Spring 2017 Registration Information for Religious Studies Major and Minors
Registration for the Spring 2017 semester will begin on Monday, November 14th. Registration time slots are based on the number of completed credits by this date. You will be able to register at your assigned appointment date and time, or any time thereafter. You can view your registration status on Albert under the "Registration" tab. Please make note of any stops you may have as these will need to be removed before you will be able to register. The Religious Studies program administrator will only be able to remove the "Adviser Approval Required" stop. If you have any other stops, you must contact the appropriate office to have the stop removed. If you are uncertain who to contact to have a stop removed, please contact the program administrator at email@example.com where you will be directed to the appropriate office.
Course listings will be available on Albert beginning the week of Monday, October 17th. However, the most up-to-date listing of courses applicable to the Religious Studies major/minor can be found on our website. It is best to check the website frequently during the registration process as additional courses are made available. Access Codes are always required to register for the following courses: RELST-UA.0015 Advanced Seminar, RELST-UA.0980 Internship, and RELST-UA.0997 Independent Study.
Getting Cleared to Register
In order to obtain clearance to register, you must contact the program administrator. Please email the program adminstrator the list of courses you intend to register for and this will begin the process of assessing your transcript to be sure you are meeting the requirements of the program and the school. Most often, students can be cleared to register via this email exchange. If anything is outstanding or there are additional considerations/questions an appointment can be set up at this time. You are encouraged to email the program administrator in advance so that your transcript and degree progress can be reviewed before your assigned registration date.
As of the Fall 2008 semester, "Senior Seminar" has been renamed "Advanced Seminar." In addition to changing the name, the program has opened the course to students in all years, although preference will be given to religious studies majors in their junior and senior years. The course is also now repeatable, meaning that it can be taken multiple times assuming the topic covered is significantly different each time that you enroll. If you take the course a second time, it will count as a religious studies elective. If you interested in enrolling in this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAS Policies on Internships and Independent Study
One defining characteristic of the New York University educational experience is the opportunity students have to apply their classroom learning to real-life experiences in a variety of professional and community service settings. New York City provides such opportunities in abundance, and the College of Arts and Science and the University take full advantage of our location in the financial, cultural, scientific, and media capital of the world. Our alumni base, for example, encompasses every conceivable profession, and alumni give generously of their time to undergraduate students seeking experiential learning.
A recent survey by the University’s Wasserman Center for Career Development showed that 83 percent of graduating seniors in the College held a job or internship related to their field of interest during their undergraduate years. Many different types of opportunities are available to students; some are paid, some involve voluntarism on the part of a student, and some carry academic credit—and all of these can be valuable. For the purpose of securing and making the most of such opportunities, students should consider the following criteria as a guide. For further information, contact the Wasserman Center for Career Development (133 East 13th Street, 2nd Floor; 212-998-4730). Career counselors are available by appointment at the Wasserman Center; appointments may also be made through the Wasserman Center to meet with a Career Assistance Program counselor in the College offices (100 Washington Square East, 9th Floor)
These are the most common form of internship. Jobs related to a student’s professional interests provide pay for the work that students are doing for the organization. Many companies and organizations provide part-time jobs that allow students to gain experience and to network in the field, while at the same time helping to alleviate the financial burden of being a college student. (Please note: Some for-profit companies ask students to volunteer, but allow it only if the student can earn academic credit. Many of these so-called internships do not relate directly to a student’s academic work and are not worthy of academic credit in a discipline. In these cases, the company should consider providing compensation for the work done by a student, thus making it a paid internship.)
VOLUNTARY OR COMMUNITY SERVICE
Certain organizations encourage students to work on a volunteer basis in order to gain experience and to provide needed assistance to the organization. This type of arrangement is common, for example, in government and not-for-profit organizations. Such internships are valued, sometimes even required, for admission to some professional schools, but the College awards no credit for them.
A few departments offer academic internships that directly advance a student’s knowledge in the academic discipline and thus earn course credit. Such academic internships must be sponsored by an appropriate faculty member through an academic department and normally require close faculty supervision, significant research in addition to the practical work experience, a reporting of findings, and a formal assessment of the student’s work. All such internships require permission of the department or program, and registration for them must be within the regular deadlines. Departments offering credit-bearing internships may restrict them to declared majors, since those students have the requisite background. Internship courses can be counted toward some majors but not toward others. Students should check relevant Web sites to learn more about the specific policies and procedures pertaining to credit-bearing internships in different departments and programs.
In some departments, independent study that somehow draws on the activity or environment of the internship may be a possibility. Like a credit-bearing internship, independent study requires a proposal by the student, careful guidance from a faculty member, and a body of work that can be evaluated for course credit.