Baruch College Common Core Curriculum
All students follow a common core curriculum as outlined below. Upon completion
of 45 credits, students may apply for a major and be granted permission to take advanced courses in one of the three schools.
In addition to the common core, each of the degree programs may include additional arts and sciences courses or specify a course or courses in areas where there are several options.
Tier I: Communication and Quantitative Skills
COM 1010 Speech Communication 3 credits
ENG 2100 Writing I 3 credits
ENG 2150 Writing II 3 credits
Excel proficiency 0 credits(*see note below)
Mathematics at the 2000 level 3 credits
Foreign Language 0–6 credits (**see note below)
Tier II: Arts and ScienceS
Students fulfill this portion of the core curriculum by selecting
specified courses totaling 29 credits from the following
HUMANITIES (12 credits)
One 3-credit course must be chosen from each of the following four areas:
Fine and Performing Arts (3 credits)
ART 1000 Introduction to Design and Visual Communication
ART 1011 Art History Survey I
ART 1012 Art History Survey II
MSC 1003 Music in Civilization
MSC 1005 Principles of Music
THE 1041 Introduction to the Theatre Arts
History (3 credits)
HIS 1000 Themes in American History
HIS 1001 Themes in Global History to 1500 C.E.
HIS 1003 Themes in Global History since 1500 C.E.
HIS 1005 Modern American History
HIS 2050 Modern America, 1880–1945
HIS 2053 Recent America, 1945 to the Present
Literature (3 credits)
ENG/LTT 2800 Great Works of Literature I
ENG/LTT 2850 Great Works of Literature II
Philosophy (3 credits)
PHI 1500 Major Issues in Philosophy
PHI 1600 Introduction to Logic and Moral Reasoning
PHI 1700 Ethical Theories
NATURAL SCIENCES (4 credits)
One 4-credit course must be chosen from the following list:
BIO 1003 Survey of the Living World
BIO 1005 General Biology—Structure and Function—A Human Orientation
BIO 2010 Principles of Biology I
CHM 1000 Chemistry and the Environment
CHM 2003 General Chemistry I
ENV 1020 Principles of Ecology
ENV 1021 Environmental Conservation
PHY 1003 Concepts in Physics
PHY 2003 General Physics I
SOCIAL SCIENCES (13 credits)
One course must be chosen from each of the following four areas:
Anthropology/Sociology (3 credits)
ANT 1001 Introduction to Anthropology
SOC 1005 Introduction to Sociology
Economics (3 credits)
ECO 1001 Microeconomics
ECO 1002 Macroeconomics
ECO 1110 Current Economic Problems (Open only to
Weissman School of Arts and Sciences students who have
completed MTH 2160)
Politics and Government (3 credits)
POL 1101 American Government
POL 2001 The United States in an Age of Globalization
POL 2321 Urban Government
POL 2332 American Political Thought
POL 2353 Public Policy
PAF 1250 Citizenship and Public Affairs
Psychology (4 credits)
PSY 1001 General Psychology
Tier III MINOR: Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Concentrations
As part of the requirements for a baccalaureate degree, all students must fulfill a Tier III Minor concentration to graduate. The concentration requirement consists of three courses of study (9–12 credits) outside of students’majors. Of the three courses, two must be taken at the 3000 level or higher.
Courses used to satisfy Tier II may not also be used to fulfill Tier III concentration requirements. The third course in Tier III is to be the 4000-, 5000-, or 6000-level capstone course created or designated by each department in the concentration.
Capstone courses are research-oriented and communication-intensive. The capstone course can be taken only after students have completed two courses in their disciplinary concentration at the 3000 level or higher, and it must be taken at Baruch College. In order to graduate, a student must have a grade point average of at least 2.0 in the three courses that make up the Tier III Minor.
*All BBA and BS students are required to demonstrate basic Excel proficiency by passing the SimNet examination. Students are expected to pass the examination during their first year at the College. For specific information about the examination, contact the Office of Testing and Evaluation. Effective Fall 2005, all new, transfer, and re-entering BA students are required to pass the SimNet exam.
**Students who intend to complete a major in the School of Public Affairs or the Zicklin School of Business may be exempted from the foreign language requirement if they have completed two years of a modern foreign language in high school or passed a two-year citywide or Regents examination.