Pathways Core Requirements

General Education Requirements for Students Beginning Fall 2013 or Later

I. Fixed Core

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

Category 1. English Composition
*1st semester

FIQWS: Freshman Inquiry Writing Seminar
Six-credit seminar, organized around a specific topic. 3 hours of the seminar are spent with a full-time faculty member exploring the specific topic, and 3 hours with a writing instructor in an intensive, 3-hour writing course that uses the content material provided by the topic seminar.  Writing instructor and topic-based instructor work in coordination.

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

Category 2. English Composition II

ENGL 21001: Writing for Humanities and the Arts
Practice in the styles and forms of expository writing required in specific disciplines and analysis of readings that acquaint students with standards of good writing in their specific field.

ART 21000: Writing About Art
Practice in the styles and forms of expository writing required in the arts disciplines and analysis of readings that acquaint students with standards of good writing about art.

MUS 21000: Writing About Music
Intended to help music majors and others interested in exploring the different strategies and styles pertaining to reading, thinking, and writing about music. This course satisfies the requirement of the second level writing course.

ENGL 25000: Introduction to Literary Study
A practical introduction to significant works of English, American, and Anglophone literature from the late Middle Ages to the present, with special attention to literary terms, concerns, and forms, and an emphasis on close reading and on the relation of text and context.

Category 3. Quantitative Reasoning
*Placement in MATH 195 or higher exempts students from this requirement.

FQUAN: Freshman Quantitative Reasoning
FQUAN, offered through the Psychology department, teaches the same quantitative skills as most Introductory-level Math courses.
The following courses may also be taken upon placement by the Math department:

MATH 15000: Mathematics for the Contemporary World
This course aims to give students the tools needed to critically examine the quantitative issues of our times: 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. Students 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.

Category 4. Life and Physical Sciences

BIO 10004: 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.

CHEM 11000: Chemistry and Society
The fundamental principles of chemistry and their application to social issues.

II. Flexible Core

These courses are meant to provide students with a broad base of general knowledge upon which to base further study. Each category presents specific methods of analyzing and interpreting the world. One course must be taken in each category.

Category 1. Creative Expression

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; relationship 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 classroom listening aid in the development of perceptual and conceptual skills.

MUS 14500: Introduction to Jazz
An introduction to the important figures and diverse styles of jazz as well as social issues that affected the music's growth and popularity. 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. Does not serve as a prerequisite for courses in the Music major.

THTR 13100: Introduction to Theatre Arts
This course examines 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.

Category 2. World Culture and Global Issues (History)

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.

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.

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 impact.

Category 3. World Cultures and Global Issues (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.

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.

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.

WHUM 10312: Modern World Literature
In the past few decades, Anglophone literature has followed the pace of globalization itself, producing a spate of writers with roots in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean who are altering the map of literature in English. This course is designed to introduce you to the analysis of modern literature through works of writers of different national and ethnic backgrounds who write in English.

JWST 31602: The Bible and Its Stories
This course will consider some of the major figures of the Hebrew Bible with an eye for binaries.  How are these figures both ordinary and extraordinary?  How do they incorporate the sacred and the profane into their everyday lives?  How are the women and men in these stories at once close to their god and impossibly far away?  How might modern readers see themselves projected into these stories?  Texts culled from Genesis, Exodus, Samuel, Jonah, Job, Esther, and Ruth. Secondary texts from contemporary essayists and fiction writers include Rebecca Goldstein, Norma Rosen, Cynthia Ozick, Gerald Shapiro.

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.

Category 4. Scientific World

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.

EAS 10300: Environmental Geography
An introduction to the geological aspects of environmental issues and sustainability for non-science majors. Presents the basic concepts of geology, followed by discussion of selected environmental issues, such as mineral and energy production; water supplies and pollution; flooding and erosion; earthquake and volcanic hazards.

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.

MED 10000: Intro to Drug Abuse and Addiction
This course looks at the use of psychoactive drugs, using this topic to explore human behavior: from the interactions between chemicals and neurons to the psychological and physiological effects on the individual to the impact on society, touching on topics relating to anthropology, biology, chemistry, history, pharmacology, political science and sociology.

Category 5. Individual 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.

ECO 10250: 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.

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 PSY 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.

Category 6. United States Experience and Its Diversity

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.

III. City College Option: Additional Requirements

Foreign Language

For B.A Students—9 credits required, unless:
a) Four years of the same foreign language taken in high school,
b) A fourth semester level course of any foreign language taken at CCNY (22600-level),
c) Placement/competency examination taken at Foreign Language Department (NAC 5/223).

For B.F.A. Students—6 credits required, unless:
a) Two years of the same foreign language taken in High School,
b) Second semester level course of any foreign language taken at CCNY (12400-level),
c) Placement/competency examination taken at Foreign Language Department (NAC 5/223).

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 19300 and 19400 in the chosen language.

Information about the Language Placement Exam can be found on the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures website.


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.

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.


SPCH 11100: Foundations of Speech Communication
Speech is only a part of the College Option for BFA candidates.
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).

IV. Other Degree Requirements

a)     Students must complete 120 credits (credits repeated are not counted towards the degree).
b)     Students are required to complete a minimum of 84 credits at City College, or, if that is not possible, the
        final 30 credits.
c)     Sixty percent (60%) of major courses must be taken at City College.
d)     Students must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 to meet Humanities & Arts divisional requirements.
e)     Students must also meet cumulative and overall GPA requirements as dictated by the major department.
f)      A completed requirements checklist for each program (major, dual major, minor, etc.) in which the student
        is enrolled must be submitted to the Humanities & Arts advising office in the final semester.