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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.

Students who have completed a minimum of 30 credits through the Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies or at another accredited university or college and have earned a C or better in a college algebra course may be able to complete this degree with a concentration in Organizational Behavior and Change online.

Anthropology is the comparative study of humankind. It is divided into four fields: cultural anthropology, which focuses on the description and analysis of culture; physical or biological anthropology, which deals with human evolution and variation; linguistic anthropology, which explores the relationships between language and culture; and archaeology, which examines the material remains of past cultures.

The Anthropology concentration will introduce you to influential concepts, theories, perspectives, and approaches in anthropology and will teach you how to apply that knowledge to contemporary issues. You also will practice using empirical evidence to evaluate the arguments and conclusions of scholars and researchers in anthropology.

The Anthropology concentration provides a strong foundation for a career in international business, government, public policy, education, marketing research, or law school or graduate study.

Foundation Courses by Concentration

20 Credits. Before starting the concentration, students must complete the following foundation course. In consultation with their adviser, students also select four additional courses: three courses from Social Sciences and one from Humanities.

 

Methods and Theory

8 Credits. Students are required to take Social Sciences Research Methods and one of the following other courses.

 

Concentration Courses

16 Credits. Students are required to complete four of the following courses.

 

Major Requirements

20 Credits. Students may select courses from the list above, other Social Sciences courses, or Special Topics in Anthropology.

 

Free Electives

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

 

Graduation Project

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

The contemporary economy is characterized by rapid change and increasing interdependence. The Economics concentration provides a rigorous analytical framework for studying how current and anticipated changes influence consumers, the private sector, and government. The use of economic models to understand both historic and contemporary issues is emphasized throughout the curriculum.

The Economics concentration will introduce you to influential concepts, theories, perspectives,andapproaches in economics and will teach you how to apply that knowledge to contemporaryissues. You also will practice using empirical evidence to evaluate the arguments and conclusions ofscholars and researchers in economics.

With an economics background, you can pursue career opportunities in business, industry, government, and private agencies.

Foundation Courses by Concentration

20 Credits. Before starting the concentration, students must complete the following four Social Sciences courses. In consultation with their adviser, students also select one course from Humanities.

 

Methods and Theory

8 Credits. Mathematical Economics is required as a prerequisite for the Methods and Theory courses.

 

Concentration Courses

16 Credits. Students are required to complete four of the following courses.

Business and Economics

Institutions and Policy

International Economics

Issues in Sustainability

 

Major Requirements

20 Credits. Students select 20 credits in any of the categories above, other Social Sciences courses, or the following courses.

 

Free Electives

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

 

Graduation Project

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

To meet the challenges of today's rapidly changing and interdependent world, it is important to understand how individuals and groups are affected by historical trends and events. You will examine the human experience from a variety of perspectives—politically, socially, ideologically, and culturally—on a global scale. You also learn to develop and utilize the skills critical to navigating today's world, including assessing evidence, evaluating arguments, and understanding how to synthesize various types of information. The curriculum encourages you to go beyond the more common aspects of history and to delve into how individuals, families, and societies construct different versions of the past. So, you explore not only the past, but also how the past becomes history.

The study of history prepares people for a wide variety of professions in which critical thinking, analytical skills, and the ability to synthesize information are necessary. Graduates of our program have entered a broad array of fields, including law, education, communication, fine arts, theatre and film, and national security. Some have started their own businesses, while others have gone on to graduate studies.

Foundation Courses by Concentration

20 credits. Prior to beginning this concentration, students must complete two Historical Perspectives courses from the Core Curriculum (or their equivalent). In consultation with their adviser, students also select five additional courses: four courses from Social Sciences and one from Humanities.

 

Methods and Theory

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

 

Concentration Courses

16 Credits. Students select one course from each of the following categories, and one additional course from any of the categories.

Pre-Modern World

Modern World

US History

 

Major Requirements

20 Credits. To enhance their area of concentration and to broaden their knowledge base, students select courses in any of the categories above, other Social Sciences courses, or Special Topics in History.

Course Title Credits
HIST1-UC5890 Sp Topics in History 2.0

 

Free Electives

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

 

Graduation Project

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

Recent changes in world politics, the interaction of global economies and politics, and shared concerns, such as the environment and natural resources, underscore the need for perspectives that are international in scope.

The International Studies concentration will introduce you to influential concepts, theories, and research in international studies and teach you how to apply that knowledge to contemporary issues. You also will practice using empirical evidence to evaluate the arguments and conclusions of scholars and researchers in international studies.

This concentration prepares you for careers in business, government, and international organizations, and serves as a strong foundation for graduate and professional programs.

Foundation Courses by Concentration

20 credits. Before starting the concentration, students must complete the following two courses. In consultation with their adviser, students also select three additional courses: two courses from Social Sciences and one from Humanities.

In addition, students must complete at least two semesters of World Cultures (from the Core Curriculum).

 

Methods and Theory

8 Credits. Students are required to take Social Science Research Methods and one of the other following courses.

 

Concentration Courses

16 Credits. Students select one course from each of the following categories.

Politics and Economics

Area Studies

Anthropology/Sociology

International and Global History

 

Major Requirements

20 Credits. In addition to other Social Sciences courses, it is recommended that students select from any one of the four concentration categories or special topics courses, which may be offered in any of the four areas.

 

Free Electives

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

 

Graduation Project

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

Digital media, social media, and other technological innovations have revolutionized not only how media is produced, distributed, and consumed, but also how we communicate with one another in a globally connected world. The concentration in Media Studies is designed to provide you with the critical knowledge and the analytical skills necessary to understand and to examine contemporary global media. By investigating the social, cultural, political, and economic forces that shape and are shaped by the media, you also will explore the role that the media plays in constructing identities and worldviews.

Grounded in the liberal arts, the concentration in Media Studies provides a solid theoretical foundation to prepare you for future scholarly pursuits and, at the same time, it fosters the versatility, creativity, and social engagement to help you excel in your chosen professional field. Graduates of this program have pursued careers in media production (film, television, and new media), marketing, advertising, public relations, media research, and media advocacy, as well as the field of education. Others have gone on to graduate study in media, communications, journalism, sociology, and cultural studies.

Foundation Courses by Concentration

20 credits. Before starting the concentration, students must complete the following two courses. In consultation with their adviser, students also select three additional courses: two courses from Social Sciences and one from Humanities.

 

Methods and Theory

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

 

Concentration Courses

16 Credits. Students select 16 credits from the following two groups, of which a minimum of 12 credits must be in Media Theory.

Media Theory

Media Practices

 

Major Requirements

20 Credits. Students may select courses from the list above, other Social Sciences courses, or from among
the following.

 

Free Electives

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

 

Graduation Project

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

In today’s rapidly changing work environment, effective leadership is essential for high-impact performance and the success of individuals, groups, and organizations. Employees at every level have a competitive edge when they can analyze critical issues and effectively enhance leadership competencies, performance effectiveness, and multicultural communications, as well as manage diversity and human development within the workplace. You will develop an in-depth understanding of theory and application. You also will learn to diagnose organizational systems and change, apply the interpersonal skills to meet strategic challenges, and advance in your own individual endeavors within organizations.

Students who have completed a minimum of 30 credits at the Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies or at another accredited university or college and have earned a C or better in a college algebra course may be able to complete the degree with this concentration online.

Dual Degree Program

Eligible students in this concentration have the opportunity to pursue dual degrees, culminating in the award of the BA in Social Sciences with a concentration in Organizational Behavior and Communication, and the MS in Human Resource Management and Development. To apply, students must have completed at least 80 credits through the NYUSPS Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies (including accepted transfer credits) and must have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or higher during the time they accrued those credits. If accepted, students select four courses (12 credits) from the MS in Human Resource Management and Development program, which will be counted as electives towards the bachelor's degree. These courses and credits also will apply towards the master's degree.

For more information about the admissions requirements and process for the dual degrees, please contact the Division's Advising Office at 212-992-9055 or mcghee.advising@nyu.edu.

Foundation Courses by Concentration

20 credits. Before starting the concentration, students must complete the following two courses. In consultation with their adviser, students also select three additional courses: two courses from Social Sciences and one from Humanities.

 

Methods and Theory

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

 

Concentration Courses

16 Credits. Students may choose any four courses from the following categories. Please note prerequisites before enrolling.

Communication and Workplace Dynamics

Leadership and Organizational Strategy

Managing Organizations and Change

 

Major Requirements

20 Credits. In addition to other Social Sciences courses, students may choose additional credits from any of the three concentration categories above or the following special topics.

Special Topics and Practicum Courses

 

Free Electives

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

 

Graduation Project

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

Politics permeate all aspects of society on the local, regional, national, and international levels. The lives of all human beings are shaped, defined, and influenced by political institutions, laws, regulations, and political forces.

The Politics concentration will introduce you to influential concepts, theories, perspectives, and approaches in politics and teach you how to apply that knowledge to contemporary issues. You also will practice using empirical evidence to evaluate the arguments and conclusions of scholars and researchers in politics. The Politics concentration will help you to develop an understanding of the complexity of the American political system, the international political arena, and the theoretical foundations of political behavior.

This concentration prepares you for careers in government, business, teaching, social work, urban affairs, and journalism, as well as for graduate school.

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 two additional courses: one course from Social Sciences and one from Humanities. Students planning to attend graduate school in political science are advised to take at least two semesters of a foreign language and one course in statistics.

 

Methods and Theory

8 Credits. Students must take Classical Political Thought and one of the other following courses.

 

Concentration Courses

16 Credits. Students select one course from each of the following categories and one concentration
course of their choice. Please note prerequisites before enrolling.

American Government and Politics

American Politics is a prerequisite for these courses.

Comparative Politics

International Relations is a prerequisite for these courses.

International Relations

International Relations is a prerequisite for these courses.

 

Major Requirements

20 Credits. Students may select courses from the above categories or in other Social Sciences areas. In addition, special topics courses may be offered in any of the three areas to provide greater focus on a specific issue.

Course Title Credits
POLS1-UC6690 Online Course Sp Tpcs in Politics 2.0

 

Free Electives

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

 

Graduation Project

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

Psychologists seek to understand the general principles underlying the mind and behavior, and they attempt to explain and to predict individual differences in characteristic ways of thinking, feeling, and acting. The concentration introduces you to the broad spectrum of psychological research with courses that examine the biological bases of behavior; the ways in which we understand the world, ourselves, and other people; the nature of social interactions and close relationships; the influences of biology, family, culture, and society on the development of the individual; and the causes and treatment of psychopathology.

The concentration serves as excellent preparation for work in the health professions, education, clinical social work, business, and law. It also provides the background necessary to pursue graduate programs in research or clinical psychology.

Foundation Courses by Concentration

20 credits. Before starting the concentration, students must complete the following course. In consultation with their adviser, students also select four additional courses: three courses from Social Sciences and one from Humanities.

Course Title Credits
PSYC1-UC6801 Online Course Intro to Psychology 4.0

 

Methods and Theory

8 Credits. Students must take the following courses, which should be taken early in the program. It is
recommended to complete Math I (or equivalent placement) before taking upper-level courses in the concentration.

 

Concentration Courses

16 Credits. Students select one course from each of the following categories, plus one additional course from both the first and second categories. Please note prerequisites before enrolling.

Biological Foundations and Cognitive Processes

Social, Personality, Clinical, and Developmental Psychology

Applied and Advanced Topics in Psychology

 

Major Requirements

20 Credits. Students may select courses from the above concentration categories, as well as Special Topics, Advanced Methodology and Laboratory courses, Fieldwork in Psychology, Independent Study, or other Social Sciences courses.

Advanced Methodology and Laboratory Courses

At least one of the following courses is recommended for students applying to graduate school. A laboratory course can also be used to develop topics for a senior project.

Fieldwork

Fieldwork is recommended for students considering graduate work or careers in mental health services. A fieldwork course can also be used to develop topics for a senior project.

 

Free Electives

26-28 Credits. Students select 26 to 28 credits of additional psychology courses or other courses in the social sciences and humanities. Please consult your adviser.

 

Graduation Project

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

Sociologists study the way humans create social structures and build social institutions, communities, nations, and states. They accomplish this by conducting analysis of behaviors and interactions that shape the human experience. The curriculum offers the tools and the knowledge base to help you to understand and make sense of the rapidly changing world around you.

The Sociology concentration will introduce you to influential concepts, theories, perspectives, and approaches in sociology and will teach you how to apply that knowledge to contemporary issues. You also will practice using empirical evidence to evaluate the arguments and conclusions of scholars and researchers in sociology.

This concentration serves as strong preparation for a career in social services, public administration, health, law, social research, policy making, or graduate study in sociology or other social science fields.

Foundation Courses by Concentration

20 Credits. Before starting the concentration, students must complete the following foundation course. In consultation with their adviser, students also select four additional courses: three courses from Social Sciences and one from Humanities.

Course Title Credits
SOCY1-UC7200 Intro to Sociology 4.0

 

Methods and Theory

8 Credits. Students are required to take Social Sciences Research Methods and one of the following other courses.

 

Concentration Courses

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

Society and the Individual

Social Structures and Processes

 

Major Requirements

20 Credits. Students may select courses from the above concentration categories, other Social Sciences courses, or Special Topics in Sociology.

Course Title Credits
SOCY1-UC7290 Sp Tpcs in Sociology 2.0

 

Free Electives

26-28 Credits. Students select 26 to 28 credits from the course offerings of the NYUSPS McGhee Division for 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 Social Sciences—Anthropology Concentration and the BA in Social Sciences—History Concentration for complete degree requirements.

 Prerequisites

Students entering the double concentration must have completed two Historical Perspectives courses and the following course.

 

Methods and Theory

Students are required to take The Historical Imagination and one of the following other courses.

 

Concentration Courses

Students are required to complete four courses from each of the concentrations: Anthropology (16 credits) and History (16 credits).

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 Social Sciences—Anthropology Concentration and the BA in Social Sciences—International Studies Concentration for complete degree requirements.

 Prerequisites

Students entering the double concentration must have completed two World Cultures courses and the following courses.

 

Methods and Theory

Students are required to take Social Science Research Methods and one of the following other courses.

 

Concentration Courses

Students are required to complete four courses from each of the concentrations: Anthropology (16 credits) and International Studies (16 credits).

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 Social Sciences—History Concentration and the BA in Social Sciences—International Studies Concentration for complete degree requirements.

 Prerequisites

Students entering the double concentration must have completed two Historical Perspectives courses, two World Cultures courses, and the following courses.

 

Methods and Theory

Students are required to take The Historical Imagination and one of the following other courses.

 

Concentration Courses

Students are required to complete four courses from each of the concentrations: History (16 credits) and International Studies (16 credits).