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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 2017 First-Year Program Courses

Course # Title Instructor
FIRST-UG100 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Slow Looking Eugenia Kisin
FIRST-UG102 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Critical Disaster Studies Jacob Remes
FIRST-UG103 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Journalism and Democracy Lauren Walsh
FIRST-UG104 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Literature and the Environment Anne DeWitt
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-UG107 First-Year Interdisciplinary 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-UG395 First-Year Writing Seminar: Frankenstein and Revisions Anne DeWitt
FIRST-UG402 First-Year Writing Seminar: Gimme Shelter: Dwelling and Telling in the City Nicole Zeftel
FIRST-UG411 First-Year Writing Seminar: Scandal and Spectacle Anastasiya Osipova
FIRST-UG413 First-Year Writing Seminar: Musical Subcultures Amanda Petrusich
FIRST-UG419 First-Year Writing Seminar: Disability Arts & Culture Kevin Gotkin
FIRST-UG42 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Capitalism and Democracy Kimberly Phillips-Fein
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-UG424 First-Year Writing Seminar: Work, Freedom and Social Change Jacob Remes
FIRST-UG426 First-Year Writing Seminar: What is Science Fiction? Paul Grimstad
FIRST-UG428 First-Year Writing Seminar: Why Black People Tend to Shout Sybil Cooksey
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-UG431 First-Year Writing Seminar: American Paranoia: Community and the Fear of "Others" Glenn Kurtz
FIRST-UG432 First-Year Writing Seminar: Pilgrimage: Journey, Memory, Material Culture Michelle Lee
FIRST-UG433 First-Year Writing Seminar: Science/Fiction Lauren Greenspan
FIRST-UG434 First-Year Writing Seminar: Literary Transformations from Ovid to the Present Christina Squitieri
FIRST-UG49 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: The Self and the Call of the Other Judith Greenberg
FIRST-UG69 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Boundaries and Transgressions Marie Cruz Soto
FIRST-UG71 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Political Theatre Valerie Forman
FIRST-UG809 Transfer Student Research Seminar: Imagining the Library Gregory Erickson
FIRST-UG810 Transfer Student Research Seminar: Examining the Mundane: Art and Literature of the Everyday Trevor Laurence Jockims
FIRST-UG812 Transfer Student Research Seminar: The Cold War: What Was It and Why Does It Matter? Hannah Gurman
FIRST-UG83 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Human Rights, Human Wrongs Vasuki Nesiah
FIRST-UG89 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Double, Double Eugene Vydrin
FIRST-UG92 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Predicting the Future Matthew Stanley
FIRST-UG96 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: The Idea of Nothing Gregory Erickson
FIRST-UG99 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: From Mishima to Murakami: Postwar Japanese Fiction and Film Nina Cornyetz