Frequently Asked Questions
- Where is the Department of Social & Cultural Analysis (SCA) office located? Who should I contact if I have questions?
- What major/minor programs are there in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis (SCA)?
- What careers do SCA majors pursue?
Declaring a Major or Minor
- How do I declare a major?
- How do I declare a minor?
- Can I major in two SCA programs?
- Can I major in one SCA program and minor in another SCA program?
- What is the difference between SCA and SOCA?
- Can I major in SOCA, and minor in another SCA program?
- Can I major in SOCA and have more than 2 concentrations?
- If I have a double major, how many courses can I double count for SCA?
- How many courses are required for the SCA minors?
- Can I double count any courses for my minor?
- Who is my advisor?
- How do I get cleared to register for next semester?
- How do I get access codes to a restricted course?
- My Academic Requirements report on ALBERT is not correct. It says I need to take courses I have already taken. What should I do?
- What can I do to correct an error or omission on my transcript or Academic Requirements report?
- I would like the department to consider a course I took at another NYU department, school, or study abroad site. What should I do?
- How do I get a course counted that I took at another university?
- How many courses can I transfer from another school (including other NYU schools) to count towards SCA?
- How do I know which courses count toward my major, minor, or area of concentration? Can I take any SCA-UA course?
- I want to plan my major or minor for the next couple of years. Which required courses are offered every year?
- How often are introductory courses offered?
- What does Cities in a Global Context count as?
- I need to take an intro course in American Studies. Which courses count?
- What does SCA-UA 230 Intersections count as?
- Is SCA-UA 105 (formerly V18.0105) Intro to Black Urban Studies an Intro or elective?
- What does SCA-UA 20 Strategies for SCA count as?
- What is a Common Elective?
- Do I need to do an SCA internship?
- Where can I find a course syllabus?
- Do courses taken at NYU in the summer count for the SCA majors/minors?
- I took a course in Liberal Studies that is very much like Concepts in SCA. Can this course be substituted for Concepts?
- What languages are offered in SCA?
- How many semesters of an SCA language course can count towards my SCA major or minor?
- How do I take a placement exam for an SCA language?
- Can languages, outside of SCA, such as Spanish or Mandarin, count towards my SCA major or minor?
- How do I register for an SCA language course if I'm a student at Columbia University?
- Which SCA language course will fulfill my CAS language requirement?
- Which Study Abroad sites offer American Studies courses?
- I would like to study abroad. What courses will be offered next semester that will count for my major or minor?
Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Programs
GENERAL QUESTIONSWhere is the Department of Social & Cultural Analysis (SCA) office located? Who should I contact if I have questions?
20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor Map. Contact us here.
Students may choose from seven (7) different majors/minors: Africana Studies, American Studies, Asian/Pacific/American Studies, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Latino Studies, Metropolitan Studies, and students also have the opportunity to major/minor in Social and Cultural Analysis itself.What careers do SCA majors pursue?
Undergraduates who major in the various programs within SCA go on to a wide range of careers. They work in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors as well as at government agencies at the city, state, and federal level. Many go on to graduate study. They become:
- Arts Administrators
- Health Administrators
- Journalists (print/broadcast)
- Lawyers (public interest/private)
- Teachers (elementary/secondary school)
- Museum Educators
- Policy Analysts
- Public Administrators
- Social Workers
- Urban Planners/Designers
DECLARING A MAJOR OR MINORHow do I declare a major?
- Make an appointment to discuss the major with Betts Brown, Assistant Director, Internships & Curricular Integration, OR the Director of Undergraduate Studies. (Please contact only one.) Link for office hours and e-mails: http://sca.as.nyu.edu/object/sca.general.officehours
- In advance of your meeting, complete two forms which will help you plan your academic program:
- Declaration of Major form
- Course Planning Worksheet
- Download and print the two forms here.
- Non-CAS students must also obtain your school’s declaration form.
- Bring all of these forms to your appointment.
New minors must complete one form, the Declaration of Major/Minor form. Forms w/instructions may be downloaded and printed here.Can I major in two SCA programs?
No.Can I major in one SCA program and minor in another SCA program?
Yes.What is the difference between “SCA” and “SOCA”?
“SCA” refers to the Department of Social & Cultural Analysis. “SOCA” refers to the specific SCA major or minor called Social & Cultural Analysis.Can I major in SOCA, and minor in another SCA program?
Yes.Can I major in SOCA and have more than 2 concentrations?
No, however additional courses may be taken as electives.If I have a double major, how many courses can I double count for SCA?
None. However, if there is no room in the student’s schedule, up to one course (and only 1) MAY be double-counted with permission from the SCA Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) and the other department. If permission is granted, fill out a “Degree Exception/Correction” form, and have it signed by your advisor. Blank forms are available at the front desk.How many courses are required for the SCA minors?
Five (5) courses: One introductory course, plus 4 non-introductory electives. Handouts are available at 20 Cooper Sq., 4th floor. Note: Concepts in SCA (SCA-UA 1) only counts as the intro course for one of the SCA minors: the SOCA minor.Can I double count any courses for my minor?
No. Courses counted toward a minor may not be counted towards any major or other minor.
ADVISINGWho is my advisor?
All students are welcome, at any time, to seek advice from Betts Brown (Assistant Director of Internships), or the SCA Director of Undergraduate Studies, or the SCA Program Directors, or any SCA faculty member. See this page for office hours and e-mails. Only declared majors are "assigned" advisors twice a year, just prior to registration for spring and fall, to get cleared to register (see next question).
Just prior to registration, all declared SCA majors are assigned an advisor to contact and meet with in order to get cleared for registration. You'll need to fill out a new Course Planning Worksheet and bring it to your advising meeting to discuss your plans. Once you submit a Worksheet that has been approved by your advisor, you will be cleared to register. Majors who are studying abroad must contact Betts Brown, Assistant Director of Internships (email@example.com), to be advised and cleared via email.How do I get access codes to a restricted course?
See the course notes and instructions on ALBERT for who to contact for a code. Betts Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org) distributes the access codes for the internship seminar and internship fieldwork. The SCA Undergraduate Assistant distributes the codes for senior seminars and the Honors Program. Some course access codes are handled by the professor. If a course originates in another department, you will have to go to that department for an access code.My Academic Requirements report on ALBERT is not correct. It says I need to take courses I have already taken. What should I do?
The report is not perfect. It sometimes misses courses that count and occasionally picks up courses that don’t count. If you have taken a course for a major, minor, or concentration, AND it is listed on the SCA “Courses by Semester” link under that program the semester you enrolled, contact Betts Brown or the Undergraduate Program Assistant. (This is a simple correction.)What can I do to correct an error or omission on my transcript or Academic Requirements report?
If the course you took is not on the “Courses by Semester” link in the previous question, or if you have any questions about requirements, please come in or make an appointment to meet with Betts Brown (email@example.com). A “Degree Exception/Correction” form can be filed with the Registrar. (Blank forms are available at the front desk.)I would like the department to consider a course I took at another NYU department, school, or study abroad site. What should I do?
The department looks very closely at relevant NYU courses. However there are occasionally new courses appropriate for programs. In order to have a course considered, submit a syllabus to the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS). If s/he approves this course, you can fill out a “Degree Exception/Correction” form and have it signed by the DUS. Drop off the signed/approved form in the Undergraduate Assistant's mailbox. (Blank forms are available at the front desk.)How do I get a course counted that I took at another university?
The process is the same as that listed above for NYU courses. However, you must first ensure the course credits have been or will be accepted by NYU. Go to the CAS Advising Office (Silver Center, 9th floor) to petition for credits to be accepted. Then follow the instructions in the previous question to have those courses/credits considered by the SCA Director of Undergraduate Studies.How many courses can I transfer from another school (including other NYU schools) to count towards SCA?
With permission from the SCA Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUGS), you may transfer up to 5 courses of the 11 required courses (20 of 44 credits) for SCA majors; Up to 2 courses of the 5 required courses ( 8 of 20 credits) for SCA minors. Please note that you must first ensure that NYU has accepted the credits, SCA can only approve courses already on your transcript.
COURSESHow do I know which courses count toward my major, minor, or area of concentration? Can I take any SCA-UA course?
On the SCA undergraduate website, click on the link for courses by semester and look at the list for your program. Please note that not all SCA-UA courses count towards every major or minor.
Some required courses are offered every semester: Concepts in SCA, Strategies for SCA, Internship, and Senior Seminars. The intros (approaches) are usually offered once a year. The Honors Program (a two-semester sequence) only begins in the fall. All other courses are taught in cycles. Note that you are expected to complete all intros (Concepts, plus major intro) as well as Strategies by the end of your junior year.How often are introductory courses offered?
Only Concepts is offered every semester. Most of the major-specific intro classes are only offered once a year. All introductory courses (Concepts and the intro-specific to your major) must be completed before your senior year.What does Cities in a Global Context count as?
For Met Studies majors and SCA majors with a concentration in Met Studies: Note that starting in the Fall 2010, Cities in Global Context (SCA-UA 602) is an *elective*, rather than a required intro". If you already took it as an *intro* before Fall 2010, it can count as your intro.I need to take an intro course in American Studies. Which courses count?
SCA-UA 201 Approaches to American Studies. (Before Fall 2012-only: SCA-UA 230 Intersections: Race, Gender, & Sexuality in US History)What does SCA-UA 230 Intersections count as?
It counted as the intro course for American Studies minors only before Fall 2012. It no longer counts as an intro. It now counts as an elective for all SCA majors and minors except Met Studies.Is SCA-UA 105 (formerly V18.0105) Intro to Black Urban Studies an Intro or elective?
Intro to Black Urban Studies is no longer offered. SCA-UA 115 Black Urban Studies is now offered as an elective (not intro) course. If you took SCA-UA or V18.0105 already, do not take SCA-UA 115. If you took SCA-UA 105 or V18.0105 you may use it as your introductory class for Africana Studies or the Africana concentration in the SOCA major. SCA-UA 115 does not count as an introductory class.What does SCA-UA 20 Strategies for SCA count as?
- For Met Studies and American Studies majors: It's required.
- For SOCA majors following "older" rules: It can substitute for one "intro concentration" or the "internship".
- For Africana, A/P/A, GSS, Latino Studies major following the "older" rules: It can count as a "major elective", a "common elective", or can substitute for the "internship".
- For ALL majors who entered NYU fall 2013 or later: It's required.
- For all minors: It counts as an elective.
All majors except the SOCA major take two 'common electives.' (SOCA majors concentrate in two areas.) Common Electives are taught by full-time SCA faculty, and each reflects the broad interdisciplinary approach of the department by counting for more than one major (that is, the course must be 'common' to more than one major). No Study Abroad or courses taught by adjunct faculty are common electives. A Common Elective MUST be on list FOR THE SEMESTER IN WHICH YOU ENROLLED.
No. Internships are highly recommended. It is no longer required. HOWEVER, if you do not do an internship for the major, you MUST take SCA-UA 20 Strategies for SCA. If you've already taken Strategies, you can take an additional major elective. Here's the Internship Program information link: Internship program information link.
Syllabi are kept on file in binders here at SCA. Note that not all syllabi are available, and you may contact the professors via email.Do courses taken at NYU in the summer count for the SCA majors/minors?
Yes.I took a course in Liberal Studies that is very much like Concepts in SCA. Can this course be substituted for Concepts?
LANGUAGE CLASSESWhat languages are offered in SCA?
Swahili, Twi, Yoruba, Cantonese, and Filipino.How many semesters of an SCA language course can count towards my SCA major or minor?
Only one.How do I take a placement exam for an SCA language?
Cantonese, Filipino-Tagalog: Email Michael Fisher in the dean's office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Africana Studies languages: Email the instructor on record. (Instructor administers own exam.)
No. SCA has designed the language courses to engage the relationship between the language and the culture.How do I register for an SCA language course if I’m a student at Columbia University?
Contact Michael Fisher in the dean's office (email@example.com). He also handles placement exams and grades for Columbia students.Which SCA language course will fulfill my CAS language requirement?
If offered, any second semester Intermediate-level language. Please see your CAS Advisor to be sure credit is given.
HONORSDoes the department have an honors program?
Yes. Students who have completed at least 48 points of graded work in the College of Arts and Science and have at least a 3.65 GPA in both their SCA major AND overall NYU GPA may be awarded degrees with "departmental honors" by successfully completing the Department of Social & Cultural Analysis (SCA) honors sequence. For more information, see the SCA honors page.Are any awards, scholarships or grants available?
STUDY ABROADI would like to study abroad. What courses will be offered next semester that will count for my major or minor?
Go to the Study Abroad website. Most courses beginning with SCA-UA count. A list of courses that count for each major is available on the SCA website.Which Study Abroad sites offer American Studies courses?
Please note that ALL American Studies courses must be taken in the U.S.
COMBINED UNDERGRADUATE/GRADUATE PROGRAMSWhere can I find more info about earning the five-year BA and Masters in Public Administration or Urban Planning?
Go to this Wagner School of Public Service “dual degree” website. SCA majors should discuss their plans with Betts Brown in SCA (firstname.lastname@example.org, 212.998-8092). To enroll, they need to meet with the CAS/Wagner Administrator, 212-998-8130). They should also meet with Debra Cabrera at the Wagner School (email@example.com,(212.998.7476).What other BA/MA programs are available to SCA majors?
CAS offers a number of BA/MA programs that can be completed in an accelerated manner. Africana Studies and American Studies are among these. See the CAS BA/MA website for details: CAS BA/MA.What masters or PhD programs are in SCA?
The graduate programs in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis include Master of Arts degrees in Africana Studies and in Social and Cultural Analysis, and a Ph.D. in American Studies. For more information, you may contact the SCA Program Directors, the Director of Graduate Studies, or the Director of Undergraduate Studies.