Academic advising is designed to help students navigate a complex university, identify academic and professional goals, and provide advice and information about how best to achieve those goals. Liberal Studies (LS) is student-oriented: class size is kept small to ensure substantial faculty-student interaction, faculty know their students by name, and advisors provide academic support and resources. Together, students with their advisors and mentors establish working relationships that foster academic excellence and personal growth. Visit the Liberal Studies Website for additional advising resources.
PROFESSIONAL STAFF ADVISORS
LS academic advising staff is available for individual in-person meetings with students or via email and Skype for students studying away.
All Core Program students are assigned a professional academic advisor who will work with them throughout the two years that they spend in the program. The academic advising staff is a resource for students regarding transition requirements to their baccalaureate program. The LS Advising Center also provides information to students about course selection and registration procedures, schedule changes and withdrawals, advanced standing credit, incomplete and pass/fail grade options, transition and internal transfer procedures, and co-curricular opportunities such as study away and internships, among other matters. Email announcements are sent to remind students about important deadlines and to announce the schedule of registration information sessions each semester. Core Program students can register for classes via Albert (NYU’s online student information system) only after having their prospective courses reviewed and approved by an advisor; students must obtain clearance from their advisor each semester. All Core Program students are required to attend a registration clearance session and/or schedule an individual registration meeting with their advisor (depending on their intended transition program). During these group and individual sessions, advisors clarify the degree and transition requirements yet to be satisfied, offer advice about choosing electives, and answer students’ questions about major and minor options, academic requirements, and relevant deadlines.
Global Liberal Studies
All GLS students are assigned a professional staff advisor who will work with them throughout their undergraduate career. The academic advisor is a resource to assist students with matters such as registering and schedule changes, understanding degree requirements, selecting electives, choosing minors and second majors, clarifying questions about grades, and understanding study abroad and experiential learning options. GLS students can register for classes via Albert only after having their prospective courses reviewed and approved by an advisor, and students must obtain clearance each semester from their advisor.
In addition to the services offered by the LS Advising Center, all LS students have the opportunity to work with an LS faculty member as a mentor. Faculty mentors engage in discussions about student interests, aspirations, and new perspectives on life. A mentor likewise helps synthesize the student’s intellectual and academic progress, taking particular charge to explain the function and purpose of an interdisciplinary liberal arts education. As needed, faculty mentors may also refer students to a professional advisor for assistance with resolving certain academic or registration issues; to the NYU Student Health Center for medical treatment or psychological counseling; to the Wasserman Center for Career Development for expert advice about finding an internship, developing a résumé, or beginning a job search; or to specific NYU departments, resources, or websites to obtain additional information. Students have a responsibility to be proactive in arranging and keeping appointments with their faculty mentor.
All Core Program students have the opportunity to be assigned a faculty mentor, who they normally meet with during the two years that they spend in the Core Program. Faculty mentors in the Core Program engage students in conversations about the curriculum, its relation to their undergraduate experience, and its intended impact on lifelong intellectual and professional pursuits. They focus their mentorship on guiding students toward realistic academic goals, encouraging self-reliance, and making informed decisions.
Global Liberal Studies
A designated faculty mentor works with each entering first-year class of GLS students. In the sophomore year, GLS students declare an academic concentration within the major and are assigned a concentration-specific faculty mentor, who works with his or her mentees until graduation. Students work closely with their faculty mentor throughout each semester and may discuss the GLS curriculum, its relationship to the total undergraduate experience, and its impact on lifelong intellectual pursuits. Students should also discuss the relationship of their interests to their academic aspirations. Students maintain close contact with their faculty mentor during their junior year abroad; and in their senior year, students also work closely with their thesis supervisor.
TRANSITION REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS IN THE CORE PROGRAM
Core Program students who complete the two-year curriculum will have satisfied most or all of the liberal education requirements of other schools or colleges at NYU. Core Program students identify their intended degree-granting school in their sophomore year, prior to registering for their spring semester classes. Students must confirm their school of transition with the admissions office by March 1; and this deadline is strictly enforced. However, discussions regarding the various NYU schools and potential majors should be an ongoing element of all advising conversations between Core Program students and their assigned academic advisor and faculty mentor.
In order to be eligible for transition, students must be in good academic standing with the University (typically defined as 2.0 semester and cumulative grade point average and making good academic progress) and have successfully completed the Core Program requirements. Core Program students have the option to build on their global, interdisciplinary foundation by pursuing the Global Liberal Studies B.A. degree offered within Liberal Studies, or they may choose to enroll as juniors in one of NYU’s other degree-granting schools: the College of Arts and Science (CAS); the Gallatin School of Individualized Study; the Jonathan M. Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management; the Schack Institute of Real Estate; the Silver School of Social Work; and the Rory Meyers College of Nursing; as well as select majors in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development; and the Tandon School of Engineering.
Core Program students who meet the above requirements may also apply for internal transfer to the colleges and degree programs at NYU that do not offer direct transition opportunities. Application and/or additional materials (e.g. audition, portfolio) will be reviewed for admission to Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development (Music and Performing Arts; Art and Art Professions); the Stern School of Business; the Tandon School of Engineering (non-liberal arts programs); and the Tisch School of the Arts.
Some programs and schools require students to complete specific courses to be eligible for transition to their degree-granting programs; the most current transition information is available in the LS Advising Center. Core Program students transitioning to Steinhardt’s Media, Culture and Communication (MCC) program are expected to have one MCC core course on their transcript before transition, and advised to complete this before their final semester in Liberal Studies. Core Program students transitioning to Gallatin require approval of an academic plan for their individualized concentration during sophomore year, likewise completed before their final semester in Liberal Studies. A few other academic programs have specific science and/or math courses that should be satisfied prior to transition in order to remain on track with the major, specifically Real Estate and Nursing. Core Program students intending a transition to CAS are encouraged, but not required, to sample at least one course in the department of their prospective major. Prehealth students have particular course requirements that must be taken in sequence and finished within a certain time period, regardless of major. Core Program prehealth students should visit the LS Website for curriculum guidelines, as well as meet with a prehealth advisor. For any questions about transition guidelines or curricular sequences, students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with their academic advisor in LS.
ADDITIONAL ACADEMIC OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS IN GLS
Liberal Studies students may be eligible to take advantage of the academic programs listed below. Each program offers students the opportunity to add an area of expertise or academic study to their educational experience by pursuing a minor or second major in another field, or a combined bachelor’s/master’s degree.
Students are advised to confer with an academic advisor in the Liberal Studies Advising Center, who can help students consider available options for taking courses in other NYU schools and choose those that best fit their academic goals. The opportunity to pursue and complete any of these academic programs depends on a variety of factors including academic record, academic objectives, course scheduling and sequencing, program requirements, and advance planning. Please note these optional programs supplement the bachelor’s degree, and do not replace degree requirements.
Cross-school minors allow students to complete the course requirements for certain minors in an NYU school in which they are not enrolled. The specific minor designation will appear on the student’s NYU transcript. A number of academic departments in several NYU schools offer more than 100 cross-school minors altogether in a range of disciplines. For additional information about declaring a minor and enrolling in classes, students should consult with their academic advisor and the website provided, which also lists contact information for the school and departmental representatives for each minor: www.nyu.edu/cross-school-minors.
Core Program students who declare a cross-school minor while enrolled at Liberal Studies should note it will not carry over to their transition school. After consulting with an advisor in the bachelor’s degree program, students will re-declare the minor if eligible to do so.
Students may pursue a double (second) major if approved by their bachelor’s degree school. Rules for double majors vary by NYU school. Core Program students transitioning out of Liberal Studies should consult with their academic advisor in their bachelor’s degree school about requirements for declaring a double major.
GLS students may pursue a double (second) major in the College of Arts and Science. The same requirements, including maintenance of a minimum grade point average of 2.0, apply to the second major as to the first. In some cases, courses may be applicable to both majors, and formal arrangements have been established with several departments in CAS (including English, European Studies, French and Spanish). Students must obtain written approval for the shared course(s) from the directors of undergraduate studies of both departments, unless a standing arrangement was already established. To declare a major, students often need to visit the department or program office to have the declaration formally recorded in Albert.
Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Degrees
Students may pursue a combined bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in a compressed period of time and at less cost than if pursued in traditional succession. Opportunities and requirements vary by NYU school. Core Program students transitioning out of Liberal Studies should consult with the academic advisor in their bachelor’s degree school about accelerated bachelor’s and master’s degree opportunities.
Dual Degree B.A./M.A. Program for GLS
Liberal Studies and the Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) offer GLS students the opportunity to earn both the Bachelor of Arts degree in GLS and a master’s degree in numerous departments at an accelerated pace and reduced cost.
Qualifying students are typically accepted into a program toward the end of the sophomore year or during the junior year. In their remaining undergraduate semesters, they can then accelerate by taking some graduate courses during regular academic terms and/or during the summer. Once fully matriculated in the graduate program, students can qualify for a scholarship covering up to 50 percent of the tuition for the master’s degree. The scholarship is only for one year.
The program is intended for students whose career goals will be furthered by graduate-level training but do not plan—at least not immediately—to go on for doctoral work in the field of their M.A. degree.
Students in the program must satisfy all of the requirements of both the bachelor’s degree and the master’s degree; there is no double-counting of courses.
In order to complete the program in five years, students are advised to complete at least a quarter of the graduate courses required for the master’s degree before earning the bachelor’s degree. This would mean two graduate courses for a master’s program consisting of eight courses, or three graduate courses for a program consisting of nine or more courses. If more credits, a significant thesis, or a capstone project is required for the master’s, students can accelerate more rapidly by taking additional graduate courses while still completing the bachelor’s degree.
Admission and Eligibility Criteria
Applicants must have completed a minimum of three semesters toward the bachelor’s degree (at least one semester in residence with GLS is also required for transfer students), though they must apply prior to their final two undergraduate semesters. To be eligible, students must have a minimum of two full semesters remaining in GLS during which they are still working towards completion of undergraduate requirements. Participating GSAS departments set minimum GPA requirements for admission to and continuation in the program.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Students admitted into the B.A./M.A. program are eligible for a tuition scholarship covering 50 percent of the additional credits remaining to complete the master’s portion of the program. The scholarship is only provided upon completion of the bachelor’s degree. It is calculated on the basis of (a) the remaining credits needed for the master’s degree and (b) additional payments the student may have made in order to accelerate study while matriculated for the bachelor’s degree (eg. excess tuition incurred for more than 18 credits during an undergraduate semester due to graduate course enrollment, or for enrollment in summer graduate courses). The tuition scholarship will remain available for twelve months from the start of the student’s first term in GSAS. Beyond the 50 percent tuition scholarship offered through the B.A./M.A. program., students may be eligible for additional forms of financial aid once they matriculate into GSAS.
Students interested in the accelerated B.A./M.A. program should consult their academic advisor for the application procedures. As early as possible, students should discuss with their professional advisor how the program might fit into both their curricular planning and long-term objectives. Students are also encouraged to discuss their plans with their faculty mentor. See www.liberalstudies.nyu.edu/page/dual.degree for more information.
Dual Degree M.A./M.P.A. Program for GLS
Liberal Studies and the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service have created a dual-degree program to enable students to earn both a Bachelor of Arts degree in GLS and a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) degree in either Wagner’s Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy Program (PNP) or its Health Policy and Management Program (HPAM) in less time than it would take to complete the programs separately. This dual degree is designed for students with a strong commitment to public leadership and will allow such students to enhance and focus their opportunities for learning while helping them to build a career in public service.
Taken separately, a student would need to complete 188 credits to earn both degrees, including four years of study at Liberal Studies and two years of study at Wagner. The B.A./M.P.A. dual degree will allow a GLS student to complete both degrees in as few as 160 credits. The dual degree permits GLS students to accelerate their progress toward the M.P.A. by earning a maximum of 28 credits toward the M.P.A. as part of their GLS degree.
GLS students may complete a maximum of 28 of the 60 credits required for the M.P.A. while still working on the B.A. (Note that 28 credits is a maximum. Fewer credits may be taken, but this will likely result in a less accelerated timeline toward completion of the dual degree). These 28 credits typically comprise five core courses for the M.P.A. and two courses chosen from the student’s anticipated area of specialization. Only courses in which students earn a B or better will count toward the M.P.A. degree.
Note: GLS students participating in the B.A./M.P.A. dual degree are granted the opportunity to enroll in graduate coursework before completing the undergraduate degree, but this does not guarantee outright acceptance into the Wagner M.P.A. program. Students wishing to pursue the M.P.A. degree must also complete a regular Wagner M.P.A. Application for Admission during their senior year in GLS. Applicants will be expected to meet the same admissions standards as other Wagner applicants, which include strong academic qualifications and the equivalent of at least one year of relevant professional experience (i.e., internships, volunteer work, part-time employment). As such, before matriculating in the Wagner School and after completing the B.A. degree in GLS, students admitted to Wagner’s M.P.A. program are required to complete at least one additional year of full-time professional experience relevant to their anticipated field of study for the M.P.A. degree. In short, GLS B.A./M.P.A. students must defer starting their M.P.A. by at least one year after graduating from GLS.
Advisement And Questions
Students who are interested in the accelerated B.A./M.P.A. program should consult with an academic advisor in GLS as early as possible about how the program might fit into both their curricular planning and their long-term objectives. Students are also encouraged to discuss their plans with their faculty mentor.
Questions about eligibility for, or application to, the B.A./M.A. program or the B.A./M.P.A. program should be directed to the LS Advising Center. See Combined Bachelors/Masters Degree for more information.