The Center for Experimental Humanities (CEH), part of New York University’s Graduate School of Arts & Science, offers an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies. We welcome creative, forward-thinking students whose scholarly interests are most fruitfully explored outside the boundaries of conventionally organized academic disciplines. Our course of study is uniquely flexible in allowing students to take up to half their classes across other departments at NYU and, by so doing, handcraft a curriculum that best suits their intellectual and professional interests.
Our faculty and scholars-in-residence – who include curators, social justice activists, prize-winning creative writers and journalists, and even Academy Award nominees – teach innovative classes and workshops, bring cutting-edge cultural practitioners into seminars, and enthusiastically advise and mentor students. Intersectional and interdisciplinary, our classes integrate theory and practice, art and activism, the local and the international, the analogue and the digital, the empirical and the speculative, passion and the intellect. We encourage students to develop exhibitions, make films, write books, experiment with digital media and incubate collaborative projects – while also helping students to refine their academic research and writing skills.
Through our classes and public programs, we expose students to dynamic and imaginative approaches to creative writing, journalism and publishing, gender and sexuality, digital humanities, philosophy and critical theory, art history and curatorial practices, postcolonial and Global South theory, radical and activist pedagogy, urban studies, and public intellectual history. All our classes integrate the resources for the university and the city into the classroom, introducing students to archives, galleries, readings, and screenings both on and off campus. Conversely, we ask students to bring their own curiosities and interests into their intellectual work.
CEH is one of the longest-standing interdisciplinary programs in the United States. We have a strong track record of sending students into doctoral programs, as well as launching students' careers as journalists, editors, educators, arts and non-profit professionals, human rights consultants, and policy analysts in both the government and the private sectors. A CEH education is intellectually rigorous, diverse, and outward-looking, and one in which students are given the freedom to follow the life paths they find most meaningful and compelling.