Pathways General Education Requirements

CUNY Pathways General Education Requirements consist of a Common Core for all CUNY students and the College Option (students in bachelor’s degree programs)

Common Core

Required Core (12 credits):

  • English Composition (6 credits): 125, 126

Composition I and Composition II (English 125 and English 126) must be completed within a student's first three semesters (full time) or 45 credits (part time) at York. This requirement applies to transfer students who do not enter York with Composition I and II course equivalencies.

  • Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning (3 credits): 111, 115, 119, 120, 121, 150, 184, 190

Choose one under advisement according to major program of study; certain programs may require additional coursework in Mathematics and Quantitative reasoning as part of the major requirements.

  • Life and Physical Sciences (3 credits):  Astronomy 140, 141; Biology 140, 201, Chemistry 106, 107; Geology 140; Physics 140, 151

Chosen under advisement according to major program of study.

Flexible Core (18 credits)

To meet the requirements of the Flexible Core, students must take at least one course from each of the five areas and no more than two courses in any discipline or interdisciplinary field.

World Cultures and Global Issues: Anthropology 101; English 200; History 100, 108, 113; Humanities 350; Political Science 202, 241; World Literature 201, 205, 207, 210, 211, 212

U.S. Diversity in its Experience: Anthropology 246; History 201, 202, 204; Humanities 250, 253; Political Science 103; Sociology 235, 289

Creative Expression: English 286; Fine Arts 104; Humanities 221, 224, 260; Music 101, 250, 253, 270; Speech 160; Theater Arts 110, 210

Individual and Society:  Anthropology 205, 211; Cultural Diversity 100; Economics 102; Humanities 209, 304; Philosophy 103; Political Science 267, 268; Sociology 101

Scientific World: Anthropology 152; Astronomy 101, 102; Biology 110, 120, 130, 202, 234 & 235; Chemistry 108, 109; Geology 110, 115, 120, 121; Physics 152, HPEH 110; HPGC 102; Humanities 202; Philosophy 102; Psychology 102

College Option

12 Credits (for native students and those entering York with fewer than 30 credits)

  • Foreign Languages, 0 to 6 credits, as per department placement
  • Health Education 111, 3 credits
  • Any WI course at the 200-level or higher, 3 credits or Writing 300, 3 credits

(Chosen under advisement according to major program of study.)

9 Credits (for students who enter York with more than 30 credits, but without an associate’s degree)

  • Foreign Languages, 0-6 credits, as per department placement
  • One (1) WI course at the 200-level or higher, 3 credits or Writing 300, 3 credits

(Chosen under advisement according to major program of study.)

6 Credits (for student who enter York with an associate’s degree – AA or AS)

  • Two (2) writing courses (These include WI courses at the 200-level or higher, 3 credits and Writing 300, 3 credits.)

(Chosen under advisement according to major program of study.)

  • Table 1 - College Option: Foreign Language
Matriculation Status Foreign Language
course requirement for
students with no prior
foreign language proficiency

Foreign Language course
requirement for students with
credit for one semester
foreign language proficiency

# Courses Required
in Flexible Core to replace
Foreign Languages

Total # of College
Option Credits for graduation
Fewer than 30 credits 2 1 0 6
More than 30 credits
but no Associates Degree
2 1 1 6
Associates Degree 0 0 0 0

York College Writing Intensive Course Requirements

Students who start at York or who transfer with fewer than 45 liberal arts and science credits are required to take three Writing Intensive (WI) courses: two in the lower division (100-200 level) and one in the upperdivision.  Transfer students should consult with an advisor about their WI requirements.

The Writing requirement in the College Option will be an overlay. Students must complete  2 or 1 additional W designated course based upon their matriculation status or a Writing 300 course.  Any course with a W attribute can be used to fulfill this requirement, including courses taken from the Core, courses fulfilling requirements for a major or a minor or certificate, or elective courses. When Writing 300 is required for a major or minor certificate it can be used to fulfill the College Option requirement as an overlay.  This requirement must be fulfilled by a W or Writing 300 course taken at York College.

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