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Degree Requirements

Students are bound by the degree requirements in effect during the first semester in which they matriculate at Gallatin.  The Office of the University Registrar calculates each student’s progress toward the Bachelor of Arts degree and generates a degree progress report, which students can access through Albert, NYU’s online student record and registration system.

Note: If you matriculated prior to Summer 2011, please reference the Degree Requirements Archive.

Degree Requirements, Effective Summer 2011

A more extensive explanation of each degree requirement can be found below the chart, or by clicking on each topic.

Total Units 128 units (A minimum of 64 units must be completed after matriculation at Gallatin) 
Academic Good Standing A final minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 
Undergraduate (UG) Core Requirement

32 units in Gallatin courses as follows:

  • First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar, 4 units (transfer students who enter with more than 32 units may substitute this course with another Gallatin course)
  • First-Year Writing Seminar and First-Year Research Seminar, 8 units (transfer students who have completed one or two expository writing courses may substitute these units with other Gallatin courses; transfer students who are required to take a research seminar should enroll in the Transfer Student Research Seminar (formerly the New Student Research Seminar).
  • Interdisciplinary Seminars, 16 units
  • Remaining units may be taken in additional interdisciplinary seminars; advanced writing courses; arts workshops; community learning courses; travel courses; global programs, and nonclassroom courses (independent studies, tutorials, internships, and private lessons).

Foundation Requirement

Liberal Arts Foundation, 20 units

 

Historical and Cultural Foundation, 12 units

32 units, distributed as follows:

  • Humanities, 8 units
  • Social Sciences, 8 units
  • Mathematics or Science, 4 units 

 

  • Premodern, 4 units
  • Early modern, 4 units
  • Global Cultures, 4 units

Intellectual Autobiography and Plan for Concentration Approved by the student’s adviser, by the completion of the sophomore year (64 units) 
Classroom Unit Requirement A minimum of 64 classroom units 
Residency Requirement The last 32 units must be taken at NYU 

Senior Colloquium

Approval of the Rationale and Booklist and successful completion of a two–hour presentation and discussion with faculty.

Other Degree Components

Transfer Credit

Course Equivalency Credit 

Understanding Your Degree Requirements

The Office of the University Registrar monitors each student’s progress toward the Bachelor of Arts degree and generates a degree progress report. Gallatin students can review their degree progress report by using Albert, NYU’s online registration system. Students should also bear in mind that they are bound by the degree requirements in effect during the first semester in which they matriculate at Gallatin, according to the following pattern. Fall matriculants will be bound by the degree requirements in effect for the fall term in which they entered Gallatin. Spring matriculants will be bound by the degree requirements in effect during the fall term immediately preceding their enrollment. Summer matriculants will be bound by the degree requirements in effect for the fall term immediately following their enrollment.

Total Units

To be eligible for the Bachelor of Arts degree, students must complete 128 units within 10 years of matriculating at Gallatin. A minimum of 64 units must be completed after matriculation at Gallatin.

Academic Good Standing

Students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 to remain in academic good standing. A final minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required for graduation. .

Please note: Academic good standing is not the same as satisfactory academic progress. Satisfactory academic progress refers to the academic requirement students must meet to maintain eligibility for financial aid. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information on satisfactory academic progress

Undergraduate Core (UG) Requirement

Students must complete 32 units in Gallatin School courses, all of which contain the letters “UG” in the course subject area. In fulfilling this requirement, students must earn 4 units in the First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar, 4 units in First-Year Writing Seminar, 4 units in First-Year or Transfer Student Research Seminar, and 16 units in interdisciplinary seminars. Please note the First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar counts as an interdisciplinary seminar; thus first-year students who have completed a First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar are only required to complete 12 units in Interdisciplinary Seminars.

Any remaining units may be taken in other Gallatin curricular offerings, including additional interdisciplinary seminars, advanced writing courses; arts workshops; practicum courses; community learning courses; travel courses, and individualized projects (independent studies, tutorials, internships, and private lessons).

Students may not take the First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar, First-Year Writing Seminar, First-Year Research Seminar or the Transfer Student Research Seminar on a pass/fail basis.

Transfer students who enter with 32 or more units may substitute another Gallatin interdisciplinary seminar for the First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar. Transfer students who have completed one or two expository writing courses may substitute these units with other Gallatin courses; transfer students who are required to take a research seminar should enroll in the Transfer Student Research Seminar.

  • Students transitioning to Gallatin from The Liberal Studies Core Program of the Faculty of Arts and Science prior to summer 2013 are required to complete a minimum of 24 units in Gallatin courses, 16 of which must be earned in interdisciplinary seminars. Students transitioning to Gallatin from The Liberal Studies Core Program of the Faculty of Arts and Science in or after summer 2013 are required to complete a minimum of 32 units in Gallatin, 16 of which must be earned in interdisciplinary seminars.

Foundation Requirement

All students must complete a foundation requirement, which is comprised of two areas: the liberal arts foundation and the historical and cultural foundation. Some courses may satisfy more than one foundation requirement (for example, a course may satisfy the humanities area of the liberal arts requirement, as well as the pre-modern area of the historical and cultural foundation). In this example, both requirements would be satisfied by the completion of the one course.

Courses taken to fulfill the foundation requirement may not be taken on a pass/fail basis. Transfer students will have their transcripts reviewed on admission to determine which, if any, of the foundation requirements they have fulfilled. AP course credit/unit and units earned from other similar programs may not be used to fulfill the foundation requirement.

Liberal Arts Foundation

The liberal arts foundation must be distributed as follows: 8 units in the humanities; 8 units in the social sciences; and 4 units in either mathematics or science. To fulfill the liberal arts foundation, students may take courses in several departments and programs of the University, as well as in Gallatin. A list of Gallatin interdisciplinary seminars that may be counted toward the liberal arts foundation is available on Gallatin’s course listing page. See the Liberal Arts Foundation page for a list of other NYU departments and courses that satisfy an area of the liberal arts foundation .

Courses taken to fulfill the liberal arts foundation requirement may not be taken on a pass/fail basis. Transfer students will have their transcripts reviewed on admission to determine which, if any, of the liberal arts requirements they have fulfilled. AP course credit/unit and units earned from other similar programs may not be used to fulfill the liberal arts foundation requirement.

Historical and Cultural Foundation

Students are required to take at least 4 units of coursework in the 'pre-modern' period,
4 units in the 'early modern' period, and 4 units in ‘global cultures.’ Students are expected to complete one course in each of the areas of historical and cultural requirement for a total of 12 units. While some courses may satisfy multiple areas of the historical and cultural foundation (i.e. global cultures and premodern), only one of these areas will be counted toward the requirement (in this example, either global cultures or premodern, but not both). To fulfill this requirement, students may take courses in Gallatin, as well as several CAS departments and programs. A list of Gallatin interdisciplinary seminars that may be counted toward the historical and cultural foundation is available on the course listing page. A list of CAS departments and courses that satisfy the historical and cultural foundation requirement is available here.

More information about the premodern, early modern, and global cultures areas is available here.

Courses taken to fulfill the historical and cultural foundation requirement may not be taken on a pass/fail basis. AP course credit/unit and units earned from other similar programs may not be used to fulfill the historical and cultural foundation requirement.

Intellectual Autobiography and Plan for Concentration

Students are required to write a two- to three-page essay called the Intellectual Autobiography and Plan for Concentration by the end of the semester in which they complete the 64th unit toward the B.A. degree. Students who enter with 64 transfer credits are required to complete the Intellectual Autobiography and Plan for Concentration by the end of theirfirst semester at Gallatin. Students write the essay in consultation with their adviser, and the essay must be approved by the adviser.

This essay has several purposes. First, students are expected to compose an intellectual history that describes the trajectory of their interests and education thus far. Second, students are asked to frame a plan for future study, including classroom course work and individualized projects. In constructing this essay, students should describe their educational experiences, the central idea or ideas informing their concentration, and the course work relevant to their concentration. Finally, this essay should be understood as an opportunity for students to reflect on how they learn as individuals and to consider what they find academically interesting and worthwhile.

For more information about this topic, see Intellectual Autobiography and Plan for Concentration

Classroom Unit Requirement

Students must complete at least 64 units in classroom courses. Transfer credits and course equivalency generally count toward this 64-unit requirement, but independent study, tutorial, internship, and private lesson credits do not. 

Residency Requirement

Students are required to complete their last 32 units at NYU, through courses at NYU in New York City or at an NYU study away program. Students who wish to study abroad through a school other than NYU or who wish to take courses outside of NYU should either do so before they complete 96 units or file a petiion asking to be waived from the requirement. Such arrangements require prior permission, which may be requested by submitting an External Study application (and petition, if necessary) to the Gallatin Office of Global Programs, 411 Lafayette Street, 3rd Floor.

Senior Colloquium

Students must successfully complete a two-hour presentation and discussion with the student’s adviser and two other faculty members.  Both the rationale and booklist serve as the main focus of the discussion in the colloquium.

Rationale and Booklist

Students are required to submit (1) a three-to five-page adviser-approved rationale about the topic or topics to be discussed in the colloquium and (2) a booklist consisting of 20-25 books representing several academic disciplines and historical periods related to the theme or themes described in the rationale. Both the rational and booklist require approval from the student's adviser and the Gallatin School.

For more information about this topic, see Colloquium.

Changes in Degree Requirements

Degree requirements in the Gallatin School are subject to change. Generally, students must fulfill the degree requirements that are in effect when they enroll in Gallatin. Degree requirements for students transferring from a school or college within the University are those that are in effect when they first matriculate at Gallatin. Students who are readmitted must fulfill the degree requirements that are in effect when they are readmitted, unless their offer of readmission states otherwise. Students who entered Gallatin prior to Summer 2011 should consult the Degree Requirements Archive located at the top of this page.

Other Degree Components

Transfer Credits

A student may apply a maximum of 64 transfer units toward his or her Gallatin degree. Included in this maximum are all units earned prior to admission (e.g. Advanced Placement , International Baccalaureate, Maturity Exam Certificate, etc.), any non-NYU units a student may be approved to take after matriculation at Gallatin, as well as units granted for course equivalency. Please note: all Gallatin degree candidates must complete a minimum of 64 units after matriculation at Gallatin and must satisfy all other degree requirements.

For more information about Advanced Placement and other pre-college credit, please visit here.

Course Equivalency

Undergraduate students may earn a maximum of 32 course equivalency credits for professional experiences they have had before matriculating in Gallatin. Please note: Course equivalency credits will be applied toward the transfer credit limit. The number of course equivalency and transfer credits may not exceed 64 units.

The process of receiving credit begins with the compilation of an extensive portfolio documenting the student’s learning experiences prior to Gallatin matriculation and ends with a rigorous evaluation process by NYU faculty. Students must demonstrate through the portfolio that they have mastered the material they would have learned in comparable NYU courses.

Course equivalency credit does not count toward the undergraduate residency requirement and should therefore be submitted in time to be evaluated before the senior year. Credits will not be evaluated for undergraduate students who intend to graduate with more than 128 units.

To begin the process of applying for course equivalency credit, students should consult the director of external programs about the rules and regulations governing the course equivalency process.

 

Degree Requirements Archive

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