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General Education Requirements

Pathways at Baruch: College Options



Part III, the College Option, consists of as many as four courses, depending on how much coursework the student has completed at another institution. For students who started taking classes at Baruch before spring 2015, the requirements for the College Option differed depending on whether the student is pursuing a degree in the Macaulay Honors College, the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, the Zicklin School of Business, or the School of Public Affairs. For students who started taking classes in spring 2015 or after, there is a single college option for all students but those in the Macaulay Honors College.

The following table explains the College Option (COPT) requirements for students, based on their entering status.

Baruch Freshmen 12 COPT credits

Students transferring from an

Associate Degree Program to Baruch

(including non-CUNY regionally accredited colleges)

  - Earned Associate Degree: 6 COPT credits

  - Earned More than 30 credits: 9 COPT credits

  - Earned 30 or Fewer credits: 12 COPT credits

Students transferring from a

CUNY Bachelor’s Degree Program to Baruch

12 COPT credits are required;

HOWEVER, any COPT credits completed at and/or received upon transfer to the previous CUNY senior college will transfer to Baruch with the designation.

Students who have remaining COPT requirements begin taking courses at the top of the relevant Baruch COPT course list.

Students transferring from a

Non-CUNY Bachelor’s Degree Program to Baruch

12 COPT credits

Second Bachelor’s Degree Students

Students with earned bachelor’s degrees from institutions that are accredited and recognized by a regional accrediting U.S. agency, as well as students from international universities with degrees that are equivalent to a baccalaureate degree as determined by CUNY

No COPT credits are required
Students who transfer multiple times  
     -  Began college in associate program * 6, 9, or 12 COPT credits
     -  Began college in baccalaureate program

12 COPT credits;

HOWEVER, any COPT credits completed at and/or received upon transfer to another CUNY senior college will transfer to Baruch with the designation.

Students who have remaining College Option requirements begin taking courses at the top of the relevant Baruch COPT course list.

* The College Option requirement for a student who transfers multiple times is determined by the type of program in which he or she first enrolled. A student who begins his or her college career in an associate program, and transfers multiple times will be responsible for a total of 6, 9, or 12 College Option credits depending on the student’s status when they first transferred from the associate program.

Here is the College Option for all undergraduates (except Macaulay students) who began taking classes at Baruch starting spring 2015:

    Course 1

    CMP / ENG 2800

    or

    CMP / ENG 2850

    Great Works of Literature I

    or

    Great Works of Literature II

    Course 2

    4000-level CIC "capstone" course for the liberal arts minor of courses 3 and 4 (directly below)

    This course must be completed at Baruch.

    Course 3

    1st 3000-level liberal arts course toward the same liberal arts minor

    Course 4
    2nd 3000-level liberal arts course toward the same liberal arts minor

List of Liberal Arts Minors and Capstone Courses 

NOTES:

  • The liberal arts minor cannot be within the same area of study as the major. This is also true for students who are required to complete part of the minor for the College Option.
  • There is no GPA stipulation attached to the College Option courses, but in order to graduate with the liberal arts minor, a student must have a grade point average of at least 2.00 in the three courses that make up his or her liberal arts minor.

Here are links to the four College Options for students who began taking classes at Baruch before spring 2015:

Macaulay Honors Baruch College Options

Bachelor of Arts degree from the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Zicklin School of Business

Bachelor of Science degree from the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs