About the Global Liberal Studies B.A.

Global Liberal Studies (GLS) is an interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree program that brings the traditional liberal arts into the global twenty-first century and equips you with the skills to excel in a changing world.

In GLS, you take a humanistic approach to Global Studies, building a foundation in world cultures by studying significant literature, arts, politics, philosophy, and history from around the world. All your classes will be seminar-style and taught by full-time faculty who complement classroom learning with frequent co-curricular outings to museums, theaters, and landmarks to experience the global great works in person.

You will learn how meaning is formulated and circulates within and across borders, as you specialize in one of five concentrations and develop the intellectual framework for understanding globalization.

You will test this theoretical understanding against the local experiences you have during your junior year abroad. As a GLS student, you have the rare experience of spending your entire junior year studying abroad at one of NYU's global academic centers. There you will be immersed in the local culture through an experiential learning placement and language study, making the site itself a subject of study. You also have the opportunity to spend you first year away from Washington Square.*

As a senior, you bring all your studies and experience to bear on a thesis that integrates what you have learned of a particular culture into an overarching global context. Working closely with a faculty advisor, you will define, research, and choose a medium for your thesis.

You will graduate from GLS with a uniquely global and interdisciplinary lens for problem-solving -- valuable skills to any potential employer or graduate school. GLS alumni have gone on to a variety of impressive professional roles in fields such as:
  • Government, at the White House, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the French Consulate
  • Media, in careers with Huffington Post, NPR, and NBC
  • Business, in positions at IBM, Capgemini, and Google
  • Entrepreneurship, by launching successful magazines, production companies, and winning the Harvard College Innovation Challenge
  • Non-profit work, with Girl Scouts of the USA, Teach for China, and the Fulbright Program
Those who pursue graduate or professional school have gone on to further study at prestigious institutions that include:
  • Harvard Law School
  • London School of Economics
  • Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism
  • Courtauld Institute of Art
  • King’s College London
  • Diplomatic Academy of Vienna

*Note: GLS students are required to spend the fall and spring semesters of both the sophomore year and the senior year in residence on Washington Square in New York.