Student Advisement

Undergraduate Advisement

Welcome to NYU Steinhardt. This web page is for all of our undergraduate students. Please browse this site and familiarize yourself with the policies and procedures of the school.

As you browse, please make a note of any questions you may have and check our frequently asked questions. You should consult with your academic adviser and, of course, you may call the Office of Undergraduate Advisement and Registration Services if you do not find the answer to your questions.

Please feel free to contact Linda Chin, Assistant Director, at 212-998-5053 or; or Belkis Baez, Student Adviser, at 212-998-9031 or

New Student Seminar

During their first term (semester) in residence, incoming freshmen and transfer students must register for the New Student Seminar (SAHS-UE 1, formerly E03.0001). The New Student Seminar is a zero-unit (non-credit) course given on a pass/fail basis, organized by curriculum, to explore professional issues and to provide ongoing orientation and guidance for new students.

Liberal Arts Requirements

The Core Curriculum (CORE) of the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development is an approach that immerses students in comparative, critical, exploratory, and interdisciplinary studies and seeks to build students' knowledge base through sequentially-designed courses in the liberal arts.

In general, undergraduate students may use NYU study abroad course work to satisfy the Core Curriculum and/or liberal arts and/or unrestricted elective requirements, according to the Core Curriculum Equivalency Chart.

Steinhardt's Liberal Arts Core (ST-CORE-UE) courses expand the options available to Steinhardt students in NYU's Core Curriculum and are listed below.

The Core Curriculum exposes students to methods of analysis and forms of expression that are the bedrock of intellectual development in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Each major at Steinhardt requires completion of some liberal arts courses through the Core Curriculum. Core Curriculum requirements are tailored to complement coursework in the major and vary slightly by fields and programs of study.
The Core Curriculum has four components:

Expository Writing
Foreign Language
Foundations of Contemporary Culture (FCC) the Humanities/Social Science sequence
Foundations of Scientific Inquiry (FSI) the Mathematics/Natural Science sequence

Expository Writing

NYU Steinhardt students must complete two courses in expository writing and pass the Writing Proficiency Examination.

Freshmen students who complete EXPOS-UA 1 (was V40.0100) Writing the Essay with a grade of "C" or better are considered proficient and are not required to the Writing Proficiency exam. In addition, students must enroll in and successfully complete ACE-UE 110 (was E52.0110) The Advanced College Essay: Education and the Professions.

Students enrolled in the Higher Education Opportunity Programs (HEOP) who complete EXPOS-UA 5 (was V40.0005) and EXPOS-UA 6 (was V40.0006) Prose Writing I and II with grades of "C" or better are deemed proficient.

Transfer students must pass the Writing Proficiency Examination given by the Expository Writing Program. This exam determines whether additional coursework in Expository Writing will be required for proficiency certification. The exam is given during orientation.

Transfer students who pass the examination and transfer in two courses in writing composition or the equivalent will not be required to complete additional course work in expository writing.

If the students pass and transfer in only one course, they will be required to complete EXPOS-UA 1 (was V40.0005), Writing the Essay which is significantly different from most writing courses students take in two and four year colleges and provides the foundation for writing in the university.

If the students fail and have received transfer units (credits) for either one or two courses in expository writing or the equivalent, they will be required to complete at least one expository writing course, EXPOS-UA 13 (was V40.0013) Writing Tutorial, or EXPOS-UA 4 (was V40.0004) International Writing Workshop 1 as determined by the Expository Writing Program.

Placement may vary depending on the writing issues present in the examination. Students who achieve a letter grade of "C" or above in Writing Tutorial are considered proficient. Students who do not achieve a "C" or above must take the Writing Proficiency Exam.

International Students completing EXPOS-UA 4 (was V40.0004) / EXPOS-UA 9 (was V40.0009 International Writing Workshop 1/International Writing Workshop 2) will take the proficiency examination at the end of their writing course sequence. If the students fail, they will be required to complete one expository writing course, EXPOS-UA 13 (was V40.0013), Writing Tutorial.

Foreign Languages

Steinhardt students must complete the foreign language requirement of the Core Curriculum as listed on their program of study. Students are not exempt from the foreign language requirement. American Sign Language courses may satisfy the foreign language requirement:

  • ASL-UE 91 (was E64.0091), American Sign Language I
  • ASL-UE 92 (was E64.0092), American Sign Language II
  • ASL-UE 93 (was E64.0093), American Sign Language III
  • ASL-UE 94 (was E64.0094), American Sign Language IV

Placement examinations are required of undergraduate students who will register for any language with which they have prior experience (studied in high school, college or study abroad programs or who are bilingual or multilingual). The results of these examinations do not exempt students from taking these courses but assist in determining the appropriate level of courses in these areas.

Examinations are available for


Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin)




Modern Greek













The placement exams are also offered during the first week of classes as well as once a month throughout the term. See the placement test schedule.

Please note that the placement tests for the following languages are administered and scored in the departments listed below.

Arabic, Hindu/Urdu, Persian/Farsi, Turkish
Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Kevorkian Center, 50 Washington Square South, 212-998-8877

Department of Social and Cultural Analysis
41 E. 11th Street, 7th Floor, 212-998-3700

Program in Irish Studies
Glucksman Ireland House, 1 Washington Mews, 212-998-3950

Mandarin, Japanese
Program in East Asian Studies
715 Broadway, 3rd Floor, 212-998-7620

Transfer students who wish to enroll in literature courses taught in a foreign language:

Transfer students who have completed a fourth-semester college course in a foreign language and who wish to enroll in a literature course taught in that language must take the placement test if one is appropriate and offered. If a placement examination is not offered, consult with the language department prior to registration.

Transfer students who have completed an advanced literature course taught in a foreign language at another institution and who wish to take additional literature courses taught in the same language must consult with an advisor in the appropriate language department prior to registering for such a course.

Foundations of Contemporary Culture

The Foundations of Contemporary Culture (FCC) sequence of the Core Curriculum is a series of four coordinated courses in the humanities and social sciences. Within each of the four offerings, students are free to pursue their particular interests through their choice of individual classes. The four courses are Text and Ideas, Cultures and Contexts, Societies and the Social Sciences, and Expressive Cultures. Overall, the structure of the FCC ensures that every student gains a common core of skills and experiences in the liberal arts.

In addition to the information on the Foundations of Contemporary Culture provided in the NYUSteinhardt undergraduate bulletin, detailed descriptions of each year's course offerings can be found on the Core Curriculum website.

The College of Arts and Sciences no longer offers specific Societies and the Social Sciences courses. Students may select from either Steinhardt or the CAS courses listed below

Steinhardt courses that will satisfy the Societies and the Social Sciences requirement:

SOED-UE 1030 (was E20.1030) Art and the City: A Sociological Perspective
INTE-UE 1545 (was E53.1545) Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the New Immigration
HSED-UE 610 (was E55.0610) Education and the American Dream
HSED-UE 1010 (was E55.1010) History of American Professions
HSED-UE (was E55.1033) Culture Wars in America
MCC-UE 1 (was E59.0001) Introduction to Media Studies
MCC-UE 3 (was E59.0003) History of Communication
MCC-UE 5 (was E59.0005) Introduction to Human Communication and Culture

Steinhardt courses that will satisfy the Expressive Cultures requirement:

ART-UE 1220 (was E90.1220) Introduction to Visual Culture

College of Arts and Sciences courses that will satisfy the Societies and the Social Sciences requirement:

ANTH-UA 1 (was V14.0001) Human Society and Culture
ANTH-UA 3 (was V14.0003) Archaeology: Early Societies and Cultures

ECON-UA 1  (was V31.0001) Economic Principles I (P)
ECON-UA 2 (was V31.0002) Economic Principles II (P)

HIST-UA 9 (was V57.0009) U.S. History to 1865
HIST-UA 10 (was V57.0010) Modern America

LING-UA 1 (was V61.0001) Language
LING-UA 2 (was V61.0002) Introduction to Linguistics
LING-UA 15 (was V61.0015) Language and Society
LING-UA 47 (was V61.0047) The Language of America's Ethnic Minorities
LING_UA 30 (V61.0030)  Language in Latin America

POL-UA 300 (was V53.0300) Power and Politics in America
POL-UA 500 (was V53.0500) Comparative Politics

PSYCH-UA 1 (was V89.0001) Introduction to Psychology

Religious Studies
RELST-UA 1 (was V90.0001) Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion

Social and Cultural Analysis
SCA-UA 1 (was V18.0001) Concepts in Social and Cultural Analysis
SCA-UA 401 (was V18.0401) Approaches to Gender and Sexuality Studies
SCAA-UA 601 (was V18.0601) Approaches to Metropolitan Studies

SOC-UA 1 (was V93.0001) Introduction to Sociology
SOC-UA 2 (was V93.0002) Introduction to Sociology (Honors)
SOC-UA 133 (was V93.0133) Comparative Modern Societies: 3rd Reich and the Holocaust
SOC-UA 135 (was V93.0135) Race and Ethnicity
SOC-UA 205 (was V93.0205) Social Movements, Protest, and Conflict
SOC-UA 386 (was V93.0386) American Ideas and Institutions
SOC-UA 413 (was V93.0413) Law in Society

Foundations of Scientific Inquiry

The Foundations of Scientific Inquiry (FSI) component of the Core Curriculum is a series of three coordinated courses in quantitative reasoning and the natural sciences. The three areas are Quantitative Reasoning, Natural Sciences I, and Natural Sciences II. Together, these courses ensure that every student gains a fundamental understanding of how mathematics and laboratory experimentation advance scientific investigation. While some students acquire this background through other coursework, FSI courses are especially designed to meet the need of non-science students. Within each of the three offerings, students are free to pursue their particular interests through their choice of individual classes.

In addition to the information on the Foundations of Scientific Inquiry provided in the Steinhardt undergraduate bulletin and detailed descriptions of each year's course offerings may be found on the Core Curriculum website.

Quantitative Reasoning/Mathematics Requirement

Courses that will satisfy Steinhardt's Quantitative Reasoning/Mathematics Requirement:

AP units (credits) for Calculus (Mathematics AB or BC)
ECON-UA 18 Statistics (Prerequisites: MATH-UA 12, formerly V63.0121) with a minimum grade of C or CALCAB or CALCBC with a score of 4). Restriction: Not open to students who have taken ECON-UA 20 {was V31.0020}
POL-UA 800 (was V53.0800) Quantitative Methods in Political Science
CORE-UA 101 (was V55.0101) Quantitative Reasoning: Math Patterns in Nature
CORE-UA 105 (was V55.0105) Quantitative Reasoning: Elementary Statistics
CORE-UA 107 (was V55.01070 Quantitative Reasoning: Probability, Statistics, & Decision-Making
MATH-UA 9 (was V63.0009) Pre-Calculus Mathematics
CORE-UA 105 {was V55.0105) QR: Elementary Statistics
MATH-UA 17 (was V63.0017) Calculus for the Social Sciences
MATH-UA 143 (was V63.0143) Calculus I for Biological and Life Sciences
MATH-UA 121 (was V63.0121) Calculus I
PSYCH-UA 9 (was V89.0009) Statistical Reasoning for the Behavioral Sciences (Cancelled - Fall 2007)
PSYCH-UA 10 (was V89.0010) Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

Liberal Arts Electives

The liberal arts provide broad, general knowledge and develop students' theoretical understanding rather than particular or specific professional ability. Students are encouraged to enroll in courses of a general or theoretical nature that are designed to develop judgment and understanding about human beings' relationship to the social, cultural, and natural facets of their total environment.


Electives are students' choice of course work taken outside the core or liberal arts requirement, but should be discussed with his/her advisor. Certain restrictions must be observed and are outlined on the Program of Study. Electives may be listed under either of two categories:

Unrestricted Electives: General course permitted within the Program of Study
Restricted Electives: Specific courses outlined in the Program of Study

Specialization Requirements

General education or the liberal arts expose students to the breadth of knowledge and provides the framework for interdisciplinary inquiry. Specialization or major courses, on the other hand, presents the depth of knowledge in a discipline or field of study. Specialization courses concentrate on the skills or competencies that are required in the students' primary field of study.

Credit by Examination

The Advanced Placement Program (AP), International Baccalaureate Program (IB), and the results of some foreign maturity certificate examinations enable undergraduate students to receive credit toward the bachelor's degree on the basis of performance in college-level examinations or proficiency examinations related to the school's degree requirements, subject to the approval of the school. Please see the undergraduate bulletin for more information.

The Advanced Placement Program

NYU Steinhardt students may receive college credit toward their degree for test results of 5 or 4 depending on the subject examination. Students receiving credit toward their degree may not take the corresponding college-level course for credit. If they do, they will lose the Advanced Placement credit. The maximum number of transferable units (credits) by examination shall not exceed a total of 32 for all applicants. For AP examination course equivalents, please click here.

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