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Concentrations

Once you have completed the NYSPS Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies core courses and foundation courses, you will embark upon a more specialized curriculum in one of the concentrations below. 

Students who wish to broaden their knowledge and educational experience have the opportunity to pursue a double concentration in a select combination of existing concentrations.

The Art History concentration prepares students to analyze and comprehend the cultural, social, and political messages that lie hidden beneath art’s aesthetic beauty. Provided with an understanding of, and facility with, the language of art, you will learn to analyze how the artist’s creative process both influenced, and was influenced by, the cultural context in which the art was created. The program includes studio art courses which allow you to experience the creative process in a hands-on fashion. The School’s proximity to the many great museums and art galleries in New York City helps to reinforce knowledge learned in the classroom.

Graduates of this program secure jobs at auction houses, advertising agencies, and art galleries, or in arts administration. Others go on to graduate studies in art history, museum studies, art education, art restoration and conservation, and library science.

Foundation Courses by Concentration

20 Credits. Before starting the concentration, students must complete the following foundation courses. In consultation with their adviser, students also select three additional courses: two from Humanities and one from Social Sciences. Those planning to attend graduate school in art history are advised to take at least two semesters of French or German.

 

Methods and Theory

8 Credits. Students are required to take the following courses.

 

Concentration Courses

16 Credits. Students select two courses from each of the following two categories.

Art in the Pre-Modern World

Art in the Modern and Global World

 

Major Requirements

20 Credits.In consultation with their adviser, students may select additional courses from above or choose other Humanities courses, seminars, topics courses, arts courses, or courses in one of the practical application tracks. Students must take at least one arts course.

Material Culture Courses

Topics Courses

Arts Courses

Art History Practical Application Tracks

Students may elect to take one of the three tracks listed below. The tracks provide an introduction and broad foundation for students interested in pursuing practical careers related to art history and the arts.

Art Business Track

10 Credits

Fine and Decorative Art Appraisal Track

10 Credits

Arts Administration Track

10 Credits

 

Free Electives

26-28 Credits. Students select 26 to 28 credits from the course offerings of the NYUSPS Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies in consultation with their adviser.

 

Graduation Project

4 Credits. Students select one of the following courses in consultation with their adviser.

The Creative Writing concentration is designed for beginner through experienced writers who wish to develop their craft. Through studio classes in poetry, prose, and performance, you will concentrate on generating texts and learning the conventions of particular genres and forms. You also will participate in interdisciplinary humanities seminars that bring together reading, writing, theory, and method.

Foundation Courses by Concentration

20 Credits. Before starting the concentration, students must complete Writing Workshops I and II (from the Core Curriculum) with a combined average of B, as well as the following two courses. In consultation with their adviser, students also select three additional courses: two courses from Humanities and one from Social Sciences.

 

Methods and Theory

8 Credits. Students are required to take the following courses.

 

Concentration Courses

16 Credits. Students select two courses from each of the following categories.

Craft Studios

Workshops

 

Major Requirements

20 Credits. It is recommended that students take literature and additional creative writing studios, workshops, and topics courses (see below). In addition, students may select other Humanities courses.

 

Free Electives

26-28 Credits. Students select 26 to 28 credits from the course offerings of the NYUSPS Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies in consultation with their adviser.

 

Graduation Project

4 Credits. Students select one of the following courses in consultation with their adviser.

The Literature concentration teaches you how literature serves to enrich understanding and foster critical thinking in a complex world. You will learn to read analytically, to write critically, and to speak conceptually about literary works. You will explore the dynamic interaction of literary forms with history, science, politics, and social change.

Because of its cultural focus and emphasis on analytical reading and writing skills, a specialization in literature is considered excellent preparation for careers in business administration, law, and the social services, as well as further study in humanities fields.

Foundation Courses by Concentration

20 credits. Before starting the concentration, students must complete Introduction to Literature: The Craft of Reading and one of the following courses. In consultation with their adviser, students also select three additional courses from the Humanities and Social Sciences foundation courses. Oral Traditions in Literature or Major 20th-century Writers (from the Core Curriculum) is recommended. Those planning to attend graduate school are advised to take at least two semesters of a foreign language.

 

Methods and Theory

8 Credits. Students must take Literary Theory and Criticism, Semiotics of Literature and Media, or four credits of media and literary genres courses.

 

Concentration Courses

16 Credits. Students select eight credits from each of the following categories.

Literary Genres

Literature in History

 

Major Requirements

20 Credits. Students may select courses from the list above, other Humanities courses, particularly Creative Writing, or Special Topics in Literature.

 

Free Electives

26-28 Credits. Students select 26 to 28 credits from the course offerings of the NYUSPS Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies in consultation with their adviser.

 

Graduation Project

4 Credits. Students select one of the following courses in consultation with their adviser.

Students must fulfill all the requirements for each concentration. They should develop their programs in
consultation with their academic adviser and the concentration coordinators. Please consult the curriculum
for the BA in Humanities—Literature Concentration and the BA in Humanities—Creative Writing
Concentration
for complete degree requirements.

 Prerequisites

Students entering the double concentration must have completed the following courses.

 

Methods and Theory

Students are required to take the following courses.

 

Concentration Courses

Students are required to complete four courses from each of the concentrations: Literature (16 credits) and Creative Writing (16 credits) .