Graduation Requirements and Awards
To satisfy the requirements for the associate degree a variety of requirements must be satisfied. Eligibility for graduation requires the completion of one of the programs of study as outlined within the Academic Programs section of this catalog. Some departments also require a minimum grade point average for specific courses, refer to the Academic Program and Course Description sections of this catalog.
In general, the requirements include:
English and Math proficient as determined by the CUNY Proficiency Index, unless otherwise exempt, or successful completion of any required developmental course(s).
Writing Intensive Course - One (1) course
Civic Engagement - One (1) Civic Engagement experience
CUNY Common Core Pathways
Required Core - Depending on the major, courses in English Composition, Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning, and Life and Physical Sciences
Flexible Core - Depending on the major, courses in World Cultures and Global Issues, U.S. Experience in its Diversity, Creative Expression, Individual and Society, and Scientific World
Requirements of the Major and Elective Credits
Specified courses as required for the major by the academic department for each degree program as well as any electives
Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)
A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 on Degree and Certificate programs
Must be matriculated during the last term of attendance at Kingsborough
30 credits must be completed in residency at Kingsborough
Minimum Credits for the Degree
A minimum of 60 credits is required for all degree programs. However, some programs require additional credits. Consult this catalog for credit information on each major.
Some degree programs may have their own grade regulations for course enrollment and/or continuation in the program. A review of degree requirements occurs during registration and advisement and can be verified on the Student Advisement Degree Audit.
Students can review their progress towards graduation on-line anytime by checking the Student Advisement Degree Audit by accessing https://www.kbcc.cuny.edu/registrar/degree_works.html
Filing for Graduation
Each of the three graduation filing periods (for an August, January, or June degree) has a deadline. In order to graduate and be issued a diploma, all students must file an application for graduation by the filing period deadline listed on the Academic Calendar so their records can be reviewed. The student must be matriculated during their last term of attendance at Kingsborough Community College. Students cannot matriculate for the winter or summer modules. An online application, via CUNYfirst, is available only to students currently enrolled. To file online, once the filing period opens, go to CUNYfirst, Academics, Student Center.
Winter coursework does not count towards a January degree nor does Summer coursework count towards a June degree. Module courses always count forward to the next degree filing period. For example, students enrolled in the Winter Module will file for June graduation, students enrolled in the Summer Module will file for August graduation.
In order to receive a Kingsborough degree, a student is required to have completed the final 30 credits toward that degree while enrolled at Kingsborough (in residency). Where one or more credit-bearing courses to be included in this sum are to be earned at another institution, prior permission must be obtained from the Committee on Academic Review. Each request for permission will be considered case-by-case on the merits of the individual circumstances. No permission will be granted if the total of the course credits result in less than 30 Kingsborough credits completed for the degree.
A graduate whose cumulative grade point average is between 3.50 and 4.00 shall be graduated with honors. The term “With Honors” will be inscribed on the student’s diploma and noted in the commencement program.
Writing Intensive Courses
Many faculty across Kingsborough teach courses that are designated “Writing Intensive.” Faculty who teach these courses recognize that writing about texts we’ve read is the best way to process our thinking about those texts. That is, writing about texts helps us generate, evaluate, and clarify our thinking and recognize where texts are confusing, biased, unclear, and so on. To help students recognize how crucial writing is to the processing of their thinking, Kingsborough implemented a policy whereby students who entered Kingsborough or changed their major in or after Fall 2010 must complete at least one (1) Writing Intensive course before graduation. While there are a variety of options for fulfilling the Writing Intensive requirement, because students might need more time to write about the texts they read in class, Writing Intensive sections are only offered in the Fall and Spring sessions (12-week semester).
To find the courses in all the different departments that are designated as Writing Intensive follow these steps:
Log on to CUNYfirst
Select Search for Classes
Select the Institution from the drop-down menu (i.e., Kingsborough CC)
Select the Term from the drop-down menu in which you are looking for a Writing Intensive course.
Select the Course Attribute drop-down menu and choose Writing Intensive
Select the Course Attribute Value drop-down menu and choose Writing intensive
Keep the box labeled Show Open Classes Only checked
Finally, click the Search button - the list that results from your search includes all of the writing intensive courses available in the term that you chose
Writing Intensive courses are available in many departments. The key is to look at what courses you need to complete your degree and then enroll in a Writing Intensive course section that satisfies one (1) of your degree requirements.
Kingsborough accepts as a fundamental principle that education requires social awareness, an acceptance of social responsibility and active participation in meeting the challenges of a modern society. Through civic engagement, we recognize our mutual responsibility to care for each other in the college, in our communities, and on our planet. This responsibility may be accomplished through political activity, community service, engagement in leadership roles, advocacy, or becoming informed on issues that relate to social change. Therefore, civic engagement at Kingsborough seeks to foster civic awareness while providing the skills needed for our students to actively participate in their communities.
Civic Engagement Learning Outcomes
Civic Engagement consists of three domains – Political Knowledge, Civic Knowledge, and Social Responsibility. Below are the definitions for each domain and their accompanying Course Embedded Learning Outcomes:
Civic Engagement Domain
Course Embedded Learning Outcomes
Fundamental understanding of the structures and processes by which laws and policies are created
Understanding of the diverse forces that shape political systems and civic life
Framework of obligations and actions by individuals or organizations in the interest of working towards an equitable society
Civic Engagement Assessment
The common assessment measure for all civic engagement experiences is a reflective essay with an accompanying rubric.
How Students Will Satisfy the Civic Engagement Requirement
Beginning Fall 2019, students are required to have a minimum of one (1) civic engagement experience before graduation. No additional courses are needed to fulfill this requirement. Please see an academic advisor before registering. There are three ways to satisfy this requirement:
Certified Civic Engagement (CE) Course
Certain courses required for the major, and/or to fulfill the CUNY Core, include civic engagement as essential and integral to their learning outcomes. In such a course, a student must pass the course to satisfy one of their CE experiences. These courses are indicated on CUNYfirst.
Component Civic Engagement (CE) Course
A portion of some courses’ contents—particular topics, chapters, activities, field trips—is devoted to civic engagement. Such a course offers students an opportunity to link academic concepts and a commitment to the community. This option will require approval from the Office of Academic Affairs, A-218.
Non-Course Related Civic Engagement (CE)
Students who wish to satisfy a civic engagement experience independent of a Kingsborough course must obtain prior approval. Non-course-related experiences will be publicized as they become available. *Please note that this option is currently ONLY available for select non-course related experiences such as Service Learning opportunities (for further information go to https://www.kbcc.cuny.edu/service_learning/home.html ) or participation in campus events such as ECO-Fest.
For additional information concerning Civic Engagement, visit https://www.kbcc.cuny.edu/civic_engagement/Homepage.html
Annual awards are given to graduating students who achieve academic excellence in their various disciplines, and to students who give outstanding service to the college through student government and other student activities. The Faculty Committee on Awards administers the annual Awards Program. The Awards Ceremony is part of the two-day Commencement Exercises at Kingsborough and is usually held in the evening before Commencement. Families and friends of the awardees are invited to the annual Awards Ceremony to share in the celebration of the students’ success.
The Faculty Committee on Awards also selects the valedictorian. All students who have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 4.00 and have no more than 12 transfer credits accepted to Kingsborough are invited to audition for the valedictorian speech.
For students who are graduating and beginning to apply to four-year colleges, contact the Transfer Success Center in M-101 or call at 718-368-4911 for information on transfer scholarship opportunities offered by four-year colleges.
Honors and Phi Theta Kappa students are urged to contact the Honor’s House in M-377 or call 718-368-5365 for prestigious scholarships.
For information about Academic Awards, contact the Department Chair that is presenting the award.
Department of Art:
Fine Arts Award
Graphic Design and Illustration Award
Department of Behavioral Sciences:
Behavioral Sciences Award
Chemical Dependency Counseling Award
Early Childhood Education Award
Education Studies Award
Mental Health and Human Services Program Award
Substance Abuse Counseling Certificate Award
Department of Biological Sciences:
Biological Sciences Department Award
Dr. Carol Biermann Endowed Scholarship Award for Excellence in Biological Sciences
Physical Therapist Assistant Program Award
Department of Business:
Accounting Program Award
Business Administration Program Award
Fashion Design Award
Mark and Laurie Seruya and Mark and Gina Levy Endowed Scholarship Award
Maxine McGarvey Scholarship Award
McGarvey Business and Service Award
Murray Rothenburg Scholarship Award
Office Administration and Technology Award
Retail Merchandising Program Award
Department of Communications and Performing Arts:
Avid Technology Most Promising Video Editor Award
Broadway Stages Scholarship Award
Communications Award (Funded in Memory of Amy Bergenfeld)
Marion A. Lipton Award for Excellence in Speech Communication
Media Technology and Management Award
Speech Communications Award Theater Arts Award
Department of English:
Journalism and Print Media Program Award
Stephen Weidenborner Memorial Prize
Department of Foreign Language:
Foreign Language Award
Hebrew/Yiddish Award (Funded in Memory of Louis Milrod)
Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation:
Catherine A. Dachtera Award
Community Health Program Award
Exercise/Personal Training Program Award
Health, Physical Education and Recreation Award
Patricia Hazlewood Spirit of Community Health Award
Physical Education Program Award
Recreation and Recreation Therapy Award
Department of History, Philosophy and Political Science:
Dr. Bernard Klein Memorial Award for Excellence in History, Philosophy, and Political Science
History Studies Award
Lawrence Suss Memorial Award for Excellence in History, Philosophy, and Political Science
Philosophy Studies Award
Political Science Award
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science:
Computer Information Systems Award
Computer Science Program Award
Mathematics Program Award
Mu Alpha Theta Scholarship Award (Funded in Memory of Robert Siegel)
Department of Nursing:
Nursing Scholastic Award
Paramedic Program Award
Surgical Technology Award
Department of Physical Sciences:
Earth and Planetary Science Award
Engineering Science Award
Physics Program Award
Department of Student Development:
New Start Program (Funded by Chase Philanthropies)
Department of Tourism and Hospitality:
Culinary Arts Program Award
Maritime Technology Award
Tourism and Hospitality Award
Virtual Enterprise Award (In Memory of Jeffrey Ladman)
Dr. Francis Kralijic-Curran Liberal Arts Scholarship
Women’s Studies Program Award
For information about Special Awards, contact the Executive Director of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid.
Charlotte Keller Marmaros Scholarship for Promising Professionals in Gerontology
Creative Writing Scholarship Award
CUNY EDGE Awards for Academic Excellence
David B. Silver Scholarship Award
Dean Marilyn Chernin Student Leader Endowed Service Award
Gladys Brooks Foundation Scholarship Endowment for Student Leadership and Academic Excellence
Creative Writing Scholarship Award
Harry Ritchin Memorial Scholarship for Promising Professionals in Geriatrics
Honors Curriculum Strand in Nursing Achievement Certificate
Honors Program Award
Israel and Julia Glasser Scholarship for Political Science
James Goetz Endowed Scholarship
Jerry Kenney Fund for Outdoor Writers
Joan De Freitas Endowed Scholarship
Kathleen Pappagallo Kingsborough Ambassador’s Scholarship Award
Karen Karlin G.E.D. Scholarship
Karlene and Michael Gooding Scholarship Award
KCC Alumni Association Scholarship Award
KCC Retirees Scholarship Award
Leon M. Goldstein Scholarship Award for Academic Excellence and Community Service
Lucille Nieporent Memorial Award
Millie and Maurice Singer Scholarship Award
Nursing Alumni Scholarship for Excellence in Service to Others
Otis Hill Scholarship (Funded by the KCC Alumni Association)
Presidential Honors Scholars Certificate
Rachelle Goldsmith College Now Program Award
Regina S. Peruggi Endowed Scholarship
Robert Lawrence and Karen Denard Goldman Community Health Endowed Scholarship Award
Saul W. Katz Endowed Scholarship Fund
Science Scholars Award (Funded in Honor of Dean Thelma Malle)j
Student Leadership Service Award
Suzanne Murphy and Jeff Barker Endowed Scholarship
Valedictorian Award (Funded in Memory of Fred F. Addes)
WAVE Scholarship Awards
Yuet Chun & Tai Yee Ma Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund
Student Services Awards:
Certificate of Recognition
Special Service Awards:
Anthony F. Russo Student Leadership Service Award
Childcare Center Memorial Service Award (Funded in Memory of Muriel Langsam)
Student Ambassador Service Award (Funded by the My Turn Students)
Student Service Award (Funded in Memory of Dr. Max Koch)