Is the Core Program a bachelor's degree program?
The Core Program is two-year curriculum in which you will fulfill general education requirements and explore your major options. After you have successfully completed the Core Program at the end of sophomore year, you will continue as a junior in one of NYU’s degree-granting schools or programs, where you will earn a bachelor’s degree.
What happens at the end of my sophomore year?
All Core Program students are expected to continue in a bachelor’s degree program at NYU for the junior and senior years. Your LS academic advisor will guide you as you consider transition and major options. As a sophomore, you will declare a major during spring semester, after successful transition to your baccalaureate program. As a junior, you will continue your studies in your baccalaureate program. In order to transition to a bachelor’s degree program, students must be in good academic standing and meet specific program requirements in their prospective major or school.
Which degree-granting programs may I transition to following completion of the Core Program?
NYU is characterized by its diversity of majors and programs. As a Core Program student, you will have access to the university’s varied academic programs, from the College of Arts and Science’s more than 90 majors, to a bachelor’s degree at the Tandon School of Engineering.
Core Program students who are in good academic standing, who have completed a minimum of 64 credits, and who meet specific program requirements in their prospective major or school have the opportunity to transition directly to degree programs in these NYU schools:
- Arts and Science (College of Arts and Science; Liberal Studies)
- College of Nursing
- Gallatin School of Individualized Study
- School of Professional Studies (specific programs)
- Silver School of Social Work
- Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development (specific liberal arts programs)
- Tandon School of Engineering (specific liberal arts programs)
Core Program students who meet the above requirements may also apply for internal transfer to the following colleges and degree programs at NYU. 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)
- Stern School of Business
- Tandon School of Engineering
- Tisch School of the Arts
How will I determine which degree program to select?
Starting from your first semester, your LS academic advisor will address questions that are most important as you consider major options. Core Program students generally have one free elective each semester in the first year and three free electives each semester in the sophomore year. These elective spaces are used to complete requirements in your destination school, to explore potential majors, to begin introductory classes in a major, or to begin a minor. Advisors from the College of Arts and Science and from Steinhardt also have regular office hours in the LS Advising Office as a resource for students considering degree-granting programs within those schools.
Can I begin a major or a minor while I am in the Core Program?
Elective credits may be used to begin to complete requirements in your prospective school, to begin introductory classes in a major, or to begin a minor. In addition to minors available within schools, you also may pursue any of over fifty cross-school minors that are available to all NYU undergraduates.
Which applicants are selected for the Core Program?
The admissions committee selects applicants for the Core Program who would thrive in an interdisciplinary curriculum with small, seminar-style classes where students are actively expected to engage in classroom discussion. Selected students may or may not have expressed an interest in a specific major or another school or college on their application for admission. The admissions committee, however, believes selected students would benefit from exploring the liberal arts at NYU and completing their general education requirements through the Core Program before committing to a major, minor, double-major, etc.