B.A. in Dominican Studies

Program Content and Future

This program is administered by CUNY Baccalaureate in Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies.

For more information, and to apply, please visit CUNY Baccalaureate.

Organized under the CUNY Baccalaureate in Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies, the CUNY B.A. in Dominican Studies was launched by articulating all the existing courses currently taught throughout CUNY campuses on matters pertaining to Dominicans. While, as with other CUNY B.A. programs it requires students to attend different campuses, it offers a unique opportunity to earn a Baccalaureate with a concentration in Dominican Studies such as no specific college campus, neither in CUNY nor anywhere else in the United States, currently offers.

CUNY DSI will continue to advocate for the growth and strengthening of the CUNY BA in Dominican studies so that CUNY is able to offer a wider range of courses on a regular and predictable basis.


In 2002, Dr. Ramona Hernández, director of the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, convened a meeting of all heads of Latin American, Puerto Rican, and Latino Studies departments and programs at the City University of New York whose curricula offered courses in Dominican Studies. The purpose of the meeting was to garner their support for the establishment of a degree-granting program in the emerging field of Dominican Studies.

Thanks to the work of the group, led by Dr. Daisy Cocco De Filippis, then provost and vice president for academic affairs at Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College, and Dr. Gabriel Haslip-Viera, former chair of Latin American Studies program at The City College of New York, the CUNY B.A. in Dominican Studies--the first academic degree-granting program with a concentration in Dominican Studies-- was established in December 2003.