About Liberal Studies

The Core Program is a two-year liberal arts foundation program distinguished by small classes and close faculty-student interaction. For junior and senior year, students transition to one of NYU's undergraduate degree programs to earn their bachelor's degree. The Core Program curriculum emphasizes the great works in a global context and fulfills liberal arts requirements for NYU bachelor's degrees.

Liberal Studies at NYU, home to the Core Program and the Global Liberal Studies bachelor's degree, feels like a small liberal arts college with access to the vast resources of a major research university. All classes are discussion-based, no larger than 25 students, and taught by faculty that are experts in fields from human rights to creative writing. Students receive personalized attention from academic advisors and faculty mentors.

The Core Program infuses learning with a global focus, bringing the liberal arts into the Twenty-first Century and helping students to develop skills for success in an increasingly interconnected world. Core Program students have significant opportunities to study away from the Washington Square Park campus, at NYU global academic centers in Florence, Paris, London, or Washington, DC.

Core Program students are positioned for success at NYU and beyond. Alumni of the Core Program have gone on to pursue diverse professional paths, including:

  • Distinguished graduate programs at the London School of Economics, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, NYU Institute of Fine Arts, and Princeton University
  • Prestigious law programs at institutions including Yale University, Columbia University, and New York University
  • Careers in media at Disney, PBS, and the BBC
  • Positions in finance and consulting with Citibank, BlackRock, and McKinsey
  • International government at the World Bank and United Nations
  • Non-profit management, founding Land is Life and the Bakhita Girls School in Tanzania
  • Journalism, in roles with The Huffington Post and The New Yorker