Baruch’s Core Curriculum only applies to students who were accepted prior to 2013. If you were accepted after 2013, please reference Baruch’s Pathways Curriculum.
The courses of the Baruch Common Core will develop and improve your:
General Education and the courses of the Baruch Common Core are central to the college’s mission. They shape the experience that Baruch offers all of its students, whether they pursue a degree in the Zicklin School of Business, the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, or the School of Public Affairs. The Baruch Common Core is available only to students who entered Baruch before fall 2013.
General Education at Baruch reflects the college’s commitment to the ideal of education as a transformation of the whole person through study of the arts and sciences. The Baruch Common Core, which emphasizes learning goals in the areas listed above, includes introductory courses in a variety of disciplines in the arts and sciences as well as advanced concentrations that allow students to focus on a single area in the liberal arts.
Communication Skills (3–5 courses)
- COM1010 Speech Communication
Weissman students take 2 courses; Zicklin and School of Public Affairs students take 0–2 courses, depending on their high school background (see Undergraduate Bulletin 2010–2013).
The languages offered are Arabic, Chinese, French, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish.
Quantitative Skills (1 course at the 2000 level*)
- MTH 2003 Pre-calculus and Elements of Calculus
- MTH 2140** Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning
- MTH 2160** Ideas in Mathematics and Their Applications
- MTH 2205 Applied Calculus II
- MTH 2207 Applied Calculus and Matrix Applications
- MTH 2610 Calculus I
*Zicklin students must complete a course in calculus for the BBA base curriculum. They must also satisfy the prerequisites for whichever calculus course they take. Therefore, these students usually take MTH 2003 and one of the calculus courses listed above.
**MTH 2140 nor MTH 2160 do NOT meet the BBA base curriculum mathematics requirement. Similarly, these courses are not recommended for students whose major requires a statistics course or another math course.
Humanities (4 courses, one from each category)
FPA (Fine and Performing Arts) – one of the following courses:
- 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 – one of the following courses:
- 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 – one of the following courses:
- ENG/CMP 2800 Great Works of Literature I
- ENG/CMP 2850 Great Works of Literature II
Philosophy- one of the following courses:
Social Sciences (4 courses, one from each category)
Sociology/Anthropology – one of the following courses:
Economics – one of the following courses:
*ECO 1110 is not open to Zicklin students; it requires MTH 2140 or MTH 2160 as pre- or co-requisite.
Politics and Government – one of the following courses:
- PAF 1250 Citizenship and Public Affairs
- POL 1101 American Government: Practices and Values
- POL 2001 The United States in an Age of Globalization
- POL 2321 Urban Government
- POL 2332 American Political Thought
- POL 2353 Public Policy
Psychology- one of the following courses:
- PSY 1001General Psychology
Natural Sciences (1 course)
- BIO 1003 Survey of the Living World
- BIO 1005 General Biology- Structure and Function- A Human Orientation
- BIO 2010* Principles of Biology I
*BIO 2010 is for biological sciences or natural sciences ad hoc majors; participation requires departmental permission.
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 minor.
Disciplinary concentrations are as follows:
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
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
NON-LIBERAL ARTS COURSES
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.
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 CIS 3270, CIS 3700, CIS 3270, and CIS 4910
- COM 4059
- CSE (Consumer Education)
- ECO 5010 and ECO 5010
- All Education courses except EDU 1101, EDU 3001, EDU 3002, IDC 5210/ EDU 5210, IDC 5220/ EDU 5220, IDC 5230/ EDU 5230, IDC 5240/ 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.