BA in Humanities

Overview

The BA in Humanities provides a strong pre-professional education in the liberal arts. Students acquire the writing, critical thinking, aesthetic, and analytical abilities required to pursue a graduate degree, or to advance in their career.

Humanities of Now

The broad-based humanities curriculum encourages students to think in the cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary ways needed to succeed in today's increasingly globalized business, cultural, and communication environments.

Faculty Contact

Dr. Clif Hubby
(212) 992-8397
clif.hubby@nyu.edu

FLEXIBILITY FOR FALL 2020

Study in New York City OR if you are unable to attend on-site in NYC for fall, you can start this degree remotely and join us on campus in Spring 2021.
NOTE: Certain restrictions and requirements may apply for international students.

Program Structure

Core Courses

Core courses provide an in-depth exploration of the liberal arts that expands your critical thinking and analytical skills, increases your knowledge, and develops your intellect.

 

Concentrations

Select one of the following concentrations: Art History and Visual Culture, Creative Writing, or Literature.

 

Capstone

Work in close consultation with a faculty advisor on a senior thesis or project in your field of study.

 

Electives

Students select elective credits from DAUS course offerings in consultation with their advisor.

 

Internships

Earn academic credit while gaining industry experience. Work with coaches at the Wasserman Center to learn how to land an internship that will let you put what you have learned in the classroom into action.

 

Concentrations

Students may select one of the following concentrations

Art History and Visual Culture

Analyze and comprehend the cultural, social, and political messages that lie hidden beneath art’s aesthetic beauty.

 

Literature

Explore how literature serves to enrich understanding and foster critical thinking in a complex world.

 

Creative Writing

Designed for beginner through experienced writers who wish to develop their craft.

 

Core Requirements

The degree is a 128 credit program consisting of a required set of core courses (32 credits), foundation courses (20 credits), methods and theory courses (8 credits), major requirements (20 credits), concentration courses (16 credits),  free electives (26 credits), and a graduation project (4 credits).

Foundation Courses: Humanities

Prior to beginning a concentration, students must complete a series of foundation courses within their major. A student¿s chosen concentration determines which particular combination of the following required courses and elected humanities and social sciences courses will make up the foundation curriculum of their humanities major. Students select four of the following courses.

Foundation Courses: Social Sciences

Prior to beginning a concentration, students must complete a series of foundation courses within their major. A student¿s chosen concentration determines which particular combination of the following required courses and elected humanities and social sciences courses will make up the foundation curriculum of their humanities major. Students select one of the following courses.

Major Requirements

To enhance their area of concentration and to broaden their knowledge base, students select 20 credits by combining their choice of the concentration courses; other humanities or social sciences courses; and the following courses. Students in the Art History and Visual Culture concentration must select at least one ARTS1-UC course. Students select 20 credits in consultation with their advisor.

Writing

The following courses may be required based on a writing placement assessment, and should be successfully completed within the first three semesters.

Critical Thinking

Students are required to take the following course.

Quantitative Reasoning

Students, in close consultation with their advisor, select Math 1 and Math II or one of the following other courses based on a math placement assessment.

Scientific Issues

Students select one of the following courses in consultation with their advisor.

Historical Perspectives

Students select one of the following courses in consultation with their advisor.

Literary and Artistic Expressions

Students select one of the following courses in consultation with their advisor.

Free Electives

Students select 26-28 credits from DAUS course offerings in consultation with their advisor.

 

Graduation Project

A student¿s chosen concentration determines which particular course will fulfill the graduation project requirement of their humanities major. Students select one of the following courses in consultation with their advisor.

Admissions Criteria

Applications will be reviewed for evidence of:

  • Academic preparedness suggestive of success at the baccalaureate level
  • Rationale for desire to pursue selected academic subject of study
  • Personal attributes that predict readiness for advanced college-level work (e.g., motivation to learn, time management, personal responsibility, maturity)
  • Self-reflection on work or life experiences that shape one’s educational and career goals
  • Leadership skill or potential demonstrated through community service, volunteer positions or other activities

 

Associates degree or equivalent of 45 transferable college credits required

Recommended minimum 3.3 (B+) GPA

Domestic Application Deadlines

Fall Semester

Early Decision:   July 1

Final: August 1

 

Spring Semester

Early Decision:   November 1,

Final: January 1

 

International Application Deadlines

Fall Semester

Early Decision:   February 1

Final: April 15

 

Spring Semester

Early Decision:   August 1

Final: October 1

 

Required Documents

Personal Statement

Resume

Two Letters of Recommendation (1 required)

Official transcripts from all colleges attended

Standardized Tests (If required by Admissions team)

 

Fees

Application Fee $0

 

International Students

TOEFL scores are required for applicants who did not complete an undergraduate degree in the United States or in a country where the only primary language is not English.  Successful candidates achieve a minimum score of 100 on the Internet-based test.

 

For the IELTS, a minimum overall band score of at least 7 is recommended.

 

NYUSPS does not prohibit applicants with lower TOEFL/IELTS scores from applying for admission since many factors influence the admissions decision. 

 

Financing Your education

We know that financial planning for your education is of the utmost importance. We want to support you. Click the link below to learn about financial aid opportunities or download the financial aid guidelines document.