BA in Education Studies

Liberal Arts Core

The Core Curriculum is designed to give students a foundation of general education and a breadth of intellectual perspective.  

The CORE is comprised of four areas of the liberal arts:

Descriptions of these areas and courses which fulfill the requirements are listed below. Some of these requirements can also be fulfilled through Advanced Placement test scores.  

Steinhardt Liberal Arts Core courses expand the options available to Steinhardt students allowing them to use Steinhardt courses to fulfill NYU's College Core Curriculum (CORE-UA).  

In general, undergraduate students may use NYU study abroad course work to satisfy the College Core Curriculum and/or liberal arts and/or unrestricted elective requirements, according to the Core Curriculum Equivalency Chart.

Expository Writing

Education Studies students must complete two courses in expository writing and pass the Writing Proficiency Examination.

Freshmen students who complete EXPOS-UA 0001, Writing the Essay, with a grade of "C" or better are certified as proficient, and are not required to sit for the exam. In addition, students must enroll in and successfully complete ACE-UE 0110, The Advanced College Essay: Education and the Professions.

Students enrolled in the Higher Education Opportunity Programs (HEOP) completing 0005 and 0006 (Prose Writing I and II) with grades of "C" or better are deemed proficient.

Transfer students entering the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development must pass the Proficiency Examination administered by the Expository Writing Program. This exam determines whether additional coursework in Expository Writing will be required for proficiency certification and is given during orientation. Transfer students who pass the examination and transfer in two courses in writing composition or the equivalent will not be required to complete additional course work in expository writing.

If the students pass and transfer in only one course, they will be required to complete EXPOS-UA 0001, Writing the Essay. The course, Writing the Essay, is significantly different from most writing courses students have taken at two and four year colleges and provides the foundation for writing in the university.

If the students fail and have received transfer credit for either one or two courses in expository writing or the equivalent, they will be required to complete at least one expository writing course, EXPOS-UA 0013 (Writing Tutorial), or EXPOS-UA 0004 (International Writing Workshop 1) as determined by the Expository Writing Program.

Placement may vary depending on the writing issues present in the examination. Students who achieve a letter grade of "C" or above in Writing Tutorial are certified as proficient. Students who do not achieve a "C" or above must take the Proficiency Exam.

International Students completing EXPOS-UA 0004/0009 (International Writing Workshop 1/International Writing Workshop 2) will take the proficiency examination at the end of their writing-course sequence. If the students fail, they will be required to complete one expository writing course, EXPOS-UA 0013, Writing Tutorial.

Foreign Languages

Education Studies students must complete two semesters of foreign language. Ed Studies students are not exempt from the foreign language requirement but may satisfy it through AP test scores.

Students who will register for any language with which they have prior experience (studied in high school, college or study abroad programs or who are bilingual or multilingual) are required to take a placement examination to determine which level is appropriate.

Placement exams are offered during the first week of classes as well as once a month throughout the semester. The placement test schedule is available at nyu.edu/cas/placementexams.

In addition to foreign language courses taken at the College of Arts and Science, students may opt to take courses in American Sign Language (ASL-UE) in Steinhardt to satisfy the foreign language requirement.

Foundations of Contemporary Culture

The Foundations of Contemporary Culture (FCC) sequence of the College Core Curriculum is a series of four coordinated courses in the humanities and social sciences. Within each of the four offerings, students are free to pursue their particular interests through their choice of individual classes offered through the CORE plan in the College of Arts and Science or options in Steinhardt's Liberal Arts Core (see course listings below). The four course headings are: Texts and Ideas, Cultures and Contexts, Societies and the Social Sciences, and Expressive Cultures.

Texts and Ideas 

All Education Studies students are required to fulfill their Texts and Ideas requirement with the following course:

  • PHED-UE 10 Learning and the Meaning of Life (this is also a major required course)

Cultures and Contexts 
There are NO Advanced Placement test scores that satisfy this requirement. All other options for these courses are offered through CAS's College Core Curriculum. NYU Steinhardt courses that will fulfill Cultures and Contexts include (asterisk marks those in our department, which are highly recommended):

  • PHED-UE 1016 Religion and Public Education in an International Context*
  • HSED-UE 1033 Global Culture Wars*
  • MCC-UE 8413 Cultural Memory and Visual Culture

Humanities and Social Sciences Electives
Students must take one introductory and one advanced course in both Humanities and Social Sciences. Students are encourage, but not required, to take courses in the same discipline for each area (this also helps to meet prerequisites for advanced courses). Foreign language will not fulfill these requirements.

The following departments are considered Humanities for satisfying this requirement:

  • American Studies (SCA-UA-2)
  • Art History (ARTH-UA)
  • Cinema Studies (Tisch School of the Arts)
  • Classics (CLASS-UA)
  • Comparative Literature (COLIT-UA)
  • Dramatic Literature (DRLIT-UA)
  • English (ENGL-UA)
  • Latino Studies (SCA-UA_5)
  • Linguistics (LING-UA)
  • History (HIST-UA)
  • Media, Culture, and Communication (Steinhardt - MCC-UE)
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies (MEDI-UA)
  • Philosophy (PHIL-UA)
  • Religious Studies (RELST-UA)

The following departments are considered Social Sciences for satisfying this requirement:

  • American Studies (SCA-UA-2)
  • Anthropology (ANTH-UA)
  • Applied Psychology (Steinhardt - APSY-UE)
  • Economics (ECON-UA)
  • Environmental Studies (ENVST-UA)
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies (SCA-UA_4)
  • International Relations (INTRL-UA)
  • Law and Society (LWSOC-UA)
  • Metropolitan Studies (SCA-UA_6)
  • Politics (POL-UA)
  • Psychology (PSYCH-UA)
  • Sociology (SOC-UA)

Social Science electives can be satisfied through the following AP test scores:

  • AP Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Politics, or Psychology with a score of 4 or 5

NYU Steinhardt courses that will fulfill Social Sciences elective courses (asterisk marks those which are highly recommended):

  • APSY-UE 0002 Introduction to Psychology and Its Principles
  • APSY-UE 0010 Survey of Developmental Psychology
  • APSY-UE 0019 Introduction to Personality Theories
  • APSY-UE 1271 Developmental Psychology Across the Lifespan
  • HSED-UE 0610 Education and the American Dreams: Historical Perspectives*
  • HSED-UE 1005 Introduction to Education: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives*
  • HSED-UE 1010 History of Professions in the United States*
  • INTE-UE 0010 Introduction to Global Education*
  • INTE-UE 0011 Globalization and Education*
  • INTE-UE 1012 God, Schools, and the Globe*
  • INTE-UE 1532 Terrorism, Extremism, and Education*
  • INTE-UE 1545 Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the New Immigration*
  • SOED-UE 0020 Power, Resistance, Identity: American Social Movements*
  • SOED-UE 1030 Art and the City: A Sociological Perspective*

Expressive Culture
This requirement can be satisfied through the following courses or AP test scores:

  • AP English Literature with a score of 4 or 5

NYU Steinhardt departmental courses that will satisfy the Expressive Cultures requirement:

  • ARTCR-UE 0010 Art: Practice and Ideas
  • ARTCR-UE 0055 Art of Now
  • ARTCR-UE 0152 The Internet and Contemporary Art
  • AHUM-UE 1010 International Art Film, Social Chagne, and the Experience of Modernity
  • MCC-UE 1410 Global Visual Culture
  • MPADE-UE 1278 Dance as an Art Form
  • MPAET-UE 0060 Introduction to Theatre as Art Form for Non-Majors

All other options for these courses are offered through CAS's College Core Curriculum

Foundations of Scientific Inquiry

The Foundations of Scientific Inquiry (FSI) is a series of three coordinated courses in quantitative reasoning and the natural sciences. The three areas are Quantitative Reasoning, Natural Sciences I, and Natural Sciences II. Together, these courses ensure that every student gains a fundamental understanding of how mathematics and laboratory experimentation advance scientific investigation. While some students acquire this background through other coursework, FSI courses are especially designed to meet the need of non-science students. Within each of the three offerings, students are free to pursue their particular interests through their choice of individual classes.

Quantitative Reasoning/Mathematics Requirement
This requirement can be satisfied through the following courses or AP test scores. 

  • AP Statistics with a score of 4 or 5

These courses will fulfill the Quantitative Reasoning requirement:

  • APSTA-UE 0010 Statistical Mysteries and How to Solve Them
  • APSTA-UE 1085 Basic Statistics I 
  • PSYCH-UA 10 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

Students who transferred from another college or institution, may, with adviser approval, fulfill their Quantitative Reasoning requirement with another Statistics course.  For Education Studies students, Pre-Calculus, Trig, or Calculus may not be used to fulfill this requirement.

Natural Science I and Natural Science II
These requirements can be satisfied through the following courses or AP test scores:

  • AP Biology (8 points)
  • AP Chemistry (8 points)
  • AP Physics B (10 points)
  • AP Physics C-Mech (3 points) and Physics C-E&M (3 points)

NYU Steinhardt courses that will satisfy the Natural Science requirement:

  • CSCD-UE 1045 Science of Language
  • CSCD-UE 0033 Voices and Listeners
  • NUTR-UE 119 Nutrition and Health
  • NUTR-UE 1068 Introduction To Human Physiology
  • NUTR-UE 1187 Introduction to Global Issues in Nutrition
  • OT-UE 1011 Cognition and Everyday Life: The Science of Neurorehabilitation
  • SCIED-UE 0210 Science in Our LIves: Science in the Community

CAS departmental courses that will satisfy BOTH the Natural Science I and Natural Science II requirement (must be taken in sequence):

  • CHEM-UA 0125-0126 General Chemistry I and II including lab
  • CHEM-UA 0127-0128 General Chemistry I Honors including lab
  • PHYS-UA 0011-0012 General Physics I and II

All other options for these courses are offered through CAS's College Core Curriculum

 

For questions about these requirements, students should consult their academic adviser.