Fall 2007 Core Requirements

General Education Requirements for Students Beginnng Fall 2007-Spring 2013


I. Proficiencies

These introductory courses are meant to be taken at the beginning of a student's college career, preferably in the first semester, in order to build the necessary skills to succeed in subsequent courses. Students must take one of the listed courses in each category.

1. English Composition

FIQWS: Freshman Inquiry Writing Seminar
The hallmark of the General Education Requirement is FIQWS, the Freshman Inquiry Writing Seminar. In their first semester freshmen take this six-credit seminar, organized around a specific topic (there can be as many as 60 different topics offered in the fall semester). 3 hours of the seminar are spent with a full-time faculty member exploring the specific topic, and 3 hours with a writing instructor, who is often a member of our graduate writing program, in an intensive, 3-hour writing course that uses the content material provided by the topic seminar.  Writing instructor and discipline-based instructor work in coordination.

ENGL 11000: Freshman Composition
The longer paper, and practice in essay forms.

2. Quantitative Reasoning

The following courses may also be taken upon placement by the Math department:

MATH 15000: Mathematics for the Contemporary World
Bombarded by statistics, assailed by advertisers and advocates of all persuasions, the average person needs mathematics to make sense of the world. This course aims to give students the tools needed to critically examine the quantitative issues of our times. Students will learn the basics of logical reasoning, the use of graphs and algebra to create quantitative models, and the role of statistics and probability in analyzing data. We will apply these ideas to assess the quantitative claims raised in contemporary case studies commonly discussed in the media.

MATH 17300: Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Descriptive statistics and frequency histograms; measures of location and dispersion; elementary probability; permutations and combinations; multiplication rule and conditional probability; Bayes' Theorem; independent events; random variables, expected values; applications to binomial, hypergeometric, uniform and normal distributions; the Central Limit Theorem; testing statistical hypotheses; correlation; linear regression and least squares. Prereq: placement by the Department. Credit will be given for only one of the following courses: Math 17300, Eco 29500, Psy 21500, Soc 23100.

MATH 19000: College Algebra and Trigonometry
Introduction to functions, rational expressions and their applications, rational exponents, conic sections, Gaussian elimination and determinants, nonlinear systems of equations, introductions to trigonometric functions. Prereq: placement at college entry or by subsequent examination.
Placement in MATH 195 or higher exempts students from this requirement.

3. Speech

SPCH 00380: Speech Communication
Basic skills in extemporaneous speaking, oral reading, small group communication, interview techniques and listening. Each student will have at least one performance recorded in the TV/Media Center. Students who have completed Speech 11100 may not take this course. For SEEK Students only.

SPCH 11100: Foundations of Speech Communication
Basic skills in extemporaneous speaking, oral reading, small group communication, interview techniques and listening. Each student will have at least one performance recorded in the TV/Media Center. Students who have completed Speech 00380 may not take this course.
Students may place out of this requirement by taking the Speech Proficiency Exam given by the Department of Theatre and Speech (CG 311, (212) 650-6666).

II. Foreign Language

For students entering City College after Fall 1988, the requirements are as follows:
For B.A Students:
a) Four years of the same foreign language in high school,
b) A fourth semester level course of any foreign language at CCNY,
c) Placement/competency examination.

For B.F.A. Students:
a) Two years of the same foreign language in High School,
b) Second semester level course of any foreign language at CCNY,
c) Placement/competency examination.

Heritage speakers of a foreign language will not be permitted to take basic language courses in that language, except for those courses specifically designed for heritage speakers. Heritage speakers fulfill this requirement by taking or placing out of courses 19100 and 19200 in the chosen language.

The Language Placement Exam can be taken most days before 3pm in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures (NA 5/223, (212) 650-6731).

III. Perspectives

The perspectives courses are meant to provide students with a broad base of general knowledge upon which to base further study. Each perspective presents specific methods of analyzing and interpreting the world. One course must be taken in each category, and although there are many possible courses that can be taken to meet these requirements, courses recommended for most students are listed by category below. Please meet with an advisor in the Office of the Dean of Humanities and the Arts to discuss possible alternative to the courses listed below.

1. Artistic

ART 10000: Introduction to the Visual Arts of the World
Concepts underlying content, formal structure and historical development of the visual arts; art as a global phenomenon from prehistory to the present; relation- ship of art to the natural world, the built environment, political and other human institutions, and the realm of spirituality.

MUS 10100: Introduction to Music
Concepts underlying the understanding and enjoyment of music. Examples from around the world highlight matters of form and content. Attendance at concerts, both on and off campus, as well as guided class- room listening aid in the development of perceptual and conceptual skills. Pre- or coreq: English 11000.

MUS 14500: Introduction to Jazz
An introduction to the important figures and diverse styles of jazz. Emphasis will be on listening to jazz and its unique characteristics including identifying various instruments and their roles in jazz ensembles. Attendance at concerts both on and off campus as well as guided classroom listening will aid in the development of listening and communication skills. The influence of folk and popular music from all related cultures will be discussed as well as social issues that affected the music's growth and popularity. Does not serve as a prerequisite for courses in the Music major. Pre- or coreq: FIQWS or Engl. 11000 or equivalent.

MCA 12100: Introduction to Film Studies
This course examines the artistic and social power of film as a medium of audiovisual communication. The course emphasizes the analysis of narrative feature films, but also examines non-fiction and experimental forms. The course offers a systematic view of how cinema tells stories, organizes information, patterns, light and sound, and creates unique aesthetic and social experiences. Aspects treated by the course include sound, editing, cinematography, film style, narrative and non-narrative forms, the organization of film production, and the relations of film to broader artistic, social, and historical contexts. Attention is given to the ways film is now related to television, video, and new computer technologies. Prereq: Eng. 11000 or FIQWS.

THTR 13100: Introduction to Theatre Arts
The related creative arts of playwright, director, actor and designer; their collective contributions to the form of the play that ultimately evolves on stage. Discussion of the institutions in contemporary American theatre.

CLSS 32100: Classical Mythology in Film
Greek and Roman myths, their connections with religion, the ancient sources, and the survival and reinterpretation of classical myth in subsequent literature and film up to the present day.

2. Global History and Culture

ANTH 10100: General Anthropology
Humankind from its beginnings in Africa to the present. Course focuses on human biological and cultural evolution through prehistoric times, identification of cultural bias in attempts to understand the human past and present, and exploration of the fallacies of racial and cultural superiority. Topics include the development of social stratification, cultural definitions of reality, language and thought, alternative ways of generating cooperation and handling conflict, culture change and "modernization."

WCIV 10100: World Civilizations I: Prehistory to 1500 A.D.
An examination of the civilizations of Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas through a comparative study of selected places and themes. The dynamics of hunter/gatherer, pastoral and agrarian societies, urbanization, trade, imperialism, slavery, feudalism, the centralization of the state, religion and secular thought are among the topics discussed. Pre or coreq: Eng 11000.

WCIV 10200: World Civilizations II: 1500 A.D. to the Present.
A study of the major forces that have shaped the modern world of Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Selected themes include the interaction of the Western and non-Western world, the scientific revolution, capitalism, imperialism, industrialization, economic growth and stagnation, revolutions, counter-revolutions, modern political ideologies, the global crisis of the 20th century and emerging global interdependence. Prereq: Eng 11000.

ASIA 10100: Asian Cultures and Peoples
The major factors that have shaped the Asian countries and peoples; geography, civilization, migration, and settlements of ethnic groups; philosophies, religions, historical events, leaders, and modern political and socioeconomic institutions.

BLST 10200: African Heritage: Caribbean-Brazilian Experience
Analysis of historical conditions which shaped the lives of African peoples in the Caribbean and Brazil emphasizing cultural continuities, human organization and similarities in global Black experience among Africans on the continent and in the Western hemisphere, vis-a-vis European politico-economic control and cultural im- pact.

3. Literary

WHUM 10100: World Humanities I
An introduction to world literature and its relationship to the traditions and societies from which it springs. Study of major works from antiquity to the seventeenth century. Prereq: Eng 11000.

WHUM 10200: World Humanities II
An introduction to world literature and its relationship to the traditions and societies from which it springs. Study of major works from the seventeenth century to the twentieth century. Prereq: Eng 11000.

JWST 31314: Introduction to Jewish Literature
This course surveys the literature and culture of the Jews from the Bible onward. We will discuss selected texts from the Hebrew Bible with an eye for conflict and resolution, highlighting themes such as crime and punishment, barrenness and fertility, piety and transgression, the divine and the human.  We will see the Bible texts as palimpsests, of sorts, whose themes are rewritten later in numerous exegetical modes, examining the Talmud and Midrash and Apocrypha and then Medieval literature as illustrative of this notion of revisiting and revising.  We will continue to trace the evolution of the text as a central concern of Jews throughout the centuries in legal, linguistic, religious, and cultural terms, investigating the Hasidic tales and their 19th and 20th century offshoots in Eastern Europe.  Jewish American fiction will round out the course, along with a taste of Modern Hebrew literature, underscoring the urgency of Biblical themes and religious tradition, translated and reworked for modern eyes and ears.

SPAN 28100: Masterworks of Spanish Literature I
The evolution of Spanish literature from the Medieval period through the Golden Age. Critical analysis of representative works and writers.

SPAN 28300: Masterworks of Latin American Literature
Representative works and authors of Spanish American letters from the mid 20th century to the present. The texts are analyzed in light of the social, political, cultural and ideological contexts in which they were produced.

4. Logical/Philosophical

PHIL 10200: Introduction to Philosophy
An introduction to some of the central questions of philosophy, concerning our knowledge of the external world, causation, God, mind and body, freedom, justice, and moral judgment, via analysis of classical and contemporary philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Locke, Hume, Mill, Kant, Russell, Wittgenstein and Rawls.

PHIL 30000: The Rational Animal: Dimensions of Understanding
A critical analysis of the nature of and relationships between a variety of intellectual disciplines (such as the natural and social sciences, humanities and education) and of a number of contemporary, philosophical problems relating to mind, self and consciousness, and authority, rights and responsibilities. Prereq: 15 credits of core courses and Eng 11000.

PSC 12400: Political Ideas and Issues
The relevance of political theory in the examination and solution of current political controversies. The course will cover such themes as justice, legitimacy, civil liberties, civil disobedience, the nature of man, society and the state. Focus will be on great writings in political thought from all periods.

5. Science

CHEM 10000: Chemistry and Society
The fundamental principles of chemistry and their application to social issues. (Open to Science majors only with permission of instructor.)

EAS 10000: The Dynamic Earth
Basic concepts of geology. The materials, structures, and surface features of the earth, and the processes which have produced them.

EAS 10100: The Atmosphere
An introduction to the processes and phenomena of our atmosphere. Topics include clouds, sky color, greenhouse effect, storms, climates and Ice Ages.

PHYS 10000: Ideas of Physics
A course with two themes: 1. How nature works the interplay of space, time, matter and energy; 2. Structures are born, live out their life cycles, and die. These include us, the stars, and perhaps the universe. This theme may be called the scientific story of genesis.

ASTR 30500: Methods in Astronomy
Designed to fulfill the 30000-level core science requirement, the course covers the fundamental physical laws that underlie the motions of heavenly bodies, including Newtonian mechanics and Einstein's theory of relativity, planetary, stellar and galactic evolution; the methods, techniques and instruments used by modern astronomy, including the Hubble Space Telescope and planetary space probes.

6. Science with Interactive Component

BIO 10000: Biology: The Strategy of Life
The basic properties of living systems with emphasis on human beings as functioning biological entities.

EAS 10400: Climate Change
A study of the issue of global warming.

7. Self and Society

ANTH 20100: Cross-Cultural Perspectives
Human universals and differences in family life, economics, politics and religion in societies around the world. Insights about American life and about how the world's peoples are interdependent. Emphasis on major controversies and issues about gender relations, economic development, inequality, violence and aggression, religion, healing and cultural identity.

ANTH 20200: Languages and Dialects in Cross-Cultural Perspective
A survey of the nature, structure, and social use of languages and dialects. Topics included are sound, word, and sentence structure; multilingualism; speech events and genres; language and education; language and though, child language acquisition; Creole languages; and varieties of Spanish and African-American English.

ECO 10000: Principles of Microeconomics
This introductory course develops the basic tools and methods of microeconomic analysis. The choices of individual decision makers are analyzed in studying how markets operate. The fundamentals of supply and demand, consumer and firm behavior, and market interactions are examined. Applications to current micro-economic issues are discussed in the course, for example, the role of government in markets.

ECO 10300: Principles of Macroeconomics
This introductory course develops the basic tools and methods of macroeconomic analysis. Issues of employment and un- employment, inflation, the level of output and its growth, and other important cur- rent policy problems are examined within the framework of models that economists use. The main area of current applications will be the United States economy, but attention will also be given to international economic issues.

PSY 10200: Applications of Psychology in the Modern World
An introduction to the study of human development and learning, personality and motivation, sex differences, attitudes, aggressions, interpersonal attraction, behavior in groups and work settings, abnormal behavior and its treatment. Emphasis on the ways in which psychological theory and research can be applied to individual and social problems. May not be taken for credit by students who have already passed Psych 10101 or 10299.

SOC 10500: Individual, Group and Society: An Introduction to Sociology
The language of sociology, the sociological perspective, and basic areas of sociological inquiry. Topics include: culture, socialization, self and society, social stratification and social class, the family, religion, policy, community organization, collective behavior, mass culture, social order and social change.

8. United States Society

PSC 10100: United States Politics and Government
An analysis of processes, values and problems of American government and democracy. Special emphasis is given to national political institutions and issues.

USSO 10100: Development of the U.S. and its People
Analysis of how a powerful nation-state evolved from a tiny offshoot of European colonial expansion. Elucidates major forces that have shaped the modern world: religion, land policies, technology, industrial capitalism, democracy, nationalism, socialism, racism, sexism, and imperialism. Prereq: Eng 11000, World Civilizations 10100 and 10200.

9. In-Depth

The In-Depth requirement is meant to encourage further study in a single area outside a student's major field of study. In order to meet this requirement, a student must take two courses in the same department (generally, these two courses will share the same prefix, i.e. PSY 10200 and PSY 24900, or SOC 10500 and SOC 25000). It is recommended that students choose and introductory course and an elective course in the chosen department. Students pursuing minors or dual majors may use those courses to fulfill this requirement.

IV. Other Degree Requirements

a)    Students must complete 120 CREDITS in order to be eligible for a BA or BFA degree from the City College.
b)    Students must complete 84 credits at the City College or the final 32 credits at the City College.
c)    Sixty (60) percent of major courses must be taken at the City College
d)    A final documented major check must be secured from the department major advisor.
e)    In order to be eligible for a BA or BFA degree, students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. The minimum GPA for major courses is determined by the department.