Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2020

Science, Letters, and Society (BA)

For admission to and continuation in the major of Science, Letters, and Society a minimum cumumaltive GPA of 3.0 is required.

General Education Requirements 42 credits 
Major Requirements 55-59 credits
Electives 19-29 credits
Total Credits Required 120*

*15 credits required for the Major may also be used to satisfy the 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)


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


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


Any ENH 200-level course


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


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

SLS 217Fundamentals of Mathematics I(RLA)


SLS 218Fundamentals of Mathematics II(RLA)


SLS 261Nature of Physical Processes(RLA)


SLS 262Life Science in Context(RLA)


Humanities: 12 credits in the humanities:

SLS 301Humanities I: Ancient Cultures(RLA)


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


SLS 303Humanities III: Modern Cultures(RLA)


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

SLS 230American Society(RLA)


SLS 235The American Political System(RLA)


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


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


SLS 245Contemporary Social Issues(RLA)


SLS 325Social Thought(CO)


Foreign Language Requirement

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


Total Credit Hours: 55-59

Total Credit Hours: 120


Graduating SLS majors may apply for graduation with honors in SLS.

To graduate with honors a student must have:

  1. Fulfilled the requirements for the SLS major
  2. Earned a 3.5 grade point average or better in SLS courses
  3. Completed an honors thesis to the satisfaction of his or her Honors Committee.

Successful honors projects are characterized by originality, depth, and critical thinking; many honors projects include research. Papers must be carefully proofread, and those including research must have accurate citations. Submissions must be typed in clear, letter-quality print and be free of comments by faculty members or others. The honors thesis should be a substantial paper or write-up of a significant research project supervised by a committee of three SLS and education faculty members: a primary supervisor, a reader, and a committee chair. This committee may be comprised entirely of SLS faculty, or may include an Education faculty member as the primary supervisor or the reader. The SLS coordinator will serve as the chair of all committees or appoint chairs as appropriate. The honors candidate may register for up to four credits of Independent Study with the primary supervisor, who will advise the candidate on a new project or on extending a project or paper previously submitted in a course. The SLS coordinator must approve all thesis proposals prior to the commencement of the project. Completed theses submitted to the Honors Committee Chair must have the signatures of both members of the candidate’s committee (the primary supervisor and the reader) on the title page.

Time frame: honors thesis proposals must be approved by the mid-term of the semester prior to the semester of graduation. Completed theses for majors graduating in January must be submitted to the SLS Office by November 20. Completed theses for majors graduating in June or August must be submitted by April 1.