LS policies are below. Consult NYU Grades for information about your transcript and University grading policies.
In Liberal Studies, “D” constitutes a passing grade, with the following exceptions and qualifications:
- Writing as Critical Inquiry (formerly "Writing II") in the LS Core requires a minimum grade of C to show proficiency
- Note: Students planning to transition to the College of Arts & Science may transition with a passing grade below C, but a qualifying score on the NYU Writing Proficiency Exam will also be required
- Global Writing Seminar (GLS) requires a minimum grade of C
- Courses being applied toward most majors and minors typically require a minimum grade of C
If you fail a required course, you must retake the course and receive a passing grade to be allowed to transition onto a degree program (LS Core) or earn your bachelor’s degree (GLS). Failing non-required courses impacts your grade point average such that you may need to retake them in order to satisfy minimum GPA requirements for transition or graduation.
Repeating Courses for Grades
For students who matriculate in Liberal Studies as of fall 2016 or later: A student who has taken a course for credit or who has obtained a W (withdrawal) in a course is permitted to repeat that course. Students may not repeat courses in a designated sequence after taking more advanced courses, and students with questions regarding course sequences should consult with the particular department offering the course. When a student repeats a course, no additional credit will be awarded. Both the original and subsequent grade will be displayed on the transcript; however, only the subsequent grade will be computed in the grade point average.
If unexpected circumstances will prevent you from completing a course, it is at the discretion of the instructor whether to grant an “incomplete” at the end of a semester. Incomplete grades may only be awarded through written agreement between the student and the professor before the end of the course; use the Incomplete Grade Agreement Form (PDF). For more information, refer to the Incomplete Grade policy in the LS Bulletin.
If you disagree with your grade awarded in a class and cannot resolve it by speaking with your professor, you must meet with either the Associate Dean of Students or an LS academic advisor—the Dean's Designee—to discuss your concerns. Only then can you appeal the grade by filing a Petition for Change of Grade. For more information, refer to the Grade Appeal policy in the LS Bulletin.