Humanities & The Arts
Most of the degree programs in the humanities are housed in the Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS). We offer degrees in a full range of academic subjects – from History, Comparative Literature, and Sociology to emerging fields such as Bioethics and Trauma and Violence Studies and Performance Studies, in collaboration with the Tisch School of the Arts. We have cultural studies dedicated to nearly every corner of human civilization, and our Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, a unique transdisciplinary research institute, accepted its first round of applicants in 2008.
For the visual arts, The Institute of Fine Arts (IFA) is NYU’s hub for research in the history, theory, conservation, and curation of art and artifacts. Operating from two elegant buildings on Museum Mile, the IFA has been commended as a national asset and for decades has graduated the most influential figures in the professional art world. Our studio art and art and arts professions departments are in the Steinhardt School for Culture, Education, and Human Development. Photography, filmmaking, design are housed in Tisch, as are the arts public policy and arts politics programs.
The studies in performing arts and its professions are fruitful across the University, particularly in departments in Tisch and Steinhardt, from dance and set design to dramatic writing and performing arts administration. We are proud of our innovative programs in these areas, such as interactive telecommunications and drama therapy. Music also enjoys a wide study at NYU: from ethnomusicology and music theory in GSAS to composition, performance, and music professions in Steinhardt – from musical theatre performance, production, and composition in Tisch to the entertainment, media, and technology MBAs offered at Stern. For extracurricular musicians, check out our symphony, repertory, and community orchestras, our six choruses, pipes and drums, dance troupes… If you have a passion to perform, we’ve probably got an ensemble or student organization for your act.
NYU’s unique Gallatin School of Individualized Studies enables Masters students to design a unique interdisciplinary research project, drawing material and methodologies from the liberal arts as well as from other areas of study.
Outside the college to which you will eventually apply, enthusiasts of the humanities will be happy to discover the many events hosted through the Humanities Initiative and the New York Institute for the Humanities, not to mention the countless cultural events held throughout the University. Many of our research and cultural centers, such as the Institute for the History of the Production of Knowledge and the Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, will have similar appeal.