Learn more about the four-year GLS curriculum.
The academic program includes various components that train students in big-picture thinking and practical application:
- Strong grounding in the great works that define cultures around the world
- Specialization in one of five concentrations that represent distinct areas of Global Studies
- Extensive international study and cultural immersion in at least one NYU global academic site
- Advanced foreign language study
- Experiential learning through internships, volunteer work, or independent projects
- Senior thesis based on guided independent research
All GLS classes are small, discussion-based, and writing-intensive. GLS faculty, who are distinguished scholars and professionals from diverse fields, design courses that integrate interdisciplinary ideas and use surrounding cultural sites to further classroom learning. Students use an ePortfolio to build a digital archive of their four years in GLS. They draw upon the resources in their portfolios to compose their senior theses, to present work to prospective employers, and in applications to graduate schools.
Students who graduate with the B.A. in Global Liberal Studies are equipped with:
- Broad understanding of academic theories and approaches to global systems
- Advanced skills in using digital technologies to research and represent one’s work
- In-depth knowledge of at least one non-US culture, including advanced proficiency in a foreign language
- Tools for analyzing works and solving problems across disciplines and cultures
- Capacity for lifelong learning