LIBERAL ARTS - "NUTS & BOLTS
MAJOR: Liberal Arts: Social Science & Humanities
Core Requirements, including Urban Study:
Not additional credits towards graduation, but categories that must be fulfilled as they complete specific graduation requirements.
Students must take classes from at least 4 areas out of 6. (ELA, English, Social Sciences, Humanities, Natural Sciences, Math)
For students who are starting this term, their Math and Natural Sciences courses will automatically be fulfilled due to specific curricular requirements.
Urban Study classes are those that end in N, such as SSN, ENN, ELN, HUN, SCN.
LIB110 is a 1-credit course that is only offered as part of the FRE200 learning community. This is a mandatory learning community for Liberal Arts options, but many students do not take this due to a number of reasons.
If a student does not take this course, the box next to it will NEVER be checked off, but that is OKAY!! The note next to LIB110 on the DW audit states that students must substitute a Lib Arts elective for that 1 credit.
If a student takes a 4-credit math class, that 1 “extra” credit would suffice for the LIB110 substitution. Otherwise, they will need an extra Liberal Arts class.
One option is the pair of ENG103 and LRC103, a 1-credit Library Research class. There are no other 1-credit classes; students will graduate with 62 (or more) credits and that’s fine.
LIB200 is the “capstone” course for Liberal Arts majors. The pre-requisites for this class are ENG102, ENG103, MAT096 and at least 33 credits.
Two possible reasons why a Lib Arts student wouldn’t be able to register for that class: student has lower than a 2.0 GPA, student has their major listed as 370 instead of 371.
This is the first required course for Cooperative Education, and must come before the full-time internship. Pre-reqs are passing reading and writing ACTs and passing a Social Science course.
This course is recommended for students in their second semester; if they get to you and haven’t taken this course yet, they should do so immediately! It is inteded to help clarify career goals and decision-making about majors/bachelor’s degrees.
Evening students have the option of not taking a full-time internship, but they MUST take CEP121.
Students are notified by the Testing Office that they are required to take the CUNY Proficiency Exam (CPE) upon registering for their 45th credit. This doesn’t have to be 45 credits in their current major, just having accumulated 45 credits. They have to register to take this test.
Students have 3 opportunities to take and pass this exam. An absence/failure to appear for the test once they have registered for it counts as a failed attempt. Students cannot graduate without passing this test.
Students have the opportunity to take workshops to prepare for the test, or find material online in their CUNY Portal account.
Further questions can be addressed to the Testing Office, C-428
On DW, there is a note that states students “If you have earned 45 credits or more, you should register for intent to graduate (GRD000).”
GRD000 is not a class, it is a roster that is kept by the Registrar’s Office that tells them it’s time to audit a student’s record to make sure they’ve completed all graduation requirements. The Registrar’s Office then audits their record and sends them a letter letting them know if they have any other requirements to complete and what their next steps are.
If a student adds this to their record before their last semester, the letter they receive will tell them what else they need to complete.
How to help students select electives:
This is a less structured process. You do not have to have the answers; you should work with and encourage the students to find their own correct answer.
If a student doesn’t know how to fulfill Lib Arts or Unrestricted electives, ask them what their career goal or desired bachelor’s degree is. From that, can you suggest categories of electives (English, History, Biology?) that might fit?
Encourage students to do research: look up that particular major at a couple of colleges to see if there are specific classes they can take here.
Show students how to use TIPPS to check transferability of classes amongst CUNY schools. Tipps.cuny.edu then click on “Course Equivalencies”
If a student really doesn’t know or has many ideas, they can continue to take classes that simply “sound interesting” to them. Make sure they look at the description of the class as well as the pre-requisites and co-requisites.
If you know of another faculty or staff member who has expertise in an area the student indicates, you could try to connect that student to the other person for more information. Send the student with a note of explanation, call or email the faculty member to let them know you’re sending a student to them and/or make an appointment to talk.
Student requests for over-rides/permissions:
Session II: Policy states that students may take up to 2 classes, that total up to 9 credits, in session II. The only time a student may take 3 is if they have above a 3.0 GPA and permission from Bruce Hoffacker – send the student to the administrative assistants in M-400. Discuss with the student why they want to take 3 and if they can handle the intense course-load and amount of study needed.
LIB200: Some students reach their last semester needing both ENG103 or ENG102 and LIB200. Student should take the ENG class first, then LIB200 in session II. If they have what you consider to be an insurmountable reason why they need to be taken at the same time, send the student to M-412 for the over-ride through Ann Feibel (in place of Marcia Caton for 2009-2010).
Some students want to substitute one class they’ve taken for a requirement listed for their major. This has to be approved by the program coordinator, and documentation should be given to the Registrar’s Office so this is noted on their record. DO NOT encourage this; students should take their requirements unless they’ve already spoken with the program coordinator.
Where to send students for further information:
Office for Transfer Services: C-261. Look up info on colleges (CUNY, SUNY, private). Use resource library to research career fields. Use computers to access FOCUS, a self-assessment tool to clarify careers that might fit their preferences.
Enrollment Management Center: C-107. All financial aid questions can go to C-107; they have the experts in that area. Requesting official transcripts.
Maria Ribas in Admissions Office, M-147: Re-evaluating transfer credits from other colleges when a student changes majors.
Testing Office: C-428. Questions about the CPE, updating Compass or ACT test scores, re-taking Compass or ACT tests.
Cooperative Education Dept: C-459. Internship questions.
Available computer lab: B-333, the building we share with DeVry. Large computer lab, very good for registration times when other labs might be full.
DegreWorks questions: If you or a student notices an inconsistency or apparent mistake on a DW audit, you and/or the student should email this to the DegreeWorks email address. The email for this is listed in the disclaimer on the bottom of the audit. You will get a response; not in 24-48 hours, but the issue will be explored.