BA in Social Sciences Curriculum

DEGREE/CURRICULUM 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. (See courses below)

ELECTIVES: Students select elective credits from DAUS course offerings in consultation with their adviser.

CONCENTRATIONS: Students may choose concentrations in Anthropology, Economics, History, International Studies, Media Studies, Organizational Behavior and Change, Politics, Psychology, Sociology, Sustainability, Urbanism (See concentrations below)

INTERNSHIPS: Earn academic credit while gaining industry experience. Work with coaches at the NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development at NYU SPS to learn how to land an internship that will let you put what you have learned in the classroom into action. You'll also have access to a wide range of career development services.

CAPSTONE: Work in close consultation with a faculty advisor on a senior thesis or project in your field of study. (See information below)

 

Concentrations

Students may select one of the following 11 concentrations, which provide the opportunity to gain expertise in a specialized area of study.

 

Social Sciences Courses of Interdisciplinary Interest

Valuing interdisciplinary studies, we encourage students to consider courses outside of their specific degree area. To help you explore our course catalog, here are a few courses that we think might interest you, by program.

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.

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 24 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.