General Education CurriculumACADEMIC DIRECTOR: Jennifer SparrowCUNY School of Professional Studies101 West 31st Street, 7th FloorNew York, NY 10001Email Contact: Jennifer Sparrow, [email protected]: http://sps.cuny.edu/programs/genedThe General Education Curriculum, also called Common Core Curriculum, is an educational experience shared by all CUNYSPS students. The CUNY SPS General Education Curriculum is part of CUNY’s new Pathways General Education Framework,requirements that undergraduate students across CUNY must satisfy. The three elements of this framework, the RequiredCommon Core, the Flexible Common Core, and the CUNY SPS College Option Core, foster knowledge of human culture and thenatural world (in science, social science, mathematics, humanities and the arts), intellectual and practical skills (incommunication, quantitative reasoning, information literacy, critical thinking and inquiry), and individual and social responsibility(civic engagement, ethical reasoning, and intercultural awareness).Undergraduate transcripts from other institutions are carefully evaluated to give applicants credit for courses taken elsewherethat fulfill Common Core requirements. If you have concerns about how courses completed at another institution have beenevaluated for transfer credit, please contact your advisor to review your Transfer Evaluation Credit Report.For more information about student rights and responsibilities under the Pathways Common Core Curriculum, hways/rightsandresponsibilities.html .CategoriesRequired CoreFlexible CoreSPS CollegeOption CoreOverview & CurriculumCreditsThe Required Core classes provide a foundation in vital critical thinking skills. They developyour ability to write clearly, problem-solve, analyze, interpret information, research, applynumerical data to a range of situations, and think creatively while using differentmethodologies. These courses prepare you for the challenges of higher level coursework. English Composition (2 courses) Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning (1 course) Life and Physical Sciences (1 course)12The Flexible Core classes continue to develop your critical thinking and communicationabilities as you learn about not only the amazing diversity within our own country but alsostudy the interactions between the U.S. and other nations and cultures around the world.You’ll look at a range of issues while exploring the role of individuals in society, thesignificance of creativity to human life, and how scientific methods, discoveries, principles,and tools impact us on numerous levels. World Cultures and Global Issues (1 course) U.S. Experience in Its Diversity (1 course) Creative Expression (1 course) Individual and Society (1 course) Scientific World (1 course) Students must also complete three credits in any of the above categories (1 course)18As a central part of the new curriculum, each senior CUNY college offers special coursesrelevant to its particular mission. SPS’s College Option Core is the heart of our GeneralEducation curriculum, with courses designed to focus on digital literacy, writing, criticalthinking, and quantitative reasoning. SPS College Option Core (1-4 Courses)3-12Note: Students who entered CUNY SPS before fall 2013 will automatically be required to continue with the GeneralEducation requirements in place at the time of their matriculation into their current degree program. However, they will38
have the option to follow the new Pathways General Education requirements as outlined below. To determine whichpath is right for you, contact your advisor. To view the General Education requirements prior to Fall 2013 visithttp://sps.cuny.edu/filestore/1/5/9/9 c906f2c514a6211/1599 124d18a760d0e7b.pdf.COURSE DESCRIPTIONSEnglish CompositionStudents are required to complete two courses (six credits) in English Composition. These courses will enable students to: Read and listen critically and analytically, including identifying an argument’s major assumptions and assertionsand evaluating its supporting evidence. Write clearly and coherently in varied, academic formats (such as formal essays, research papers, and reports)using standard English and appropriate technology to critique and improve one’s own and others’ texts. Demonstrate research skills using appropriate technology, including gathering, evaluating, and synthesizingprimary and secondary sources. Support a thesis with well-reasoned arguments, and communicate persuasively across a variety of contexts,purposes, audiences, and media. Formulate original ideas and relate them to the ideas of others by employing the conventions of ethical attributionand citation.ENG 101College Writing I3 CreditsPrerequisite: NonePractice in expository and analytical writing through reading and research-based assignments in varied academic formatssuch as reports, formal essays and research papers, making use of appropriate technology for composing, editing andsharing documents. Practice in conventions of academic reading and writing including clear and coherent use of standardEnglish, use of digital libraries, and methods of ethical attribution and citation.ENG 102College Writing II3 CreditsPrerequisite: NoneA continuation of College Writing I with increased emphasis on expository and analytical writing through research-basedassignments in varied academic formats such as reports, formal essays, and research papers across the disciplines, makinguse of appropriate technology for composing, editing and sharing documents. Research project requires students to usescholarly databases, provide proper attribution and documentation of primary and secondary sources, and argue an opinionbased on well-chosen and compelling evidence.Mathematical and Quantitative ReasoningStudents are required to complete one course (three credits) in Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning. This course willrequire you to: Interpret quantitative representations (e.g. graphs, formulas) Use algebraic, numerical, graphical, or statistical methods Translate problems from language to math Effectively communicate answers to mathematical problems Evaluate solutions to mathematical problems Apply mathematical methods to problems in other fields of studyMATH 102Mathematics in Contemporary Society3 CreditsPrerequisite: NoneDesigned to provide students with an understanding of the mathematical ideas and methods found in the social sciences, thearts, and business, this course covers the fundamentals of statistics, scatter plots, graphics in the media, problem-solvingstrategies, dimensional analysis, and mathematical modeling. Students can expect to explore real world applications.MATH 215Introduction to Statistics3 CreditsPrerequisite: NoneThis course will introduce the basic principles of statistics and probability, with an emphasis on understanding the underlyingconcepts, real-world applications, and the underlying story that the numbers tell. Students will be expected to use Microsoft39
Excel’s statistical functions to implement analyze data. Broadly speaking, this course will provide an introduction toprobability, descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, and inferential statistics.Life and Physical SciencesStudents are required to complete one course (three credits) in Life and Physical Sciences. This course will require you to: Identify and apply concepts and methods of science Apply the scientific method to explore natural phenomena Use scientific tools to carry out collaborative laboratory work Gather, analyze, and interpret data in reports Use research ethics and unbiased assessmentAST 101Introductory Astronomy3 CreditsPrerequisite: NoneAn exploration of our solar system’s creation and the planets in our solar system using the latest scientific information, recentprobe data, and new discoveries in the science of extra-solar planetary astronomy.This course is based in part upon materials developed by the American Museum of Natural History and is used withpermission by the School of Professional Studies for this course.BIO 200Human Biology3 CreditsPrerequisite: NoneIntroduces human anatomy and physiology. Describes the organization of the human body. Provides and defines theterminology used to describe the location and function of anatomical structures. Outlines the basic chemical conceptsessential for understanding physiological processes. Topics include: homeostasis, cells, the skeletal system, the muscularsystem, the circulatory system, the respiratory system, the digestive system, the reproductive system and the endocrinesystem.EAS 201The Nature of New York3 CreditsPrerequisite: NoneProvides an introduction to ecological reasoning through study of New York City’s geologic origins and transformations overtime including natural and man-made environments, cultural history, biological diversity, habitats, and invasive species.Lectures, discussion, and field experiences show how various elements have formed the current urban metropolis.EAS 250Oceanography3 CreditsPrerequisite: NoneThis course focuses on the world ocean and its role in the Earth system. Study of the oceans’ origins and transformation overtime will provide students with an introduction to basic ecological reasoning. Students will develop an understanding of howthe ocean affects their world and of challenges facing the ocean. Students will form groups to complete a field tripinvestigation and present their data.World Culture and Global IssuesStudents are required to complete one course (three credits) in World Culture and Global Issues. This course will require youto do at least three of the following: Apply concepts and methods of a discipline or field to world cultures or global issues Analyze and describe culture, globalization, or global diversity Analyze the history of a non-U.S. society Analyze a major movement that has shaped a non-U.S. society Analyze the role of identity categories in a non-U.S. society Speak, read, and write in a language other than EnglishAFRS 101Ethnology of Africa3 CreditsPrerequisite: NoneApplies the fundamental methods and concepts of cultural anthropology to the study of sub-Saharan African societies andnations, with emphasis on the impact of slavery and colonialism, current problems of economic and political development, andAfrica's emerging place in 21st-century global interactions. Exploration of histories, politics, economics, family structures,gender, power, and health in different African cultures through analysis of ethnographies, text chapters, generalist summaries,historical research, news accounts, specialist articles, and literature.40
CHIN 101Beginning Chinese I3 CreditsPrerequisite: NoneAn introduction to Mandarin Chinese designed for students who have no or little prior experience in the language. Anintegrated approach to basic language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, emphasizing pronunciation and tones,as well as the most basic structure and patterns of Chinese grammar.CHIN 102Beginning Chinese II3 CreditsPrerequisite: CHIN 101A continuation of elementary introduction to Mandarin Chinese aimed at developing the four language skills of listening,speaking, reading and writing. Emphasis is on pronunciation, tones and the basic structure of Chinese grammar andincreasing knowledge of Chinese cultures.ENG 211World Literature3 CreditsPrerequisite: NoneExplores a selection of global literary works from antiquity to the present. Analyzes complete texts and extracts or episodesfrom texts that reference or connect literary traditions across time and cultures.HIST 102Origins of the Modern World, 1500 to the Present3 CreditsPrerequisite: NoneAnalyzes global relationships in the contemporary world stemming from interactions between civilizations that began half amillennium ago. Introduces students to selected topics which illuminate these patterns and allow us to perceive our own worldmore clearly.HIST 202Twentieth Century World History3 CreditsPrerequisite: NoneExamines social, cultural, political, and economic changes, events, and concepts that defined and shaped the 20th century.Particular emphasis includes height of European imperialism, First World War, rise of totalitarian regimes, Second World War,Cold War, decolonization and the rise of nation-states, genocides and civil wars, revolutions in Asia, Africa and Latin America,Middle East conflict, fall of the Soviet bloc, social and intellectual movements, scientific and technological breakthroughs, andeconomic globalization. Assesses the impact of these and other subjects upon today's world.LAS 101Latin America and Caribbean Cultures3 CreditsPrerequisite: NoneIntroduces texts and media from Latin American and Caribbean cultures, including film, music, and performance. Analyzesthe distinguishing features of Latin American and Caribbean Cultures through study of cultural artifacts and issues related tohistory, politics, customs, and art. Required research on selected topics.SPAN 101Beginning Spanish I3 CreditsPrerequisite: NoneThis course in conjunction with SPAN 102 provides a thorough grounding in Spanish grammar and vocabulary, includingintensive practice in speaking and listening through the use of audio-video resources. A microphone and speakers (or aheadset) and a web camera to interact online with the instructor and to record individual, pair, and group work are required.SPAN 102Beginning Spanish II3 CreditsPrerequisite: SPAN 101Reviews and builds upon material learned in Spanish I through assignments and activities designed to increase mastery inlistening, speaking, reading and writing. SPAN II presents more complex linguistic structures that build upon those learned inSPAN I and increase awareness of Spanish-American cultures. Individual and group reading, oral and written assignmentsincrease exposure to and linguistic creation in the target language.SPAN 110Spanish for Health Professions3 Credit
As a central part of the new curriculum, each senior CUNY college offers special courses relevant to its particular mission. SPS’s College Option Core is the heart of our General digital literacy, writing, critical SPS College Option Core (1-4 Courses) 3-12 Note: Students who entered CUNY SPS before fall 2013 will automatically be required to continue with the General Education requirements .