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The Department of Social and Cultural Analysis (SCA) is trans-disciplinary in nature. It combines topics and methods drawn from the humanities and social science to analyze the relationships among individuals, groups, institutions, governments, economies, and environments. Our courses draw on theoretical insights from social geography, feminism and queer studies, ethnic studies, critical race theory, labor studies and cultural studies. Our programs of study value both historical inquiry and engagement with the present, especially large-scale developments like urbanization, commodification, movement of peoples, transnational exchange, identity formations, and ethnic and diasporic cultures.

SCA houses and integrates the activities of six programs—Africana Studies, American Studies, Asian/Pacific/American Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Latino Studies, and Metropolitan Studies. NYU students can major in any one of these or combine them in the SCA general major. Minors are offered in all areas. At the graduate level the department offers M.A.s in Social and Cultural Analysis and Africana Studies, and a Ph.D. in American Studies.

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