Gallatin School of Individualized Study
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|Gallatin School of Individualized Study|
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The Gallatin School of Individualized Study (commonly known as Gallatin) is a small interdisciplinary college within New York University. Gallatin aims to provide a "small college" feel, while being located within one of the largest private universities in the United States. Students design their own interdisciplinary program that meets their specific interests and career goals. Coursework can be undertaken at any of the schools that comprise NYU in addition to the school's own offerings.
Founded in 1972 as the "University Without Walls", the school is named after Albert Gallatin, Secretary of the Treasury under Thomas Jefferson, and the founder of NYU. Gallatin believed that the place for a university was not in "the seclusion of cloistered halls but in the throbbing heart of a great city."
Herbert London was the school's first dean through 1992.
The Gallatin School's facilities on the corner of Washington Place and Broadway underwent a redesign from 2007-2008. It was the first renovation project at NYU to achieve LEED certification. The project earned a LEED Gold certification for the renovation of five floors (approximately 32,000 square feet) of the existing building, including the construction of a theater, art gallery, classrooms, studios, and offices.
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Gallatin students develop a concentration, as opposed to a major, that is individualized to suit their interests and goals. A concentration can encompass multiple areas of study and often involves taking courses in various schools within NYU. The essential difference between a major and a concentration is that there is no set curriculum requirements that form a concentration. There are requirements to graduate from the Gallatin school however.
Gallatin students are required to take a fourth of their courses within Gallatin. To complete this fourth, Gallatin offers courses including writing and arts workshops, interdisciplinary seminars reaching across the liberal arts, community learning, tutorials, internships, and independent studies. In the first year, Gallatin students must complete a First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar, a First-Year Writing Seminar, and a First-Year Research Seminar. There are multiple choices of topics for each of these seminars, as opposed to them all being the same lecture given to all Freshman. In addition to these First-Year requirements, there are also the Foundation Requirements. For the Liberal Arts Foundation these include 8 Humanities credits, 8 Social Science credits, 4 Mathematics or Science credits. For the Historical and Cultural Foundation these include 4 Premodern credits, 4 Early Modern credits, and 4 Global Cultures credits. The two sets of foundation requirements may overlap and fulfill more than one requirement at once.
There are other requirements that allow the student to monitor how their concentration is progressing. In the second year, the student writes the Intellectual Autobiography and Plan for Concentration (IAPC) to chart where there studies are going and where they have been. In the third year, students write a document called the Rationale that outline what they would like their Colloquium discussion to center around. The Rationale is accompanies by a booklist of 20-25 books that will be discussed during the Colloquium. The Colloquium is the culmination of the entire academic experience at Gallatin. The student engages with a panel of three faculty for approximately two hours about their concentration and concomitant literature. The Colloquium is an integral part of every Gallatin student's educational program, and students are required to complete their Colloquium in order to graduate.
These requirements are in place to ensure that a complete liberal arts degree is fulfilled. But, Gallatin students' studies are marked by the freedom to choose the courses they are interested in and the responsibility of paving their own academic path, rather than by following a set series of requirements.
Because Gallatin focuses intensely on students at the individual level, advising is a major component of the program. Each student is assigned two advisors: a class advisor who serves the needs of a full grade level (freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors) and an academic advisor, who is more involved at the individual level with helping students shape their concentrations. The academic advisors, who not only help identify the interests of their advisees, but who also approve class schedules and attends advisee Colloquiums, serve as the primary source of advising. Academic advisors are usually faculty members at Gallatin who share similar interests with advisee students, but advisors can come from any of the schools within NYU across several disciplines. Students can also request to change academic advisors if another is more suitable.
In order to qualify for graduation, all students in the Gallatin undergraduate program must successfully complete a final oral examination called the Colloquium. The Colloquium is an intellectual conversation among four people: the student, the student's adviser, and two other members of the faculty about a selection of books representing several academic disciplines and historical periods. The Colloquium provides an opportunity for students to reflect on their Gallatin concentration and to synthesize various experiences studying books, taking courses, doing independent studies and internships into an integrated discussion about several books and themes. In preparing for the Colloquium, each student creates a book list of twenty to twenty-five works and writes a brief paper known as the Rationale which describes the themes the student plans to discuss in the Colloquium.
 Student life
 Student organizations
There are a variety of student-run organizations at Gallatin that span a vast array of interests for both undergraduate and graduate students of the school:
- Dancers Choreographers Alliance (DCA) provides student choreographers with the opportunity to create their work with fellow student dancers. Through this, dancers have the chance to be part of the creative process and showcase their abilities. DCA also allows other members of the performance community to participate in roles such as musicians, composers, and artistic managers.
- Gallatin Arts Festival (GAF) is a week long community-wide celebration of the unique artistry and interdisciplinary scholarship of NYU’s Gallatin School. The festival features over 50 students presenting work in the visual and performing arts.
- Gallatin Theatre Troupe (GTT) exists as a collective of students interested in writing, directing, managing, and acting in theatre. Accomplishments include creating a one-act play festival and producing a variety of theatrical productions. Additionally, the GTT serves as a place to discuss theatre and attend shows. GTT is completely student-run and welcomes students to get involved!
- Students of Color & Allies (SOCA) serves as a support and networking group that connects students of ALL colors from within Gallatin for social outings, intellectual activities, and academic workshops that address common interests. SOCA now organizes events aimed at enhancing the Gallatin experience for students of color.
- The Gallatin Review publishes the poetry, prose, essays, and visual art of students and faculty. Its format is very open and is determined by a group of students who collaborate to design the layout and select submissions. Come discuss the work of fellow students, or just submit your own.
- The mission of the Journal of Global Affairs is to create, produce, and publish a scholarly undergraduate journal that showcases articles and artwork pertaining to all aspects of global affairs. JGA provides a forum for undergraduate students at NYU to publish their work in a scholarly journal. Secondly, this journal stimulates general interest in and increased awareness of global affairs that affect the world in which we live.
- Gallatin Business Club (GBC) aims to educate the Gallatin community on the topic of business by providing resources, such as seminars, speakers, and group discussion on a variety of business topics. This club is for students interested in the corporate world, whether or not it is a part of their concentration. The club is an outlet for students to discuss current events in business and provides networking opportunities through speakers in a variety of fields.
- NADI: Middle Eastern Studies Society endeavors to create a robust and cohesive intellectual community for students of the Middle East at Gallatin by means of extra-curricular programming and an annual journal. Moreover, Nadi seeks to provide a nexus for Gallatin students to share information about Middle Eastern Studies courses, study abroad programs and internships.
- Gallatone "Gallatone is a student-run record label designed to release student music to the NYU student body and beyond. Gallatone thrives on the involvement of musicians, graphic designers, producers, engineers, web designers, photographers, the business minded, and many other students and their diverse interests. Use your talents to give Gallatone two feet to stand on."
 Notable people
 Notable current students
- Sinan Antoon, Iraqi Novelist and Poet
- Taylor Antrim, Novelist and Journalist
- Mitchell Joachim, Sustainable Design, TED Senior Fellow
- Myles Jackson, Historian of Science and Technology
- John Sexton, President of NYU teaches the seminar "Baseball as a Road to God"
- E. Frances White, former Dean, historian of Africa, African American Studies
 Notable alumni
- Midori Goto, violinist (M.A., 2001)
- Christy Turlington, model (B.A., 1999)
- Kaki King, songwriter and guitar virtuoso (B.A., 2001)
- Daniel Kessler, lead guitarist of the New York City-based post-punk band Interpol.
- Anne Hathaway, actress
- Isabella Rossellini, actress
- Ed Droste, singer/songwriter for the Brooklyn-based indie band, Grizzly Bear (band)
- Daniel Clark (actor)
- Peter Facinelli, actor
- Griffin Frazen, Jimmy Finnerty in Grounded For Life
- Emma McLaughlin, co-author of The Nanny Diaries
- Rooney Mara, actress and activist
- Tommy Wallach, writer and musician
- Jesse Seegers, writer and architect (B.A.,2008)