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New York Studies


MALS students take four classes within the program—Introduction to Graduate Liberal Studies, two core courses in their chosen track, and the thesis—and choose their remaining electives from among all courses offered across the doctoral and certificate programs at the Graduate Center.


MALS Track in New York Studies

This specialization is a 30-credit program for students wishing to pursue an interest in the history of New York City and its cultures.  Two introductory 3-credit core courses, MALS 70100, Narratives of NYC:Literature and the Visual Arts, and MALS 70200, Metropolis: A Political, Historical, and Sociological Profile of NYC, prepare students in this interdisciplinary specialization to take doctoral-level courses with Graduate Center faculty, which includes many eminent scholars, artists, and critics whose work is focused on New York City. Depending on their interests and expertise, students will consider New York City’s past, its populations, and its productions from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

After earning 27 credits, students conclude the work for the degree with a thesis or project developed under the supervision of a faculty member.

Students will benefit from the presence at the CUNY Graduate Center of the Gotham Center for New York History. The program benefits, as well, from proximity to the city’s cultural and historical attractions: among them, the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Historical Society, the Brooklyn Museum, the Museo del Barrio, and the Museum of Natural History.

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