The Center for Experimental Humanities, part of New York University’s Graduate School of Arts and Science, provides a rigorous interdisciplinary academic curriculum that engages vital contemporary theoretical debates through a focus on critical analysis, comparative research methodologies, and effective writing. By offering small classes and close attention from faculty in the Program and in the larger school, CEH invites students to pursue research that doesn’t necessarily fit within conventional disciplinary boundaries while helping them acquire the practical skills they’ll need to translate their training into a variety of academic and professional contexts. This includes options such as learning to create digital research design and presentation, complementing scholarly work with internships in related fields, and taking advantage of the Program’s access to a host of New York City resources through the university’s Center for Career Development.
CEH alumni have gone on to successful careers as media professionals, arts administrators, museum curators, librarians, journalists, artists, activists, community organizers, academic program directors, primary and second school educators, and faculty in community colleges and in four-year liberal arts colleges, to name only a few fields. Those seeking to continue their graduate educations have won multi-year fellowships from top-tier PhD programs around the nation, including those at Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Yale, Johns Hopkins, Michigan, Chicago, Pennsylvania, California-Berkeley, Notre Dame, Columbia, and NYU, among others.
Education changes the world by changing lives; it changes lives by changing minds; it changes minds by inviting students into critical engagements, interpretations, possibilities, and fresh perspectives that are at the heart of the scholarly enterprise, and then pointing them back into the world. In many ways, the master’s degree represents a university’s most effective means of addressing the widening gap between the lofty ambitions of academia and the immediate needs of the larger world. CEH students use their studies to become more broadly and more deeply expert, then take their new-found knowledge, and the skills they honed to get that knowledge, into settings and circumstances that desperately need such competencies. A CEH student whose graduate work has made her a skilled researcher able to write clear and engaging prose that reflects insightful analysis, and who can see connections between seemingly disparate subjects, problems, or conflicts—that student is bringing rare and valuable talents to the world.