New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Policies

The New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences is dedicated to providing knowledge on the cutting edge, preparing students with the abilities they will need to succeed in the 21st century.

New College offers an interdisciplinary approach through building upon the knowledge of multiple disciplines, such as history, religion, psychology, sociology, biology and statistics, bringing them together to meet such challenges as how to develop sustainable societies, create social justice and human rights, end poverty, and understand who we are and what gives meaning to our lives.

New College focuses on the arts and sciences, a curriculum grounded in the study of a particular discipline or major within a broad general education that provides students with the ability to think critically, to express themselves in speaking and writing, to use quantitative and technological skills in solving problems, and to understand how values shape individuals and societies.

Further, in the tradition of a liberal arts education, New College is built upon close faculty-student relationships, and a large number of undergraduates pursue their own faculty-sponsored independent research projects. Students are also granted the opportunity to integrate the curricular with extracurricular life not only through lectures, discussions and activities outside the classroom but also through internships and service-learning opportunities in local businesses and organizations. For more information, students should see

Academic Integrity

The New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences adheres to ASU’s Student Academic Integrity Policy. Therefore, academic honesty is expected in all areas of student work, including examinations, written work, laboratory assignments, internships, group work and all other necessary transactions. If academic integrity is compromised, possible sanctions include course assignment grade penalties, failure of course, disqualification and dismissal from the university. For more information, students should see

Undergraduate Policies

Academic Standing

New College students must achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.00 in order to be considered in good academic standing at ASU. Students with a semester or cumulative GPA of less than 2.00 are placed on academic probation and are required to meet with an advisor to effectively plan academic progress toward graduation. Further information is available at


All students in New College are encouraged to seek academic advisement prior to course enrollment each semester.

To ensure students are making timely progress toward degree completion, advising may be required for the following:

  • newly admitted students
  • freshman students
  • students on academic probation
  • students off-track for eAdvisor tracking requirements

Advising information for New College is available at

For eAdvisor tracking and other general academic program information, students should see


Audit Grade Option

Students may choose to audit a course, allowing them to attend but not earn credit. Students must obtain instructor approval prior to enrollment ( This grade option may not be changed after the drop/add period.

The audit option may be used under the following conditions:

  • Approval has been granted from the instructor and college offering the course.
  • The audit option is chosen during initial registration for the course.

Course Load

Students are limited to a maximum of 18 credit hours per term. Enrollment in additional credit hours requires approval from the college academic advisor.

Course Prerequisites

Course prerequisites are established to ensure student success in a course. Students must complete all course prerequisites prior to enrolling in the desired course. Prerequisite overrides may be granted under the following conditions:

  • A transfer course has been accepted by an advisor to fulfill required course prerequisite.
  • A prerequisite override has been granted by an advisor.

Grade of Incomplete

A grade of incomplete for a course may be granted by permission of the instructor under the following conditions:

  • The student is in good standing academically at ASU.
  • The student has completed a substantial portion of the required coursework.
  • The student has experienced extenuating circumstances prior to the end of the semester, preventing completion of the course; students should see

Pass/Fail Grade Option

A grade of “Y” (satisfactory) contributes to a student’s earned hours but does not affect the GPA. A failing grade of "E" is calculated into the GPA.

The pass/fail grade option may be used under the following conditions:

  • Approval has been granted by the instructor and the college offering the course.
  • The pass/fail option was chosen during initial registration for the course, if available.

New College students may not enroll under the pass/fail option in the following courses:

  • those taken to satisfy first-year composition requirements
  • those taken from the student's major, minor or certificate program
  • those taken for honors credits
  • those counted toward satisfying New College general studies requirements
  • those counted toward satisfying New College proficiency requirements in math or language and cultures

Transfer Credit

Credit is granted for transferred courses deemed equivalent to corresponding courses in the selected program of study, subject to grade and ASU resident credit requirements. No grades less than “C” (2.00) transfer to ASU. Credits transferred from a community college or two-year institution are applied as lower-division credits. For a listing of the acceptable courses transferable to the various degree programs, prospective Arizona transfer students should consult their advisors and refer to the ASU transfer tools:

Some courses taken from other ASU colleges or other universities may be acceptable for general university credit but may not be applicable toward the degree requirements of the schools. Determination of those particular courses applicable to a specific degree program is made within the appropriate academic unit.


Complete Session Withdrawal Information

Since a complete session withdrawal from the university can be a difficult decision and could result in serious academic and financial consequences, undergraduate students are required to contact their academic advisor to facilitate the withdrawal process.

Students must complete the following steps in the order in which they are listed:

  1. Fill out a complete session withdrawal form (
  2. Make an appointment with their advisor, and take the form to the appointment.

ASU has many resources in place to help students. Students may want to consider one or more of the following:

  • Withdraw from just one or two classes (course withdrawal): Students may withdraw from a class while remaining enrolled in other classes as long as the withdrawal is completed between the drop/add deadline and the course withdrawal deadline. Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisor to discuss the impact this may have on meeting critical requirements. Students are also encouraged to contact a financial aid representative to consider any impact withdrawing will have on scholarships, grants and loan packages.
  • Request a medical or compassionate withdrawal: Medical or compassionate withdrawals are available for students withdrawing from one or more classes due to extraordinary personal mental or physical health conditions or the death or serious illness of a family member or close friend. For information concerning medical or compassionate withdrawal requests, students should see
  • Seek tutoring or academic support services: The Student Success Center provides a variety of services to help students become better learners and gain the confidence and skills to achieve their academic goals. Services include writing centers, math tutoring, subject area tutoring and supplemental instruction. More information about the Student Success Center is available at
  • Make an appointment with ASU’s Counseling Services: Counseling and mental health services are provided at each of the four ASU campuses. ASU students may seek services at any of the campus counseling centers, regardless of their college affiliation. Students should visit
  • Explore the possibility of an “I” (incomplete) grade.

Possible consequences resulting from a complete session withdrawal:

  • Financial aid: Financial aid recipients who completely withdraw from the university may be responsible for immediate repayment of funds. The effect of a complete withdrawal from financial aid depends on when the withdrawal is dated and the type of financial aid. Students should see for more information.
  • Tuition and refunds: The date of a complete withdrawal will determine whether or not a tuition refund will be generated. Students should review the tuition refund policy for more information.
  • Health insurance: Students should contact their health insurance company to determine whether or not withdrawing from the university affects their coverage.
  • Residential life: Students who live on campus should contact their residential hall community staff to determine what impact withdrawing will have on their eligibility to live on campus and to complete a license agreement release form and arrange an appointment to officially check out. For more information, students should see
  • Veteran benefits and certifications: Students should contact the appropriate veteran benefits and certifications office to discuss information regarding veterans’ educational benefits and military activation. For more information, students should send an email to or visit

Procedures for general university withdrawal are at

Degree Requirements

All candidates for graduation in the BA, BS and BAS curricula are required to present at least 120 credit hours, of which at least 45 credit hours must consist of upper-division work. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 is required for graduation. Students must complete a New College residency requirement of a minimum of 12 credit hours of upper-division (300- and 400-level) coursework from the school housing the student's major.

It is the student's responsibility to be aware of the degree program requirements and to select courses accordingly.

To graduate, a student must satisfy the following requirements:

  • ASU 101 or equivalent (freshman students)
  • IAS 300 (transfer students)
  • college proficiency requirements for language and cultures and for mathematics
  • university first-year composition and General Studies requirements
  • major requirements that involve concentrated coursework in one program
  • successful completion of critical-tracking courses as required on the student’s major map

Information on critical tracking and eAdvisor tools, such as the student's major map, is available at

Proficiency Requirements

Each student is required to demonstrate proficiency in the analysis of language and cultures and also mathematics by passing an examination or by completing the courses specified below with a grade of “C” (2.00) or better in each course.

Students considering graduate work after completion of a bachelor’s degree should consult with faculty advisors regarding language requirements in their intended areas of study.

Language and Cultures: This requirement may be satisfied through one of the following:

  • completion of secondary education at a school in which the language of instruction is not English
  • completion of a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV
  • completion of an upper-division course or courses taught in a foreign language, taken in the United States or the relevant country
  • completion of six credit hours of upper-division courses that have a global awareness designation (G) or cultural diversity in the U.S. designation (C) in addition to the courses used to meet the university General Studies requirements
  • completion of two sequential semesters of coursework in a current computer language

Students may obtain information about applicable coursework through the college advising office.

Mathematics: Students are required to complete MAT 142 or any MAT course for which MAT 117 or a higher-level MAT course is a prerequisite.

Major Requirements

Each student is required to select a major from among the programs offered by the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

The major program may require up to 51 credit hours of coursework. The minimum is 30 hours. A maximum of 18 additional hours may be required in related courses and prerequisites. No more than 63 credit hours of coursework may be required to complete the major, related courses and prerequisites.

No credit is granted toward fulfilling major or minor requirements in any upper-division course in the subject field of the major unless the grade in that course is at least a “C” (2.00). Normally, a “Y” (pass) grade needs confirmation that it is equivalent to a “C” (2.00) or better.

General Electives

Upon completion of all other requirements, the remainder of the minimum 120 credit hours required for graduation is general electives. Students should contact college advisors for assistance in selecting elective courses.

Concurrent Degrees

Students in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences are eligible to seek concurrent degrees. If both disciplines of the desired concurrent program are offered by New College, sharing of credits is allowable; however, if the program overlap is too significant between the two programs, the petition may not be granted.

Students are eligible to pursue a concurrent degree when the following criteria have been met:

  • The student has completed a minimum of 12 credit hours and all prerequisites within the first major.
  • The student has maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or greater.
  • The student may not wait until the final semester to petition for approval to pursue a concurrent degree.

To be approved to pursue a concurrent degree, students must file a Petition to Pursue Concurrent Degree form:


New College offers minors in many of its disciplines. All minors require a minimum of 15 credit hours in the discipline with at least nine of those hours completed as upper-division coursework. Six of the upper-division hours must be taken from courses offered by the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. Courses used in the minor may not be used in the student's major program.


Undergraduate degree-seeking students having previously attended ASU but not enrolled at ASU for one fall or spring semester or no more than two consecutive semesters are eligible to return through quick reentry. These students are not required to submit a new application or application fee but must contact an academic advisor in their school to enroll.

Undergraduates who have been away from the university for three or more semesters and want to return to ASU in a New College program are required to apply for readmission through Admission Services

Disqualified students must follow the procedures for readmission and will be reviewed by the college on a case-by-case basis.

Other Special Requirements

Grievance Policy

Undergraduate students with grievances pertaining to an enrolled course should first address issues with the course instructor. If the identified grievance is not resolved with the course instructor, the student should meet with the school's director or associate director. Finally, if no resolution has been achieved, the student should contact the executive director of Academic Services in the dean's office at 602-543-7000.

Graduate Policies

Students must fulfill all requirements of their individual graduate programs to remain in good academic standing, and they must must abide by all university policies including those of the Graduate College and the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

Graduate students should review the New College Standards of Satisfactory Progress and policies established by the Graduate College.