Congratulations on your recent admission to City College!

Your first advising session will cover the following topics:

  • CUNY Pathways general education requirements
  • Your intended major and the application/declaration process
  • Required elective credits and elective credit strategies
  • Transfer credit, including AP scores and College Now courses
  • Discussion of any academic holds on record
  • Course registration, if time permits
  • Any other questions you may have
Minimum Requirements for Graduation

In order to be eligible for graduation, all students must:

• Complete the Pathways general education requirements
• Meet the requirements of at least one major
• Meet the City College Residency Requirement
• Earn a minimum of 120 credits

For Freshman Students

  • If you plan to graduate in four years, then you will need to take fifteen credits per semester
    • 15 credits X 8 semesters = 120 credits
  • Most students focus on Pathways requirements in their first terms
    • Art and Music majors are usually exceptions to this rule
  • Most students take ENGL 11000 or FIQWS courses to meet their English Composition requirement in their first term
  • Keep in mind that most majors in our division were planned so that they leave you elective credits to explore other disciplines
    • Students may use their elective credits to pursue a minor (or two), a publishing certificate, another major, or the credits can be used to build other necessary skills such as public speaking, writing, foreign language, etc.

A document containing lists of Pathways and elective courses can be found on the H&A Advising webpage.

For Transfer Students

  • Your total number of transfer credits subtracted from 120 will give you a good idea of the minimum number of credits required for your graduation
    • Say you transfer in 63 credits: 120 - 63 = 57
    • Keep in mind that some students may need go over the minimum to meet their declared plan requirements
  • At least 60% of your major credits must be taken at CCNY
    • English majors must take at least 27 of the 39 required major credits at CCNY; therefore, students are allowed to use up to 12 transfer credits toward this major
  • You may also need to meet with an advisor in the department of your major before registration—if so, we'll provide you with contact info during the meeting

A document containing lists of Pathways and elective courses can be found on the H&A Advising webpage.

DegreeWorks Online Advisement

The Division of Humanities and the Arts uses DegreeWorks to track student progress. This application will play a large role in later advising meetings so it would be worthwhile to familiarize yourself with this system. Keep in mind that DegreeWorks functions best in Firefox browsers.

DegreeWorks Instructions and Features

Occasionally, a DegreeWorks record needs to be manually updated—the most common occurrence is when a course shows up in the wrong category and needs to be moved—so please confirm all inconsistencies with your advisor before taking action.

How to register for classes using Schedule Builder

Email, Dropbox, Blackboard, Zoom

City College has agreements with Microsoft, Dropbox, Blackboard, and Zoom to provide you with digital resources for messaging, communication, scheduling, and data storage

Microsoft 365: Citymail




Minors Available to H&A Students

Anthropology, Arabic, Art History, Asian Studies, Biology, Black Studies, Cinema Studies, Community Change Studies, Economics, English, French, History, Italian, Jewish Studies, Journalism, Latin American & Latino Studies, Spanish, Portuguese, Psychology, Sociology, Studio Art, Theatre, and Women’s Studies

If you'd like to pursue one of these minor programs, please bring it up in your advising session.

You can browse all City College programs here: Areas of Study

Advising Goals

In the Office of Academic Advising, we believe that students should be proud, confident members of their college community. We work to help our students achieve their academic goals and, in turn, prepare them to achieve their career goals and become citizens of the world. Through collaborative advising practices, we empower students to think critically about their roles and responsibilities as students. The shared model of academic advising at the City College allows departments and offices across the institution to work with one-another to promote integrated student learning, development and success. Our advising sessions are always confidential as we abide by CCNY and FERPA Guidelines, and we handle sensitive issues with the utmost respect.

As academic advisors we hope to guide students, to help them make the most of their college experience. Here is a partial list of what we do:

  • Develop a comprehensive plan for achieving your educational/academic goals
  • Help to identify personal interests, abilities, and values
  • Help with appropriate curriculum, and course selection
  • Assist with monitoring academic progress
  • Provide information on degree requirements, general education requirements, college policies, procedures, and campus resources
  • Discuss career goals and how it relates to your major
  • Provide perspective on alternative careers as well as the possibility of graduate school
  • Discuss enhanced learning opportunities, such as study abroad, internships, etc.
 EAB Navigate Appointments for Advising

As a new student, you choose either the 'New Freshman' or the 'New Transfer' advising appointment option for your first meeting. For all future meetings, you'll want to select 'Current Student Academic Advising' when making an appointment.

Advising appointments can always be made on the
Humanities & Arts Advising webpage

Keep in mind that a single question might not need a 20-minute meeting and possibly could be addressed more quickly by email. Advisor email addresses are also available on our advising page.

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Office of Academic Advising

Division of Humanities and the Arts

North Academic Center, Rooms 5/225

160 Convent Avenue

New York NY 10031

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Last Updated: 06/10/2022 11:53