Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Science, Letters, and Society (1-6) (BA)

For admission to and continuation in the major of Science, Letters, and Society (Birth-2) BA a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required.



General Education Requirements  42 credits 
Major Requirements  87-91 credits
Total Credits Required  120*

*19 credits required for the Major also satisfy general education requirements.

A math placement test is recommended for all students who have demonstrated CUNY proficiency.  The placement test is offered at scheduled times in the College Testing Office.

Major Requirements

PSY 100Psychology(IS)

3

HST 260U.S.History, First Encounters to the Present(CO)

4

GEG 200-levelA 200-level Geography course chosen from GEG 225, GEG 250, GEG/ECO 252, GEG/POL 264, GEG 260

4

Any ENH 200-level course

4

MTH 123College Algebra and Trigonometry(MQ)(STEM)

4

Natural Sciences and Mathematics: 16 credits in mathematics and the natural sciences:

SLS 217/MTH 217Fundamentals of Mathematics I(RLA)

4

SLS 218/MTH 218Fundamentals of Mathematics II(RLA)

4

SLS 261/PHY 206Nature of Physical Processes(RLA)

4

SLS 262Life Science in Context(RLA)

4

Humanities: 12 credits in the humanities:

SLS 301Humanities I: Ancient Cultures(RLA)

4

SLS 302Humanities II: Medieval and Early Modern Cultures(RLA)

4

SLS 303Humanities III: Modern Cultures(RLA)

4

Social Sciences: 8 credits in the social sciences, history, and political science chosen from:

SLS 230American Society(CO)

4

SLS 235/POL 235The American Political System(CO)

4

SLS 240World Civilization I(P&D)(CO)

4

SLS 241World Civilization II(P&D)(CO)

4

SLS 245/SOC 245Contemporary Social Issues(CO)

4

SLS 325Social Thought(CO)

4

Foreign Language Requirement

ARB/ASL/CHN/FRN/ITL/SPNDemonstration of proficiency in a foreign language through the Intermediate level 213 or above

0-4

Education Sequence

EDE 200Social Foundations of Education(RLA)

4

EDE 260Psychological Foundations of Education(RLA)

4

EDE 301Literacy Development and Language Acquisition in Elementary Education(RNL)

4

EDE 302Social Studies, Art, and Reading and Language Arts in Elementary Education(RNL)

6

EDE 303Mathematics, Science, and Music in Elementary Education(RNL)

6

EDE 400Student Teaching in Elementary Education(RNL)

6

EDE 402Reflection and Analysis in Student Teaching in Elementary Education(RNL)

2

Total Credit Hours: 87-91

General Criteria for Entry into the Education Sequences
Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above to enroll in introductory (foundations) education courses (EDE 200, EDE 260). Students whose GPAs are below 3.0 but above 2.9 may appeal for special permission to enroll in an introductory foundations course. All students apply for admission to an educational sequence while enrolled in one of the 200-level foundations courses listed above. Applicants must have already taken the NYSTCE Academic Literacy and Skills Test (ALST). Students who are denied admission to the an educational sequence may appeal the decision. Instructions for the appeal processes, including deadlines, are available in the School of Education office located in Building 3S, Room 208.
Criteria for Continuing in the Educational Sequences
Students must develop and maintain a program portfolio as outlined in the program handbook. Students must earn a C+ or above in each education class. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 throughout the program.

Mathematics Placement

Depending on placement results, some students may have to complete MTH 30, and/or MTH 35 and/or MTH 123, and/or MTH 130 prior to enrolling in MTH 230/229 or MTH 231/229.

Prerequisite Advisory

EDS 202 has a prerequisite of three credits in psychology.  PSY 100, which also satisfies the Individual and Society general education requirement, is strongly recommended.
NYS Certification Requirement
EDP 220 is a requirement for NYS Certification and may also be used to satisfy the social science general education requirement. Students are encouraged to take this course prior to graduation.

Total Credit Hours: 120

Students with advanced preparation or appropriate transfer credits in one of the above areas of study may be permitted some substitution of courses in that area, if approved by the coordinator of the SLS program.