About Liberal Studies

The Core Program is a two-year foundation program for students who will complete their education in one of NYU's undergraduate schools. It features a global great works core curriculum that fulfills liberal arts requirements for several NYU bachelor's degrees.

Liberal Studies at NYU, home to the Core Program and the Global Liberal Studies bachelor's degree, is distinguished by small classes. Faculty and students work closely together in a learning community that is similar to a small liberal arts college, yet enriched by the resources of a major research university.

The unique educational opportunities of the Core Program continue with unparalleled opportunities to study away from NYU's Washington Square campus at NYU sites in Florence, Paris, or London. Studying in one of the world's cultural capitals distinguishes students by grounding their learning in a global context.

The Core Program positions students for success at NYU and beyond. With its great works core curriculum, small classes, and global outlook, the Core Program equips students with a toolbox of skills that prepares them to become agents of change in an increasingly dynamic, interconnected world.

Alumni of the Core Program have gone on to pursue a wide variety of professional paths, including:
  • Distinguished graduate programs at Oxford, the London School of Economics, Harvard, NYU, and Princeton
  • Careers in media at Disney and the BBC
  • Positions in finance at Citibank and McKinsey
  • International roles in education and journalism
  • Prestigious law schools such as Yale, Columbia, NYU, and Georgetown
  • Non-profit management in founding the Bakhita Girls School in Tanzania