General Education Requirements-CUNY Common Core: Pathways


General Education for All Degree Programs

General Education Learning Outcomes:

A student will:

  1. Gather, interpret, and assess information from a variety of sources and points of view

  2. Evaluate evidence and arguments critically or analytically

  3. Produce well-reasoned written or oral arguments using evidence to support conclusions

  4. Apply quantitative reasoning skills to solve problems

  5. Demonstrate Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World through the study of:

  • World Cultures and Global Issues

  • U.S. Experience in its Diversity

  • Creative Expression

  • Individual and Society

  • Scientific World

  1. Describe civic engagement and its importance in a global society

Readiness for Academic Success

The City University of New York (CUNY) requires that all incoming degree-seeking students, as well as students entering the upper division, demonstrate proficiency in English (reading and writing) and Math in order to enroll in credit-bearing courses in the associated subject.  Students may establish proficiency in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, meeting benchmark scores on the SAT, ACT, and New York State Regents exams, or demonstrating proficiency through Exemption. 

Beginning Spring 2020, students who do not meet benchmark scores will no longer be administered a placement test; rather, CUNY will use a Proficiency Index to determine developmental education assignment. The Proficiency Index combines overall high school grade point average with SAT and/or Regents exam scores.  There are separate Proficiency Indexes for English and Math. 

Information is available on the CUNY Website concerning CUNY’s Proficiency Index and Exemptions, https://www.cuny.edu/academics/testing/testing-faqs/

CUNY Pathways Initiative

Approved by the CUNY Board of Trustees in June 2011, the Pathways Initiative, which went into effect September 2013, assures that all three parts of an undergraduate curriculum – general education, major, and elective courses – will count toward graduation requirements among all CUNY colleges. This initiative allows students to experience a broad range of liberal arts courses while assuring the many students who transfer from one CUNY college to another that their credits will transfer, therefore helping them graduate on time.

Pathways will apply to:

  • new freshmen

  • transfer students starting in September 2013 and thereafter

Students changing majors should meet with their advisors to see how liberal arts credits already earned apply to the new CUNY Common Core.

Current students who continue in the same major can choose to stay with the requirements in place when they entered CUNY, as listed in the college catalog for their start date, or to opt into the new Pathways curriculum.

All CUNY undergraduates will be required to complete the 30-credit CUNY Common Core except students in Associate in Applied Science Programs.

Pathways Components

CUNY’s Pathways initiative offers a new framework for general education. It consists of two parts: (1) the Common Core for all CUNY colleges, requiring 30 general education credits and (2) the College Option, requiring students who transfer to a four-year CUNY college to take six (6) to 12 additional credits at the four-year college, as specified by the student’s status when they enter the four-year CUNY College.

CUNY Common Core at Kingsborough

The new CUNY Common Core consists of two parts: a “Required Core” portion and a “Flexible Core” portion. Courses that have been approved for the CUNY Common Core at the time of publication of this catalog are identified in the Course Descriptions Section of this catalog.

Required Core

In the Required Core, depending on the major, students must take:

  • Six (6) credits in English Composition I and II (ENG 1200 and ENG 2400)

  • Three (3) credits in Life and Physical Sciences

  • Three (3) credits in Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning

Flexible Core

Depending on the major, students take between three (3) and six (6) three-credit liberal arts and sciences courses from the following five (5) areas, with no more than two (2) courses in any discipline or interdisciplinary field (e.g., no more than two psychology courses):

  1. World Cultures and Global Issues

  2. U.S. Experience in its Diversity

  3. Creative Expression

  4. Individual and Society

  5. Scientific World


Pathways Approved Courses

Required Core

Life and Physical Sciences


  • BIO 100 - Topics in Biology 3 Credit(s)

  • BIO 1100 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 Credit(s)

  • BIO 1200 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 Credit(s)

  • BIO 1300 - General Biology I 4 Credit(s)

  • BIO 1400 - General Biology II 4 Credit(s)

  • BIO 1800 - The Biology of the Human Body 3 Credit(s)

  • BIO 3300 - Introduction to Modern Concepts of Biology 4 Credit(s)

  • CHM 200 - Introduction to Green Chemistry 3 Credit(s)

  • CHM 1100 - General Chemistry I 4 Credit(s)

  • CHM 1200 - General Chemistry II 4 Credit(s)

  • EPS 3100 - Meteorology 4 Credit(s)

  • EPS 3200 - Oceanography 4 Credit(s)

  • EPS 3300 - Physical Geology 4 Credit(s)

  • EPS 3500 - Introduction to Astronomy 4 Credit(s)

  • EPS 3600 - Planetology: A Trip Through the Solar System 4 Credit(s)

  • EPS 3800 - Introduction to Earth Science 4 Credit(s)

  • PHY 1300 - Advanced General Physics I 4 Credit(s)

  • PHY 1400 - Advanced General Physics II 4 Credit(s)

  • SCI 3700 - Developments in the Physical Sciences (with Laboratory) 3 Credit(s)

  • SCI 5100 - Physical Sciences and the Environment (with Laboratory) 3 Credit(s)

  • SCI 7000 - The Science of Nutrition (with Laboratory) 3 Credit(s)

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning


  • MAT 4A0 - Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning 3 Credit(s)

  • MAT 500 - Introduction to Mathematical Thought 3 Credit(s)

  • MAT 700 - Principles of Mathematics 3 Credit(s)

  • MAT 800 - Practical Mathematics for Today’s World 3 Credit(s)

  • MAT 900 - College Algebra 3 Credit(s)

  • MAT 1400 - Analytic Geometry and Pre-Calculus Mathematics 3 Credit(s)

  • MAT 1500 - Calculus I 3 Credit(s)

  • MAT 1600 - Calculus II 3 Credit(s)

  • MAT 2000 - Elements of Statistics 3 Credit(s)

  • BA 2200 - Business Statistics 4 Credit(s)

  • MAT 2200 - Business Statistics 4 Credit(s)

  • BIO 9100 - Biostatistics 4 Credit(s)

  • MAT 9100 - Biostatistics 4 Credit(s)

Flexible Core

Group A: World Cultures and Global Issues


  • ANT 3700 - Introduction to Anthropology 3 Credit(s)

  • ANT 3800 - Human Rights 3 Credit(s)

  • ARB 100 - Elementary Arabic I 3 Credit(s)

  • ARB 200 - Elementary Arabic II 3 Credit(s)

  • ART 2200 - Medieval Art 3 Credit(s)

  • ART 3000 - Art and Activism 3 Credit(s)

  • ART 3300 - Survey of Art History: From Ancient to Renaissance Art 3 Credit(s)

  • ART 3400 - Survey of Art History: From Renaissance to 19th Century Art 3 Credit(s)

  • ART 3700 - Survey of Non-Western Art 3 Credit(s)

  • ART 5000 - Latin American Art 3 Credit(s)

  • CHI 200 - Elementary Chinese II 3 Credit(s)

  • ENG 3200 - World Literature 3 Credit(s)

  • FR 100 - Elementary French I 3 Credit(s)

  • FR 200 - Elementary French II 3 Credit(s)

  • FR 5700 - Haitian Culture and Civilization 3 Credit(s)

  • HEB 100 - Elementary Hebrew I 3 Credit(s)

  • HEB 200 - Elementary Hebrew II 3 Credit(s)

  • HEB 300 - Intermediate Hebrew I 3 Credit(s)

  • HIS 3100 - Europe: Napoleon to Hitler, 1789 to 1945 3 Credit(s)

  • HIS 3200 - Modern China 3 Credit(s)

  • HIS 3600 - Europe in the Twentieth Century 3 Credit(s)

  • HIS 3700 - The Middle East: World War I to the Present 3 Credit(s)

  • HIS 4400 - The Nazi Holocaust 3 Credit(s)

  • HIS 5100 - The Ancient World 3 Credit(s)

  • HIS 5200 - Europe in the Middle Ages: Politics, Culture and Society 3 Credit(s)

  • HIS 5300 - Russian History: 1860 to the Present 3 Credit(s)

  • HIS 7000 - Historical Geography 3 Credit(s)

  • HS 4100 - Global Health Issues 3 Credit(s)

  • IT 100 - Elementary Italian I 3 Credit(s)

  • IT 200 - Elementary Italian II 3 Credit(s)

  • MUS 2700 - Music in World Cultures 3 Credit(s)

  • PHI 6800 - Ethical Problems in Business and Society 3 Credit(s)

  • PHI 7000 - Introduction to Philosophical Problems 3 Credit(s)

  • PHI 7700 - Philosophy of Religion 3 Credit(s)

  • PHI 7800 - Philosophy in Asian Traditions 3 Credit(s)

  • PHI 7900 - Global Ethics 3 Credit(s)

  • POL 5200 - Comparative Government 3 Credit(s)

  • POL 5900 - International Relations 3 Credit(s)

  • POL 7500 - Women in Politics 3 Credit(s)

  • POL 9300 - Global Politics 3 Credit(s)

  • SOC 3900 - The Sociology of Religion 3 Credit(s)

  • SPA 100 - Elementary Spanish I 3 Credit(s)

  • SPA 200 - Elementary Spanish II 3 Credit(s)

  • SPA 300 - Intermediate Spanish 3 Credit(s)

  • SPA 400 - Readings in Hispanic Literature 3 Credit(s)

  • SPA 1800 - Proper Models of Spanish Grammar and Conversation for Native Speakers 3 Credit(s)

  • SPA 3400 - Spanish America: Culture, Art and Music 3 Credit(s)

  • SPE 2600 - Intercultural Communication 3 Credit(s)

  • THA 6800 - History of the Theatre: Origins to Jacobean 3 Credit(s)

Group B: U.S. Experience in Its Diversity


  • ART 4700 - History of American Art 3 Credit(s)

  • ENG 4800 - American Environmental Literature 3 Credit(s)

  • HIS 100 - The American Cities: An Introduction 3 Credit(s)

  • HIS 1100 - American Civilization I 3 Credit(s)

  • HIS 1200 - American Civilization II 3 Credit(s)

  • HIS 1500 - Era of the Civil War: 1828 to 1877 3 Credit(s)

  • HIS 1700 - U.S. History in a Global Context: From The Colonial Period Through The Civil War 3 Credit(s)

  • HIS 1800 - U.S. History in a Global Context:1865 to Present 3 Credit(s)

  • HIS 1900 - Civil Rights and Related Movements 3 Credit(s)

  • HIS 2000 - U.S. Immigration History 3 Credit(s)

  • HIS 2100 - Popular Culture in America 3 Credit(s)

  • HIS 5000 - African-American History 3 Credit(s)

  • HIS 5900 - Modern America: 1920 to Present 3 Credit(s)

  • HIS 6200 - History of New York City 3 Credit(s)

  • HIS 6800 - Women in American History 3 Credit(s)

  • POL 5100 - American Government and Politics 3 Credit(s)

  • POL 5400 - The American Presidency 3 Credit(s)

  • POL 5500 - American Political Parties 3 Credit(s)

  • SOC 3200 - Urban Sociology 3 Credit(s)

  • SOC 3600 - Race and Ethnicity 3 Credit(s)

  • THA 6700 - History of the American Musical Theatre 3 Credit(s)

Group C: Creative Expression


  • ART 3100 - Survey of Art History: Prehistory to the Present 3 Credit(s)

  • ART 3500 - Nineteenth-Century Art 3 Credit(s)

  • ART 3600 - Twentieth-Century Art 3 Credit(s)

  • ART 3800 - Renaissance Art 3 Credit(s)

  • ART 3900 - History of Women in Art 3 Credit(s)

  • ART 9500 - Modern Architecture and the Environment 3 Credit(s)

  • ART 9800 - History of Modern Sculpture 3 Credit(s)

  • ENG 3000 - Introduction to Literature 3 Credit(s)

  • ENG 4000 - Short Fiction 3 Credit(s)

  • ENG 4200 - Poetry 3 Credit(s)

  • ENG 4300 - Drama 3 Credit(s)

  • ENG 5600 - Creative Writing: Fiction 3 Credit(s)

  • ENG 5700 - Creative Writing: Poetry 3 Credit(s)

  • ENG 5900 - Introduction to Creative Writing 3 Credit(s)

  • ENG 6500 - Literature and Film 3 Credit(s)

  • HEB 3000 - Hebrew Literature in Translation I 3 Credit(s)

  • HEB 3100 - Hebrew Literature in Translation II 3 Credit(s)

  • HUM 100 - Modern Humanities: Arts and Ideas 3 Credit(s)

  • MCF 4000 - Film: The Creative Medium 3 Credit(s)

  • MCF 4300 - Film Genre 3 Credit(s)

  • MUS 2100 - Introduction to Jazz 3 Credit(s)

  • MUS 2200 - Music of the 20th Century 3 Credit(s)

  • MUS 2400 - Opera 3 Credit(s)

  • MUS 3000 - Rudiments of Theory 3 Credit(s)

  • MUS 3100 - Introduction to Music 3 Credit(s)

  • PHI 7500 - Philosophy of the Beautiful - Aesthetics 3 Credit(s)

  • SPA 3100 - Readings in Spanish-American Literature in Translation 3 Credit(s)

  • SPA 5500 - History and Civilization of Spain 3 Credit(s)

  • SPE 1000 - Survey of Communication 3 Credit(s)

  • SPE 1100 - Basic Communication Skills and Practice 3 Credit(s)

  • SPE 2100 - Effective Public Speaking 3 Credit(s)

  • SPE 2700 - Oral Interpretation 3 Credit(s)

  • THA 5000 - Introduction to Theatre Arts 3 Credit(s)

  • THA 5100 - Play Analysis 3 Credit(s)

  • THA 5200 - Acting I: Fundamentals of Acting 3 Credit(s)

  • YD 3000 - Yiddish Literature in Translation 3 Credit(s))

Group D: Individual and Society


  • ANT 3900 - Sexuality and Culture 3 Credit(s)

  • BSS 100 - Behavioral and Social Science: The Individual and His/Her World 3 Credit(s)

  • ECO 1200 - Macroeconomics 3 Credit(s)

  • ECO 1300 - Microeconomics 3 Credit(s)

  • HS 4000 - Drugs: The Individual and Society 3 Credit(s)

  • HS 5200 - Human Sexuality 3 Credit(s)

  • HS 6000 - Urban Agriculture: Social, Cultural, and Health Perspectives 3 Credit(s)

  • MCM 3000 - Mass Media 3 Credit(s)

  • MCF 4400 - Film and Society 3 Credit(s)

  • PHI 6600 - Criminal Justice Ethics 3 Credit(s)

  • PHI 6700 - Political Philosophy 3 Credit(s)

  • PHI 7100 - History of Ancient Philosophy 3 Credit(s)

  • PHI 7200 - History of Modern Philosophy 3 Credit(s)

  • PHI 7400 - Introduction to Ethics 3 Credit(s)

  • PHI 7600 - Ethics and Morality in the Health Professions 3 Credit(s)

  • POL 5000 - Clash of Political Ideas: Introduction to Political Theory 3 Credit(s)

  • PSY 3000 - Child and Adolescent Development 3 Credit(s)

  • PSY 3200 - Human Growth and Development 3 Credit(s)

  • PSY 3300 - Social Psychology 3 Credit(s)

  • PSY 3600 - Abnormal Psychology 3 Credit(s)

  • PSY 3700 - Psychology of Gender 3 Credit(s)

  • SOC 3100 - Introduction to Sociology 3 Credit(s)

  • SOC 3300 - Social Problems: Institutions In Crisis 3 Credit(s)

  • SOC 3500 - Sociology of the Family 3 Credit(s)

  • SOC 3800 - Sociology of Gender 3 Credit(s)

  • SPE 1200 - Interpersonal Communication 3 Credit(s)

  • SPE 2500 - Small Group Communication 3 Credit(s)

Group E: Scientific World


  • BA 2200 - Business Statistics 4 Credit(s)

  • MAT 2200 - Business Statistics 4 Credit(s)

  • BIO 1100 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 Credit(s)

  • BIO 1200 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 Credit(s)

  • BIO 1300 - General Biology I 4 Credit(s)

  • BIO 1400 - General Biology II 4 Credit(s)

  • BIO 2800 - Biology of Women 3 Credit(s)

  • BIO 3700 - Human Genetics 3 Credit(s)

  • BIO 3900 - The Biology of Aging 3 Credit(s)

  • BIO 4900 - People and the Environment - Biological Emphasis 3 Credit(s)

  • BIO 7000 - The Biology of Nutrition 3 Credit(s)

  • BIO 9100 - Biostatistics 4 Credit(s)

  • MAT 9100 - Biostatistics 4 Credit(s)

  • CHM 1100 - General Chemistry I 4 Credit(s)

  • CHM 1200 - General Chemistry II 4 Credit(s)

  • CP 1000 - Computer Science Concepts, Tools and Methods 3 Credit(s)

  • CP 1100 - Introduction to Computers and Computer Applications 4 Credit(s)

  • CS 1200 - Introduction to Computing 3 Credit(s)

  • CS 13A0 - Advanced Programming Techniques 4 Credit(s)

  • EPS 3100 - Meteorology 4 Credit(s)

  • EPS 3200 - Oceanography 4 Credit(s)

  • EPS 3300 - Physical Geology 4 Credit(s)

  • EPS 3500 - Introduction to Astronomy 4 Credit(s)

  • EPS 3600 - Planetology: A Trip Through the Solar System 4 Credit(s)

  • EPS 3800 - Introduction to Earth Science 4 Credit(s)

  • MAT 900 - College Algebra 3 Credit(s)

  • MAT 1400 - Analytic Geometry and Pre-Calculus Mathematics 3 Credit(s)

  • MAT 1500 - Calculus I 3 Credit(s)

  • MAT 1600 - Calculus II 3 Credit(s)

  • PHI 7300 - Logic: Theories of Argumentation 3 Credit(s)

  • PSY 1100 - General Psychology 3 Credit(s)

  • PHY 1300 - Advanced General Physics I 4 Credit(s)

  • PHY 1400 - Advanced General Physics II 4 Credit(s)

  • SCI 100 - Issues and Adventures in Science 3 Credit(s)

  • SCI 3700 - Developments in the Physical Sciences (with Laboratory) 3 Credit(s)

  • SCI 5100 - Physical Sciences and the Environment (with Laboratory) 3 Credit(s)