Bachelor of Arts Degree

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The Bachelor of Arts curriculum consists of the Pathways general education curriculum, the major, and elective credits for a total of 120 credits. Included in this total are 9-11 credits of additional requirements (see below), which constitute the pre-Weissman Core. A total of at least 120 credits and a minimum C (2.0) average – cumulative, in the major, and in the minor (if completed)– are required for graduation. A minimum of ninety (90) credits must be in arts and sciences courses.

At least 60 percent of the credits in the major must be taken at Baruch. Transfer students must meet all degree requirements and take a minimum of at least 30 credits at Baruch.

PRE-WEISSMAN CORE
  
Effective Spring 2015 for new students and for re-entry students who have not yet officially declared a major within Weissman School of Arts and Sciences

The three courses forming the Pre-Weissman Core must be completed before a student is allowed to declare a major in the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences.

Communication Skills (3 credits)

COM 1010 Speech Communication

Foreign Language: two courses (6-8 credits)

Students who have studied a foreign language in high school for fewer than three years must take one year of language as follows:

        • If only one year of a language was taken in high school, the student must take two semesters of elementary or intermediate language.
        • If two years of a language were taken in high school, the student must take two semesters of intermediate or advanced language or take two semesters of a new language on the elementary level..

Students who have studied a foreign language in high school for three years must choose one of the following options:

        • Continue the language on an intermediate or advanced level for one semester and take one literature course in the target language
        • Continue the language on an intermediate or advanced level for two semesters
        • Start a new language on the elementary level for two semesters

Students who have studied a foreign language in high school for 31⁄2 or more years must choose one of the following options:

        • Take 6 credits of literature in the target language
        • Continue the high school language on the advanced level for two semesters
        • Take one semester of advanced foreign language and one literature course in the target language
        • Take two semesters of a new language.

Students have the option of taking a placement exam to ensure that they are placed at the correct level.

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Students who entered Baruch before fall 2013 follow the Baruch Common Core. These students must also complete the following requirements for the BA degree.

Tier I: Communication and Quantitative Skills

Foreign Language: two courses (6-8 credits)

Students who have studied a foreign language in high school for fewer than three years must take one year of language as follows:

        • If only one year of a language was taken in high school, the student must take two semesters of elementary or intermediate language.
        • If two years of a language were taken in high school, the student must take two semesters of intermediate or advanced language or take two semesters of a new language on the elementary level.

Students who have studied a foreign language in high school for three years must choose one of the following options:

        • Continue the language on an intermediate or advanced level for one semester and take one course in literature in the target language
        • Continue the language on an intermediate or advanced level for two semesters
        • Start a new language on the elementary level for two semesters.

Students who have studied a foreign language in high school for three and a half or more years must choose one of the following options:

        • Take six credits of literature in the target language
        • Continue the high school language on the advanced level for two semesters
        • Take one semester of advanced foreign language and one course in literature in the target language
        • Take two semesters of a new language

Tier II: Natural Sciences (4 credits in addition to the 4 credits of the common core)

This second laboratory science course must be in a different area from the one taken to fulfill the common core requirement. For this purpose, ENV and BIO courses are considered to be in the same area.

Cultural Studies (3 credits)

One course must be chosen from ONE of the following areas:

Asian and Asian American Studies (AAS)

Black Studies (BLS)

Jewish Studies (JWS)

Latin American Studies (LACS)

Latino Studies (LTS)


NON-ARTS AND SCIENCES Courses IN BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires that 75 percent (90 out of 120) of the credits toward the degree will be designated arts and sciences courses. Students may include up to 30 elective credits of non-arts and sciences courses . 

DOUBLE MAJORS

Students in the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences who wish to complete double majors within the arts and sciences disciplines must file two separate major/specialization forms. Check here.

SECOND DEGREES

Students may earn a second baccalaureate degree provided that they complete 30 additional credits at Baruch, that they meet all the requirements for the Baruch BA degree, and that they choose an entirely new major. None of the courses in the second major can have previously been applied to the major.

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