At Baruch, we follow the Pathways Core Curriculum. Watch CUNY’s video about the Pathways Promise!
Baruch College offers two distinct Gen Ed curricula. Many courses are shared by the two, but the requirements and structures differ.
Pathways at Baruch
Students who enter Baruch follow Pathways at Baruch.
Pathways at Baruch shares a structure and a set of requirements (but not necessarily courses) with all CUNY colleges. The structure includes a required core, a flexible core, and a “college option.”
- Re-entry students: Students who entered Baruch before fall 2013 but who will be returning in fall 2013 after more than one semester away from the college will follow Pathways at Baruch. (Those away for only one semester will follow the Baruch Common Core.)
Baruch Common Core (Pre-Fall 2013 Only)
Students who entered Baruch before fall 2013 follow the Baruch Common Core.
The Baruch Common Core includes introductory courses in a variety of disciplines in the arts and sciences (Tiers I and II) and requires students to minor in a single area in the liberal arts (Tier III).
Pre-Marxe School of Public and International Affairs (MSPIA) Requirements
The MSPIA degree requires 120 credits. In the Pathways curriculum, the required college option for MSPIA students is a liberal arts minor. Minors relevant to public affairs include law and policy, environmental sustainability, information studies, and survey research. MSPIA students are not eligible to double major.
Pre-Weissman School of Arts and Science (WSAS) Requirements
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 and in the major 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.
- COM 1010 Speech Communication (3 credits)
- Foreign Language (6-8 credits
In order to be eligible for the Zicklin School of Business, students need to satisfy all of the following criteria:
- Completion of at least 45 credits with an overall Baruch GPA3 of 2.25 or higher
- Completion of COM 1010 Speech Communication and ENG 2150 Writing II (Effective June 2014)
- COM 1010 and ENG 2150 are not calculated into the Pre-Business GPA
- Completion of 8 pre-business courses with a minimum 2.25 GPA1, 2
- ACC 2101 Principles of Accounting
- CIS 2200 Introduction to Information Systems and Technologies
- ECO 1001 Microeconomics
- ECO 1002 Macroeconomics
- ENG 2100 Writing I
- LAW 1101 Fundamentals of Business Law
- Calculus MTH 2205/2207/2610 (or equivalent)
- STA 2000 Business Statistics I
- 1 AP credits will not be used in calculating the GPA.
- 2 Transferred credit grades will be used in calculating the Pre-Business GPA with the exception of international grades.
- 3 New transfer students who have completed all Pre-Business courses will be eligible for admission to Zicklin despite the fact that they do not have a Baruch GPA.
New Business Minors for Non Business Majors (9 credits)
Students in the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences or in the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs who wish to take business courses may do so by declaring a second minor in business.
Before declaring the minor, they must choose one of the following tracks, and complete either:
- Bus 1001 (1 credit),
- Or have previously completed Bus 1000/1011 (3 credits).
To be awarded the minor, students must have a 2.0 minor G.P.A. Eligibility to declare such a minor is restricted to students who have an overall G.P.A. of 2.0 or more at the time they declare the minor.
Courses that apply to the minor may not be used for any other requirement. Business minors do not fulfill the required liberal arts minor for the college option. For more information, please visit The Zicklin School of Business.
*Keep in mind that most courses have pre-or-co-requisites.
The Liberal Art minors and their communication intensive capstones allow students to focus on a single area in the liberal arts. Capstone courses must be taken at Baruch College.
There is no GPA stipulation attached to the College Option courses, but in order to graduate with the liberal arts minor, a student must have a grade point average of at least 2.00 in the three courses that make up his or her liberal arts minor.
Baruch Common Core:
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 liberal arts minor.
*Not all 3000- or 4000-level courses will fulfill liberal arts minor requirements, especially in disciplines that include distinct tracks. See Undergraduate Bulletin for details.