General Education Requirements

Baruch Common Core

The courses of the Baruch Common Core will develop and improve your:

  • Oral and Written Communication Skills
  • Global/Cross-Cultural Awareness
  • Quantitative and Scientific Thinking
  • Technological Skills
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Civic Awareness
  • Ethical Awareness
  • Aesthetic Appreciation

General Education and the courses of the Baruch Common Core are central to the college's mission. They shape the experience that Baruch offers all of its students, whether they pursue a degree in the Zicklin School of Business, the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, or the School of Public Affairs. The Baruch Common Core is available only to students who entered Baruch before fall 2013.

Gen Ed at Baruch reflects the college's commitment to the ideal of education as a transformation of the whole person through study of the arts and sciences. The Baruch Common Core, which emphasizes learning goals in the areas listed above, includes introductory courses in a variety of disciplines in the arts and sciences as well as advanced concentrations that allow students to focus on a single area in the liberal arts.

Tier I: Basic Skills (click for list of courses)

- Communication Skills (3–5 courses)

- Quantitative Skills (1 course)

Tier II: Introduction to the Arts and Sciences (click for list of courses)

- Humanities (4 courses)

- Social Sciences (4 courses)
- Natural Sciences (1 course)

Tier III: Liberal Arts Minor (click for list of minors)

- 3000-level courses (2 courses)

- Capstone course (must be taken at Baruch College)