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Minors and Cross School Courses

Students are encouraged, and in many cases, required to take courses outside of Stern at the other schools at NYU. Use this page to find out about minors, required cross school courses and your elective requirements.


Joint School Minors are those that either combine coursework from multiple departments and schools or are housed in one specific department. Stern has partnered with other schools to create the following joint-school minors (click on the hyperlinks for information about requirements): You may also pursue one of the many other cross school minors that don't include Stern coursework. B.S. in Business students may not pursue minors in Economics or Web Programming & Applications. B.S. in Business and Political Economy students may not pursue minors in Economics, Politics, or Web Programming & Applications. 

To declare a minor in the system, you must do so through Albert.  Instructions on how to do this can be found on the NYU Registrar's Website.

Courses in your minor will satisfy elective requirements. You may not declare classes that fulfill minor requirements pass/fail. Please see pass/fail policy for further details.

Required Cross School Coursework

The Business Program and the Business and Political Economy Program both require a number of liberal arts courses outside of Stern. In addition to your academic adviser, often it may be necessary to reach out to the department in which the course is housed to answer pertinent questions you may have regarding these courses; use the following guide to find further resources and contact information:

Requirement Course Requirement Helpful Resources Notes
Mathematics Calculus I (MATH-UA 63) or Higher Level Math CAS Math Department Students in the class of 2016+ are permitted to apply advanced standing credit to satisfy this requirement with scores of 4 or 5 in AP BC Calculus, 6 or 7 in International Baccalaureate and other qualifying international certifications - for more information, please consult the Advising Office.
Expository Writing Writing The Essay (EXPOS-UA 1) or International Writing Workshop I & II (EXPOS-UA 4 & EXPOS-UA 9) Expository Writing Program

Transfer students: Contact the EWP for information regarding passage of the Writing Proficiency Exam as well as a review for writing portfolios.
Qualifying scores permit some students to take Commerce & Culture (MULT-UB 100) to satisfy this requirement.
Foundations of Contemporary Culture Texts and Ideas (CORE-UA 400-499) & Cultures and Contexts (CORE-UA 500-599) or Global Cultures (XXGC-UF XX) The College Core Curriculum (for CORE courses)

The Liberal Studies Program (for Global Cultures courses)
Natural Science Natural Science I or II (CORE-UA 200-399) or any BIOL-UA or any CHEM-UA, any NEURL-UA, any PHYS-UA or ENVST-UA 100, or ANTH-UA 2 or PSYCH-UA 25 The College Core Curriculum (for CORE courses)

Biology Department

Chemistry Department

Neurology Department

Physics Department

Environmental Studies Department

Anthropology Department

Psychology Department
Students with advanced standing credit in the sciences (e.g. 4 or 5 in AP Biology, Chemistry or Physics or a 6 or 7 in a Natural Science International Baccalaureate area) may apply these credits to satisfy this requirement.


Classes of 2015+ You are required to take 44 units of electives. Of those units, at least 20 must be taken outside of Stern (see list below of schools in which approved coursework can be taken).

The remaining 24 units of elective credit can be taken at Stern (a secondary concentration, interesting electives, etc.) or can also be used to take coursework at other NYU schools.

Approved non-Stern coursework includes classes taken at (all prerequisites and course requirements must be met):
Courses taken through the School of Professional Studies (SPS) will not satisfy any degree requirements (including electives) nor will the grade be calculated as part of your cumulative GPA. Therefore, you are not encouraged to take courses at SPS.

If you choose to pursue a major through the College of Arts and Sciences, please note that most of your elective credits will be used to fulfill those major requirements. You are encouraged to meet with an academic adviser (link to advising) in addition to someone in the department in which you are majoring to discuss how the required coursework will impact your curricular plan.