Self-Designed Honors (BA)

Program Description

Students at NYU Shanghai can apply to craft and complete a Self-Designed Honors major, rather than one of the existing majors at the campus. This major enables a small number of very capable and highly motivated students to pursue a plan of study that brings together courses from more than one NYU department or program. During their sophomore year, students compose their academic plan for the major in consultation with their two faculty advisers for their self-designed program of study as well as with the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs. Their two faculty advisors have to be from different majors and one has to be from a relevant department in New York if more than three of the required classes are from a major that exists in New York but not in Shanghai. 

This NYU Shanghai major serves students who can realize their interdisciplinary goals within the NYU’s global network, drawing on courses from any of the study away sites and degree-granting campuses. The honors major has prerequisites for entry (3.75 GPA; students must maintain a 3.65 GPA to remain in the major) and entails a heavy commitment to honors-level work, including independent research under faculty supervision. Applications are due by 1 April of a student's sophomore year. Proposals are only reviewed once a year and only for current sophomores. For more information, see Self-Designed Honors Major.


New York University's Office of Undergraduate Admissions supports the application process for all undergraduate programs at NYU.  For additional information about undergraduate admissions, including application requirements, see How to Apply