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Preparing for the Colloquium

During the 2021-2022 academic year, students should consult with their committee members to determine the modality for the Colloquium (remote, hybrid, or in person). Gallatin will reserve rooms for hybrid or in-person Colloquia. If a Colloquium is conducted in a hybrid or remote mode, the faculty adviser should circulate a Zoom link to all remote participants.


During the second semester of the junior year, students work closely with their advisers to compose the List of Works and write the Rationale. Seniors are expected to complete their Colloquium during the fall (or penultimate) semester of their senior year.

The Role of the Adviser

Conversations that the student has with his or her adviser are an important part of the Gallatin education and an important part of preparing for the Colloquium itself. The adviser must approve the student’s List of Works and Rationale, so he or she will play a key role in helping the student prepare the List of Works and write the Rationale. The adviser can explain the procedures for the Colloquium, help the student focus on unifying themes, make suggestions for the List of Works and offer helpful advice on writing the Rationale. The adviser will also play a significant role in the Colloquium itself as one of the committee members.

Ways to Prepare

COLLQ-UG (2 units)

In the semester when students expect to complete their Colloquium, they register for “Colloquium” (COLLQ-UG, 2 units). Awarding two units for the Colloquium provides the necessary time in a student’s schedule to prepare for the Colloquium.  

Consulting with Instructors

Students should feel free to consult with any member of the Gallatin faculty or any of their NYU professors, who can help by suggesting works, commenting on the Rationale and discussing the ideas the students want to explore in the Colloquium.

Gallatin Interdisciplinary Seminars

All of the Gallatin interdisciplinary courses can help students prepare for the Colloquium by providing works for the List of Works, but if a particular course is relevant to the student's Colloquium topic(s), the student may ask the instructor for permission to incorporate writing the Rationale into the course assignments.

Independent Study

Before senior year, some students choose to design an independent study around their Colloquium topic(s); usually such projects are for two to four units, depending on the number of works and writing assignments. A student may work on such an independent study with his or her adviser or other NYU faculty members, so long as the instructor has sufficient expertise in the themes and the works the student wants to include in the independent study.

Writing the Rationale (IDSEM-UG 1800)

"Writing the Rationale" is a Gallatin class in which students learn how to develop methods of interdisciplinary study and how to apply them to their concentration. In this course students will also be drafting, workshopping, revising, presenting, and completing their Colloquium Rationale and List of Works.

Rationale and Colloquium Workshops

Rationale Workshops

During Fall 2021, the Office of Advising is offering Rationale Overview Workshops for current juniors and seniors and a Rationale Revision Workshop for students who have submitted their Rationale and have outstanding Minor or Major Revisons. 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. The Rationale Revision Workshop provides students will useful strategies for approaching the revision process. If you'd like to attend any of the Rationale-related Workshops, please RSVP by emailing your Class Adviser, either Irene Morrison-Moncure (, Rachel Bunker (, or Malik Walker ( 

Fall 2021 Rationale Overview Workshops

  • Thursday, September 23, 2:00 pm-3:00 pm EDT
  • Wednesday, October 6, 11:00 am-12:00 pm EDT
  • Thursday, October 21, 4:00 pm-5:00 pm EDT

Fall 2021 Rationale Revisions Workshops

  • Thursday, November 18, 12:30 pm-1:30 pm EDT
  • Friday, December 3, 2 pm-3 pm EDT

Colloquium Workshops

The Office of Advising is offering workshops open to seniors planning to sit their Colloquium during the 2021-2022 academic year. 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 Senior Class Adviser, either Rachel Bunker ( or Malik Walker ( if they would like to participate as all Colloquium Workshops will be held over zoom. 

Fall 2021 Colloquium Workshops

  • Wednesday, October 13, 11:00 am-12:00 pm EDT
  • Wednesday, November 10, 2:00 pm-3:00 pm EDT
  • Wednesday, November 17, 2:00 pm-3:00 pm EDT 
  • Wednesday, December 8, 4:00 pm-5:00 pm EDT

Colloquium Preparation Podcast Series

Away from campus? Studying abroad? Want to review the conversation from the colloquium workshop you attended? Listen in and follow up with any questions you might have!