FAQs about Pathways at Baruch
Q: I have reviewed the web site’s content and still have questions about Pathways.
- Please contact the Undergraduate Advisement and Orientation Center for help with additional questions on Pathways.
Q: It says in the Flexible Core I can’t take more than two courses in a discipline or interdisciplinary field. What does that mean??
- A discipline is an area of study such as history, psychology, or English. Some of Baruch academic departments offer courses in more than one discipline, and some related disciplines are considered part of the same academic field. The reason for this CUNY-wide Flexible Core rule is that the College and University want you to have a broad understanding of multiple subjects, and not limit yourself to a narrow range of areas of study. Please see the Flexible Core page for Baruch’s discipline restrictions.
Q: What are Pathways and Pathways at Baruch? How do they differ?
- Pathways is the set of uniform General Education requirements throughout CUNY. Although the courses that can be used to fulfill these requirements will differ from college to college, the basic set of requirements will be the same throughout the CUNY system. With few exceptions, any requirement that a student fulfills at one college will be considered fulfilled at any other college to which he or she transfers. Pathways consists of three parts: the Required Core, the Flexible Core, and the College Option.
- Pathways at Baruch is the specific set of Baruch College courses that may be used to fulfill the overall Pathways requirements.
- More information is available by clicking on the Pathways tabs on the left menu.
Q: I transferred from a SUNY College. How does this impact my Pathways general education requirements?
- Effective Fall 2018 SUNY transfer students who have completed a bachelor’s, AA or AS degree or the entire 30-credit GER from SUNY will be deemed to have completed the CUNY Pathways Required Core and Flexible Core requirements. SUNY transfer students who completed a portion of the 30-credit GER requirement will have the completed GER credits applied to the Pathways areas as appropriate. Credits will be granted with a grade “C” or better.
Q: May I overlap any courses between the Pathways Core requirements and my major or school-specific admission requirements?
- Students may not use one course to satisfy a Pathways Core requirement and as part of the major.
- Each of the College’s three schools – Marxe, Weissman, and Zicklin have specific courses as part of their admission process. Students may use one course to satisfy both Pathways and admissions requirements. For example, MTH 2003 Precalculus may serve as both a Pathways Required Core course and as part of the admissions requirements for admission to the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs. Please consult and advisor in the Undergraduate Advisement and Orientation Center if you have additional questions.