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, students receive individual attention, 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
The LS academic advising staff is available for individual in-person meetings with students studying at the New York campus, or via email and video/chat platforms for students studying away.
Liberal Studies Core
All Liberal Studies Core students are assigned a professional academic advisor who will work with them throughout the two years that they spend in LS. 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 registration information. LS Core 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 registration clearance from their advisor each semester. All LS Core 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 registration 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, and takes charge of explaining 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.
Liberal Studies Core
All Liberal Studies Core students have the opportunity to be assigned a faculty mentor, whom they normally meet with during the two years that they spend in LS. Faculty mentors 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; in their senior year, students also work closely with their thesis supervisor.
TRANSITION REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS IN LIBERAL STUDIES CORE
Liberal Studies Core 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. LS Core 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 LS Core 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 Liberal Studies Core requirements. LS Core 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 College of Global Public Health; the Gallatin School of Individualized Study; the Jonathan M. Tisch Center for Hospitality; the Preston Robert Tisch Institute for Global Sport; 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 specific liberal arts programs at the Tandon School of Engineering.
Liberal Studies Core 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 or other requirements to be eligible for transition to their degree programs; the most current transition information is available in the LS Advising Center. For instance, LS Core students transitioning to Steinhardt’s Media, Culture and Communication (MCC) program are expected to have completed at least one MCC core course by the end of their third semester in Liberal Studies with a minimum grade of B-. LS Core students transitioning to Gallatin require approval of an academic plan for their individualized concentration during sophomore year, likewise completed by the end of their third semester in Liberal Studies. A few other academic programs have specific courses that should be satisfied prior to transition in order to remain on track with the major, specifically Real Estate, Applied Psychology, and Nursing; students should consult with their academic advisor about required courses for transition to those majors. Liberal Studies Core students intending a transition to CAS are encouraged, but not required, to sample at least one course in the department of their prospective major. In addition, some academic departments in CAS will accept coursework completed through LS toward the major, such as Art History, English, Environmental Studies, European Studies, History, Politics, and Public Policy. Students considering those majors can refer to information available on the LS Core Advising Website for more information. Prehealth students have particular course requirements that must be taken in sequence and finished within a certain time period, regardless of major. LS Core prehealth students should visit the LS Core Advising 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 LS academic advisor.
ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF ACADEMIC SUPPORT
NYU Connect, an online student success platform led by the Office of Student Success, is designed to enable faculty and staff to coordinate support efforts, establish a success network, schedule appointments with advisors and advocates, and ensure that students receive the assistance needed to thrive at NYU. The platform helps students identify their individual support network, learn about academic opportunities or concerns related to their courses, receive important notices and reminders, and easily contact advisors and other student support professionals. For more information about NYU Connect or the Office of Student Success, visit https://www.nyu.edu/life/student-success/nyu-connect.html.
Academic English for Liberal Studies
Liberal Studies provides academic and social support to international students in both the LS Core and GLS, with access to various programs and resources. The Academic English for Liberal Studies (AELS) program is designed for first-year international students who may need supplemental support with English. Based on results from the TOEFL and an AELS placement questionnaire, some students may be asked to register for an AELS support course in their first semester. The course is linked to the curriculum taught in other Liberal Studies courses, and it helps with both academic writing and contributing to class discussions, especially for those who may have less experience with the kinds of readings assigned in Liberal Studies. The LS-designed AELS course fits within the regular semester load, and it does not prevent anyone from completing their degree on time; it simply offers additional support to ensure academic success. As a non-credit course, it will not otherwise impact credit allowances, tuition charges, or potential study abroad options. LS Core students who place into the AELS support course will need to complete this course before transitioning out of the Core.
In addition to the support course, first-year international students can utilize AELS writing hours with a dedicated faculty member and AELS drop-in hours for assistance with their academic writing and coursework. First-year students studying abroad enroll in an online LS version of AELS, and may utilize the same one-on-one resources via online conferences.
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 necessarily replace GLS degree requirements.
New York University offers a wide variety of minors in a range of disciplines across its undergraduate schools. A cross-school minor is a convenient study option for students wishing to learn more about a field that they cannot major or minor in at their home school. The specific minor designation will appear on the student’s NYU transcript. 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.
LS Core students who declare a cross-school minor while enrolled at Liberal Studies should note that 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. For students who complete the LS Core and later declare a GLS minor, the Arts and Cultures Sequence and Global Works and Society Sequence will satisfy one elective for the minor.
Students may pursue a double (second) major if approved by their bachelor’s degree school. Rules for double majors vary by NYU school. Liberal Studies Core 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, Spanish, German, Hebrew and Judaic Studies, History, Italian, Linguistics, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, and Social and Cultural Analysis). 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 second 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. Liberal Studies Core 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 the 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 to 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 the Combined Bachelors/Masters Degree website at http://liberalstudies.nyu.edu/academics/gls-curriculum/combined-ba-ma-degrees.html 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 program are granted the opportunity to enroll in graduate coursework before completing their 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, and part-time employment). As such, before matriculating in Wagner 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.
Dual Degree B.A./M.P.H. Program for GLS
In 2020, Liberal Studies and the College of Global Public Health will offer a dual-degree program that affords students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Liberal Studies and a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.). This dual-degree program provides students with an opportunity to explore a wide range of academic topics that focus on public health issues and the liberal arts through a global lens. The M.P.H. core courses engage students in the study of health issues that impact many people around the world, while the innovative GLS curriculum enables students to explore how these discussions resonate with other areas of inquiry and human experience, such as law, ethics, religion, politics, human rights, and economic development.
The B.A./M.P.H. gives students the opportunity to connect with scholars and practitioners in smaller classroom settings than most academic programs, ensuring a close connection between students and faculty. Students also receive directed research opportunities and methodological training in global research.
If the programs were taken separately, a student would need to complete 175 credits to earn both degrees, including four years of study at Liberal Studies and two years of study within the College of Global Public Health. By contrast, the combined program consists of 160 credits. It includes advanced language study, global liberal arts study, and masters-level global public health coursework. The framework of the GLS curriculum combines seamlessly with that of the M.P.H., which also requires study away, language study, and experiential learning. The dual degree permits GLS students to accelerate their progress toward the M.P.H. by earning a maximum of 15 credits toward the M.P.H. through their undergraduate coursework in GLS.
Admission to the dual degree program is available for any GLS students who have successfully completed 64 credits of NYU coursework with a minimum GPA of 3.5. Students in the dual-degree program must earn grades of C or higher in all the M.P.H. graduate courses to receive credit toward the M.P.H. and also maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA during the remainder of the GLS program.
Advisement And Questions
Students who are interested in accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree programs 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, accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree programs should be directed to the LS Advising Center. See the Combined Bachelor/Master Degree page at http://liberalstudies.nyu.edu/academics/gls-curriculum/combined-ba-ma-degrees.html for more information.