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Baruch Core Curriculum

Undergraduate Programs Common Core Curriculum

Effective with the Fall semester 2001, all students will 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. For more information about additional curriculum requirements, see page 34 in Part 4 of this bulletin.

Tier I: Communication and Quantitative Skills

COM 1010 Speech Communication 3
ENG 2100 Writing I 3
ENG 2150 Writing II 3
Excel Proficiency 0
Mathematics at the 2000 level 3
Foreign Language 0-6**

Tier II: Arts and Sciences

Students fulfill this portion of the core curriculum by selecting specified courses totaling 29 credits from the following disciplines:

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 Theater 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 (2000) Major Issues in Philosophy
PHI 1600 (2010) Introduction to Logic and Moral Reasoning
PHI 1700 (2200) Ethical Theories

** 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.

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: Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Concentrations

As part of the requirements for a baccalaureate degree, all students must fulfill a Tier III 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 course. 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 2.00 in the three courses that make up his or her Tier III mnior.

Disciplinary concentrations are as follows:

Humanities Disciplines:
Art, Communication Studies, English, History, Literature, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Music, Philosophy, Theatre

Natural Science Disciplines:
Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics

Social Science Disciplines:
Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Affairs, Sociology

Interdisciplinary Concentrations:
American Studies, Asian and Asian American Studies, Arts and Sciences Interdisciplinary Minor with Honors, Black and Hispanic Studies, Information Technology and Social Responsibility, Interdisciplinary Minor with Honors in New York City Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Law and Policy, Religion and Culture, Women's Studies


The following list contains courses defined by Baruch College as non-liberal arts courses. No courses from this list can be used to satisfy the arts and sciences requirements in any of the three schools.

Please note:

Zicklin School of Business:
No courses from the list below can be used to satisfy the 62-credit liberal arts and sciences requirement.

Weissman School of Arts and Sciences:
No courses from the list below can be used to satisfy the 90-credit liberal arts and sciences requirement.

School of Public Affairs:
No courses from the list below can be used to satisfy the 57- to 60- credit liberal arts and sciences requirement.

Non-Liberal Arts Courses

  • ART 3059, ART 5010, ART 5011, Art Studio Elective
  • All computer information systems (CIS) courses except CIS3270, CIS3700, CIS3810, and CIS4910
  • COM 4059
  • CSE (Consumer Education)
  • ECO 5010 and ECO 5011
  • All Education courses except EDU 1101, EDU 3001, EDU 3002, IDC/EDU 5210, IDC/EDU 5220, IDC/EDU 5230, IDC/EDU 5240
  • FPA 5070 and FPA 5071 (Fine and Performing Arts)
  • HCA (Health Care Administration)
  • HED 1810, HED 2920, and all Physical Education courses
  • IST 3012 (Library)
  • Law courses except LAW 1011, LAW 1012, LAW 3122, LAW 4900, LAW 4905
  • Military service credits
  • MSC 2061-MSC 2064, MSC 5050, MSC 5051, and Music Studio Elective
  • PAF 5452
  • All PAF courses except PAF 1250
  • All statistics courses except STA 2000 and STA 2100
  • THE 3046, THE 3056, and Theater studio elective
  • Work-study or business experience in any areas
  • Credits listed as business, non-arts and sciences, professional electives, remedial electives, and/or credits listed as “elective” without any additional designation on transfer evaluation
  • All courses in the following disciplines: accountancy (ACC), finance (FIN), insurance (INS), business policy (BPL), management (MGT), business (BUS), marketing (MKT), operations research (OPR), and real estate (REA)

Questions about non-liberal arts courses, business courses, and free electives should be directed to an advisor prior to registration.

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