NYU has a long-standing tradition of pursuing academic excellence though expansion of its academic departments and research efforts. This ongoing initiative, coupled with the University's location at the crossroads of the world, provide a wealth of resources to incorporate diversity into many facets of the University's academic efforts. These selected undergraduate and graduate programs address the historical, present-day, and future implications of diversity in our world.

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Undergraduate Programs

Asian/Pacific American Studies
College of Arts and Science
The Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program offers interdisciplinary courses focusing on the experience of Asian/Pacific Americans that cross the boundaries of literature, history, film criticism, art history, urban studies, and gender studies.

Caribbean Studies
The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)
Founded in 1966, as the first area studies center at NYU, today CLACS is one of the premier centers of its kind in the country. The Center’s national and international reputation derives from the strength of its approximately 130 research-active affiliated faculty. Among them are presidents of national professional associations, members of the National Academy, finalists for the Pulitzer Prize, recipients of Guggenheims, NEH, ACLS, Ford, Rockefeller, MacArthur and other prestigious fellowships and honors.

East Asian Studies
College of Arts and Science
The Department of East Asian Studies at New York University offers courses on China, Japan and Korea. The focus of the undergraduate program is primarily on language, history and literature and the way in which these three civilizations have interacted with the Western world to reconstitute received cultures into modern societies.

European and Mediterranean Studies
College of Arts and Science / Graduate School of Arts and Science
The Center for European and Mediterranean Studies (CEMS) offers a B.A. major and minor; an M.A. degree; and provides support (in the form of fellowships, workshops, and summer funds) to doctoral students in related disciplines from across the university. CEMS offers a course of study focusing on contemporary patterns of politics, culture, and society as well as on historical development in Europe.

Gender and Sexuality Studies
College of Arts and Science / Graduate School of Arts and Science
The undergraduate Program in Gender and Sexuality offers a broad interdisciplinary investigation of gender and sexuality as keys to understanding human experience, fully integrating the study of gender and sexuality in its core curriculum, and insistently extending the view beyond U.S. borders.

Hebrew and Judaic Studies
The Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies
The Skirball Department offers one of the most comprehensive Jewish Studies programs in North America, encompassing Hebrew language and literature as well as all facets of Jewish history and culture, from the ancient through the medieval to the modern. The program offers both an undergraduate B.A and B.S., as well as graduate programs leading to the M.A. and PhD degrees.

Intergroup Dialogue
The Intergroup Dialogue Program is a nationally recognized 1-2 credit course that brings together small groups of students from diverse backgrounds to share their experiences and gain new knowledge related to diversity and social justice. This 8-week course is open to all NYU undergraduate students, facilitated by graduate students or NYU professionals, and takes place in the Spring semester.

Graduate Programs

Africana Studies
Graduate School of Arts and Science
The Program in Africana Studies, which is administered by the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, offers a wide range of courses on black experiences throughout the Diaspora - including Africa, the Caribbean, South America, Europe, and the United States. The Africana Studies program is committed to the study of Blacks in modernity through concentrations in Pan-Africanism and Black Urban Studies.

American Studies
Graduate School of Arts and Science
The Program in American Studies offers courses of study leading to the degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy - designed to prepare students for advanced work and teaching in American studies. The program interprets "American" in a broad sense to include assessments of the historical role of the United States in the Americas and, more generally, in world affairs.

Caribbean Studies
The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)
Founded in 1966, as the first area studies center at NYU, today CLACS is one of the premier centers of its kind in the country. The Center’s national and international reputation derives from the strength of its approximately 130 research-active affiliated faculty. Among them are presidents of national professional associations, members of the National Academy, finalists for the Pulitzer Prize, recipients of Guggenheims, NEH, ACLS, Ford, Rockefeller, MacArthur and other prestigious fellowships and honors.

European and Mediterranean Studies
College of Arts and Science / Graduate School of Arts and Science
The Center for European and Mediterranean Studies (CEMS) offers a B.A. major and minor; an M.A. degree; and provides support (in the form of fellowships, workshops, and summer funds) to doctoral students in related disciplines from across the university. CEMS offers a course of study focusing on contemporary patterns of politics, culture, and society as well as on historical development in Europe.

Hebrew and Judaic Studies
The Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies

The Skirball Department offers one of the most comprehensive Jewish Studies programs in North America, encompassing Hebrew language and literature as well as all facets of Jewish history and culture, from the ancient through the medieval to the modern. The program offers both an undergraduate B.A and B.S., as well as graduate programs leading to the M.A. and PhD degrees.

Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies
Graduate School of Arts and Science
The Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies offers a course of study which focuses on the past and present of a diverse region of the world extending from North Africa to Central Asia and from the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean. It adopts interdisciplinary and comparative approaches to Middle Eastern societies from antiquity to the present day with particular focus on the period after the emergence of Islam.

Near Eastern Studies
Graduate School of Arts and Science
The Kevorkian Center's activities focus on the histories, politics, economies, religions, cultures and languages of the area stretching from North Africa to Central Asia, and seeks to foster the interdisciplinary study of the modern and contemporary Middle East and to enhance public understanding of the region.