Core/General Education Requirements
CUNY Baccalaureate students follow one of two sets of general education requirements depending on when they entered the program:
- Students who entered the program in or after Summer 2013
- Students who entered the program prior to Summer 2013
Students entering CUNY BA in Summer 2013 and beyond follow a CUNY-wide general education requirement called Pathways. It constitutes a subset of the overall liberal arts requirement, and it has two parts, as follows:
The Required Core, Four Courses/12 Credits
English Composition 1 and II (2 courses)
Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning (1 course)
Life and Physical Sciences (1 course)
The Flexible Core, Six Courses/18 Credits
One course in each category plus an additional sixth from any one of the categories:
World Cultures and Global Issues
U.S. Experience in Its Diversity
Individual and Society
Students with Pathways coursework left to complete after admission to CUNY BA will be able to identify online the pertinent courses CUNY has designated for the Pathways categories. The college and course catalogs, program schedules, and the courses listed in the CUNYfirst course catalog will also indicate the courses that fulfill Pathways categories.
Students who enter CUNY BA without having completed the requirement in English Composition may do so by completing CUNY courses designated as “Required English Composition” OR by completing CUNY courses designated as “Writing Intensive” in any subject. Students who have been given an exemption for English Composition by a CUNY college should be sure to bring that their CUNY BA advisor’s attention.
To complete Pathways requirements with non-CUNY courses or with credit-by-exam, you will consult with your CUNY BA academic advisor.
Note that: (1) students who enter CUNY BA as second Bachelor degree candidates or who have completed AA or AS degrees prior to CUNY BA admission are considered to have completed this Pathways curriculum. (2) CUNY BA students may complete up to 12 credits Pass/Fail toward their degrees; within that limit, students with Pathways courses left to complete after admission may take those courses, if desired, on a Pass/Fail (sometimes known as Credit/No Credit) basis when that option is available to them at the college. (3) upper-level courses applied to Pathways requirements may also be used, if approved, in CUNY BA Areas of Concentration. (4) CUNY BA students are not required to complete the 6-12 credit College Option courses at their home colleges.
Students who stopped out of CUNY and are returning are bound by these new requirements, but can appeal to the college to enter under the old general education requirements if that will expedite their graduation. CUNY BA will make this determination for re-admits and will allow them to reenter under the old requirements if that benefits them, so no appeals process will be needed.
Students may check with a CUNY Baccalaureate academic advisor before registering for Pathways courses if they have any questions.
Continuing CUNY BA students who believe that the new Pathways curriculum will help them achieve their academic goals in a more expedient way may consult their CUNY BA academic advisor to discuss the possibility of “opting in” to the new curriculum.
Courses for this requirement may be introductory, intermediate, or advanced college-level courses, and each must be taken for at least two credits. They can be taken at the community college level provided the student has room for community college credits. They must be taken for letter grades (not Pass/Fail or Credit/No Credit). Students cannot complete the Humanities category with three courses all from the same discipline; at least one course must differ. The same is true in the Social Science category. Core requirements cannot be satisfied with AOC courses.
Literature (2 courses) Examples: (Introduction to Literature, Special Topics in Literature, World Literature in Translation, Children’s Literature, Dramatic Literature, Film and Literature, African-American Writers, Victorian Poetry, etc.) At least one of the courses must be taught in English with the texts and assignments in English. Composition and other writing courses (i.e., Journalism, Creative Writing) do not fulfill this requirement.
Humanities (3 courses) (Art Appreciation/Survey/History, Classics, Cinema/Film Studies, Creative Writing, History, Journalism Studies, Linguistics, Literature, Music History/Appreciation/Survey, Philosophy, Religion, Theater History/Appreciation/Survey, Theology, Semantics, etc. Also Humanities-based Ethnic, Cultural and Media Studies courses. Some intermediate/advanced Speech and Language courses may be used-ask your academic advisor.)
Social Science (3 courses) (Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Government, International Affairs, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Urban Studies, etc. Also Social Science-based Ethnic and Media Studies courses.)
Language other than English (1 year) (Example: Spanish 101 and 102) You must complete Level I and II.
Math and Science (3 courses) Mathematics: college-‐level algebra; geometry; trigonometry; calculus; statistics; history. Natural Sciences: anatomy and physiology; astronomy; biology; botany; physics; physical anthropology; physical geography; chemistry; environmental science; geology; science survey; zoology; history, politics, and/or philosophy of science or math. Computer Science: computer courses that rely on mathematical and/or scientific theory and analysis or those with social, historical, psychological, or humanistic perspectives. You can find some basic courses here.
Access your student advisement report to see your current progress toward Core distribution.