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
In some cases, you may need to repeat a course for a higher grade. Both grades will appear on your transcript and will be factored into your grade point average (for students beginning in Fall 2016 or later). Please note, for LS Core students transitioning out of Liberal Studies, the repeat course policy of the destination school or program will be applied once transitioned; refer to the bulletin for your intended transition school for more information.
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 (PDF). For more information, refer to the Grade Appeal policy in the LS Bulletin.