Center for Applied Liberal Arts

Mission

The Center for Applied Liberal Arts (CALA) offers master's degrees in translation and professional writing, and is a leading provider of noncredit programs in the humanities, arts, writing, filmmaking, design, translation, and foreign languages.

Creative, Prepared Professionals

Employers identify communication skills, creativity, and cultural competence as qualities they seek in employees. CALA’s innovative programs help students to build skills and showcase their expertise as creative professionals who are ready for today’s global workplaces.

Flexible Learning Communities

CALA's two fully online Master's degrees and array of noncredit courses offer flexible learning options that recognize demanding work schedules and busy lives. Find a course or degree program that works for you.

Global Access to Education

Students can participate in educational programs from anywhere in the world and engage with industry leaders, contemporary artists, and expert faculty members.

Programs

Graduate Studies in Professional Writing

Your words, your world. The MS in Professional Writing is a fully online, 36-credit program that prepares students to craft strategic copy and to shape important stories for target audiences in new and exciting ways.

Graduate Studies in Translation & Interpreting

The MS in Translation & Interpreting is a fully online, 36-credit program that prepares students to become effective language professionals ready for today’s global workplaces. Open to applicants from any language into English.

Noncredit Programs

In addition to a wide variety of noncredit courses, CALA offers Certificate programs in Arts Management; TV and Film Producing; Business Writing; Storytelling; Journalism and Newswriting; Television and Screenwriting; Professional Copyediting, Proofreading, and Fact-Checking; and Historic Preservation, as well as a Professional Translation Special Topics Series.

Language Proficiency Testing

Testing your language proficiency can open doors to a range of personal, academic, and professional opportunities. It can help you earn academic credit, advanced placement, or demonstrate linguistic competence for business purposes. Tests are conducted by appointment on the NYU campus in NYC, at offsite locations, or online. For more info, please download our brochure.

Academy of Lifelong Learning

The Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL) at SPS supports a diverse community of students committed to the ongoing pursuit of knowledge.

CALA Offerings

MS in Translation & Interpreting

Students gain an understanding of industry standards for communication across languages and learn how to deliver content tailored to specific markets, clients, and audiences. This online graduate degree can be completed in full- or part-time study. The program is open to applicants who wish to study translation from any language into English.

MS in Professional Writing

The MS in Professional Writing combines a traditional grounding in writing, style, and rhetoric with in-depth explorations of modern communication theories and emerging writing practices. This online graduate degree can be completed in full- or part-time study.

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Certificate in Arts Management

This certificate provides students with the managerial, fundraising, marketing, and financial skills necessary to succeed in the competitive world of visual and performing arts organizations. The program is ideal for practicing and aspiring arts professionals, as well as visual and performing artists looking to enhance their careers with positions in arts management.

Certificate in Effective Business Writing

This certificate provides participants with the writing skills necessary to compete and succeed in a rapidly evolving workplace. Students who have completed the program will be able to claim a competitive professional edge by demonstrating a high-level proficiency in basic writing and communication skills, and by having strategies for adapting those tools to a growing and ever-changing technological landscape.

Certificate in Historic Preservation Studies

This certificate is designed for professionals interested in learning the fundamentals of historic preservation regulation and practice in New York City. Whether you have a general interest in the subject matter or are considering a career shift, the program will give you a solid foundation in preservation policy and practice and will introduce you to the full range of tools currently applied in the ongoing campaign to save the City’s storied architecture.

Certificate in Journalism and Newswriting

This certificate provides students with a well-rounded foundation of expert instruction, professional guidance, and field experience, preparing you for writing accurate and engaging articles and features. Learn the essential research, information-gathering, and reporting skills of journalism, from feature writing and investigative reporting to long-form interviews and arts and music criticism.

Certificate in Professional Copyediting, Proofreading, and Fact-Checking

This certificate provides students with the copyediting, proofreading, and fact-checking skills that are in demand across all types of media, including book, magazine, and online publishing. Through hands-on practice, learn to proof against manuscripts; use appropriate reference works; and solve common grammar, punctuation, and word use issues. Also, receive training in Adobe InCopy and InDesign, the most commonly used software for copyediting and proofreading.

Certificate in Professional Writing

This certificate provides participants with real-life professional scenarios as a way to build practical skills in writing and editing for individuals in mid-level positions. Students acquire a deep understanding of intercultural communication and communication technologies, as they learn to craft professional-quality portfolio pieces that demonstrate their nuanced communication skills.

Certificate in Storytelling: Narrative Tools and Applications

This certificate provides a comprehensive approach to storytelling that will distinguish you professionally--no matter what your industry or experience level. Gain the skills to improve your craft and publish your work. Learn how storytelling can enhance communications--from screenwriting to print and digital media to drafting your resume.

Certificate in Television and Screenwriting

This certificate provides participants with foundations for success in writing for television and film. Gain the skills to translate great ideas into compelling stories, leveraging character-driven narrative and innovative story design to sustain long-term audience engagement. Then, learn how to pitch and sell your work, ensuring that your script stands out in an ever-changing industry landscape.

Certificate in TV & Film Producing

This certificate provides participants with a competitive advantage in today’s rapidly evolving landscape of ever-changing technologies, shifting markets, and daring new approaches to storytelling. Through five foundational courses, acquire a grounded and comprehensive understanding of the essential roles, approaches, expectations, and responsibilities involved in producing films, TV series, and related media. 

Other Noncredit Courses

Career Advancement Courses afford students the opportunity to build upon their current professional insights, while differentiating themselves by acquiring knowledge in areas of speciality.

Noncredit FAQs

Have a question? Chances are we’ve heard it. Find answers to the most commonly asked questions for our noncredit programs.

Meet The Team

Upcoming Events
December 10, 2020
SPS CALA The Future of Film: During and After the Pandemic
Virtual
December 15, 2020
Networking in the Age of COVID: Your Networking and Freelancing Questions Answered
Virtual Online
March 16, 2021
SPS ALL Book Club: “Exit West” by Mohsin Hamid
Online

Featured Faculty

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Annelise Finegan Wasmoen

Clinical Assistant Professor

Center for Applied Liberal Arts

Kristine Kerr

Clinical Assistant Professor

Center for Applied Liberal Arts

Jenny McPhee

Clinical Assistant Professor

Center for Applied Liberal Arts

Matthew E Vaughan

Adjunct Instructor

Center for Applied Liberal Arts

Emily B Wells

Adjunct Instructor

Center for Applied Liberal Arts

Jean Campbell

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Center for Applied Liberal Arts

Message from the Associate Dean
Billie Gastic Rosado
Associate Dean

In our ever-expanding world, communication is one of the most important tools that we have to learn about each other, share our experiences, and come together. At CALA, you'll find many ways to gain the knowledge and skills that you will need to build connections between people, organizations, and communities. Our Master's programs in Professional Writing and Translation can springboard you into the profession of your dreams or mark a major milestone in your current career. 

 

Our vast catalogue of non-credit courses and programs will appeal to all tastes and interests. Learn something new, meet new people, or have some fun. The liberal arts are boundless in the ways that they enrich our lives and I invite you to feed your curiosity here with us at CALA.

November 19, 2020
MS in Professional Writing Adjunct Instructor, Emily Bailin Wells, EdD, Launches Anti-Racist Dialogue and Artifact-Based Initiative
November 5, 2020
Congratulations to our TWO MSPW Flash Writing Challenge Winners!
October 16, 2020
MS in Translation & Interpreting Faculty Spotlight: Tom Alwood
October 14, 2020
MS in Translation & Interpreting Faculty Spotlight: Jean Campbell
October 7, 2020
NYU SPS Students Return to Learning and to Virtual Campus Life
October 5, 2020
Professional Writer at Work: Interview with Thea Hogarth, Lead User Researcher/UX Writer, BrainPOP
November 5, 2020
Congratulations to our TWO MSPW Flash Writing Challenge Winners!
October 7, 2020
NYU SPS Students Return to Learning and to Virtual Campus Life
July 28, 2020
MS in Professional Writing course motivates out-of-department student, Jessica AuCoin, to publish “A COVID-19 Story” in American Nurse
June 8, 2020
2020 Website Prototype Projects by MS in Professional Writing Students
June 2, 2020
Two MS in Professional Writing students selected for 2020-2021 Dean’s Graduate Scholars Program, each receiving $10,000 award scholarship
May 20, 2020
Elisa D. Gabella-Poisson, MS in Translation graduate, selected as 2020 Flag Bearer
November 20, 2019
Conversations with an Innovator
November 18, 2019
Dr. Kristine Rodriguez Kerr, Academic Director of the MS in Professional Writing, speaks at the 2019 Words Without Borders Gala
November 19, 2020
MS in Professional Writing Adjunct Instructor, Emily Bailin Wells, EdD, Launches Anti-Racist Dialogue and Artifact-Based Initiative
October 16, 2020
MS in Translation & Interpreting Faculty Spotlight: Tom Alwood
October 14, 2020
MS in Translation & Interpreting Faculty Spotlight: Jean Campbell
July 17, 2020
MS in Translation and Interpreting Instructor Sandra Smith Translates Create Dangerously by Albert Camus
June 4, 2020
MS in Translation & Interpreting Faculty Member Barbara Inge Karsch Publishes ATA Chronicle Article on the Formation of New Terminology by Translators
May 29, 2020
NYUSPS Faculty Panel discussing the switch to remote teaching, joined by Kristine Rodriguez Kerr, EdD
November 19, 2020
MS in Professional Writing Adjunct Instructor, Emily Bailin Wells, EdD, Launches Anti-Racist Dialogue and Artifact-Based Initiative
November 5, 2020
Congratulations to our TWO MSPW Flash Writing Challenge Winners!
October 16, 2020
MS in Translation & Interpreting Faculty Spotlight: Tom Alwood
October 14, 2020
MS in Translation & Interpreting Faculty Spotlight: Jean Campbell
October 7, 2020
NYU SPS Students Return to Learning and to Virtual Campus Life
October 5, 2020
Professional Writer at Work: Interview with Thea Hogarth, Lead User Researcher/UX Writer, BrainPOP
November 5, 2020
Congratulations to our TWO MSPW Flash Writing Challenge Winners!
October 7, 2020
NYU SPS Students Return to Learning and to Virtual Campus Life
July 28, 2020
MS in Professional Writing course motivates out-of-department student, Jessica AuCoin, to publish “A COVID-19 Story” in American Nurse
June 8, 2020
2020 Website Prototype Projects by MS in Professional Writing Students
June 2, 2020
Two MS in Professional Writing students selected for 2020-2021 Dean’s Graduate Scholars Program, each receiving $10,000 award scholarship
May 20, 2020
Elisa D. Gabella-Poisson, MS in Translation graduate, selected as 2020 Flag Bearer
November 20, 2019
Conversations with an Innovator
November 18, 2019
Dr. Kristine Rodriguez Kerr, Academic Director of the MS in Professional Writing, speaks at the 2019 Words Without Borders Gala
November 19, 2020
MS in Professional Writing Adjunct Instructor, Emily Bailin Wells, EdD, Launches Anti-Racist Dialogue and Artifact-Based Initiative
October 16, 2020
MS in Translation & Interpreting Faculty Spotlight: Tom Alwood
October 14, 2020
MS in Translation & Interpreting Faculty Spotlight: Jean Campbell
July 17, 2020
MS in Translation and Interpreting Instructor Sandra Smith Translates Create Dangerously by Albert Camus
June 4, 2020
MS in Translation & Interpreting Faculty Member Barbara Inge Karsch Publishes ATA Chronicle Article on the Formation of New Terminology by Translators
May 29, 2020
NYUSPS Faculty Panel discussing the switch to remote teaching, joined by Kristine Rodriguez Kerr, EdD

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