Students are bound by the degree requirements in effect during the first semester in which they matriculate at Gallatin, and are responsible for tracking their progress toward the degree. For specific information about the semester of matriculation, see Understanding the Degree Requirements below. Students can learn how to track their degree progress and monitor remaining requirements by reading Tracking Completion of Degree Requirements below.
Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements
Program: Individualized Major
Effective Summer 2015
A more extensive explanation of each degree requirement can be found below the chart, or by clicking on each topic.
The Core comprises both credit-bearing (34 units) and non-credit bearing requirements.
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).
Interdisciplinary Seminars, 16 units
(The First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar counts as an interdisciplinary seminar; thus first-year students who have completed a First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar are required to complete only 12 more units in Interdisciplinary Seminars.)
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).
Approved by the student’s adviser by the completion of the sophomore year (64 units).
Documents required as preparation for the colloquium.
2 Units in COLLQ-UG
Students receive 2 units for successfully completing the colloquium, a two–hour presentation and discussion with faculty. Students register for “Colloquium” (COLLQ-UG 1, 2 units) in the semester in which they plan to sit for the colloquium.
Students are bound by the degree requirements in effect during the first semester in which they matriculate at Gallatin.
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.
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.
Note: Students who matriculated prior to Summer 2015, should reference the Degree Requirements Archive above.
Tracking Completion of Degree Requirements
Students are responsible for tracking their progress toward their degree by viewing their Degree Progress Report, which is available from a link on the Academics tab in their Albert Student Center (NYU’s online student information system). The Degree Progress Report will indicate which requirements the student has completed and which are still remaining.
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 Requirement
The Core comprises both credit-bearing (34 units) and non-credit bearing requirements.
Gallatin Courses, 32 units
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. 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; global and travel courses, and individualized projects (independent studies, tutorials, internships, and private lessons).
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.
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.
For Transfer Students:
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 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.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.
The following Core requirements are in addition to the 32-unit course requirements:
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 transfer into Gallatin with 64 units must complete this requirement during their first semester at Gallatin (deadline: summer/fall admits – November1; spring admits – April 1). 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.
Students are required to submit (1) a five- to eight-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 another member of the Gallatin faculty.
Students receive 2 units for successfully completing 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. Students register for “Colloquium” (COLLQ-UG 1, 2-units) in the semester in which they plan to sit for the colloquium.
For more information about this topic, see Colloquium.
Liberal Arts Requirement
All students must complete the liberal arts requirement, which is distributed as follows: 8 units in the humanities; 8 units in the social sciences; and 4 units in either mathematics or science. Some liberal arts courses may also satisfy one of the historical and cultural requirements (for example, a course may satisfy the humanities area of the liberal arts requirement, as well as the premodern area of the historical and cultural requirement). In this example, both requirements would be satisfied by the completion of the one course.
To fulfill the liberal arts requirement, students may take courses in Gallatin, as well as in several departments and programs in other schools of the University. A list of Gallatin interdisciplinary seminars that may be counted toward the liberal arts requirement is available on the Gallatin Courses page. A list of other NYU departments and courses that satisfy an area of the liberal arts requirement is available on the Liberal Arts and Historical & Cultural Courses Offered at Other NYU Schools page.
Please note that the following Gallatin courses do not fulfill any area of the liberal arts requirements: Individualized projects, including independent studies, tutorials, etc. (INDIV-UG), First-year program courses, including first-year interdisciplinary seminars and first years writing and research seminars (FIRST-UG), Advanced writing courses (WRTNG-UG), Arts Workshops (ARTS-UG), Community Learning courses (CLI-UG), Practicums (PRACT-UG).
Courses taken to fulfill the liberal arts 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 requirement.
Historical and Cultural Requirement
This requirement is designed to help students think historically—and culturally---about their concentration work. To that end, students are required to take at least 4 units of coursework in the 'premodern' period, 4 units in the 'early modern' period, and 4 units in ‘global cultures’ for a total of 12 units. While some courses may satisfy multiple areas of the historical and cultural requirement (i.e. global cultures and premodern), one course cannot be used to fulfill more than one area of the the requirement (in this example, either global cultures or premodern, but not both).
Some liberal arts courses may also satisfy one of the historical and cultural requirements (for example, a course may satisfy the humanities area of the liberal arts requirement, as well as the premodern area of the historical and cultural requirement). In this example, both requirements would be satisfied by the completion of the one course.
Please note that the following Gallatin courses do not fulfill any area of the historical and cultural requirements: Individualized projects, including independent studies, tutorials, etc. (INDIV-UG), First-year program courses, including first-year interdisciplinary seminars and first years writing and research seminars (FIRST-UG), Advanced writing courses (WRTNG-UG), Arts Workshops (ARTS-UG), Community Learning courses (CLI-UG), Practicums (PRACT-UG).
Courses taken to fulfill the historical and cultural 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 requirement.
More information about the premodern, early modern, and global cultures areas is available below:
The 'premodern' period traditionally extends from the world of antiquity, from the earliest records of human civilization up to the emergence of early modern social, political, and technological regimes (14th-16th centuries CE). It is common to include under this vast temporal umbrella such disparate phenomena as the ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean, the Middle East and South Asia; the societies and cultures of the European 'Middle Ages'; the Mayan and Incan civilizations of South and Central America; pre-Ming dynasty China; the Umayyad and Abbasid Caliphates of the Middle East, north Africa, and Spain. Students of the premodern world might expect to study (among many possibilities) Classical Greek philosophy and drama, Ancient Mediterranean wisdom Literature, Epic poetry and romance, the interplay of oral and written cultures, the Han legacy in the East, the Roman legacy in the West, heresy and the institutionalization of religion, the rise of Islam, crusade, the flourishing of scientific learning at Baghdad and Cordoba.
For a course to fill the Premodern requirement, at least half of the semester's coursework should focus on this historical period. Courses that use this historical period as foundation or context for later historical periods do not fill this requirement. Examples of "Premodern" courses include "Ancient Theatre and Its Influences," "Reading the Faces of Ancient Cultures," "The Arabian Nights," "The History of Kindness," "Archaeology: Early Societies and Cultures," "Civilization and Culture of the Middle Ages," "Classical Mythology," "The Oases of Egypt," "East Asian Art I: China, Korea, Japan to 1000 CE," "Introduction to Ancient Indian Literature."
**It is important to understand that 'premodern' and 'early modern' are categories created by Western scholars to describe cultural, political, social, and economic differences across vast periods of time. For this reason, these categories are not fixed, and they vary across disciplines and geographic regions. In other words, while the terms 'premodern' and 'early modern' can be useful for exploring the diversity and development of ideas across time, they also invite debate, discussion, and interrogation.
Early Modern Period
The 'early modern' period is understood to begin in many regions around the 14th century, and to continue to the 18th century, or, depending on geographic region, to the late 18th or 19th century CE. It describes the era from the invention of the printing press to the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, from the early contact of European explorers with the Americas to the American Revolution. It marks the beginning of world exploration and the expansion of world trade, the beginning of a global economic system; and the beginning of European colonialism, including the Atlantic Slave trade. It is common to associate this period with, for some examples, the European Renaissance, the Ottoman Empire, the Tokugawa Shogunate in Japan, the Ming and Qing Dynasties in China, colonial Latin America, the colonial and early revolutionary culture of the United States.
For a course to fill the Early Modern requirement, at least half of the semester's coursework should focus on this historical period. Courses that use this historical period as foundation or context for later historical periods do not fill this requirement. Examples of "Early modern" courses include "Literature of Rebellion in Early Modern Europe," "Machiavelli's Prince," "Shakespeare and the London Theater," "History of Environmental Sciences," "Shakespeare's Mediterranean: Britain, Islam and the Early Modern Mediterranean World," "Family and Gender in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy," "Magic, Religion, and the Inquisition," "Two Mediterranean Worlds: Christendom and Islam," "Early Masters of Italian Renaissance Painting."
**It is important to understand that 'pre-modern' and 'early modern' are categories created by Western scholars to describe cultural, political, social, and economic differences across vast periods of time. For this reason, these categories are not fixed, and they vary across disciplines and geographic regions. In other words, while the terms 'pre-modern' and 'early modern' can be useful for exploring the diversity and development of ideas across time, they also invite debate, discussion, and interrogation.
To expand their cultural knowledge, Gallatin students are required to stretch beyond the cultures that are most familiar to them, and take (at least) 4 units of coursework in classes dealing with the beliefs, practices, literatures, or intellectual traditions found in cultures beyond the boundaries of, in general, the United States and Western Europe. Students are encouraged to take classes that address the various cultures of Africa, Latin America, and Asia.
For a course to fulfill the Global Cultures requirement at least half of the semester's coursework should focus on non-Western culture. Please note that courses focused on globalization, colonialism, or imperialism do not necessarily satisfy the requirement. Such courses must also demonstrate a strong focus on a non-Western culture(s). Examples of courses that fulfill the "Global Cultures" requirement include: "Consuming the Caribbean," "Imagining India: From the Colonial to the Global," "Postcolonial African Cities," "(Re) Imagining Latin America," "Sociology of Religion: Islam and the Modern World," "The Dangerous Women in Japanese Literature," "The (Post)Colonial Arabic Novel," "Israeli Cinema," "Czech Art and Architecture," "The Art of Russian Avant-Garde."
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.
A minimum of 64 units of coursework must be completed after matriculation in Gallatin.
In addition, 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.
Time Limit for Completion of the Bachelor's Degree
Undergraduate students must complete all degree requirements within a period of 10 years
from the first semester of matriculation at Gallatin.
For students who are readmitted, the original period of matriculation is counted toward
the 10-year limit; the hiatus is not counted, and the clock resumes upon readmission.
Transfer Credit Maximum
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 to Gallatin (including 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.
Transfer credit is applied to a student's NYU record according to the following policies:
No credit will be given for courses graded on a "Pass/Fail" basis.
For undergraduate students, only grades equivalent to "C" or higher will be accepted for transfer.
The amount of transfer credit will be based on the number of credits or points earned at the external institution, as well as the length of that institution's academic term.
Course titles will not necessarily appear on the student's NYU transcript.
Grades for these courses are not recorded on the NYU transcript nor are they computed in the NYU grade point average.
Transfer units that are more than 15 years old may not be transferable.
Undergraduate students may earn a maximum of 32 course equivalency credits for professional experiences they have had before matriculating in Gallatin. Course equivalency credits will be applied toward the transfer credit limit. The number of course equivalency and transfer credits combined may not exceed 64 units. Course equivalency credit does not count toward the undergraduate residency requirement
No more than 31 units in business courses can count towards the Gallatin BA degree. This includes, but is not limited to: all courses in the Stern School; business courses in the School of Professional Studies, NYU Shanghai, and NYU Abu Dhabi; and business courses transferred from other colleges and universities.
Private Lessons Maximum Units
Undergraduate students may take a maximum of 24 units in private lessons during their studies at the Gallatin School. Included in this total will be units earned from Gallatin Private Lessons (INDIV-UG 1701) as well as units earned from Steinhardt music courses noted as “individual instruction in the performing arts” (e.g., Participation in NYU Orchestra, Vocal Training (Private Lessons), etc.).
Internship Maximum Units
Students may take a maximum of 24 units in internship during their studies at the Gallatin School.