Academic Programs

NYU Abu Dhabi offers three Social Science undergraduate degree programs. While each major has its own particular focus, there are important shared components in how these majors are designed. In each, students are exposed to the theories and controversies of the field, their historical roots, and the current debates.

Students learn how ideas have been developed, altered, and refuted over time. In addition, each discipline emphasizes the development of critical analytical skills; students learn to use empirical methods to test their ideas and theories with data. The development and completion of a senior thesis enables students to work closely with NYUAD faculty.

Undergraduate Programs Degree Major / minor
Economics BA Major
Economics   Minor
Political Science BA Major
Political Science   Minor
Social Research and Public Policy BA Major
Social Research and Public Policy   Minor

Undergraduate Multidisciplinary Programs Major / minor
African Studies Minor
Anthropology Minor
Arab Crossroads Studies Major
Arab Crossroads Studies Minor
The Environment Minor
Legal Studies Major
Legal Studies Minor
Peace Studies Minor
Urbanization Minor

Earn Credit Toward Your Master of Public Administration

NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service offers a dual-degree program that enables NYUAD Social Science students to earn the Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Public Administration in less time than it would take to complete the programs separately.

NYUAD students who major in Economics, Political Science or Social Research and Public Policy can accelerate progress on the master's degree during their undergraduate studies. How?

  1. Earn course credits (typically five courses) toward the Wagner MPA.
  2. Choose to get started on 280 hours of field experience required by Wagner.

Interested students usually apply to Wagner during their junior year at NYUAD, and must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be considered.