As a new student, you will attend New Student Orientation,
January 19-22 . The orientation program includes academic workshops about
general degree requirements, presentations on majors and minors offered and
interactive sessions with advisors and faculty to learn about academic
All first-year students are required to complete two
topic-based courses in expository writing, Writing the Essay I and Writing the Essay II (LFYW
1000 and LFYW 1500). Writing the Essay I helps students to formulate, develop,
and express ideas through a process of writing and revisions. Students begin
with familiar formats (like the personal essay) then move on to more analytical
writing (the critical essay). In Writing the Essay II, students develop a clear
and forceful prose style through close reading and consistent work in writing
and revision. Students explore research methods and produce at least one
in-depth essay that requires library research.
Students who transfer with first-year standing (less than 2
full-time semesters completed at a prior college), may be considered for an
exemption from one or both courses, but only if they can provide evidence of
having successfully completed equivalent courses that focus on developing
advanced writing, research and critical reading skills at another college with
grades of “C” or better. AP credits and
college credits for creative writing, creative non-fiction and journalism are
not accepted as equivalents to LFYW 1000 and LFYW 1500. If you
believe you may be eligible for an exemption, please speak with your academic
advisor. Students who transfer to Lang
with sophomore standing or higher are automatically exempt from first-year
In addition to Writing the Essay I and II, first-year
students at Lang are required to complete a First-Year Seminar. Your first-year seminar is taught by a
professor who serves as your faculty advisor during your freshman year at Lang.
The seminars offer you the opportunity to engage in intense discussions with
your classmates, developing the skills to grapple with challenging material and
As a first-year student you should complete 30 credits
during your first two semesters, including the three required courses. We encourage you to explore new intellectual
realms by taking a broad range of liberal arts courses during your first year
at Lang. Try leaving your comfort zone and choose topics you wouldn't
ordinarily decide to study. You’ll have enough time to focus on a specific
major or minor, so allow yourself this time for exploration.
Before you can register for classes, you must meet with your academic advisor. Your advisor will review any transfer credit you may have been awarded, explain your degree requirements, and help you register for classes during your advising session. Appointments are available in person, by Skype, or over the phone and will last 20-30 minutes.
Each course has a subject code attached, which identifies the general subject area. For instance, psychology courses are denoted with the subject code LPSY, history courses with the subject code LHIS, music courses with LMUS, etc. See a legend of the various subject codes.
Each course also has a number indicated, which identifies the level of instruction.
As an example, LECO 3100 would be an intermediate-level course in
Economics, and LLST 4450 would be an advanced-level course in Literary
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Phone: 212.229.5150 or 800.292.3040