Successful B.A. candidates are curious students with strong writing and critical thinking skills, who are interested in performance as an object of study. This includes students who enjoy thinking and writing about performance. We are not a performing arts department - we don't train students to do performance - but we welcome students who are excited about analyzing and understanding it in a disciplinary context that includes anthropology, ethnic and gender studies, religious studies, philosophy, etc.
Admission is based on previous academic achievement and evidence of strong skills in writing and cultural analysis.
After you submit the Common App, we strongly encourage you to apply for financial aid immediately if you believe you will need any assistance to make your NYU education possible. Information on how to apply, complete the FAFSA and CSS Profile (required to be considered for financial assistance), types of financial aid and more, can be found here.
"This department is a really exciting place to work. The students and faculty are so inventive in their pursuit of rigorous thought and expressive possibilities, in their boldness, and with the de-territorialization they undertake of the disciplines that influence the field. If there is a future, performance studies is a part of it."
— Malik Gaines, Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies