The John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Master’s Program in Humanities and Social Thought, an integral part of New York University’s Graduate School of Arts and Science, emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to intellectual endeavor. The Draper Program is designed to answer the academic and scholarly curiosity of students whose interests draw on knowledges of more than one disciplinary specialty. The Program’s flexibility encourages students to build a curriculum that best suits their goals, while also asking them to take seriously the project of becoming scholars by providing them with courses that challenge, provoke, and elicit a high standard of intellectual exchange. A more traditional, discipline-specific department tends to require a pre-determined set of courses and requirements; students in the Draper Program create their own concentration by choosing classes from the Program, from other departments in the Graduate School, and sometimes from other NYU schools.

A center for scholarship that reaches across individual academic boundaries, the Draper Program draws on the intellectual resources of the Graduate School of Arts and Science — over 500 world-renowned faculty in more than 40 departments, programs, and research centers. Students in the Program pursue an individualized yet structured course of study within the rich and diversified framework of the Graduate School. The Program encourages innovative thinking and the ability to combine specialized knowledge with broad-based analytical skills. Founded in 1976 as a member of the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs and restructured in 1995, the Draper Program is one of the largest and best-known interdisciplinary graduate programs in the country.

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