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MALS students take four classes within the program — Introduction to Graduate Liberal Studies, two core courses in their chosen track, and the thesis/capstone project — and choose their remaining electives from among courses offered across the doctoral and certificate programs in the Social Sciences and Humanities at the Graduate Center.
MALS Track in New York StudiesIntroductionThis 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, Narratives of NYC: Literature and the Visual Arts, and 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.
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.
Degree RequirementsThis Master's degree program requires the following coursework for a total of 30 credits:
For related coursework in New York Studies, students may look to offerings in the doctoral programs in Anthropology, History, Political Science, Sociology, and Urban Education.
Library ResourcesVisit the GC Mina Rees Library's New York Studies Research Guide.
Students' contact for New York Studies research is reference librarian Alycia Sellie.
Questions about the MALS track in New York Studies may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.