Undergrad :: Liberal Arts electives

Guidelines on choosing liberal arts electives

Grove School of Engineering (GSoE) undegraduates need to meet two kinds of liberal arts requirements:  “flexible core” electives from a CUNY-wide list and “college option” liberal arts electives from a GSoE list.  (These are part of CUNY Pathways requirements.)

Which of the “flexible core” requirements affects GSoE students?

  • Just four of the flexible core areas.  In any GSoE major, they satisfy four of the required five or six liberal arts electives.

    • World cultures and global issues (WCGI)

    • U.S. experience in its diversity (US)

    • Creative expression (CE)

    • Individual and society (IS)

  • The courses already required by your GSoE major automatically cover any other fixed and flexible core requirements, such as English, math, and science.

What courses satisfy these four “flexible core” requirements?

  • Any of the four areas may already have been satisfied at another college.  Students can see which areas are already satisfied by looking at their Course History in CUNYfirst, or a CUNY transcript, or the DegreeWorks audit.  Students should enroll in CCNY courses from the remaining areas, using this list, which shows the courses in each flexible core area:

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flexible core courses for GSoE

  • The four flexible core courses are not required of students who already have a bachelor's degree, or an associate degree in art or science, from a regionally accredited recognized college.  They are required of those with an AAS degree, an unrecognized degree, or no degree.  Details are here.

GSoE “college option” liberal arts electives

  • After the four flexible core areas, GSoE majors require one or two more liberal arts as part of the “college option.”  In some majors, one of them is a specific liberal arts course, such as Spch 11100.  Any others are non-specific electives that can be chosen from this list:

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approved GSoE liberal arts courses

  • Non-specific college option liberal arts electives are not required when a student has an associate's or bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited recognized college.  Also, more than 30 credits toward an associate's degree exempts one such course.  Details are here.

Each major's curriculum shows how many GSoE liberal arts electives are required, including the four flexible core courses and the college option courses.  Of any liberal arts that are taken at (or transferred to) CCNY in these categories, two of them must be numbered 20000 or higher.


Which students must satisfy Pathways requirements?

  • Pathways requirements only apply to students who entered CCNY in Fall 2013 or later (or re-entered in Fall 2013 or later, after an absence of two or more semesters).  Others may follow their GSoE curriculum from before then.

You may contact your major's staff advisor (program administrator) with any questions.

Last Updated: 07/30/2020 17:14