PERSPECTIVES ON THE LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES (PLAS)
I. Critical Academic Abilities
II. Core Areas of Knowledge and Inquiry
III. Global Contexts
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Students who entered Queens College after the Fall 2009 semester but before the Fall 2013 semester follow the Perspectives on the Liberal Arts and Sciences (PLAS) curriculum. Perspectives was designed to enable students to make connections across course and disciplinary boundaries and develop a better understanding of the relationships and connections between all fields that intersect and overlap.
Please be advised that on April 14, 2011, the Academic Senate resolved that the Perspectives requirement of a Synthesis or Capstone course be suspended .
For a list of courses you can take to meet the requirements above, see the PERSPECTIVES COURSE LISTS page.
For a list of General Education courses currently being offered at Queens College, please see the SCHEDULED GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES page.
Register for courses via CUNYfirst, or speak to an advisor at the Academic Advising Center (Kiely 217). A single course can satisfy one or more Perspectives requirement.
OTHER DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Your General Education requirements are part of the degree requirements at Queens College. All students must complete 120 credits that include both a major course of study and general education requirements. Additionally, at least 45 credits must be completed in residency at Queens College and at least 30 of your last 64 credits must be taken at Queens College or the CUNY Graduate Center. See the College Bulletin for complete information on degree requirements, general education requirements, and university policies.
OPTING IN TO PATHWAYS
If you entered Queens College before Fall 2013, you may choose to continue with your current general education requirements or “Opt In” to Pathways at Queens College. Through Pathways, you can transfer your credits seamlessly from one CUNY college to another.You should consider a number of factors before you decide to opt into Pathways. How many requirements have you already completed? What courses remain? Also, there are differences between the old and new curriculum that may affect financial aid.
See an advisor at the Academic Advising Center (Kiely 217) to discuss which curriculum is a better fit for you.
TRANSFER CREDIT EVALUATION
When you transfer to Queens College, all your prior courses will be evaluated for possible general education credit. If you feel that any courses were evaluated incorrectly, speak to an advisor Academic Advising Center (Kiely 217) about reevaluating your courses. If any course qualifies for reevaluation, an Advisor will make a recommendation on an advising sheet, which you can bring to the Office of General Education for a possible requirement waiver. If you have followed these procedures with Advising and the Office of General Education, and you still feel a course was evaluated incorrectly, the Office of General Education will provide you with an appeal form that you can submit to the Queens College Transfer Appeals Officer, Steven Schwarz. If you’ve completed this process at Queens College, and you still feel a course has been evaluated incorrectly, you may then file a Transfer Credit Appeal with the CUNY Office of Academic Affairs.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who must follow the Perspectives (PLAS) Curriculum?
Students who entered Queens College after Fall 2009 but before Fall 2013 follow the Perspectives on the Liberal Arts and Sciences (PLAS) curriculum.
Who can help me understand my General Education requirements?
If you are unsure about your General Education requirements, you can view your requirements using DegreeWorks or visit the Academic Advising Center (Kiely 217) to speak with an advisor.
Can I take general education courses that also satisfy requirements for my major?
Absolutely! Speak with an advisor at the Academic Advising Center (Kiely 217) to learn more about how you can plan your course career with classes that fulfill both general education and major requirements.
What is DegreeWorks?
DegreeWorks is an online advising tool designed to assist you in reviewing your progress towards your degree at Queens College. DegreeWorks will show you which requirements have been met, which are in progress, which general education requirements you have yet to complete, as well as major/minor requirements and other requirements you need for a Queens College degree. To access DegreeWorks, log into the CUNY Portal and click Student Advisement Degree Audit. If you have trouble accessing Degreeworks, speak to an Academic Advisor or see the DegreeWorks FAQ page.