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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 2021 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-UG121 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: What is a Photograph? Eve Meltzer
FIRST-UG122 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: The Lives, Deaths and Rebirths of Public Space Gianpaolo Baiocchi
FIRST-UG127 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: The Use and Abuse of Story Karen Hornick
FIRST-UG128 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Data: A History Rachel Bunker
FIRST-UG129 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: American Road Narratives Amy Spellacy
FIRST-UG130 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Witch, Heroine, Saint: Joan of Arc and Her World Andrew Romig
FIRST-UG131 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Introduction to Science and Technology Studies Sophia Roosth
FIRST-UG132 First-Year Interd isciplinary Seminar: Critical Approaches to Information Visualization Sean O'Neil
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-UG357 First-Year Writing Seminar: Wilderness and Civilization Andrew Libby
FIRST-UG403 First-Year Writing Seminar: Abundance: Thinking, Writing, and Creating In The Age of Plenty Trevor Jockims
FIRST-UG419 First-Year Writing Seminar: Disability Arts & Culture Jessie Male
FIRST-UG42 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Wealth, Power and Inequality Kimberly Phillips-Fein
FIRST-UG420 First-Year Writing Seminar: The Politics of Home: Gender, Race, Class and Kinship Rosanne Kennedy
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-UG434 First-Year Writing Seminar: Literary Transformations from Ovid to the Present Christina M. Squitieri
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-UG444 First-Year Writing Seminar: Examining the Mundane: Art and Literature of the Everyday Trevor Jockims
FIRST-UG445 First-Year Writing Seminar: Staging (In)Justice: Aeschylus to Butterworth Christina M. Squitieri
FIRST-UG446 First-Year Writing Seminar: Twilight of the Gods Eugene Vydrin
FIRST-UG448 First-Year Writing Seminar: Writing About Ethics David Wills
FIRST-UG451 First-Year Writing Seminar: Poetics of the Citizen Velina Manolova
FIRST-UG452 First-Year Writing Seminar: Writing of Exile Michael Krimper
FIRST-UG454 First-Year Writing Seminar: Fashioning the Self in Slavery and Freedom Jonathan Square
FIRST-UG455 Immigration, Race, and Citizenship in the U.S. Jude Webre
FIRST-UG456 Trans Poetics and Social Movement Kay Gabriel
FIRST-UG69 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Boundaries and Transgressions Marie Cruz Soto
FIRST-UG71 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Political Theatre and Performance Valerie Forman
FIRST-UG83 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Human Rights, Human Wrongs Vasuki Nesiah
FIRST-UG85 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Science and Literature Anne DeWitt
FIRST-UG89 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Double, Double Eugene Vydrin
FIRST-UG96 First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: The Idea of Nothing Gregory Erickson