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General Education Requirements

Core Program in the Liberal Arts

The Queens Core Program is a three-year interdisciplinary and interactive common experience organized developmentally and devoted to helping students examine the nature and direction of their lives. Its mission is to engage all traditional undergraduates in a shared experience of thinking critically about perennial human concerns and their diverse cultural and historical expressions, thereby educating students so that they may lead noble lives, pursue productive careers, and become responsibly active citizens in a global context. It relies especially on the opportunities for experiential learning afforded by Queens' location in a large city.

All full-time students in the traditional undergraduate program must successfully complete the four courses in the Core program in the liberal arts: Core 112, 122, 222 and 412.


Students who enter Queens as freshmen take Core 112 in the fall semester and Core 122 in the spring semester. Sophomores take Core 222 in either the fall or the spring semester. There are no Core program courses in the third, or junior, year. Seniors take Core 412 in either the fall or spring semester.

The Core courses should be taken in sequence and must always be taken for a letter grade.

Transfer Students

When a student transfers to Queens the Registrar determines the student's class status. Full-time students are required to begin the Core Program sequence at the point appropriate for their class status. The Registrar will also determine whether the student has transferred acceptable substitutes for any Core requirements. Students who lack acceptable substitutes may either take the Core Program course(s) lacking, or the appropriate course substitution(s). (See Core Program - Substitutions)

Part-Time Students

Part-time students are encouraged but not required to participate in the Core program. Should part-time students elect not to complete the courses in the Core sequence, they must complete approved Core program substitutions. (See Core Program - Substitutions) A student whose status changes from part-time to full-time must begin the Core Program sequence at the point appropriate to his or her class status at that time.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

A student must successfully complete ENGL 110 and ENGL 120 in order to graduate.

Writing-Intensive Course Requirement

All students must successfully complete one writing-intensive course in their major. Where several courses have been identified, students must take one, but may take others if they desire.

Mathematics Proficiency Requirement

Upon entry into the traditional undergraduate program all students will be required to take a Mathematics placement test. On the basis of the placement test results and their previous academic record, students will be placed in one of the following three categories:

Category one: Not required to take Mathematics courses as a general University requirement; if student does take a Mathematics course, placement is MATH 121 or above.

Category two: Required to successfully complete MATH 104 or above.

Category three: Required to successfully complete MATH 104 or above. Completion of MATH 099 is suggested before enrolling in another Mathematics course.

Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement

All students whose native language is English must demonstrate competency in a foreign language through the 102 level in order to earn the bachelor's degree. Competency may be demonstrated through a placement examination administered by the foreign language department or by successfully completing a three-hour course in that language at the 102 level or above.

Natural Science Requirement

All students must successfully complete at least one laboratory-science course carrying a minimum of four credit hours. Courses that satisfy this requirement are BIOL 100, 208, 209, ENVR 101, CHEM 101/101L, CHEM 111, CHEM 102/102L, ENVR 102, ENVR 201 and PHYS 101. BIOL 120, 211 or 212 will fulfill the natural sciencerequirement for Nursing and Music Therapy majors only.

Cultural Arts and Appreciation Requirement

All students must successfully complete three credit hours in cultural arts selected from a list of either
performance/studio or appreciation courses in art, music, literature, drama and dance. Courses designated as fulfilling the cultural arts and appreciation requirement will be indicated in each semester's course schedule. The hours may be taken within the student's minor but not within the student's major.

Liberal Arts Elective Requirement

All students must successfully complete an additional 3 credit hour elective course in the liberal arts. This credit may not be applied to the major.

Physical Education Requirement

A student must complete two physical education courses, each carrying one credit hour. The required two hours should be completed by the end of sophomore year. Participation in varsity sports does not satisfy the physical education graduation requirement. Non-swimmers are encouraged to take PHED 151, Beginning Swimming, in the fall semester of freshman year. All students are encouraged to take additional courses beyond those which are required. All physical education courses are graded on a Pass/No Record basis. A student may enroll in any number of physical education courses, but only four credits may be counted toward the 122 hours required for a bachelor's degree.

The Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences may exempt a student from the physical education requirement for medical or other appropriate reasons. Such requests should be submitted in writing, normally with a supporting recommendation from a physician or the chair of the physical education department. A student exempted from the physical education requirement must still earn 122 semester hours in order to graduate.

Minor Requirement

An undergraduate program of study must include a minor. However, students who complete a second major will not be required to complete a minor. A minor consists of a minimum number of hours and a prescribed program of courses. There are four different types of minors: Pre-professional, Departmental, Multi-Disciplinary, Interdisciplinary and Restricted. Some majors specify minors that students in that major must complete. If a major does not specify a particular minor, a minor from a different area than the major must be selected. Minors must be approved by the faculty advisor for the student's major. Only one course may be used to complete both a minor requirement and another graduation requirement.

Internship Requirement

All full-time students are required to participate in a two credit-hour preparation course (INTE 297) and a four credit hour internship experience (INTE 498 and INTE 499) before graduation. Students with 36 hours or more of transfer credit and students majoring in music therapy, elementary education or nursing are exempt from this requirement but are still eligible for internship credit, if desired. No more than 12 hours of internship credit (including 2 for INTE 297) shall be counted toward the 122 hours required for a bachelor's degree. See also The Internship Program.

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