Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements include the amount and type of coursework required of students (generally and for their majors), the CPE Exam students must pass and the procedures they must follow in order to graduate. Also included are alternative ways of earning some of the credits necessary for graduation.

Graduation Requirements

 To be graduated, students must complete requirements in the following areas, which are explained below

  • General Education Requirement
  • Major
  • Writing Intensive Courses
  • CUNY Proficiency Examination
  • Credits
  • Grade Point Averages
  • Liberal Arts

Students may complete these requirements either by successfully completing the approved courses or by otherwise demonstrating competence in the area of knowledge and skill to which course work is directed. (See the section on Special Examinations.)

Transfer students may be waived from some of the General Education Requirements, based on previous college work.

Courses used to fulfill the major discipline requirements may not be used to satisfy the general education requirements.

General Education Requirement

Students are required to follow the General Education Requirements stipulated in the College bulletin, which is in effect at the time, they are matriculated at York College.

If there is a change in any of these requirements after students are matriculated, they are not obliged to adhere to the new requirement, except in unusual circumstances involving CUNY-wide regulations, changes in state certified programs or if the student has not been in attendance for more than 3 consecutive semesters.

 In the case of a change in the major requirements after students are admitted, they have the option to choose to graduate either under the requirement in effect when they entered the College, or under the new requirement.

Students who are separated from the College for more than three consecutive semesters must follow the bulletin, which is in effect the semester they are readmitted.

 Please note that students must complete either the old program or the new program in its entirety, and may not combine some of the requirements from each program.

 In addition, when students change from an old program requirement to a new requirement, they must officially notify the Office of the Registrar.

Writing Intensive Course Requirement

Students who entered the College (or were readmitted*) in Fall 2001 or later must meet the writing intensive course requirement passed by the York College Senate by taking three writing intensive (WI) courses.

Students must complete:

  • two WI courses in the lower division of the curriculum (at the 100 or 200 level), and
  • one WI course in the upper division of the curriculum (at the 300 level or above) within the major discipline.

Transfer students who enter with the General Education Requirements fulfilled must take one WI course in the upper division within the major.

Although the writing intensive requirement went into effect for students who entered the College in Fall 2001 or later, there was a phase-in policy for students who entered between Fall 2001 and Spring 2003.

  • All students who entered the College as freshmen between Fall 2001 and Spring 2003 are required to take two (not three) WI courses for graduation. If the major discipline has defined an upper-division WI course that must be one of the two WI courses taken for graduation. If the major discipline has not yet defined an upper-division WI course, one of the two courses must be chosen in consultation with the major advisor.
  • Transfer students who enter with the General Education Requirements fulfilled must take one WI course in the upper division within the major. If their major has no upper-division WI course, they must take one WI course (outside their major) chosen in consultation with their major advisor.
  • The WAC Course Coordinating Committee, as part of its charge from the York College Senate, will make case-by-case determinations of the requirement only for students who present special circumstances that makes it impossible for them to meet these guidelines.

 *Note: Students who have not been in attendance for three or more semesters must follow the College Bulletin in effect at the time of readmission.

Each semester, WI sections are indicated in Schedule of Classes. On a student transcript, completed WI courses are indicated by W or WI to the left of the grade.

For further information, contact Professor Michael Cripps, Coordinator of the Writing in the Disciplines Project, (718)-262-2496.

Credits

The minimum number of credits for a Bachelor's degree is 120.

Some students may have to take additional credits to complete all graduation requirements.

Credits may be gained by:

  1. Achieving a passing grade in a credit-bearing York College course,
  2. Transferring credits from another post-high school institution
  3. Achieving a sufficient grade on a special examination (see the section on Special Examinations below)
  4. Credits for Life Experience (see the Community Service Program in the section on Special Programs)
  5. Credits for Military Service (see the section on Special Examinations below)

Students who receive credit based upon examinations, life experience, and military credit must complete a minimum of 90 credits in college courses.

To qualify for a degree from York College, students must successfully complete a minimum of 40 credits at York. At least half of the credits in the major program must be taken at York.

Requests for credit for a prerequisite course must be made before a student registers for an advanced course. No credit will be granted for a prerequisite course once the student has registered for the advanced course.

Special Examinations

 Credit will be granted for work based on the following examinations:

  1. CLEP (College Level Examination Program)
  2. CPEP (College Proficiency Examination Program)
  3. USAFI (United States Armed Forces Institute) Madison
  4. In-house exemption examinations

Credit will be given for the above examinations, which test knowledge in specific subjects rather than general knowledge. Upon a student's request and approval of the departments involved, a student may be granted credits or be exempt from courses by presenting evidence of C or better performance on any of the above college-level examinations. 

A maximum of 16 credits may be earned in this manner, except nursing majors, who may earn up to 20 credits.

Community Professional Program

The Community Professional Program was established at York College to enhance the educational opportunities for adult students.

College credits are granted in recognition of voluntary work that reflects a variety of quality learning experiences. (Paid experiences may be considered in conjunction with voluntary work.)

Each experience must have taken place within the United States and must be verifiable by three people who have knowledge of the student's activities.

A pre-application interview is mandatory at which time the following requirements will be explained in greater detail. Student must:

  •  be 25 or older
  • have 3 years of intensive community experience
  •  have completed a minimum of 28 credits at York College
  •  have passed all skills assessment tests
  • have minimum GPA of 2.50 on all work completed at York College
  • have completed less than 91 credits.

Students are eligible to pursue any degree program offered by the college, and may receive a maximum of 30 credits for their life experiences.

These service credits are used only as free electives toward the required 120 credits for the baccalaureate degree and cannot be used to meet liberal arts, general education, or major requirements (See General Education Requirements).

The deadline for submitting an application for the Fall semester isNovember 30 and for the Spring semester the deadline is April 30.Applications can be obtained in the Advisement center, room 2C01.

Grade Point Averages

Students are required to have a "C"(2.0) average for graduation in most majors. Please consult individual major program descriptions for details. This includes:

  •  a "C" average in all York College courses,
  • an overall "C" average for the courses in their major disciplines and
  •   for a transfer student, an overall "C" average in all college work.

A student may not graduate with an unresolved grade (ABS./INC.), nor will any grade change be applied to the record once a student has graduated.

Liberal Arts Requirement

The New York State Education Department requires 60 liberal arts credits in a Bachelor of Science program and 90 liberal arts credits in a Bachelor of Arts program.

In the list of course descriptions, courses  which are liberal arts for all students identified with a # mark.

Courses which are liberal arts for all but Accounting majors are identified with a (*).

 The following are NOT liberal arts courses:

  • Academic Computing
  • Accounting
  • Biotechnology (except Biotechnology 480)
  • Business, Communications Technology
  • Co-op
  • Education
  • Health Education 200,  224 & 317
  • Health Professions (except HPEH 110, 140,HPGC 101, 102 and 201)
  • Marketing, Nursing
  • Physical Education 100 & 200 level courses, 311, 312 & 313
  •  Social Work
  •  Student Development 102-105 & 301,
  •  All Field Work, Internships & Practicum Courses.

In addition to the above, Accounting majors MAY NOT use the following courses as liberal arts:

  • Academic Development
  • Fine Arts courses listed in groups I, II & III of the Studio Art Major
  • Health Education
  •  Music 131-148, 231-248, 331-339 and 431-439
  •  SEEK Counseling Seminars or Student Development
  • Theater Arts 112-115 and 215-219.

Alternative Means of Obtaining Credits

Special Examinations

 Credit will be granted for work based on the following examinations:

  1. CLEP (College Level Examination Program)
  2. CPEP (College Proficiency Examination Program)
  3. USAFI (United States Armed Forces Institute) Madison
  4. In-house exemption examinations

Credit will be given for the above examinations, which test knowledge in specific subjects rather than general knowledge. Upon a student's request and approval of the departments involved, a student may be granted credits or be exempt from courses by presenting evidence of C or better performance on any of the above college-level examinations. 

A maximum of 16 credits may be earned in this manner, except nursing majors, who may earn up to 20 credits.

Community Professional Program

The Community Professional Program was established at York College to enhance the educational opportunities for adult students.

College credits are granted in recognition of voluntary work that reflects a variety of quality learning experiences. (Paid experiences may be considered in conjunction with voluntary work.)

Each experience must have taken place within the United States and must be verifiable by three people who have knowledge of the student's activities.

A pre-application interview is mandatory at which time the following requirements will be explained in greater detail. Student must:

  •  be 25 or older
  • have 3 years of intensive community experience
  •  have completed a minimum of 28 credits at York College
  •  have passed all skills assessment tests
  • have minimum GPA of 2.50 on all work completed at York College
  • have completed less than 91 credits.

Students are eligible to pursue any degree program offered by the college, and may receive a maximum of 30 credits for their life experiences.

These service credits are used only as free electives toward the required 120 credits for the baccalaureate degree and cannot be used to meet liberal arts, general education, or major requirements (See General Education Requirements).

The deadline for submitting an application for the Fall semester isNovember 30 and for the Spring semester the deadline is April 30.Applications can be obtained in the Advisement center, room 2C01.

Waiver of Degree Requirements

 Under extenuating circumstances a student may petition the department chairperson for a waiver of certain requirements for the major.

The request must be based on circumstances beyond the student's control and can only be granted if such a waiver does not seriously impair the comprehensive nature of the major.

In some programs leading to certification or licensure, waivers may not be possible. In no case is the waiver to be granted merely to accelerate graduation.

Requests for waivers of college-wide requirements must be made to the Committee on Academic Standards within the context of the above stipulation and final approval of the Office of Academic Affairs.

Applying for Graduation

There are three graduating periods each year: September, February and June.  However, there is only one commencement exercise, in June.

 Students are required to file a diploma card during the semester prior to the semester in which they plan to complete their requirements for graduation. See College calendar for exact deadline date for application.

This card is available in the Office of the Registrar.

Students who will not be in attendance at York when completing their final requirements must first receive permission from the Registrar to graduate in absentia and file a diploma card in the Office of the Registrar.

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