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First-Year Program

The First-Year Program includes a series of first-year courses and activities designed to enrich your classroom learning and foster connections between your academic and extracurricular worlds. The First-Year Program begins with orientation and a variety of events during Welcome Week. At orientation you will meet faculty who will help you to think about your education as an interdisciplinary and independent venture. To help you settle into NYU and Gallatin, orientation also includes many social activities, informal discussions, and other opportunities to help you make new friends and become familiar with NYU and the surrounding Greenwich Village neighborhood.

First-year students (as well as transfer students who enter with fewer than 32 credits) take three courses that constitute the First-Year Program: the first-year interdisciplinary seminar, first-year writing seminar and first-year research seminar. The First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar introduces students to the goals, methods, and philosophy of university education and to the interdisciplinary, individualized approach of the Gallatin School. These small classes of about 18 students encourage discussion rather than lecturing and focus on a theme—"The Ancient Hero and the Heroic"; "The Thingliness of Things"; "Capitalism and Democracy"— that incorporates significant world texts representing several disciplines.

The first-year writing seminar and first-year research seminar constitute a two-semester sequence intended to help students develop their writing and research skills and to prepare them for the kinds of writing they will be doing in their other courses. Rather than attribute the success of excellent writing to a writer’s innate gifts or to some mysterious moment of inspiration, these seminars approach writing as a craft that can be learned by acquiring the skills appropriate for each stage in the writing process (free writing, drafting, revising, polishing). Each seminar is organized around a particular theme—"Aesthetics on Trial"; "Wilderness and Civilization"; "Art and the Dream Life"—with related readings that serve both as springboards for discussion and models for students’ own essays. Usually, the writing seminar begins with personal and descriptive essays and proceeds to focus on the critical essay. A significant portion of the research seminar is devoted to working on a long research paper, with attention to formulating key questions, choosing and evaluating sources, developing a thesis, structuring the argument as a whole and revising and polishing the final paper.


Fall 2019 First-Year Program Courses

Course # Title Instructor
FIRST-UG105 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Urban Music, Urban Spaces Kwami Coleman
FIRST-UG106 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Africa, China, and Globalization Duncan Yoon
FIRST-UG108 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Technologies of Meaning: (Un)Making the Digital World Jenny Kijowski
FIRST-UG111 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Reading Closely, Reading Historically Gregory Vargo
FIRST-UG113 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: (Un)relatable Andrea Gadberry
FIRST-UG115 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Media, Democracy and the New Political Paula Chakravartty
FIRST-UG116 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Slavery and Science Sybil Cooksey
FIRST-UG117 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: History of Ecology and Environmentalism Peder Anker
FIRST-UG118 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: There and Back Again: Travelers and Traveling through the Middle Ages and Beyond Andrew Romig
FIRST-UG119 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Caves: The Science, Art and Metaphor of the Subterranean Earth Karen Holmberg
FIRST-UG1802 Transfer Student Research Seminar: Coming Home: Identity and Place Jennifer Lemberg
FIRST-UG1810 Transfer Student Research Seminar: Examining the Mundane: Art and Literature of the Everyday Trevor Laurence Jockims
FIRST-UG1814 Transfer Student Research Seminar: La Mode: Fashioning Modernity Charles Gelman
FIRST-UG319 First-Year Writing Seminar: Aesthetics on Trial Christopher Trogan
FIRST-UG32 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: The Social Construction of Reality Stephen Duncombe
FIRST-UG343 First-Year Writing Seminar: Writers on Writing June Foley
FIRST-UG357 First-Year Writing Seminar: Wilderness and Civilization Andrew Libby
FIRST-UG361 First-Year Writing Seminar: Collage: From Art to Life and Back Eugene Vydrin
FIRST-UG419 First-Year Writing Seminar: Disability Arts & Culture Jessie Male
FIRST-UG420 First-Year Writing Seminar: The Politics of Home: Gender, Race, Class and Kinship Rosanne Kennedy
FIRST-UG422 First-Year Writing Seminar: The History of Orientalism and the Politics of Its Legacy Melissa Turoff
FIRST-UG423 First-Year Writing Seminar: Bedtime Writing: The Literature of Sleep Adrian Versteegh
FIRST-UG426 First-Year Writing Seminar: What is Science Fiction? Paul Grimstad
FIRST-UG429 First-Year Writing Seminar: Fictions on the Record: Journalism, Literature, and Their Claims to Truth Daniel Howell
FIRST-UG430 First-Year Writing Seminar: Welcome to the Desert of the Real: Text, Image, Film Sonia Werner
FIRST-UG432 First-Year Writing Seminar: Pilgrimage, Road Stories and Travel Narratives from the Past to the Present Michelle Lee
FIRST-UG433 First-Year Writing Seminar: Science/Fiction
FIRST-UG434 First-Year Writing Seminar: Literary Transformations from Ovid to the Present Christina M. Squitieri
FIRST-UG435 First-Year Writing Seminar: Money and Literature, Capital Fictions Anastasiya Osipova
FIRST-UG437 First-Year Writing Seminar: The Radical Eye: Aesthetic Experience in New York Jude Webre
FIRST-UG438 First-Year Writing Seminar: Writing Against Time Erag Ramizi
FIRST-UG439 First-Year Writing Seminar: Small Lives Maureen Chun
FIRST-UG440 First-Year Writing Seminar: Gender and Masculinities Marisa Tramontano
FIRST-UG441 First-Year Writing Seminar: Writing(s) on Photography Jonathan Macagba
FIRST-UG442 First-Year Writing Seminar: Manahata Sites of Memory: From Past to Presence Scott Barton
FIRST-UG49 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: The Self and the Call of the Other Judith Greenberg
FIRST-UG71 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Political Theatre Valerie Forman
FIRST-UG74 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Collective Memory of Atrocity and Injustice Hannah Gurman
FIRST-UG89 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Double, Double Eugene Vydrin
FIRST-UG92 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Predicting the Future Matthew Stanley
FIRST-UG94 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Caricature Todd Porterfield
FIRST-UG96 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: The Idea of Nothing Gregory Erickson