Great Courses to Consider

By now, you’re probably finalizing your course registration. But if you’re stuck on a waitlist or still looking for a great course with an open seat, try one of these:

CLASS-UA 291: Special Topics in Classics: Science Fiction Before Science 

How would you define science fiction? Are futuristic settings, advanced technologies, and alien worlds fundamental aspects of the genre? If so, what roles can subsequent exploration, discovery, and innovation play in changing our reception of a work as science fiction? In this class, we will read excerpts from a variety of ancient texts, including Homer’s Odyssey, Herodotus’ Histories, and Lucian’s True History alongside modern works by Doris Lessing, Richard Adams, and Ursula K. Le Guin (among others) in order to assess what parallels can be drawn between their respective treatments of technology, history, religion, and culture. Our goal is to work toward a definition of science fiction critically, while paying special attention to the techniques that each author employs in describing and analyzing a world that is not their own.”

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BIOL-UA 8: Living Environment

An issues-oriented course in biology emphasizing the current understanding of fundamental contemporary matters in life and environmental sciences. Covers topics such as evolution, biodiversity, genetic engineering, the human genome, bioterrorism, climate, pollution, and diseases. Examines the interrelationship within living systems and their environments.

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COLIT-UA 132: Delirious Knowledge and Desire in Literature, Film, and Music

At its limit, ecstatic experience threatens to pull you dangerously into the unknown, to destroy your sense of self, to change you in such a way that you can no longer return to what you used to be.


SOC-UA 111: Sociological Theory

Is a society more than the sum of the individuals in it? Does it have its own history of growth and change? Can people work together to change it for the better? Social theory illuminates the ways that individuals are shaped and constrained by the social relations into which they are born, yet social theorists have often argued that existing social relations are unnecessarily harmful, holding out hope for their reform or revolutionary transformation. Sometimes, problems that seem to each individual to be their own personal troubles can only be confronted together, as issues for public debate and action. It is the job of social theory to make the connection from personal trouble to public issue. Above all, social theory shows that inequalities—in workplaces, families, the public sphere, and elsewhere—are not immobile facts of nature but instead can be challenged. In this course, we will delve into some of the foundational (but conflicting!) contributions of social theorists who have sought to understand, first, why society is the way it is and, second, whether and how its harms can be fixed.


Open Courses!

While many people have finalized their course schedules, some of you may still be looking for course recommendations. Maybe you’ve been procrastinating registering for courses (tut tut); maybe you are 4th on a waitlist for a popular course and need a good alternative; maybe you just are completely overwhelmed and have no idea what to take. Whatever your story, here are some recommendations for some great Precollege courses that still have open seats, conveniently sorted by interest rather than subject.


So, if you’re interested in…

The arts (Music, Dance, Theater), try:

  • MUSIC-UA 100 Music of New York
  • OART-UT 804 Modern Dance: Mind Body Knowledge and Expression
  • FMTV-UT 1083 Intro to Special Effects Make-Up

Check out detailed course descriptions here.

History or cultural studies, try:

  • SCA-UA 608 Urban Cultural Life
  • EAST-UA 950 Topics in Asian Studies: East Asia in Western Travel Writing 1850-1940s
  • MEIS-UA 690 The Emergence of The Modern Middle East
  • MEIS-UA 798 Topics in Modern Middle Eastern Culture: Music and Society Through the Lens of Literature & Cinema
  • SOC-UA 471 Politics, Power, and Society

Check out detailed course descriptions here.

Pop culture and society, try:

  • SCA-UA 157 Hip Hop & Politics
  • SCA-UA 608 Urban Cultural Life
  • IDSEM-UG 1494 Monsters in Popular Culture

Check out detailed course descriptions here.

Human nature, behavior, or the human body:

  • CAMS-UA 110 The Science of Happiness
  • ANTH-UA 2 Human Evolution
  • ANTH-UA 3 Archaeology: Early Societies & Culture
  • ANTH-UA 326 Introduction to Forensic Anthropology
  • SOC-UA 1 Intro to Sociology
  • OC-UA 301 Research Methods
  • APSY-UE 2 Introduction to Psychology and Its Principles
  • SOC-UA 471 Politics, Power, and Society
  • PHIL-UA 21 History of Modern Philosophy
  • STS-UY 1002 Introduction to Science and Technology Studies
  • BIOL-UA 4 Human Physiology
  • JOUR-UA 505 Issues and Ideas: Writing the Body

Check out detailed course descriptions here.

Ethics or law, try:

  • PHIL-UA 21 History of Modern Philosophy
  • PHIL-UA 50 Medical Ethics
  • SOC-UA 471 Politics, Power, and Society
  • SOC-UA 503 Criminology

Check out detailed course descriptions here.

Reading and literature, try:

  • CLASS-UA 404 Classical Mythology
  • CLASS-UA 291 Special Topics in Classics: Science Fiction Before Science
  • THEA-UT 705 Realism & Naturalism: European Origins
  • IDSEM-UG 1494 Monsters in Popular Culture

Check out detailed course descriptions here.

Movies & film, try:

  • COLIT-UA 132 Topics: Ecstasy: Desire in Lit, Film
  • MEIS-UA 798 Topics in Modern Middle Eastern Culture: Music and Society Through the Lens of Literature & Cinema
  • FMTV-UT 1095 Producing for Film

Check out detailed course descriptions here.

Writing and storytelling, try:

  • SPAN-UA 551 Topics: Nueva York/New York: Writing the City
  • JOUR-UA 21 Report New York
  • JOUR-UA 202 Methods and Practice: Pop NY, The Personal Essay
  • JOUR-UA 505 Issues and Ideas: Writing the Body

Check out detailed course descriptions here.

The environment and nature, try:

  • BIOL-UA 8 Living Environment
  • ENVST-UA 100 Environmental Systems Science

Check out detailed course descriptions here.

Math, engineering, or business, try:

  • MATH-UA 140 Linear Algebra
  • MATH-UA 233 Theory of Probability
  • G-UY 1003 Introduction to Engineering and Design
  • MA-UY 1124 Calculus II for Engineers
  • MA-UY 1424 Integrated Calculus II for Engineers
  • UPADM-GP 242 The Business of Nonprofit Management
  • STS-UY 1002 Introduction to Science and Technology Studies
  • FMTV-UT 1095 Producing for Film

Check out detailed course descriptions here.

Computers & programming, try:

  • CSCI-UA 2 Introduction to Computer Programming
  • CSCI-UA 4 Introduction to Web Design and Computer Principles
  • FMTV-UT 1123 Internet Design

Check out detailed course descriptions here.

Learning a new language, try:

  • EAST-UA 201 Elementary Chinese I
  • EAST-UA 247 Elementary Japanese I
  • FREN-UA 1 Elemen French Level I
  • SPAN-UA 1 Spanish for Beginners- Level I
  • GERM-UA 20 Intensive Intermediate German
  • ITAL-UA 20 Intensive Intermediate Italian

Check out detailed course descriptions here.

Bonus  Blogger’s Pick: CAMS-UA 110 The Science of Happiness

This is one of our most popular courses at NYU every fall and spring, which “examines the state of college-student mental health and wellness” by looking at “how individuals can create positive change by reinterpreting their goals and identifying steps toward a successful college experience.”



Dude, Where’s My Class?

So you’re registered for classes. Excellent! But…where are they being held? NYU can seem like a concrete jungle within a concrete jungle, but don’t worry–by the time you finish reading this entry, you’ll be an expert at finding your away around campus.

Dude…where IS your class?

How do I find out where my class is being held?

The first thing to do is to log into your NYUHome account, and pull up your class schedule via the Student Services Center in Albert. Your schedule will tell you where your classes are being held. Easy right? Well…except that it says something along the lines of “269M 206.” How is anyone supposed to know what that means?

What do the codes mean?

First, you’ll need to look up the building code (the “269M” mentioned above) to find out which building your class is in. Then, find your building on the NYU campus map. You can use the interactive map or download a PDF map with a key.

Going back to the example from above, “269M 206″ means this class will meet at 269 Mercer Street, Room 206.  Eureka!  You now know where to be for your first day of class.

What if I’m taking engineering courses?

Students taking classes at the Tandon School of Engineering can find directions to our Brooklyn campus online here.

Is there an App for all this?

Of course. You can access a campus map (and more!) by downloading the NYU Mobile App.

Books & NYUClasses

Now that you have enrolled in classes and paid your bill, you can start getting your materials ready for the first day of class. Check out some of our most frequently asked questions below:

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How do I know what books I’ll need for class? 
You can search for a list of required books online at the NYU Bookstore website.

How do I find my books? 
You can search for your books by entering your NYU N# and birth date or by entering individual course information. ProTip:  We recommend you search using both channels to double-check your book list and make sure you receive as much information as possible.

I tried to search but there are no books listed…what do I do?
If you have no books listed for your classes, do not worry!  Summer term books are often not listed online until closer to the first day of class.  Additionally, not all NYU professors order their books through the NYU Bookstore.  You can always wait until the first day of class to receive the syllabus and list of required reading.  Many students do this to determine for themselves which books they will purchase.

Can I buy used books at the NYU Bookstore?
Absolutely: the NYU Bookstore has used and new trade and textbooks for sale.

Where is the NYU Bookstore? Do they sell anything besides books?
The NYU Bookstore is located at 726 Broadway. Apart from books, the Bookstore also features NYU aparrel and merchandise. Be sure to stop by when you arrive on campus to stock up on NYU gear and souvenirs, too!

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Do I have to order my books through the NYU Bookstore?
Certainly not; students also use other booksellers to get their books: both Barnes & Noble Union Square and The Strand are within walking distance of the NYU campus. Alternatively, many students opt to order books online via Barnes & Noble and  To make the decision of where to buy a little easier, the NYU Bookstore website offers the option of online price comparison.

What is NYU Classes?
 NYUClasses is an online system that some professors use to post their syllabus, homework assignments, and even utilize message boards to supplement class discussions with online ones. You can find NYUClasses in the “Academics” tab of your NYUHome account. Be aware that professors use NYUClasses differently; some professor have already posted their syllabii; some might wait to post until the first week of classes; some might not post at all!  For that reason, don’t worry if not all, or even none, of your classes appear in NYUClasses, as not all professors use it.