Below are the major points to consider when working with your mentee and reviewing area forms. Although CUNY Baccalaureate has minimum numbers of courses and credits required for concentrations, the mentor has discretion to require more than the minimum. Mentors, who list more than the minimum number of courses may, if appropriate, designate those that must be completed; or simply check the box on the form titled “Student must complete all courses listed.”

NOTE: Many of the courses offered throughout CUNY are available for review online.

  • Single concentration: a minimum of 8 courses/24 credits (both minimums must be met). Courses must be on the intermediate and/or advanced level (those courses usually have at least one prerequisite in the same discipline). Pre-requisite courses are not listed on the form unless they are courses on the intermediate and/or advanced level.
  • Two concentrations: a minimum of 6 intermediate and/or advanced courses/18 credits in each area. Pre-requisite courses are not listed unless they are courses on the intermediate and/or advanced level.
  • Each proposed course — with its College, Department Name, Catalog Course Number and Number of Credits – must be listed on a single line of the form. If there are more than 11 courses, then a second AOC form must be used to continue the list.
  • Intermediate and advanced level courses, also known as upper-level courses, usually have at least one pre-requisite in the same discipline. Note that there are some CUNY BA exceptions to this pre-requisite rule. For example, only foreign language courses beyond the intermediate level (the first two years) may fulfill requirements for AOCs; both micro and macro-economics, which may have pre-requisites, are considered introductory; the second course in a first-year science sequence is introductory; the second year of coursework at New York City College of Technology (the 2000 level) is also considered introductory. Of course sometimes intermediate or advanced courses have the word “introductory” in the title, but are still upper-level (e.g., Hunter, Math 353, Introduction to Complex Variables, is an upper-level course). College catalogs often indicate which courses are introductory, intermediate or advanced.
  • The title of the AOC is appropriate and accurately reflects the chosen courses.
  • The courses make up a coherent plan of study that increases in complexity over time.
  • The courses will prepare the student for graduate study.
  • All courses listed are from a department at a senior campus that offers a BA or BS in the appropriate field. Graduate courses may be included.
  • At least half of the AOC will be completed as a CUNY Baccalaureate student. (No more than half of an AOC can be made up of coursework prior to enrolling in the program.)
  • If applicable (e.g., if there is prior-to-entry credit accepted towards the area), at least 50% of the AOC will be completed as a CUNY Baccalaureate student.
  • For all areas of concentration in Psychology, Experimental Psychology must be included. (Statistics must also be completed before Experimental but it does not satisfy the requirements for the concentration; it can, however, be used as an elective, core distribution or, if so coded, a Pathways course.)
  • All courses must be completed with a letter grade (not Pass/Fail of Credit/No Credit), unless a particular course is only offered P/F or C/NC. Students who entered the program in Summer 2008 or later must complete all AOC courses for a grade of at least C-.
  • Two mentors are needed for dual areas or interdisciplinary areas.
  • Students can include independent studies/internships in an area (6 credits total); they should provide their mentor and the program’s Academic Director with a one-paragraph description of their studies when completed.
  • CUNY BA students are permitted to take no more than three (3) Baruch Zicklin School courses (3000-level and above) toward their degree. Students must complete the individual course prerequisites before they will be allowed to enroll. As a result, they should be encouraged to consider other courses from another senior CUNY college that offers a degree in business. For more information, see

Example of an Area of Concentration that would be returned to the student for revision:

Human Development

Hunter College BIOL 12000 Anatomy and Physiology I⁺
Hunter College BIOL 12200 Anatomy and Physiology II⁺
Hunter College STAT 11300 Elementary Probability & Statistics⁺
Hunter College PSYCH 21000 Child Psychology
Hunter College PSYCH 24200 Health Psychology
Baruch College CHEM 2003 General Chemistry ⁺
Baruch College PSYC 3082 Mind, Brain and Behavior
NYC Tech PSYCH 2303 Psychology of Aging ǂ

⁺ This course is a lower level, ancillary course. It may be important in the field of Human Development, but would be taken as an elective or could be relevant for Pathways

ǂNYC Tech does not offer a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology; this course could not be used in an Area.

Example of a Satisfactory Area of Concentration Proposal:

Human Development

Hunter College BIOL 32200 Evolution
City College PSYCH 22600 Life Span Development
City College PSYCH 24600 Human Development: Infancy & Childhood
City College PSYCH 25600 Human Development: Adolescence & Youth
City College PSYCH 26600 Human Development: Adulthood & Aging
Baruch College BIOL 4010 Human Physiology
Baruch College PSYCH 3082 Mind, Brain and Behavior
Baruch College PSYCH 3185 Experimental Psychology
Note that all the courses are from departments that offer Bachelor degrees, are on the intermediate or advanced level, and are all interrelated and relate back to the Area title.