Area of Concentration Checklist
Below are the major points to consider when working with your mentee and reviewing area forms.
- Single area: a minimum of 8 courses/24 credits (both minimums must be met). Courses should be on the intermediate and/or advanced level (those courses usually have at least one prerequisite in the same discipline). Faculty can require more.
- One of a Dual area: a minimum of 6 intermediate and/or advanced courses/18 credits in each area. Faculty can require more.
- Intermediate and advanced level courses, also known as upper-level courses, usually have at least one pre-requisite in the same discipline. Note that there are some CUNY BA exceptions to this pre-requisite rule. For example, only foreign language courses beyond the intermediate level (the first two years) may fulfill requirements for AOCs; both micro and macro-economics, which may have pre-requisites, are considered introductory; the second course in a first-year science sequence is introductory; the second year of coursework at New York City College of Technology (the 2000 level) is also introductory. Of course sometimes intermediate or advanced courses have the word “introductory” in the title, but are still upper-level (e.g., Hunter, Math 353, Introduction to Complex Variables is an upper-level course). College catalogs often indicate which courses are introductory, intermediate or advanced.
- The title of the AOC is appropriate and accurately reflects the chosen courses.
- The courses make up a coherent plan of study that increases in complexity over time.
- The courses will prepare the student for graduate study.
- All courses listed are from a department at a senior campus that offers a BA or BS in the appropriate field. Graduate courses can be included.
- At least half of the AOC will be completed as a CUNY Baccalaureate student. (No more than half of an AOC can be made up of coursework prior to enrolling in the program.)
- If applicable (e.g., if there is prior-to-entry credit accepted towards the area), at least 50% of the AOC will be completed as a CUNY Baccalaureate student.
- For all areas of concentration in Psychology, Experimental Psychology must be included. (Statistics must also be taken and can be used as an elective, core distribution or, if so coded, a Pathways course.)
- All courses are being taken for letter grades (not Pass/Fail of Credit/No Credit), unless a particular course is only offered P/F or C/NC. Students who entered the program in Summer 2008 or later must complete all AOC courses for a grade of at least C-.
- Two mentors are needed for dual areas or interdisciplinary areas.
- Students can include two independent studies/internships in an area (6 credits total); they should provide their mentor and the program’s Academic Director with a one paragraph description of their studies when completed.