BA in Social Sciences

Overview

Analyze fundamental questions at the core of today’s most critical social, cultural, and political debates - and understand their historic context. This degree serves as a foundation for students who are interested in pursuing a career or a graduate or professional degree in a variety of fields - from global affairs and law to social services and the behavioral sciences.

Versatility

A degree in social sciences prepares you well for a career and graduate or law school.

Faculty Contact

Dr. Pierre Lacour
(212) 992-9138
pierre.lacour@nyu.edu

Dr. Chyng-Feng Sun
(212) 992-9147
chyng.sun@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.

 

Electives

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

 

Concentrations

Students may choose concentrations in Anthropology, Economics, History, International Studies, Media Studies, Organizational Behavior and Change, Politics, Psychology, and Sociology.

 

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.

 

Capstone

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

 

Concentrations

Students may select one of the following concentrations

 

Anthropology

Anthropology is the comparative

study of humankind. It is divided into four fields: cultural anthropology, physical or biological anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and archaeology.

History

You will examine the human experience from a variety of perspectives—politically, socially, ideologically, and culturally—on a global scale.

Media Studies

Media Studies is designed to provide you with the critical knowledge and the analytical skills necessary to understand and to examine contemporary global media.

Politics

Politics will introduce you to influential concepts, theories, perspectives, and approaches and teach you how to apply that knowledge to contemporary issues.

Sociology

Sociology will introduce you to influential concepts, theories, perspectives, and approaches in sociology and will teach you how to apply that knowledge to contemporary issues.

Economics

Economics provides a rigorous analytical framework for studying how current and anticipated changes influence consumers, the private sector, and government.

International Studies

International Studies will introduce you to influential concepts, theories, and research in international studies and teach you how to apply that knowledge to contemporary issues.

Organizational Behavior and Change

Learn to diagnose organizational systems and change, apply the interpersonal skills to meet strategic challenges, and advance in your own individual endeavors within organizations.

Psychology

Understand the general principles underlying the mind and behavior, and explain and predict individual differences in ways of thinking, feeling, and acting.

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 (26-28 credits), and a graduation project (4 credits).

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 social sciences major. Students select four of the following courses.

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 social sciences major. Students select one of the following courses.

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 social science 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

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