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.
BA in Humanities
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.
Dr. Clif Hubby
Dovetail is the annual art and literary journal of the NYU School of Professional Studies. It is devoted to publishing and honoring the voice, craft, and originality of emerging writers and artists. We publish original fiction, non-fiction, poetry, playwriting, and all forms of visual art. Our editorial staff is comprised of students enrolled in the "Literary Magazine Production" course, which runs every spring semester. Dovetail is open for submissions every year from September 15 - February 15.
FLEXIBILITY FOR FALL 2021
NYU plans to resume in-person instruction for academic year 2021-22, and will welcome students back on campus. If you are unable to attend in-person for Fall 2021, accommodations may be available for remote study.
NOTE: Certain restrictions and requirements may apply for international students.
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.
Select one of the following concentrations: Art History and Visual Culture, Creative Writing, or Literature.
Work in close consultation with a faculty advisor on a senior thesis or project in your field of study.
Students select elective credits from DAUS course offerings in consultation with their advisor.
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.
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.
Explore how literature serves to enrich understanding and foster critical thinking in a complex world.
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.
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.
Students select 26-28 credits from DAUS course offerings in consultation with their advisor.
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
Early Decision: July 1
Final: August 1
Early Decision: November 1,
Final: January 1
International Application Deadlines
Early Decision: February 1
Final: April 15
Early Decision: August 1
Final: October 1
Two Letters of Recommendation (1 required)
Official transcripts from all colleges attended
Standardized Tests (If required by Admissions team)
Application Fee $0
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.