers provide a secondary layer of academic support by specializing in matters of policy and proceduree at Gallatin. Come meet with us!
Contact your Class Adviser
Irene Morrison-Moncure, PhD (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The goal of this collaborative workshop is to generate ideas and leave with some useful written material (so you need not come with a completed draft to share). To attend an IAPC workshop, please RSVP here.
Fall 2023 IAPC Workshops
During Fall 2023, the Office of Advising is offering Rationale Overview Workshops for current juniors and seniors, who plan to submit their adviser-approved Rationale and List of Works during Fall 2023 and Spring 2024. The goal of the Rationale Workshop is to clarify questions about the Rationale and List of Works and to help students think about how to translate their concentration into a more formal written document. If you'd like to attend a Rationale Workshop, please RSVP by emailing your Class Adviser, either Irene Morrison-Moncure (email@example.com), Rachel Bunker (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Malik Walker (email@example.com).
Fall 2023 Rationale Overview Workshops
The Office of Advising is offering workshops open to current juniors and seniors planning to sit their Colloquium during either the Fall 2023 or Spring 2024 semesters. The goal of the workshop is to help students demystify what the Colloquium is and to give a concrete sense of what the expectations are for a successful Colloquium. There is no attendance cap for these workshops, but students are asked to please RSVP by emailing their Class Adviser, either Irene Morrison-Moncure (firstname.lastname@example.org), Rachel Bunker (email@example.com), or Malik Walker (firstname.lastname@example.org) if they would like to participate.
Fall 2023 Colloquium Workshops
For information on the Rationale/Colloquium process, please visit the Colloquium page.
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