Passed/Not Passed (P/NP) Grading for Major Requirements
For the Economics, History, and East Asian Studies majors, students are allowed to take major course(s) on a Passed/Not Passed (P/NP) basis. This includes ECN Core courses and HIS Seminar courses. Our department will allow P/NP grading provided that once students file for graduation, they have satisfied the following requirements:
- Students comply with the College of Letters & Science policy regarding P/NP unit allowance: https://lettersandscience.ucdavis.edu/degree-requirements.
- Students have an overall UC Davis major GPA, and an upper division major GPA at a 2.000 or higher.
It is important to note that with P/NP grading, the passing grade cutoff is set at a C- grade or better. With letter-grading, the passing grade cutoff is set at a D- grade or better. If you use P/NP grading, your GPA is not affected in any manner. If you receive a P grade, this counts towards your overall degree units the same as passing a letter-graded course. If you receive an NP grade, you will not receive the units from the course the same as failing a letter-graded course, but your GPA will not be impacted negatively.
Please ensure you review the deadline for P/NP: https://registrar.ucdavis.edu/calendar/quarter. The major department does not work with any late/retroactive requests for P/NP grading options, please work with the College of Letters & Science regarding late/retroactive action.
While students are allowed to opt for P/NP grading towards their major requirements, it is also important to understand how this grading mode may impact future graduate program applications. If you are thinking about applying to graduate programs, meet with an advisor in your major or with Pre-Grad Advising to discuss your questions.