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Earning Your Undergraduate Degree

Graduation Checklist

While you prepare to celebrate your achievement with the Gallatin community at graduation, please read the information below in order to ensure that you have taken all measures and completed all requirements to earn your degree. It is important to understand that graduation activities are completely separate from earning your degree. Earning your degree does not require that you participate in graduation; likewise, participation in graduation activities does not mean that you have earned your degree.


Degree Audit

Please make sure to monitor regularly your completion of all degree requirements to ensure that you will, in fact, complete all requirements for the degree in the semester that you expect to graduate. First, log on to Albert through NYU Home and print out your "Degree Progress" screen. Then, make an appointment with your primary adviser to discuss your plans to complete all remaining degree requirements.

If necessary, please make an appointment with your class adviser to discuss any remaining questions or for a general check of the requirements that still may need to be satisfied.  

Degree Requirements

In order to be eligible for the Bachelor of Arts degree, students must complete 128 credits within 10 years and maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0. Of the 128 credits required to graduate, 32 credits must be in Gallatin courses, all of which are prefixed with the letter "K." Of these 32 credits, 16 credits must be in Interdisciplinary Seminars (K20). Students also must complete a minimum of 32 credits in liberal arts courses. Courses taken to fulfill the liberal arts requirement may not be taken on a pass/fail basis, and this requirement may not be satisfied by AP or IB credits. The liberal arts core must be distributed as follows: 4 credits in a First-Year Seminar; 8 credits in expository writing (Writing Seminars I and II); 8 credits in the humanities; 8 credits in the social sciences; and 4 credits in either mathematics or natural science. Students must complete at least 64 credits in classroom courses, and students must complete their last 32 credits at NYU.


In addition to the above credit requirements, students must complete successfully a two-hour presentation and discussion known as the colloquium. The colloquium is an intellectual conversation among four people: the student, the student's primary adviser, and two other faculty members. In preparing for the colloquium, each student creates a booklist of 20 to 25 books and writes a short essay called a rationale, which describes the topics and themes that the student plans to discuss in the colloquium.