Advising is a fundamental element of every student’s experience in the Core Program of Liberal Studies. Thus, each Core Program student is assigned both a Liberal Studies faculty mentor and a Liberal Studies professional academic advisor. Students are urged to take advantage of the advising opportunities made available by arranging for regular visits with their faculty mentor and their professional academic advisor.
Faculty mentors engage students in conversations about the Core Program curriculum, its relation to their undergraduate experience, and its intended impact on lifelong intellectual and professional pursuits. They often focus their relationship on guiding students to realistic academic goals, encouraging self-reliance and making informed decisions. Faculty mentors are also interested in discussions about student interests, aspirations, and new perspectives on meaning and life.
Professional academic advisors provide students practical information about how to understand the Core Program curriculum and the administrative aspects of class selection and registration. They offer advice about how to navigate the various administrative offices at NYU and the complexities of NYU policies and procedures. Professional academic advisors have current information regarding other programs and schools at NYU, how to prepare for declaring a major, and transition to the degree granting program in the junior year. They can also provide comprehensive information about university-wide student support services.
Enrollment After The Core Program
All sophomores in the Core Program should be gathering information about the school in which they plan to enroll the end of the sophomore year. At the end of the sophomore year, students who have successfully completed their Core Program requirements enroll as juniors in one of NYU’s liberal arts bachelor's programs: the College of Arts and Science, the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, or Global Liberal Studies. Students may also transition into specific liberal arts programs housed within other NYU schools and colleges such as the Tisch School of the Arts and the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. In order to transition seamlessly between programs, students must meet specific program requirements and be in good academic standing at the end of sophomore year. At NYU, good academic standing typically is defined as a minimum 2.0 GPA.Students leave Liberal Studies with at least 64 credits, half of the 128 credits necessary for a bachelor’s degree. They leave Liberal Studies with an excellent liberal arts education and enhanced learning skills that serve them well as they take the next step toward their bachelor’s degrees.
During the freshman year, students take most of their courses in Liberal Studies, but during the sophomore year, students combine required courses with elective courses taken at another NYU school or college. With assistance from their advisors, sophomores select their electives with a view toward the future. For example, students who plan to major in English or politics or another area at the College of Arts and Science are encouraged to sample courses in those departments during their sophomore year. Likewise, students who will enroll in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, the Silver School of Social Work, or the Gallatin School of Individualized Study are encouraged to sample introductory courses leading to the eventual major or concentration in those schools that the student has in mind.
Liberal Studies Advising Center
726 Broadway, 6th floor
Advising Center staff:
Leah Guarino- Ramirez
Assistant Director, Students
Jeff Walker- Sherson