Undergraduate Studies

Societies & Social Science Course Offerings

This list includes both Steinhardt (denoted by LIBAR-UE xxx) and College of Arts & Sciences courses approved to satisfy the Societies & Social Science MAP requirement.

  • All courses are 4 credit hours.
  • You may choose any (1) course from the following list.

Steinhardt Courses:

LIBAR-UE 202 (was E52.0202, E20.0020) American Social Movements
Through the lenses of power, resistance, and identity, this course provides an introduction to American social movements from the 1950s to the present. Drawing from history, sociology, and politics, it examines a range of social movements, including: civil rights and Black Power, second and third wave feminisms, gay and lesbian liberation and LGBT movements, and Rightwing mobilization. The course also examines the question of how social activism on both the political Left and Right has changed over the past fifty years.

LIBAR-UE 201 (was E52.1030, E20.1030) Art and the City: A Sociological Perspective
A broad introduction to the political and spatial dynamics of artistic-production in twentiethand twenty-first centuries. Artists are viewed as makers of culture but also of urban character and geography - essential components in the elaborate divisions of labor which create the global metropolis. Readings and lectures draw from a range of historical periods, geographic locations, and artistic genres.

LIBAR-UE 531 (was E52.0531, E53.1545) Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the New Immigration
The objectives of this course are to introduce students to a sampling of recent theoretical and empirical work, in various academic disciplines, dealing with immigration. We will achieve this objective by systematically examining very recent research in comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives with a particular focus on the emerging Inter American migration system. Students will learn about the most recent trends in Latin American, Caribbean and to a lesser extent Asian migration to the U.S., and will compare the nature of current immigration scholarship in the United States to developments in other postindustrial settings. An examination of the comparative materials will highlight isomorphic conditions--as well as differences--in immigration debates, policies, processes, and outcomes. This course will be interdisciplinary. We shall examine recent data and theoretical work in a variety of fields such as economics, education, law, policy, psychology, sociocultural anthropology, sociolinguistics, and sociology.

LIBAR-UE 551 (was E52.0551, E55.1033) Culture Wars in America
This course will examine the origins, development, and meanings of cultural conflict in the United States. Why do cultural issues divide Americans? And how have these issues changed over time? Topics will include abortion, gay rights, bilingualism, alcohol and drug policies, and the teaching of evolution in public schools.

LIBAR-UE 552 (was E52.0552, E55.0610) Education and the American Dream: Historical Perspectives
This course will consider different conceptions of democracy, community, and the relationship between public schooling and the promotion of democratic ideals. Students will explore some of the central goals and purposes of American public education over the past two centuries and the debates about those goals and purposes. The relationship between schooling and specific communities will be discussed in order to ask whether the goals of schooling might promote or contradict the goals of particular groups who seek to benefit from public education.

LIBAR-UE 553 (was E52.0553, E55.1010) History of Professions in the United States
In this course students will examine the evolution of American professions including elementary and higher education, medicine, psychology, speech pathology, nutrition, public health, and occupational therapy from their initial development and membership to how their work came to be organized in the fields of education and health care. Beginning with the pre-Civil War era through the 1960s social and political movements, students will study the impact of national crises like the 1930s Great Depression and World War I and II on professional practice, as well as the historically sound and flawed decisions that reverberate in the professions today. Students will discuss the impact of early 20 century immigration on NYC professions, the Progressive political/social Movement on NYC professions, and the NYC teachers unions in the 1960s.

LIBAR-UE 591 (was E52.0591, E59.0001) Introduction to Media Studies
Introduces students to the study of contemporary forms of mediated forms of communication. The course surveys the main topics in the field and introduces students to a variety of analytical perspectives. Issues include: the economics of media production; the impact of media on individual attitudes, values and behaviors; the role of media professionals; the impact of new media technologies.

LIBAR-UE 592 (was E52.0592, E59.0003) History of Communication
This course surveys the history of media forms and communication technologies, charting the historical trajectory from the alphabet to the Internet. It explores mediation in and across time and the emergence and development of different media forms in relation to particular social, economic, perceptual, and technological conditions and historical moments.

LIBAR-UE 593 (was E52.0593, E59.0005) Introduction to Human Communication and Culture
Surveys major research perspectives and theories concerning core areas within the field of culture and human communication. Introduces and reviews major approaches to the study of human interaction, rhetoric, language, persuasion, and cultural processes across diverse contexts.

LIBAR-UE 632 (was E52.0632, E63.0019) Introduction to Personality Theories
Consideration of the major theories of personality. The work of various theorists is discussed as it relates to personality development through the life span.

College of Arts and Sciences Courses:

Search the College of Arts & Sciences Bulletin online at: http://cas.nyu.edu/object/ug.pdf.bulletin.1012 for full course descriptions


ANTH-UA 1/V14.0001 Human Society and Culture

ANTH-UA 3/V14.0003 Archaeology: Early Societies and Cultures



ECON-UA 1/V31.0001 Economic Principles I

ECON-UA 2/V31.0002 Economic Principles II



HIST-UA 9/V57.0009 U.S. History to 1865

HIST-UA 10/V57.0010 Modern America


LING-UA/V61.0015 Language and Society
LING-UA/V61.0047 The Language of America's Ethnic Minorities
LING-UA 30/V61.0030 Language in Latin America


POL-UA 300/V53.0300 Power and Politics in America
POL-UA 500/V53.0500 Comparative Politics

Religious Studies

RELST-GA 1001/V90.0001 Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion

Social and Cultural Analysis

SCA-UA 1/V18.0001 Concepts in Social and Cultural Analysis
SCA-UA 401/V18.0401 Approaches to Gender & Sexuality Studies
SCA-UA/V18.0601 Approaches to Metropolitan Studies


SOC-UA 1/V93.0001 Intro to Sociology
SOC-UA 135/V93.0135 Race and Ethnicity
SOC-UA 205/V93.0205 Social Movements, Protest, and Conflict
SOC-UA 386/V93.0386 American Capitalism in theory and Practice
SOC-UA 413/V93.0413 Law in Society