General Education Guide

Choosing a Gen Ed. Class

When looking for a General Education class, remember that it must be in the College of Arts & Sciences, and that it should be about a subject, not about learning a skill or training. Gen Eds are a way to explore different topics that can inform your creative practice. Choose a subject area that you enjoy, and look for a class that stands out to you. Use the below guide to help determine which classes are humanities or sciences, and which are not gen eds at all. These are the exceptions that we know of, but the list is not complete. If you come across a class that is about hands-on making, or about learning a craft, or performing, etc. then it is an elective.

  • OART-UT 500 Collaborative Arts Lab

  • OART-UT 701 History of Dance

  • OART-UT 826 Politics of Portraiture

  • OART-UT 970 Bronx HERstorical Heritage

  • OART-UT 1059 Art & Technology

  • OART-UT 1500 Iran Arts Activism

  • OART-UT 1503 Asian & Arab Diaspora in Lit and Film

  • OART-UT 1921 Downtown Theatre

  • OART-UT 1922 Musical Theatre

  • OART-UT 1925 Urban Arts Workshop: New York

  • OART-UT 20 Creative Computing

  • OART-UT 1017 Working with Groups in Community Settings

  • OART-UT 1057 Green World

College of Arts and Sciences Departments

(NOT ALL ‘TOPICS’ CLASSES QUALIFY AS GEN EDS)

PREFIX

DEPARTMENT

DISTRIBUTION

ANST-UA

ANIMAL STUDIES

SCIENCE or HUMANITIES (depending on specific area)

ANTH-UA/GA

ANTHROPOLOGY

SCIENCES

ARTH-UA

ART HISTORY

HUMANITIES

BIOL-UA/GA

BIOLOGY

SCIENCES

CAMS-UA

CHILD AND ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH STUDIES

SCIENCES

Known Exceptions: 131, 132, 134

Electives

CHE

CHEM/POLY ENGINEERING

Electives

CHEM-UA/GA

CHEMISTRY

SCIENCES

CLASS-UA/GA

CLASSICS

HUMANITIES

COLIT-UA/GA

COMPARATIVE LITERATURE

HUMANITIES

CRWRI-UA/GA

CREATIVE WRITING

Electives

CSCI-UA/GA

COMPUTER SCIENCE

SCIENCES

Known Exceptions: 72

Electives

DRLIT-UA

DRAMATIC LITERATURE

HUMANITIES

Known Exceptions: 35, 233, 305, 635-650, 840-841, 980-981

Electives

EAST-UA/GA

EAST ASIAN STUDIES

HUMANITIES (See Foreign Language Note)

ECON-UA/GA

ECONOMICS

SCIENCES

ENGL-UA/GA

ENGLISH

HUMANITIES

Known Exceptions: 30, 980, 981, 997, 998

Electives

ENVST-UA/GA

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

SCIENCES

Known Exceptions: 400, 415

HUMANITIES

EURO-UA/GA

EUROPEAN STUDIES

MOSTLY HUMANITIES

EXPOS-UA

EXPOSITORY WRITING

ELECTIVES

Known Exceptions: 5

EXPOSITORY WRITING

FREN-UA/GA

FRENCH

HUMANITIES (See Foreign Language Note)

Known Exceptions: 9865

Mostly Humanities, some topics are elective

Known Exceptions: 109

Electives

FRSEM-UA

FRESHMAN HONORS SEMINARS

Only open to CAS Freshmen

GERM-UA/GA

GERMAN

HUMANITIES (See Foreign Language Note)

HBRJD-UA/GA

HEBREW/JUDAIC STUDIES

HUMANITIES (See Foreign Language Note)

HEL-UA

HELLENIC STUDIES

HUMANITIES (See Foreign Language Note)

HIST-UA/GA

HISTORY

HUMANITIES

Known Exceptions: 13, 691

SCIENCES

Known Exceptions: 638

Electives

INTRL-UA

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

SCIENCES

IRISH-UA/GA

IRISH STUDIES

HUMANITIES (See Foreign Language Note)

Known Exceptions: 514, 9515

SCIENCES

ITAL-UA/GA

ITALIAN

HUMANITIES (See Foreign Language Note)

Known Exceptions: 167, 169, 282, 881

Electives

JOUR-UA/GA

JOURNALISM Please note: most courses in this Department allocate for ELECTIVE credit.

Electives

Known Exceptions: 10, 401, 505, 9505

HUMANITIES

Known Exceptions: 61, 298, 501, 502, 503, 504, 610, 611, 622, 720, 9503

SCIENCES

LATC-UA/GA

LATIN AMERICAN & CARIBBEAN STUDIES*Note: most courses in this department are graduate-level*

SCIENCES

LING-UA

LINGUISTICS

SCIENCES

LWSOC-UA

LAW AND SOCIETY

SCIENCES

LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES

Check sponsoring department number

MAP-UA

MORSE ACADEMIC PLAN (NOTE: Students currently matriculating in programs who require MAP courses to fulfill their academic requirements must have an opportunity to register for these courses first. Once that has occurred, you may be able to register on a space available basis and/or be placed on the waitlist for MAP courses.)

SCIENCES

MATH-UA

MATH

SCIENCES

MEDI-UA

MEDIEVAL & RENAISSANCE STUDIES

HUMANITIES

MEIS-UA/GA

MIDDLE EASTERN AND ISLAMIC STUDIES

HUMANITIES (See Foreign Language Note)

Known Exceptions: 609, 640, 674, 680, 696, 809

SCIENCES

MUSIC-UA/GA

MUSIC

HUMANITIES

Known Exceptions: 20, 201-205, 207, 209, 307-308, 505-508

Electives

NEURL-UA/GA

NEURAL SCIENCE

SCIENCES

PHIL-UA/GA

PHILOSOPHY

HUMANITIES

PHYS-UA/GA

PHYSICS

SCIENCES

POL-UA

POLITICS

SCIENCES

PORT-UA/GA

PORTUGUESE

HUMANITIES (See Foreign Language Note)

PSYCH-UA/GA

PSYCHOLOGY

SCIENCES

RELST-UA/GA

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

HUMANITIES

RUSSN-UA/GA

RUSSIAN & SLAVIC STUDIES

HUMANITIES (See Foreign Language Note)

SCA-UA

SOCIAL & CULTURAL ANALYSIS

This Department has many different kinds of courses in six Programs that are very diverse. This Department does not tend to allocate as predominantly Humanities or Science. For example, history courses in this Department would be Humanities, while an anthropology course in the same Program would be a Social Science.

PROGRAMS IN: AFRICANA STUDIES, AMERICAN STUDIES, ASIAN/PACIFIC/AMERICAN STUDIES, LATINO STUDIES, METROPOLITAN STUDIES, GENDER AND SEXUALITY STUDIES

Known Allocations: 90, 105, 166, 224, 310, 313, 314, 371, 482, 501, 534, 540, 541, 572, 608, 721, 726, 757, 812, 815, 816, 822, 828, 831, 833

HUMANITIES

Known Allocations: 1, 154, 156, 232, 301, 307, 314, 363, 401, 481, 536, 545, 623, 715, 719, 733, 740, 743, 755, 776, 807, 9809

SCIENCES

SOC-UA/GA

SOCIOLOGY

SCIENCES

SPAN-UA/GA

SPANISH

HUMANITIES (See Foreign Language Note)

Known Exceptions: 9661

ELECTIVES

*Note about Foreign Languages Intro or elementary level foreign language classes will initially count as elective. You need to take a second class in the same language in order for both to count as Gen Ed. Once you’ve completed the second class, contact gamecenter@nyu.edu and request to apply your language classes toward General Education.

Tisch Departments

Some Open Arts courses at Tisch count towards Gen Ed.

While most courses offered through the Tisch School of the Arts are counted as Elective credits ONLY, some courses within TSOA will count towards your General Education Requirements. To determine what area of distribution a course fulfills:

  • Locate the prefix code below for each department. EXAMPLE: for the Drama Department’s course Modern US Drama THEA-UT 608, “THEA-UT” is the prefix.

  • If a specific course number is listed on the chart, then it is a Known Exception in that Department. EXAMPLE: THEA-UT 608 is a Known Exception. Most Drama courses are Electives only, but THEA-UT 608 fulfills the Humanities requirement and is not an Elective.

Note: Not all courses that are Known Exceptions will be listed!

PREFIX

DEPARTMENT

DISTRIBUTION

ACTG-GT

GRADUATE ACTING

Electives

DANC-UT

DANCE

Electives

DESG-UT

DESIGN

Electives

THEA-UT

DRAMA

Electives

Known Exceptions: 602, 605, 608, 618, 623, 624, 625, 631, 632, 650, 661, 662, 700, 705, 711, 717, 718, 719, 721, 723, 725, 727, 731, 732, 741, 744, 748, plus new courses TBD each semester

HUMANITIES

IOART-UT

SPECIAL PROGRAMS - “Topics” courses, Art & Culture (Cuba, South Africa, China, etc. - see specific semester course offerings)

HUMANITIES

Known Exceptions: 11, 1000, 1002, 1500, 2040

Electives

ASPP-UT

ART & PUBLIC POLICY

Varies by course (see below)

Check specific listings in Art & Policy Course booklet or at http://app.tisch.nyu.edu. Some courses may be Gen Ed offerings. Please read carefully, because there are TBD and recent additions/changes each semester.

CINE-UT

CINEMA STUDIES

HUMANITIES

FMTV-UT

FILM & TELEVISION

Electives

Known Exceptions: 4, 6, 21, 321, 322, 323, 324, 1002, 1003, 1007, 1008, 1022, 1026, 1031, 1032, 1034, 1144, 1154, 1155, 1156, 1160, 1204, 1206, 1207, 1208, 1209, 1231

HUMANITIES

ITPG-UT

INTERACTIVE COMMUNICATIONS

Electives

DWPG-UT

DRAMATIC WRITING

Electives

GMTW-GT

GRADUATE MUSICAL THEATER WRITING

Electives

Known Exceptions: 1002

HUMANITIES

PERF-UT

PERFORMANCE STUDIES

MOSTLY ELECTIVES

Known Exceptions: 101-103, 202, 203

HUMANITIES

106

SCIENCES

PHTI-UT

PHOTOGRAPHY AND IMAGING

Known Exceptions: 1120

HUMANITIES

REMU-UT

CLIVE DAVIS DEPARTMENT OF RECORED MUSIC

MOSTLY Electives only

Known Exceptions: 1107, 1113, 1116, 1130-1132, 1150, 1194, 1195, 1199, plus new courses TBD each semester

HUMANITIES

OART-UT

OPEN ARTS CURRICULUM (TSOA)

MOSTLY Electives only

Known Exceptions: 140, 562, 826,952,954,955, 1280, 1400, 1500, 1704, 1918, 1922

HUMANITIES

Known Exceptions: 20, 404, 1017

SCIENCES

Steinhardt : American Sign Language (ASL-UE)

American Sign Language (ASL) courses offered through the Steinhardt School of Education may count for General Education credit, however, the department policy regarding completion of (2) Elementary level courses still applies: if taking the Elementary Language I level, students must successfully complete TWO semesters of that SAME foreign language for it to count at all as Gen Ed. When a student who takes the Elementary Level I of a language successfully completes the 2nd level (II) or higher of this same foreign language, they should contact the Film & TV Office of Academic Support Services (via email or in Room 1107) and request to move their Elementary Language I class from Electives to Humanities.