Bachelor’s in Humanities

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Introduction to the Program

Humanities at NYU Shanghai is a four-year program for international students taught in English. The Humanities major combines a rigorous general education in the humanities with a concentrated focus on a particular discipline or theme. The requirements for the major are designed to allow students to construct a program of study that fits their own intellectual interests.

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About the Program

The curriculum is cross-cultural in a foundation and reflects the interdisciplinary strength of our faculty in areas including history, philosophy, literature, religion, film and media, and cultural studies. Humanities students engage with Asian, African, European, American, and Oceanian cultures and intellectual traditions. They learn to employ multiple disciplinary perspectives and to engage with a wide range of different sources. Rather than developing career-specific skills, the Humanities major provides students with very general skills in reading, writing, interpretation, analysis, and argument that are both highly valuable and highly transferable. Humanities majors graduate with the capacity to critically engage with our globalizing world, to contribute to contemporary scholarship, and to pursue a wide range of careers.

In the Humanities core courses, students acquire a set of methods for humanistic inquiry. Students then develop an area of thematic or disciplinary focus by taking courses in Shanghai and other NYU sites in consultation with faculty advisors. In the senior year, they take the Capstone Course and produce a final thesis to showcase their intellectual development.

Required Documents

You will need to provide the following:

  • Results from standardized tests and/or national exams

    • The SAT Reasoning Test (essay test not required); or

    • The ACT (writing test not required); or

    • Three SAT Subject Test scores (one in literature or humanities, one in math or science, and one of your choosing); or

    • Three AP exam scores (one in literature or humanities, one in math or science, and one of your choosing); or

    • The International Baccalaureate Diploma; or

    • Three IB higher-level exam scores (if you are not an IB Diploma candidate); or

    • Results from a nationally accredited exam that is considered locally to signify the completion of secondary education, is administered independently of the student’s school and has been approved by the NYU Office of Undergraduate Admissions (the most up-to-date list of accepted examinations can be found here)

  • The Common Application School Report and official high school transcript

  • One teacher evaluation (students may submit an optional second teacher evaluation, but please submit no more than two)

  • The Common Application Mid-Year Report (This should show your first-semester senior year grades. Have your counselor submit the report by March 1 through the Common Application.)

Application Deadline

January 1

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees are RMB300,000 per year. The total for the 4-year program is 1,200,000 RMB.

Application

To apply complete the application form and pay the application fee here. It takes approximately 4-6 weeks for your application to be processed and before an admissions decision is given. After you have been accepted you will receive your official acceptance letter visa application form. If you have any questions contact us.

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