Degree Requirements

Global Liberal Studies (GLS) majors complete a liberal arts core curriculum with a global focus, and an upper-division curriculum that builds their expertise in a particular area of Global Studies. All GLS classes are small, discussion-based, and writing-intensive. Students are encouraged to think in new and different ways and advance their critical thinking, analytic, and communication skills.

Courses required for graduation are listed below. (Effective for students entering Fall 2014 and after.)
Core Curriculum
In the core curriculum, students take courses that examine the world’s major cultural traditions and the ways in which they are connected. Progressing from ancient world traditions to the present, courses ground students in foundational great works of arts, politics, religion, science, and more. Students also learn sophisticated methods of cultural analysis and prepare for the junior year of international study.

Required first-year courses:
Required courses that may be taken any year:
GLS students may choose to spend their first year in New York or complete Freshman Year Away at NYU Florence, NYU London, NYU Paris, or NYU Washington, DC. Specific courses available at each site fit in seamlessly with the core curriculum and build toward graduation requirements.
Upper Division Curriculum
In the upper-division curriculum, students further their study of cultural analysis and choose a concentration that centers their studies on a specific theme of Global Studies.

The required junior year of international study immerses students in a foreign culture and language, through which they consider issues of global significance. The sites available in a given year may vary, but all GLS programs abroad align with the academic program at Washington Square so that degree requirements are met in time for graduation in four years.

Senior year coursework focuses on particular issues in global study, as well as on supporting independent research leading to the thesis. Feedback from other seniors in their concentration and supervision by an instructor guide a student's thesis project, which is an analysis of a broad-scope topic of their choosing.

Required courses:
*Unless they are already proficient in the language of their host country, students prepare for the junior year of international study by taking at least one semester of intensive work in the language spoken at the site, usually in the spring of sophomore year. Learn more about the language study requirement.

+Choose from Advanced Writing Studio, Global Topics, Cultural Foundations III, or Social Foundations III

GLS students are also typically eligible to pursue cross-school minors, double majors, or accelerated B.A./M.A. degree programs using the electives credits available to them.