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Degree Requirements

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Degree Requirements

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WHAT ARE GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?

Every student is required to complete a set of core courses. You may hear these referred to as "core requirements," "general education requirements," "the core," "gen. ed.," or some variation. General education requirements are designed to ensure you have a good foundation for college-level work and to give you skills in a wide variety of subject areas.

GENERAL EDUCATION? PATHWAYS? HELP?!?

Students who started college at CUNY before Fall 2013 typically follow the General Education curriculum. Students who began in Fall 2013 or later typically follow the Pathways curriculum.

SO…WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?

The "General Education" curriculum requires that all students complete a course in Speech (typically Speech 11100 or Speech 00308) or take a speech proficiency exam. Under Pathways, Speech is only a requirement for students pursuing a B.S. degree. The Pathways curriculum requires that you take a writing composition course (typically ENG 21003 – Writing for the Social Sciences). Other differences exist, but these are the primary ones.See an advisor in the Office of Student Success for help with specific questions.

IF I STARTED UNDER THE GENERAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM CAN I SWITCH TO PATHWAYS?

Yes, though the differences are so minor that switching is rarely an advantage. You may speak with an advisor if you'd like more information.

IF I STARTED UNDER PATHWAYS, CAN I SWITCH TO GENERAL EDUCATION?

No.

WHAT ARE MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (OR MINOR REQUIREMENTS)?

Your major requirements are those courses you are required to take in your department in order to qualify for your degree. They are designed to give you substantive expertise in a particular discipline.  Those requirements vary tremendously from major to major. In most majors, you will have some common courses (everyone has to take them) and some major electives (you can choose among a group). It is important that you speak with a faculty member in your department to understand which courses you need and (sometimes) the sequence in which you should take those courses.

IF I'M ALREADY FLUENT IN A LANGUAGE, DO I STILL NEED TO TAKE LANGUAGE COURSES?

All students beginning language study at CCNY must take a placement examination. You are advised to do so as early as possible. If you are placed at the Exempt level, you will be considered to have fulfilled the language requirement and will not need to take additional language courses. Visit the Foreign Languages and Literatures'Placement Exam page for more information.

HOW DO I DETERMINE THE RIGHT MATH COURSE FOR ME?

All students, whether or not they are math proficient, are required to take the placement portion of the CUNY Assessment Test in Mathematics. Your test results will be used to place you in the appropriate mathematics course. The placement examination is untimed, multiple choice, computer-based, and composed of three sections: Algebra, College Algebra, and Trigonometry. For more information, visit the CUNY Assessment TESTS (CAT) page.

WHAT IS A "PRE-REQUISITE"?

You may find that some courses have "pre-requisites" (or "pre-reqs" for short). A pre-requisite is a course that must be passed before you can enroll in a more advanced course. Pre-requisites are important! They ensure that you have the skills you need to be successful in the courses that follow.  Very few courses have "co-requisites" – meaning that both "co-reqs" must be taken at the same time.

WHAT IS AN EPERMIT?

ePermit is CUNY's online application to obtain permission to register and attend classes at another CUNY four year college. 

HOW DO I USE EPERMIT?

To access ePermit, visit http://epermit.cuny.edu and login with your CUNY Portal ID and password. To apply for a permit, click on 'Create new permit' and follow the instructions as you proceed.

I HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING DEGREE WORKS FOR SEVERAL SEMESTERS, DO I NEED TO SEE AN ADVISOR?

Yes, you must see an academic advisor. It is advised that students at all levels see an advisor both for the general education requirements and for the major. Major advising is done in the department while general advising is done in the Office of Student Success.

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