General Education Requirements

Opt-In Process for Pathways at Baruch

Here you will find the answers to many questions that might influence your decision. Please review the information. At its conclusion you will learn the steps you will need to take to Opt-In if that is what you choose to do.

I am a new Baruch student - Is Pathways for me?

For students who enter Baruch College as a freshmen or transfer student in Fall 2013 or after, the answer is YES (Pathways at Baruch is your General Education Curriculum automatically).

I am a re-entry Baruch student - Is Pathways for me?

For any student who began at Baruch College before Fall 2013 but has been away from the College for more than one full semester (Fall/Spring) the answer is YES: you are required to follow the New Pathways Gen Ed requirements. You may, however, appeal that requirement if, for example, you have already completed (or almost completed) the Baruch Common Core. The appeals process is explained on the Pathways Credit Appeals page.

I am a continuing Baruch student - Is Pathways for me?

As outlined below, the answer depends on how far along you are in your pursuit of your degree. Continuing students do have the opportunity to "Opt-In" to the Pathways Curriculum. If you started at Baruch College before Fall 2013 you may choose between the old Baruch Common Core and new Pathways general education mode. Click here to see some direct comparisons between the two General Education curriculums

 

Here's what we suggest:

  • Graduating Seniors - Congratulations! You are at the finish line. There is no reason for you to opt-in to the Pathways Curriculum
  • Juniors and Seniors - Have you already started your major? Have you completed your Tier One and Tier Two requirements? If you have answered YES to both of these questions you probably will not benefit from opting-in to the Pathways Curriculum.
      • We recommend that you compare your current general education requirements to the new Pathways general education requirements. You can do this easily with the "What If" option on Degree Works. (Will be available July 1)
  • Are you a Business Major?  Have you completed your Tier I and Tier II requirements?
    If you have answered YES to both of these questions, you probably will not benefit from opting-in to the Pathways Curriculum.
      • We recommend that you compare your current general education requirements to the new Pathways general education requirements. You can do this easily with the "What If" option on Degree Works. (Will be available July 1)
  • Are you a Liberal Arts or Public Affairs Major? Have you completed over 50 credits?
    If you have answered YES to both these questions; you probably will not benefit from opting-in to the Pathways Curriculum.
      • We recommend that you compare your current general education requirements to the new Pathways general education requirements. You can do this easily with the "What If" option on Degree Works. (Will be available July 1)
  • Have you completed your Tier I and Tier II Requirements?   If your answer is YES; you probably will not benefit from opting-in and switching to the Pathways Curriculum.
      • We recommend that you compare your current general education requirements to the new Pathways general education requirements. You can do this easily with the "What If" option on Degree Works. (Will be available July 1)

     

Tier III Minor / College Option

  • What about the Tier III Minor? I am thinking about switching to the Pathways General Education Curriculum - will I still be required to complete the Tier III Minor? NO, but see the second bullet below.
  • Students following the Pathways Curriculum, must complete the College Option. The College Option is made up of one, two, three, or four courses, depending on how much coursework the student has completed at another institution. The requirements for the College Option will also differ depending on whether the student is pursuing a degree in the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences (BA degree), the Zicklin School of Business (BBA), the School of Public Affairs (BS), or the Macaulay Honors College.
  • For Zicklin students who began as freshmen at Baruch (or who transferred with relatively few credits), the College Option includes three courses that are the equivalent of a Tier III minor, plus one additional course.
  • Take a look below at what you will be required to complete if you choose to opt-in. Keep in mind, you may have already completed these courses for your degree! Click here to find more information about the College Option courses.

 

BA WEISSMAN COLLEGE OPTION

College Option for students receiving the BA degree from the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences:

      • Students who enter as freshmen or who transfer with 30 or fewer total credits from an associate program at any college (including non-CUNY regionally accredited colleges) will take all four of the 3-credit courses listed below:
      • Students who transfer with more than 30 total credits from an associate program from any college (including non-CUNY regionally accredited colleges) but without an associate degree will take the first three of the courses listed below:
      • Students who transfer with an associate degree from any college (including non-CUNY regionally accredited colleges) will take the first two of the courses listed below:
      • Students may place out of Course 1 or Course 2 with appropriate transfer credit but must take one or two courses in a foreign language at Baruch to fulfill the college option. (Only one course is needed if the student has transferred from another senior college in which s/he has already completed nine credits of that college’s college option. Students can transfer the College Option credits they earn in a CUNY baccalaureate program toward their College Option requirement at Baruch.)
      Course 1

      ENG/CMP 2800

      or

      ENG/CMP 2850

      Great Works of Literature

      or

      Great Works of Literature II

      Course 2 COM 1010 Speech Communication
      Course 3   1st Foreign Language course (based on placement)
      Course 4   2nd Foreign Language course (based on placement)

 

BBA ZICKLIN COLLEGE OPTION

College Option for students receiving the BBA degree from the Zicklin School of Business.

      • Students who enter as freshmen or who transfer with 30 or fewer total credits from an associate program from any college (including non-CUNY regionally accredited colleges) will take all four of the 3-credit courses listed below:
      • Students who transfer with more than 30 total credits from an associate program from any college (including non-CUNY regionally accredited colleges) but without an associate degree will take the first three of the courses listed below:
      • Students who transfer with an associate degree from any college (including non-CUNY regionally accredited colleges) will take the first two of the courses listed below:
      • Students may place out of these courses with appropriate transfer credit but must take at least the capstone course at Baruch to fulfill the college option: (Only one course is needed if the student has transferred from another senior college in which s/he has already completed nine credits of that college’s college option. Students can transfer the College Option credits they earn in a CUNY bachelor’s program toward their College Option requirement at Baruch.)

 

      Course 1

      ENG/CMP 2800

      or

      ENG/CMP 2850

      Great Works of Literature I

      or

      Great Works of Literature II

      Course 2  

      4000-level CIC "capstone" course for one of the liberal arts minors.

      The Capstone course must be completed at Baruch College.

      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

       

     

BS School of Public Affairs College Options

College Options for students receiving the BS degree from the School of Public Affairs (3 options)

  1. Students may fulfill the Weissman College Option
  2. Students may fulfill the Zicklin College Option
  3. Students may fulfill the School of Public Affairs College Option as follows:
      • Students who enter as freshmen or who transfer with 30 or fewer total credits from any college (including non-CUNY regionally accredited colleges) will take all four of the 3-credit courses listed below:
      • Students who transfer with more than 30 total credits from any college (including non-CUNY regionally accredited colleges) but without an associate degree will take the first three of the courses listed below:
      • Students who transfer with an associate degree from any college (including non-CUNY regionally accredited colleges) will take the first two of the courses listed below:
      • Students who receive transfer credit for one or more of these courses will determine the remaining courses to take with the advisor:
    Course 1

    ENG/CMP 2800

    or

    ENG/CMP 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

     

     

What else should I consider when contemplating Opting-In and following the new Pathways General Education curriculum?

    • Consider what kind of requirements you still need to complete in each of the curriculums. Ask yourself which ones are most interesting to you. Which curriculum will best fit your academic and career aspirations?

 

I have read the above information, reviewed my Degree Works Audit and the Pathway's website. I think Pathways might be for me: What do I do next?

  1. A series of Opt-In workshops will take place during the fall semester. At these workshops you will find out more about Pathways and if it is the right choice for you. During that time you will have the opportunity to review the degree requirements and talk with an Advisement professional to determine the "best fit" for you based on your remaining degree requirements, degree, degree progression, interest, career, and graduate school aspirations.
  2. If after attending the workshop, you decide to OPT-IN, you will be given an OPT-IN form to complete and sign. The form will be submitted to the Office of the Registrar
  3. Your OPT-IN request will be processed in 5-7 business days. You will have this small window of time to change your decision to OPT-IN. After this period all decisions are final and you will not be able to OPT-OUT!
  4. If you have any questions, please contact your Honors advisor, SEEK counselor, or an academic advisor.
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