FAQ

What is CUNY Pathways?

Pathways is a CUNY-wide initiative that creates a clear pathway to graduation. It provides a solid grounding in the liberal arts and the development of critical thinking. It also makes it easier to transfer within the CUNY system. General education core courses accepted at one CUNY school will be accepted at all CUNY schools.

Doesn't Brooklyn College already have a core curriculum?

Yes, Brooklyn College already has a very respected and comprehensive core curriculum in liberal arts. The new Pathways initiative will incorporate many of those courses.

How will Pathways help me?

If you take courses to fulfill general education requirements at one college in the system and then transfer to another CUNY school, you can be confident that your new school will accept those core courses to fulfill the same general education requirements.

Pathways not only eases the transfer of general education courses, it also helps students who have started their major at one school transfer those major courses smoothly to another CUNY school. Introductory courses in the most popular transfer majors will be accepted at all CUNY schools that offer the major. For a list of participating majors and courses, visit the CUNY Pathways website.

What are the Pathways requirements?

Brooklyn College Pathways requirements vary depending on your whether you are an entering freshman, an entering transfer student or a continuing student. Visit the Pathways page for a complete guide based on your student status.

I am a freshman entering Brooklyn College in fall 2013. Do I follow Pathways?

Yes.

I am a transfer student entering Brooklyn College in fall 2013. Do I follow Pathways?

Yes.

I am switching from nondegree status to a degree program. Do I follow Pathways?

Yes.

I am being readmitted after a break of more than one semester, not counting summer. Do I follow Pathways?

Yes.

I am a continuing student and have already fulfilled all the requirements of the current Brooklyn College core curriculum. Do I follow Pathways?

No. You have already fulfilled your requirements under the current system.

I am a continuing student and have completed some requirements of the current core. Do I follow Pathways?

You have a choice to either opt in to Pathways or continue under the current core curriculum.

I am being readmitted after a one-semester break. Do I follow Pathways?

You may choose to opt in to Pathways, or you may continue under the current core curriculum.

How do I choose whether to opt in to Pathways?

An online tool on the Brooklyn College WebCentral portal will soon be available for you to compare your progress toward graduation under the current plan and under Pathways.

I've decided to opt in and follow Pathways. What do I do next?

There is an online mechanism for opting in. Check with your academic adviser first.

Can I change my mind after I choose to opt in?

No. Your decision is final. That is why it is important to speak with an academic adviser.

How does this affect my financial aid?

Check with the Office of Financial Aid:
308 West Quad Center
P: 718.951.5051
E: finaid@brooklyn.cuny.edu

How can I tell which courses fulfill which Pathways categories?

The required Brooklyn College Pathways courses are listed in a comparison chart that presents the general education requirements of our previous Core Curriculum versus those of the new Pathways program. Remember that Brooklyn College Pathways requirements will vary depending on your status as an entering freshman, an entering transfer student or a continuing student.

I am a continuing student. What are my requirements under Pathways?

Visit the Pathways Web page for Continuing Students.

I am a transfer student. Will any of my previous courses be equivalent to Pathways requirements?

Maybe. You will have to have your courses evaluated for transfer credit by:

Transfer Student Services Center
1600 James Hall
P: 718.951.5263
E: TCEvaluation@brooklyn.cuny.edu

Once your credits have been evaluated, an academic adviser from the Center for Academic Advisement and Student Success will help you determine if any requirements have been met. If you later transfer to any other CUNY college, that initial decision about Pathways courses will be respected.

I am a transfer student with an associate of arts (A.A.) or associate of science (A.S.) degree. What are my requirements under Pathways?

Visit the Pathways Web page for Entering Transfer Students.

I have an associate of applied science (A.A.S.) degree. What are my requirements under Pathways?

Visit the Pathways Web page for Entering Transfer Students.

I do not have an associate's degree, but I am transferring more than 30 credits. What are my requirements under Pathways?

Visit the Pathways Web page for Entering Transfer Students.

I am transferring with 60 credits from a domestic four-year college, including 30 liberal arts credits in seven disciplines. What are my requirements under Pathways?

Visit the Pathways Web page for Entering Transfer Students.

I am transferring fewer than 30 credits. What are my requirements under Pathways?

Visit the Pathways Web page for Entering Transfer Students.

Must I take foreign language courses to satisfy Pathways requirements?

No. However, you can choose foreign language courses to fulfill part of the College Option if you are required to take nine or 12 credits of the College Option.

What about my AP credits?

AP credits with a grade of 4 or better will transfer in as "courses taken" in the form of college credits. They may or may not fulfill specific Pathways common core requirements. Discuss your situation with an adviser at the Center for Academic Advisement and Student Success.

How does Pathways help with my major courses?

Pathways not only eases the transfer of general education courses, it also helps students who have started their major at one school transfer those major courses smoothly to another CUNY school. Several courses in the most popular transfer majors will be taught at all CUNY schools that offer the major and will be counted toward the major requirements at all CUNY schools offering that major. Biology, business, criminal justice, economics, English, nursing, political science, psychology, sociology and teacher education are included.

I am a science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) major. How can I fit in all these core courses in science areas as well as my major courses?

For students majoring in STEM or health disciplines, planning to attend graduate school in those disciplines, or planning to teach science or math in K-12:

A list of Pathways Approved Alternative (STEM) Courses can be used to fulfill requirements in three areas of Pathways:

  1. Required Core Life and Physical Sciences
  2. Math/Quantitative Reasoning
  3. Flexible Core's Scientific World

These Pathways Approved Alternative (STEM) Courses also satisfy major requirements.

I am not sure what to choose. Where can I get help figuring this out?

For assistance, you should meet with an academic adviser from the Center for Academic Advisement and Student Success.

To make an appointment with an adviser:

  1. Log on to the Brooklyn College portal.
  2. Click the Advisement tab.
  3. Scroll under the Academic Advisement bar.
  4. Click the Schedule an Advisement Appointment button.
  5. Follow prompts to make an appointment.

Center for Academic Advisement and Student Success
3207 Boylan Hall
P: 718.951.5471
E: caasspathways@brooklyn.cuny.edu

The Center for Academic Advisement and Student Success also offers workshops to help you understand the Pathways requirements.

To make a reservation to attend a Pathways workshop:

  1. Log on to the Brooklyn College portal.
  2. Click the eServices tab.
  3. Scroll under the Schedule an Appointment bar.
  4. Click the Academic Advisement (UWIN) link.
  5. Follow prompts to reserve a seat in a workshop.