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Celestial map from the 17th century, by the Dutch cartographer Frederik de Wit. Work in the public domain.

Sophomore year is the year to discover the wide world beyond Gallatin's walls. Finished with first-year seminars but not yet beholden to the requirements of upperclassmen, sophomores at Gallatin are awash in freedom. On this page, students in their second year of study can find some suggestions of where to go and what to do at Gallatin, at NYU, in New York City, and beyond.

Oh, the Places You'll Go!


Washington Square Park, 1879, by G. W. Bromley & Co., archived in the David Rumsey Map Collection.

Sophomore year is a year of exploration and growth. Whether it's venturing to the other campuses available through study away, broadening your horizons by taking courses at NYU's other schools, or gaining valuable experience through an internship, this is the year to break through your boundaries. This is also the year to think about school in a new way. Spending your days in the library, but your nights in the studio? Gallatin offers a variety of ways to get credit for private lessons. This is your year - get out and enjoy it!

Setting Your Course


Compass Rose, Abraham Cresques of Majorca. In the public domain.

Ready to start thinking about your future at Gallatin? Sophomore year is the first time students describe their concentration. Since the IAPC is due during sophomore spring, most students find it useful to spend some time this year thinking about their course of study for the future. Our advice? Write early, and write often: keep a journal of your favorite books from classes, or a running list of authors and subjects you have found fascinating, then use those lists to think about your courses.

IAPC Workshops 

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

Spring 2024 IAPC Workshops

  • Tuesday, February 20, 3:30 – 4:30pm
  • Thursday, February 29, 2:00 – 3:00pm
  • Tuesday, April 9, 2:00 – 3:00pm
  • Thursday, April 18, 3:30 – 4:30pm

Mapping New Terrain


Puerto Rico, 17th century. Image in the public domain.

What good is all this exploring without a record? Centralize all your work in your ePortfolio. Gallatin students have their own individualized digital depository. Easily store and retrieve your course syllabi, term papers, class notes, and research materials. Your digital portfolio puts all of your academic work in one place, ready when you need it to write your IAPC or apply for a fellowship. Best of all, you can share the contents of your ePortfolio with other members of the NYU community, making it easy to collaborate on group projects with your classmates or receive feedback from your adviser.