At the Gallatin School of Individualized Study students craft their own program of study based on interests and passions. These inquiries evolve into concentrations—they’re not called majors at Gallatin. Consequently, students seek answers to questions they have, discover new questions to ask, and combine topics that might seem unrelated. With this approach, students study the things they care about and learn to care about things they didn’t know about. And the learning all happens through a collaborative, creative, multidisciplinary lens.
Gallatin students leave prepared to thrive in a professional landscape evolving at near-warp speed. They find support in a collaborative, tight-knit community that doesn’t fit into the neat and tidy box associated with a typical major. They learn how to think, problem solve, and reflect. Outcomes for Gallatin students are what one might expect: innovative and varied.
Check out what these Gallatin graduates are up to, and consider how Gallatin might be the ideal place for you to craft a future all your own.
Robert Clinton, Class of 2016
While at NYU Gallatin, Robert’s concentration in the sociology and politics of urban agriculture allowed him to study away at NYU Accra and conduct research in Berlin, Germany, as a Gallatin Global Fellow in Urban Practice.
Following graduation, he was a 2016 Marshall Scholar and earned an MS in Sustainable Urbanism and a Master of Public Administration and Management degree from University College London. He then worked as a 2020 census project manager for the city and county of San Francisco’s Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs.
Safia Elhillo, Class of 2013
Safia took full advantage of opportunities at NYU to add experiences to her concentration poetry as a tool in therapy. In fact, she served as a founding member of SLAM! at NYU and was a competitor in the 2012 and 2013 national collegiate championships. Additionally, she appeared on season three of Verses and Flow and was a finalist in the 2011 Women of the World Poetry Slam.
Since graduating, she earned an MFA at the New School and published The January Children, a poetry collection that won the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets as well as an Arab American Book Award. Moreover, her novel in verse Home Is Not A Country was long-listed for the National Book Award and received a Coretta Scott King Book Award Author Honor.
Mallory Blair, Class of 2010
Mallory pursued a Gallatin concentration in creativity and commerce. She also gained a wealth of professional experience while at NYU, including as music chair for the NYU Program Board and as on-air talent for MTVu and Paper TV.
After Gallatin, she cofounded and serves as CEO of Small Girls PR, a creative communications firm headquartered in New York City and Los Angeles. The firm has worked with brands such as Mejuri, DoorDash, Google, and the Malala Fund. She was one of Business Insider’s “2013 PR 50,” recognition for being one of the best public relations people in the tech industry. And in 2014 she was named to Forbes “30 Under 30: Marketing and Advertising” list.
Josh Foulquier, Class of 2015
Josh’s Gallatin concentration in entrepreneurship and the evolution of ethics led him to craft a senior thesis titled “Eudaimonia: Understanding the Good Life.” Specifically he analyzed Aristotle’s ethics and the how interpretation of ethics as art, media, and technology change and evolve.
Now, Josh is the owner of the two-Michelin-star Sushi Noz, located in Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
Rachel Hilson, Class of 2018
Rachel, whose concentration at Gallatin was writing and performing race, performed in a number of productions as an undergraduate. In fact, her performance credits include Hamlet, The Rape of Lucrece, and Amphitryon. Additionally, she was an actor and writer in the Gallatin Theatre Troupe.
Rachel has gone on to professional pursuits as both an actor and producer. She’s acted in popular television shows like This is Us, The Americans, and American Horror Story. In addition, she also had a role in the film Kings, which starred Halle Berry.