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General Education Requirements

College Options for Students in the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs (BS Degree)



  1. SPIA students entering Baruch or opting into Pathways starting in spring 2015, must complete the Baruch College Option (see near the bottom of the page at: http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/genedreqs/pathwaysatbaruch/pathwaysoptions_baruch.htm);
  2. SPIA students entering Baruch or opting into Pathways from spring 2014 - fall 2014, must complete either the Weissman or Zicklin College Option(s) for that entry period;
  3. SPIA students entering Baruch or opting into Pathways in fall 2013 must complete one of the following College Options:

                         -  Students may fulfill the Weissman College Option for fall 2013;

                         -  Students may fulfill the Zicklin College Option;

                         -  Students may fulfill the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs College Option

For all versions, the following table explains the College Option (COPT) requirements for students, based on their entering status. Students who have transferred multiple times should review the information at the bottom of the table.

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.

    The four courses (all three-credit) of the SPA College Option (for students entering Baruch or opting into Pathways in fall 2013):

    Course 1

    CMP / ENG 2800

    or

    CMP / ENG 2850

    Great Works of Literature I

    or

    Great Works of Literature II

    Course 2   a 3000- or 4000-level liberal arts course selected by the student in consultation with the SPA faculty advisor
    Course 3   a 3000- or 4000-level liberal arts course selected by the student in consultation with the SPA faculty advisor
    Course 4   a 3000- or 4000-level liberal arts course selected by the student in consultation with the SPA faculty advisor