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.

The curriculum is cross-cultural in 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.


Fall 2020-Humanities Courses List

Starting Academic Year 2019-2020, the Humanities Major has a new, revised set of course and curricular requirements. Students entering NYUSH this Academic Year will follow the new course requirements (see below).

Students who entered in 2018-2019 or 2017-2018 can opt to follow the old Humanities course requirements for the major or to follow the new course requirements. For those Humanities majors (current sophomores and juniors) who wish to continue with the old Humanities course requirements, they must fulfill the following distribution of courses:

  • Critical Concept Courses 4 Units Total

  • Survey Courses 8 Units Total

  • Topic Courses 24 Units Total

  • Digital Approaches Courses 4 Units Total

  • Capstone 4 Units Total


If you first enrolled at NYUSH as a freshmen in Academic Year 2019-2020, or if you are a current sophomore or junior and wish to adopt the new, revised curriculum for the Humanities Major you will follow the following system for your required course distribution:

  • Foundations Course 8 Units Total

  • Introductory Courses 8 Units Total

  • Advanced Courses 24 Units Total (at least 4 credits, Advanced Interdisciplinary)

  • Capstone Seminar 6 Unites Total

Learn more about Fall 2020 Humanities course offerings

Faculty Mentors

Humanities Area Head: Professor Duane Corpis 

Room 1219 | Email: | Profile


Professor Shirin Edwin 

Room 1202 | Email: see2@nyu.eduProfile


Professor Alexander C.T. Geppert 

Room 1213 | Email: | Profile


Professor Tzu-hui Celina Hung 

Room 1221 | Email: | Profile


Professor Heather Lee 

Room 1220 | Email:​ | Profile


Professor Lu Teng 

Room 1219 | Email:​ | Profile


Professor Brad Weslake 

Room 961 | Email: | Profile


Minor in Humanities
Any four 4-credit classes from the required and elective list of Humanities major courses.
Minor in History
Four classes from the required and elective list of Humanities major History courses.
Minor in Literature
Four classes from the required and elective list of Humanities major Literature courses.
Minor in Philosophy

Four classes from the required and elective list of Humanities major Philosophy courses.

Major Curriculum Worksheet

Humanities Major Curriculum Worksheet (AY 2020-21 Academic Bulletin) [PDF] [Editable Version