Established in 1971, CUNY Baccalaureate (CUNY BA) is a small, University-wide individualized degree program intended for self-directed, academically strong students who have well-formulated academic and career goals. Students who are admitted to the program work out an individualized area of specialization with guidance from a CUNY faculty member who agrees to serve as a mentor. Students also complete the program's liberal arts core distribution and other degree requirements. They are also able to incorporate independent studies and internships into their degrees, and may be able to earn up to 15 credits for documenting learning/work experiences that occurred prior to entering college. Although students in the program are matriculated at one CUNY College, they are free to pursue their studies and take courses at any other CUNY college including, in some cases, the CUNY Graduate Center.
To be eligible to apply, students must be seeking to design a unique or interdisciplinary area of concentration (that is, wanting to do something different from one of the majors offered by one of the CUNY colleges) and must have completed at least 15 college credits with a grade point average of 2.5 or higher. Students can apply to one of the CUNY colleges at the same time as applying to CUNY BA. Students can stay matriculated at Hostos Community College until they reach 68 credits (many students will be able to complete their Associate's degree on the way to completing the Bachelor's degree). The CUNY BA and BS degrees are fully accredited and are awarded by the City University rather than by one if the individual CUNY colleges.
For more information contact CUNY Baccalaureate at (212) 817-8220, www.cunyba.cuny.edu, or visit the office at 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10016. The CUNY BA Campus Coordinator at Hostos is Mr. Edwin Diaz, ASAP Academic Advisor, ASAP Department, (718) 518-6738, 450 Grand Concourse, C-513.
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