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Rationale and List of Works Timing

Students are expected to complete the Colloquium during the penultimate semester before graduation. Adviser-approved Rationales must therefore be submitted to Gallatin no later than the deadlines below. Seniors who fail to submit the adviser-approved Rationale to Gallatin by the deadline will have a registration hold placed on their accounts. The hold will remain in place until an adviser-approved Rationale has been submitted to Gallatin.

Deadlines for Submission of Adviser-Approved Rationale 

Expected GraduationAdviser-Approved Rationale Submission Deadline  
January October 1
May November 1
September April 1

Colloquium Deadlines

Students expecting to graduate in May should complete the Colloquium on or before the last day of classes before the Spring Break recess. All students, however, are strongly encouraged to complete the Colloquium earlier during the penultimate semester of their senior year. Students who delay the Colloquium should note the last day below to complete the Colloquium in time for specific graduation cycles:

  • September 2023 BA: Friday, September 22, 2023
  • Fall 2023/January 2024 BA: Friday, January 19, 2024
  • May 2024 BA: Friday, May 10, 2024

Note that January degree candidates are strongly encouraged to schedule their Colloquium on or before the last days of fall classes. January candidates who delay the Colloquium should not plan for a Colloquium during the winter recess. Likewise, Summer degree candaites need to complete their Colloquium on or before the last day of Spring classes and should not plan for a Colloqiuum during the summer.  

Selecting Your Committee Members

Your committee will consist of your adviser and one other NYU faculty members. Of the two committee members, one must be a full-time Gallatin faculty member. Please keep in mind that committee members should be appropriate for your colloquium topic. You may also review the Gallatin faculty list to locate a panel member for your committee. Your committee selections will be reviewed before your colloquium registration is confirmed.

Setting a Date and Time

After you submit an adviser-approved Rationale and List of Works, you can proceed with the Colloquium preparation process. It is your responsibility to schedule the date and time of your Colloquium with committee members. Since the scheduling process may take a few days or even longer (depending on the availability of your committee members), please start this process as soon as possible and far in advance of the Colloquium registration deadline.

Your Colloquium registration will not be confirmed until your Rationale and List of Works are approved. In other words, a registration date submitted prior to notification of approval is tentative until confirmed by Gallatin.

You should also be aware that you may encounter some difficulties in finding committee members or arranging a date for a Colloquium in January or September because of the limited availability of faculty during the summer months and winter recess.

Submitting the Registration Form

Once you have selected your committee members and have scheduled a date and time, you will need to register for your Colloquium. The registration form should be submitted at least two weeks in advance of the desired date.

Gallatin will email a confirmation to the student and committee members with a room assignment (if in person or hybrid), as well as a copy of the approved Rationale and List of Works.

If you have already submitted the registration form to Gallatin and you would like to change a panel member or the date and time of your Colloquium, you should notify the Office of Advising at least two weeks prior to the date of your Colloquium, and you must confirm a new date/time with all committee members. Questions regarding submission procedures can be sent to