Exemptions, Substitutions, and Proficiency Exams

First-Year Seminar
Expository Writing
Foreign Language
Quantitative Reasoning
Physical Science
Life Science
Texts and Ideas
Cultures and Contexts
Societies and the Social Sciences
Expressive Culture
NYU-Abu Dhabi
Liberal Studies/Global Liberal Studies
Transfer Credit Guidelines
January-Term Restriction

First-Year Seminar

See the First-Year Seminar website for complete details.

Expository Writing

Because writing skills can always be improved, exemptions from the Expository Writing component are granted only for equivalent courses taken at another college or university.

Foreign Language

College students may fulfill the foreign language component by presenting outstanding scores on SAT II, Advanced Placement, or International Baccaulareate examinations or by passing a departmental proficiency examination. For further information, consult the CAS Bulletin under Placement Examinations in the Academic Policies chapter. For Advance Placement and International Baccalaureate exam equivalencies, consult the chart in the Admissions chapter.

College students whose secondary schooling was in a language other than English and other than a language offered in the College, or who complete the International Writing Workshop sequence (EXPOS-UA 4, EXPOS-UA 9), are exempt from the foreign language component. Students who complete the dual degree engineering program are also exempt.

Quantitative Reasoning

College students who major in a natural science, who complete the pre-health program, or who are in the combined B.S./B.S. program are exempt from the Foundations of Scientific Inquiry component of the Core. 

The Quantitative Reasoning component can be satisfied with approved AP credit or by completing an approved department course.

Approved AP Credit:
AP Credit for Calculus (AB or BC)Score of 4 or 5
AP Credit for StatisticsScore of 4 or 5

Approved Department Courses:
BIOL-UA 42, Biostatistics
ECON-UA 18, Statistics
ECON-UA 20, Analytical Statistics
LING-UA 6, Patterns in Language
MATH-UA 121, Calculus I
MATH-UA 143, Calculus I for Biological and Life Sciences
MATH-UA 211, Mathematics for Economics I
MATH-UA 221, Honors Calculus I
MATH-UA 17, Calculus for the Social Sciences
POL-UA 800, Quantitative Methods in Political Science
POL-UA 850, Introduction to Research Methods for Politics
PSYCH-UA 9, Statistical Reasoning for the Behavioral Sciences
PSYCH-UA 10, Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
SOC-UA 302, Statistics for Social Research
UGPH-GU 20, Biostatistics in Public Health

The SAT Subject Tests in Mathematics (Levels 1 and 2) may also satisfy the Quantitative Reasoning requirement. You must take this test prior to your first semester at NYU.  If you have not done so already, please submit your test score to the NYU College of Arts and Science Admissions Office. The qualifying subject test score is 700.

Physical and Life Science

College students who major in a natural science, who complete the pre-health program, or who are in the combined B.S./B.S. program are exempt from the Foundations of Scientific Inquiry component. For AP equivalencies, consult the chart in the CAS Bulletin Admissions chapter.

The Physical and Life Science components can also be satisfied with approved AP credit or by completing an approved department course sequence.

Approved AP Credit:
AP credit for Biology (8 points)
AP credit for Chemistry (8 points)
AP credit for Physics B (10 points)
AP credit for Physics C-Mech (3 points) and Physics C-E&M (3 points)

Approved Department Courses:
CHEM-UA 125-0126, General Chemistry I and II including lab [Previously CHEM-UA 101-102 General Chemistry I and II and CHEM-UA 103-4 (lab)]
CHEM-UA 127-0128, General Chemistry I Honor including lab [CHEM-UA 109-110 Honors General Chemistry I and II and CHEM-UA 111-112 (lab)]
PHYS-UA 11-12, General Physics I and II

Physical Science

College students who major in a natural science, who complete the pre-health program, or who are in the combined B.S./B.S. program are exempt from the Foundations of Scientific Inquiry component. For AP equivalencies, consult the chart in the CAS Bulletin Admissions chapter.

The Physical Science component can be satisfied with approved AP credit or by completing an approved department course.

Approved AP Credit:
AP credit for Physics C-Mech (3 points)
AP credit for Physics C-E&M (3 points)
AP credit for Environmental Science (4 points)

Approved Department Courses:
CHEM-UA 125, General Chemistry I including lab [Previously CHEM-UA 101 General Chemistry I and CHEM-UA 103 (lab)]
CHEM-UA 127, General Chemistry I Honors including lab [Previously CHEM-UA 109 Honors General Chemistry I and CHEM-UA 111 (lab)]
PHYS-UA 11, General Physics I

Life Science

College students who major in a natural science, who complete the pre-health program, or who are in the combined B.S./B.S. program are exempt from the Foundations of Scientific Inquiry component. For AP equivalencies, consult the chart in the CAS Bulletin Admissions chapter.

The Life Science component can be satisfied by completing an approved department course.

Approved Department Courses:
ANTH-UA 2, Human Evolution
BIOL-UA 12, Principles of Biology 2 and Principles of Biology Lab, BIOL-UA 123

Texts and Ideas

Because of the importance the faculty place on assuring every student a core experience in the humanities and social science, there are no exemptions or substitutions for Texts and Ideas.

 

Cultures and Contexts

Because of the importance the faculty place on assuring every student a core experience in the humanities and social science, there are no exemptions or substitutions for Cultures and Contexts.
 

Societies and the Social Sciences and Expressive Culture

The Societies and the Social Sciences and Expressive Culture components can be satisfied through completion of approved joint-major programs.

Approved Joint-Major Programs:
Anthropology and Classical Civilization
French and Linguistics
German and Linguistics
Italian and Linguistics
Spanish and Linguistics

Societies and the Social Sciences

The Societies and the Social Sciences component can be satisfied through completion of an approved major or minor program or by completing an approved department course.

Approved Majors and Minors:
American Studies (major only)
Anthropology
Anthropology and Linguistics
Economics
Economics and Mathematics
Economics and Computer Science
European and Mediterranean Studies
Gender and Sexuality Studies
Global Public Health/Anthropology
Global Public Health/History
Global Public Health/Sociology
History
International Relations
Journalism
Language and Mind
Latino Studies (major only)
Law and Society
Linguistics
Metropolitan Studies
Politics
Psychology
Sociology

Approved Department Courses:
ANTH-UA 1, Human Society and Culture
ANTH-UA 3, Archaeology: Early Societies and Cultures
ECON-UA 1, Economic Principles I (P)
ECON-UA 2, Economic Principles II (P)
HIST-UA 9, The United States to 1865
LING-UA 1, Language
LING-UA  15, Language and Society
LING-UA 9015, Language and Society
LING-UA  47, The Language of America's Ethnic Minorities
LING-UA 30, Language in Latin America
LING-UA 58, Introduction to African Languages
LING-UA 9058, Introduction to African Languages
POL-UA 300, Power and Politics in America
POL-UA 500, Comparative Politics
PSYCH-UA 1, Introduction to Psychology
RELST-UA 1, Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion
SCA-UA 1, Concepts in Social and Cultural Analysis
SCA-UA 401, Approaches to Gender and Sexuality Studies
SCA-UA 601, Introduction to Metropolitan Studies
SOC-UA 1, Introduction to Sociology
SOC-UA 2, Introduction to Sociology (Honors)
SOC-UA 135, Race and Ethnicity
SOC-UA 205, Social Movements, Protest and Conflict
SOC-UA 386, American Capitalism in Theory and Practice (formerly known as Ideas and Institutions in American Society)
SOC-UA 413, Law and Society

Expressive Culture

The Expressive Culture component can be satisfied through completion of an approved major or minor program or by completion of one of the courses offered under CORE-UA 7xx, Expressive Culture. 

Approved Majors and Minors:
Africana Studies
Ancient Studies
Art History (previously known as Fine Arts)
Asian/Pacific/American Studies
Cinema Studies
Classical Civilization
Classical Civilization and Hellenic Studies
Classics and Fine Arts
Comparative Literature
Dramatic Literature, Theatre History, and the Cinema
East Asian Studies (major)
East Asian Studies (non-language minor)
English
Fine Arts (now known as Art History)
French
German
Hebrew and Judaic Studies (major)
Hebrew and Judaic Studies (non-language minor)
Hellenic Studies (major)
Hellenic Studies (non-language minor)
Irish Studies
Italian
Latin American Studies
Latin/Greek
Literature in Translation
Luso-Brazilian Language and Literature
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Middle Eastern Studies (major)
Middle Eastern Studies (non-language minor)
Music
Philosophy
Religious Studies
Romance Languages
Russian (non-language minor)
Spanish
Urban Design and Architecture Studies


January-Term Restriction

In cases where a department course is approved to satisfy a component of the Core (whether offered in New York or elsewhere on the global academic network), note that such approval does not include January-term versions of these courses.