Stern Undergraduate College Advising

Musings and real time Information from your academic advisers on the 6th floor of Tisch Hall

ELECTIVES (you get those too !)


Get them while they’re OPEN !

  • Asian American Literature (ENGL-UA 716)

This overview course examines the production of Asian American writing and literary/cultural criticism up to the present. Focuses on significant factors affecting the formation of Asian American literature and criticism, such as changing demographics of Asian American communities and the influence of ethnic, women’s, and gay/lesbian/bisexual studies. Included is a variety of genres (poetry, plays, fiction and nonfiction, literary/cultural criticism, and nontraditional forms) by writers from diverse ethnic backgrounds. Explores the ways in which the writers treat issues such as racial and ethnic identity, immigration and assimilation, gender, class, sexuality, nationalism, culture and community, history and memory, and art and political engagement.


  • History of Western Art I (ARTH-UA 1)

Introduction to the history of painting, sculpture, and architecture from ancient times to the dawn of the Renaissance, emphasizing the place of the visual arts in the history of civilization. Includes the study of significant works in New York museums, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cloisters, and the Brooklyn Museum.


  • Art in Islamic World I: from Prophet to Mongols (ARTH-UA 540)

Provides an outline of Islamic material in its early and classical periods, from 650 to 1200 C.E. The period saw the initial formation of an Arab empire stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian Ocean, a decline in centralized authority, and the rise to political prominence of various North African, Iranian, and Central Asian dynasties from the 10th century onward. These political developments are reflected in the increasingly heterogeneous nature of Islamic material culture over this time span.


  • Sex and Gender (SCA-UA 704)

What forms does gender inequality take, and how can it best be explained? How and why are the relations between women and men changing? What are the most important social, political, and economic consequences of this “gender revolution”? The course provides answers to these questions by examining a range of theories about gender in light of empirical findings about women’s and men’s behavior.


  • Power & Politics in America (POL-UA 300)

A survey of national political institutions and behavior in the United States, which introduces students to a variety of analytic concepts and approaches useful for the study of domestic politics.  Concepts typically covered include public goods and collective action; preference aggregation and the median voter theorem; delegation, presentation, and accountability; agenda control; inter-branch bargaining; and the mechanisms of private influence on public policy.


  • Intro to Sociology (SOC-UA 1)

Survey of the field of sociology: its basic concepts, theories, and research orientation. Threshold course that provides the student with insights into the social factors in human life. Topics include social interaction, socialization, culture, social structure, stratification, political power, deviance, social institutions, and social change.


  • Elements of Music (MUSIC-UA 20)

Explores the underlying principles and inner workings of the tonal system, a system that has guided all of Western music from the years 1600 to 1900. It includes a discussion of historical background and evolution. The focus is on concepts and notation of key, scale, tonality, and rhythm. Related skills in sight-singing, dictation, and keyboard harmony are stressed in the recitation sections.


  • African Dance (MPADE-UE 1542)

A survey course in African dance with accompanying songs, music, & simple instructions of the regions of West, East, Central, & South Africa.


  • Fundamentals of Acting I (OART-UT 1924)

An introduction to the central tools and skills that make up the actor’s art and craft. Through theatre games, structured improvisation, and beginning scene work, students will exercise their imaginations, learn how to work as an ensemble, and develop a sense of their bodies as expressive instruments. All techniques covered have been developed by the most celebrated 20th century theorists, such as Stanislavski, Grotowski, and Bogart, and are the same theories that underlie the training of the Tisch undergraduate acting conservatory. No prior experience necessary.


  • American Sign Language I (ASL-UE 91)

Fundamental principles of grammar & syntax, a basic vocabulary, & conventions of conversational discourse in the deaf community. Emphasis is placed on developing the visual perception skills critical to understanding ASL. Taught in a visual-manual method using no spoken English.


  • Introduction to Media Studies (MCC-UE 1)

Introduces students to the study of contemporary forms of mediated communication. The course surveys the main topics in the field and introduces students to a variety of analytical perspectives. Issues include the economics of media production; the impact of media on individual attitudes, values, and behaviors; the role of media professionals, and the impact of new media technologies.


  • Introduction to Photography I (ART-UE 301)

Introduction to the use of photography as a medium of documentation & expression. Assignments & critiques enhance the development of individual work while developing photographic skills & techniques. Student provide their own cameras. Enlargers & photographic chemicals are provided in class.

Need a Place to Study ?


Then you best claim your spot..



Third Floor Lounge

Group Meeting Rooms on 3rd Floor

Reserve online via SternLinks

UC Lobby


UC Pocket Lounges

outside of UC19 and UC7


**TIP:  Don’t try and use Paulson Auditorium…chances you will get kicked out.


LC Lobby


LC Pocket Lounges

outside LC15 and LC9


E&Y Learning Center

aka LC27, swipe access after 10pm - 9am

Tisch Hall Classrooms

If there’s no class in session or, event or meeting

8am - 11pm, Mon - Fri


UC25, UC24, UC21, UC19, UC15

9am - 11pm, Saturday & Sunday


**TIP:  KMEC (the graduate side of Stern) is quiet and probably empty during the days, so if you’re looking for a place to study, check out each floor’s lounges.  What’s the catch?  You can’t use your printing there.




Second Floor


Commuter Lounge

More of a bustling student space dedicated to commuter students, but not a bad place to work with some friends.


Kimmel Marketplace

Cause you might as well get some reading done while you eat (…or the other way around!).


Global Center

Right next door to the main Kimmel building, you can find space on the second and third floors.  


Countless seats to plop down with your Venti coffee and get your study on on each floor of Bobst. Individual and group study rooms are available on the two lower floors…but you will need to claim your territory come exam seasons.



Thank you to everyone who came to hang out at our Advising Coffee Bar!

The event was a huge success and we all had a blast snapping silly pictures and chatting with everyone who came by. You know if you see people dressed up in feather boas and tiaras that it was a good time.

If you weren’t able to make it, NO FEAR! You will have another chance to meet your advisers AND faculty at our next event, The Faculty Mixer on Thursday October 30 from 12-2. Come get to know your advisors and, of course, eat some free food. Keep an eye out on the LCD slides in the lobby of Tisch Hall for more info! 

Do you have any idea what Advising On Location is?

If yes, YAY! Look out for future posts letting you know the when, where and who of the next Advising On Location.

If no, here is your answer! Advising on Location (or AOL. Yes, like the email that we all used to use. Seriously, who remembers this logo?) is a time twice or three times a month that advisors are set up somewhere in Stern to answer your questions! 

We all know coming in during the day to see an advisor without an appointment usually a no-go. Even Quick Visits can be filled to the brim on the right day! So come see your advisors at AOL, where they are totally free to answer your quick questions. 

The top-secret location of the next Advising On Location will be announced here the day before, along with the advisor who will be on duty for that day. 

Day of, look out for this sign. You’ll know you’re in the right place!

Take advantage of an advisor with a whole hour of time dedicated to waiting for you to come to them with questions and concerns! Don’t leave them lonely. Even advisors need to feel wanted.image

10 Minors You Didn’t Know Existed

1. Multifaith and Spiritual Leadership Minor


The minor in Multifaith and Spiritual Leadership is a first-of-its-kind joint program housed in the Silver School of Social Work and the Wagner School of Public Service. The minor consists of academically-rigorous, civically-engaged classes that provide students of all faith backgrounds (including those who are unaffiliated with a particular faith tradition) the opportunity to engage purposefully in holistic multifaith dialogue, service, and academic work. It also equips students to better understand their own faith traditions and spiritual beliefs while simultaneously engaging in multifaith learning, in and beyond the classroom. The minor is not only for the religious but it is also for students who are interested in faith and multifaith dialogue as important social phenomena, regardless of their own faith stance. 

2. Child & Adolescent Mental Health Studies (CAMS) Minor


In the child and adolescent mental health studies (CAMS) minor, students will (1) explore the relationship between human behavior and its biological and environmental bases; (2) increase their intellectual curiosity and build analytic and problem-solving skills; (3) be challenged to think critically about the concepts of “normal” or “typical” versus “abnormal” behavior and engage in a meta-level analysis of the social, historical, and cultural context of mental health, illness, and diagnosis; and (4) be encouraged to consider focusing their future career in some significant capacity on children and adolescents.

3. American Sign Language Minor


A minor in ASL can benefit students in many ways. Students who know ASL gain insight about Deaf people and their language and may also gain an edge in employment opportunities. The ability to communicate with Deaf people is often seen as an asset by employers, particularly in the helping professions. Students in the arts profit because of the inherent physical expressiveness of ASL.

4. Sustainable Urban Environments


The program in Sustainable Urban Environments (SUE) prepares students to join scholars, policymakers, and other professionals as they work to create sustainable urban areas. Based in the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, the SUE program combines education in the liberal arts and in technology, to ensure that students are conversant with both the technical and social aspects of sustainability that face cities. Students in the minor can take courses in sustainable cities, urban policy, and city design, as well as courses in civil engineering and infrastructure planning.

5. Art and Public Policy


The Department of Art and Public Policy recognizes that young artists and scholars need an opportunity to incubate their ideas outside the safe haven of the academy, in dialectic with real world problems. The Department offers courses that investigate the social, ethical, and political issues that affect artists’ ability to make and distribute their work.

6. Creative Writing


The Minor in Creative Writing offers undergraduates the opportunity to hone their writing skills while exploring the full range of literary genres including poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

7. Gender & Sexuality Studies


Encourages students to question the meanings of “male” and “female,” as well as of sexual norms, in both Western and non-Western societies. Courses seek to unravel the ways in which ideas about gender and sexuality shape social roles and identities, in addition to the ways in which race, class, and ethnicity function in the experience of gender and sexuality within a culture. Gender and Sexuality Studies challenges the privileging of some categories (i.e., male or heterosexual) over others, along with the social and political implications of such hierarchies.

8. Global and Urban Education Studies Minor


Introduces students from across New York University to critical social, cultural, economic, political, legal and policy issues in education. Courses examine the role of education not only in American society but also in international contexts, both urban and non-urban.

9. Game Design


The purpose of the minor is to provide a solid foundation in the core conceptual, theoretical, and practical skills needed to successfully pursue advanced academic or professional work in the field of games. 

In the Minor in Game Design students will learn the basic principles of game design as a creative discipline within a framework that combines critical analysis, historical development, cultural context, and hands-on game production.

10. Media, Culture, and Communication


The program’s internationally recognized faculty encourage students to think deeply and broadly about culture and media using theoretical and historical frameworks. Students gain a critical understanding of the evolving and multi-faceted media landscape. The components of the major include a strong liberal arts preparation, core courses in theory and analysis, and upper-level courses in two of the following fields of study: Global and Transcultural Communication, Images and Screen Studies, Interaction and Social Processes, Persuasion and Politics, and Technology and Society.

Cause there’s no reason you can’t explore your interests and have it on your degree.


The Definitive Guide to Quick Visits

So you need to have a form signed by your Academic Advisor… but there are no appointments available!

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Never fear, Quick Visits are here!

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“What is a Quick Visit?” you ask…

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Quick Visits are 15-minute meetings with an Academic Advisor that are offered to students on a first-come, first-served basis.

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  • Quick Visits are available Monday through Friday, from 3:30 pm to 4:45 pm.

(NOTE: You may not be able to meet with your regular advisor, rather you may need to meet with whomever is available.)

  • Exceptions are made to the Quick Visit schedule for Holidays (e.g., Independence Day, Labor Day), the First Week of Classes, Welcome Week, and in the weeks leading up to and including Registration, so pay attention to your email for more information on Quick Visits during these times.

  • Quick Visits are recommended for adding/dropping a course, having an internship form signed, clarifying questions, etc.

(They are not recommended for long-term planning discussions, including study away, discussions about graduating early, etc. — you’ll need a regular 30 minute appointment for that, which can be scheduled via Albert.)

Well, we hope this guide has been illuminating, and we look forward to seeing you on the 6th floor!

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5 Tips for Student Club Involvement

1.     Follow your Interests.


Yes, it is a good idea to get involved in an student organization that could support and propel your professional interests.  But just as importantly, be sure to explore your personal interests…whether it’s sports, politics, food or belly dancing!

2.     Prioritize.


When at Club Fest, go around and add your e-mail on a couple of listservs.  Keep your options open, maybe attend one or two meetings the first month.  But soon you should see which ones really peak your interest, keep you engaged and seem cool.  Don’t hold on to four clubs when you could be giving 100% to one or two.

3.     Manage your time wisely.


Again, try to avoid filling up your plate with clubs and extracurriculars.  As most clubs/organizations have weekly/biweekly meetings (on weeknights), you might want to keep that in mind when you know you have class all day and then early the next.  

4.     Become a Leader.


Finding a club you can have fun and meet friends in is important.  But equally as important is finding ways to keep challenging yourself and engaging in positions of responsibility.  You want to find a club that’s going to enhance your learning experience and provides you with opportunities to network…with fellow classmates and professionals!  Not only does it look good on your resume, but it will provide you with great  experience.

5.     Commit.


Find what you’re passionate about, and give it your all!  You will soon notice that you are more valuable when you can dedicate not only your time but also your heart into what you do.  You might not be in the same organization(s) your senior year as you are now, but you will certainly get more (and give more) out of 1+ years involved in an organization, club, or cause !


'cause getting involved can be good for you…


Business Practicum

Congratulations on landing an internship!!

So Happy!


But the internship requires that you receive course credit from Stern??

I'm Shocked




Our 0.5-credit elective course designed to help students learn leadership and interpersonal skills while interning at an organization of their choosing.

Course Information:

Title: Business Practicum, MULT-UB 71

Credits: 0.5

Grading Basis: Pass/Fail only

Course Format: Online modules and final essay

Fall 2014 Course Fee: $85

Please Note!

  • Open to Stern undergraduate students only (B.S. and B.P.E programs) who have completed at least a year in residence at NYU (or from an accepted transfer institution); sophomores, juniors and seniors

  • Internship may be paid or unpaid

  • Counts as a Stern elective

  • Course will be offered Fall, Spring and Summer terms

  • Students may only take the course once per semester

  • Deadline to apply for the Fall 2014 course: Monday, September 29, 2014

More info about the Fall 2014 Business Practicum is posted here.

Or learn more by visiting us at the Advising Office in TISC 616! (During Quick Visits, of course…)


Excited?! We are.


Are you planning on taking the Statistics Proficiency Exam during Welcome Week?!?

If you received an AP Statistics exam score of 4 or 5 and have sent the scores to NYU, then you are eligible to sit for the exam during orientation to possibly waive yourself from the 4 credit statistics requirement.

To assist you in preparing for this exam we have uploaded a study guide to the pre-arrival checklist. You can find the link located in the Orientation Week information for Aug. 25-29.