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So! Many! Schools!

New York University is home to a variety of undergraduate schools and programs built to allow students to pursue their academic endeavors. While doing so, NYU allows you to explore different academic interests outside of your major! In addition to the undergraduate school hosting your major, you have the ability to take courses in schools that offer undergraduate coursework. Currently, there are up to 13 schools, colleges, and programs offering undergraduate coursework that you may be able to dive right into!

  1. College of Arts and Science
  2. Courant Institute of Mathematics
  3. Gallatin School of Individualized Study
  4. Leonard N. Stern School of Business
  5. Liberal Studies
  6. Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service
  7. Rory Meyers College of Nursing
  8. School of Global Public Health
  9. School of Professional Studies
  10. Silver School of Social Work
  11. Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
  12. Tandon School of Engineering
  13. Tisch School of the Arts

Now let’s find out how NYU allows you to explore these during your academic career.


Torn between two fields of study? Not completely sure of what route you want to take after graduating? Do you picture a career that benefits from two kinds of coursework? Double-majoring may be the answer for you! Luckily, NYU allows students to double-major (rather easily!) Your academic adviser is the designated person to best guide you to achieve your academic goals.

Here at NYU, students can double-major as long as the College of Arts and Science (CAS) houses their second major. So, what does that mean? Basically, you are able to major at any other home school (the school that hosts your major) and pick up an additional major through CAS! Obviously, this requires appropriate planning to allow for a timely completion of your studies. What’s more, this allows students to take advantage of the largest school at NYU, CAS, while pursuing additional studies. If you are already a CAS student and would like to double-major, you can easily pick two majors within the school.

Cross-School Minoring

Maybe a double major is a bit more of a commitment than you are able to take on. That’s OK! Cross-school minors are another way to explore a variety of coursework. These are minors hosted by different NYU schools that are open to all NYU students, regardless of home institution. This allows students to minor at other schools without transferring to that school! It is a great tool to pursue a side interest at a lower credit responsibility. NYU has a list of all cross-school minors available to students along with information on how to pursue them.


Most students have a set amount of elective credits that count toward any degree progress. This varies for every student due to different program and school requirements. However, there is a designated amount of credits students can take at other schools. So, if you are a student who doesn’t have time for a double major or a minor, taking elective courses is a great way to explore your interests with no commitment. Again, your academic adviser is a great resource. Be sure to meet with them to determine how to accommodate your goals.

Enough Theory—Let’s Get Practical

Personally, I knew what I wanted to major in at NYU from day one. As a Global Public Health and Biology major, I get to actively study the parallels between public health and science. My major contains my two favorite topics. However, I felt like something was missing from my coursework. Therefore, I decided to minor in something different from what I was studying to diversify my coursework. I was always interested in entrepreneurship. And then, one day, I stumbled upon the cross-school minors list. The Social Entrepreneurship minor offered through Wagner and Stern was the cherry on top of my academic career. At the end of my NYU career, I will graduate with coursework from four different schools!

Michelle Alvarado (she/her) is a rising sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Global Public Health with a concentration in Biology and minoring in Social Entrepreneurship. Originally from New Jersey, Michelle came to NYU as a first generation college student aspiring to earn her degree in the city that never sleeps. When she isn’t working on campus as an Office Assistant or Admissions Ambassador, Michelle can be found admiring NYC dogs or studying at her favorite coffee shop near campus. She is a member of a Panhellenic sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and Hall Council. Michelle is passionate about helping others and hopes that by sharing her journey, she can inspire others to chase their dreams.