I am enormously grateful to CUNY BA’s interdisciplinary approach for affording me the opportunity to explore multiple disciplines – and through that approach, become a widely more dynamic and confident thinker.”
Catherine Ryan, Social and Political Theory

CUNY BA asks that you submit a detailed Area of Concentration (AOC) Proposal as part of your application so that we can assess how we can help you meet your academic goals. Please follow these steps:

1.  Propose a working title
2.  Propose at least 8 actual courses if you plan to do a Single Area of Concentration OR Propose at least 6 actual courses in each if you plan to do a Dual Area of Concentration (like a double major)
3.  Use intermediate or advanced courses in your Proposal (not introductory)
4.  Provide all the details:  College, Dept, Course No., Course Title, Number of Credits

You can view all CUNY courses, college by college, department by department at this link; every course description is available, and you can view multiple courses at one time – http://tipps.cuny.edu/cgi-bin/CourseCatalog/CCatColleges.pl?STYLE=NEW

For a very detailed list of the do’s and don’ts of assembling your Proposal, read the details here:  Proposing your Area of Concentration.

Some AOC examples are below.

Sample Areas

African American and Jewish Studies

College    Department    Course    Title    Credits   
City College    BLST    14700    Civil Rights Movement    3   
City College    BLST    19000    Malcolm X    3   
City College    BLST    17100    Roots: Seminar in Black History    3   
City College    BLST    31106    Personal Finance and Black Entrepreneurship    3   
City College    JWST    31111    Jewish Humor in Film    3   
City College    JWST    31113    The Hollywood Jew    3   
City College    JWST    31316    The Jewish Mesiahs    3   
City College    JWST    31511    Introduction to the Talmud    3   
City College    THRT    43000    Theatre Workshop    3   

Biotechnology

College    Department    Course    Title    Credits   
Medgar Evers    BIO    302    Genetics    3   
Medgar Evers    BIO    320    Cell Biology    3   
Medgar Evers    BIO    465    Microbiology    3   
Medgar Evers    BIO    472    Molecular Biotechnology    3   
Medgar Evers    CHM    303    Organic Chemistry I    3   
Medgar Evers    CHM    304    Organic Chemistry II    3   
York    BIO    241    Instrumental Analysis in Biotechnology    3   
York    BIO    412    Biochemistry    3   

Buddhist Studies

College    Department    Course    Title    Credits   
Antioch College    ASGS    300    Buddhist History (Study Abroad)    3   
Antioch College    ARELS    350    Buddhist Meditation Traditions (Study Abroad)    3   
Antioch College    ABUDD    396    Independent Study (Study Abroad)    3   
Hunter College    PHIL    201    Knowledge and Reality    3   
Hunter College    PHIL    336    Philosophy of Mind    3   
Hunter College    REL    251    Eastern Religions    3   
Hunter College    REL    320    Hinduism    3   
Hunter College    REL    321    Buddhism    3   
Hunter College    REL    324    Mysticism    3   
Hunter College    REL    336    Zen    3   

Contemporary Global Issues

College    Department    Course    Title    Credits   
Baruch    POL    2011    The U.S. in the Age of Globalization    3   
Baruch    POL    3104    Politics of the Third World    3   
Brooklyn    POL    76.7    Human Rights and World Politics    3   
Hunter    POL    221    U.S. Immigration Policy    3   
Hunter    POL    281    Drugs, Politics and Public Policy    3   
Hunter    POL    373    Contemporary Issues in International Politics    3   
Hunter    POL    375    International Law    3   
Hunter    POL    376    International Political Economy    3   

Counterterrorism and International Relations

College    Department    Course    Title    Credits   
John Jay    CRJ    389    Counterterrorism    3   
John Jay    GOV    250    International Law and Justice    3   
John Jay    GOV    260    International Relations    3   
John Jay    GOV    362    Terrorism and International Relations    3   
John Jay    LAW    295    Terrorism and the Law    3   
John Jay    LLS    250    Drugs and Crime in Latin America    3   
John Jay    PSC    250    Criminal Justice in Eastern Europe    3   
John Jay    PSC    489    U.S. Human Intelligence Operation    3   

Cross-Cultural Psychology

College    Department    Course    Title    Credits   
John Jay College    Psychology    240    Psychology of Oppression    3   
John Jay College    Psychology    531    Sex Roles and Work    3   
Brooklyn College    Psychology    13.3    Psychology of Prejudice    3   
Brooklyn College    Anthropology    30    Comparative Social Systems    3   
City College    Psychology    244    Psychology of the Black Experience    3   
City College    Psychology    310    Independent Study (“Cross-Cultural Concepts of Mental Health”)    3   
City College    Psychology    319    Cross-Cultural Psychology    3   
City College    Psychology    321    Experimental Psychology *    3   
City College    Psychology    357    Community Psychology    3   

*Note: for all concentrations in Psychology, Experimental Psychology is required (Students pursuing Psychology will also be required to take Statistics but not as part of the AOC).

Cultural Politics and Social Justice Movements

College    Department    Course    Title    Credits   
Hunter College    Theatre    397.87    Theatre of Protest    3   
Hunter College    Media    328    Images of Resistance    3   
Hunter College    Political Science    220    Globalization and Oppression    3   
Hunter College    Urban Studies    403    Community Organizing    3   
Hunter College    Religion    208    Religion and Social Justice    3   
Hunter College    Asian Studies    321    Asian American Social Protest Literature    3   
Hunter College    English    325    Post-Colonial Literature    3   
Hunter College    Women’s Studies    200    Gay and Lesbian Studies    3   
City College    History    372    Progressivism and Radicalism in 20th Century America    3   

Diagnostic and Analytical Psychology

College    Department    Course    Title    Credits   
Brooklyn College    Psychology    531    Learning Psychology    3   
Hunter College    Psychology    223    Abnormal Psychology    3   
Hunter College    Psychology    225    Ethology: Animal Behavior    3   
Hunter College    Psychology    242    Health Psychology    3   
Hunter   College    Psychology    250    General Experimental Psychology*    3   
Hunter College    Psychology    327    Motivational Psychology    3   
Hunter College    Psychology    328    States of Consciousness    3   
Hunter College    Psychology    369    Drugs and Behavior    3   

*Note: for all concentrations in Psychology, Experimental Psychology is required (Students pursuing Psychology will also be required to take Statistics but not as part of the AOC).

Dynamic Web Design

College    Department    Course    Title    Credits   
Brooklyn    CIS    53    Client-Server Web Programming    3   
City    CSC    31100    XML Technologies    3   
NYC College of Technology    CST    3509    Web Page Design and Implementation    3   
NYC College of Technology    CST    3609    Web Programming    3   
NYC College    ADV    2417    Advanced Problems in Technology    3   
NYC College of Technology    ADV    3650    Advanced Web Design    3   
NYC College of Technology    ADV    4750    Advanced Web Animation    3   
NYC College of Technology    ADV    4830    Senior Project    3   

Electronic and Information Security

College    Department    Course    Title    Credits   
City College    BME    15100    Biomedical Signal Processing    3   
John Jay    MATH    375    Operating Systems    3   
John Jay    MATH    470    Database Systems in Criminal Justice    3   
Queens    CSCI    211    Object-Oriented Programming in C++    3   
Queens    CSCI    343    Computer Architecture    3   
Queens    MATH    120    Discrete Math for Computer Science    3   
York    CS    261    Data Communications 1    3   
York    CS    495    Cryptography and Network Security    3   
York    MATH    121    Calculus    3   

Exercise Science and Athletic Training

College    Department    Course    Title    Credits   
Lehman    EXE    264    Physical Fitness and Exercise    3   
Lehman    EXE    417    Kinesiology and Biomechanics    3   
Lehman    EXE    900    Motor Learning and Performance    3   
Lehman    EXE    550    Exercise Physiology 1    3   
Lehman    EXE    650    Exercise Testing and Prescription    3   
Lehman    EXE    334    Exercise Physiology 2    3   
Lehman    EXE    3288    Principles and Practices of Fitness    3   
Queens    FNES    168    Athletic Training    3   
Queens    FNES    253    Psychology of Sports Participation    3   

Folklore Studies

College    Department    Course    Title    Credits   
Hunter College    ENGL    250    Arthurian Literature    3   
Hunter College    ENGL    337    Literary Aspects of Folklore    3   
Hunter College    RGST    254    Tribal Religions    3   
Hunter College    RGST    262    Ancient Religions    3   
Hunter College    RGST    262    Religions of Early Europe    3   
Hunter College    RGST    308    Religion and The Arts    3   
Hunter College    ENGL    352    Shakespeare Survey    3   
Hunter College    RGST    335    Myth and Ritual    3   

Holistic Health Care

College    Department    Course    Title    Credits   
Hunter College    Health Science    200.79    Writing for Health    3   
Hunter College    Health Science    333    Nutrition Education    3   
Hunter College    Health Science    342    Nutrition for Human Development    3   
Hunter College    Health Education    201    Women and Health    3   
Hunter College    Health Education    301    Mental Health for the Health Educator    3   
Baruch College    Physical Education    2313    Techniques for Lifetime Fitness    3   
Baruch College    Physical Education    3800    Foundations of Physical Fitness    3   
Baruch College    Psychology    3062    Psychology of Stress Management    3   

Human Services

College    Department    Course    Title    Credits   
John Jay    PSYC    242    Abnormal Psychology    3   
John Jay    PSYC    255    Group Dynamics: Chemical Dependency Counseling    3   
John Jay    PSYC    266    Psychology of Alcohol and Substance Abuse    3   
John Jay    PSYC    268    Therapeutic Intervention in Chemical Dependency    3   
John Jay    PSYC    350    Advanced Topics: Chemical Dependency Counseling    3   
John Jay    PSYC    480    Ethical and Professional Issues in Chemical Dependency Counseling    3   
John Jay    SOC    161    Chemical Dependency and the Dysfunctional Family    3   
NYC Coll Tech    HUSV    305    Field Practicum I    3   
NYC Coll Tech    HUSV    405    Field Practicum II    3   

Immigrant Community Organizing

College    Department    Course    Title    Credits   
Hunter    ASST    251    Asian American Social Protest Literature    3   
Hunter    ASST    390    Asian American Civil Rights and the Law    3   
Hunter    P SC    221    Immigration Policy    3   
Hunter    P SC    317    Special Topics in American Politics    3   
Hunter    P SC    341    Constitutional Law: Civil Rights    3   
Hunter    SOC    217    Race and Ethnicity    3   
Hunter    SOC    309    Social Movements and Social Change    3   
Hunter    WGS    206    Gender and Immigration    3   
Grad Center    SOC    82800    Immigrant/Ethnic Entrepreneurship    3   

Independent Documentary Production

College    Department    Course    Title    Credits   
Hunter College    Media    292    Basic Reporting    3   
Hunter College    Media    299    Documentary Video    3   
Hunter College    Media    299    Advanced Documentary    3   
Hunter College    Media    371    Television Culture    3   
Hunter College    Media    385    Media and Society    3   
Hunter College    Media    399    Criticism of Documentary    3   
Hunter College    Media    751    Developing the Documentary (Graduate course)    3   
Hunter College    Media    751    Digital Editing Work (Graduate course)    3   

Japanese Translation Studies

College    Department    Course    Title    Credits   
Hunter College    JPN    201    Intermediate Japanese I    3   
Hunter College    JPN    202    Intermediate Japanese II    3   
Hunter College    JPN    251    Japanese Culture I    3   
Hunter College    CLA    240    Japanese Culture II    3   
Hunter College    JPN    301    Advanced Japanese I    3   
Queens College    JPN    211    Classical Japanese I    3   
Queens College    JPN    212    Classical Japanese II    3   
Queens College    JPN    250    Modern Japanese Fiction in Translation    3   
Queens College    JPN    305    Advanced Modern Japanese I    3   
Queens College    JPN    306    Advanced Modern Japanese II    3   

Jazz Theory

College    Department    Course    Title    Credits   
Hunter College    MUS    361    Jazz Theory    3   
Hunter College    MUS    461    Jazz Theory and Improvisation    3   
Hunter College    MUS    331    Musicianship 4    3   
Hunter College    MUS    217    History of Jazz    3   
Hunter College    MUS    249    Jazz Ensemble    3   
City College    MUS    352    Jazz Arranging 1    3   
City College    MUS    357    Jazz Harmony and Improvisation 1    3   
City College    MUS    358    Jazz Harmony and Improvisation 2    3   
City College    MUS    452    Jazz Arranging 2    3   

Language, Space and the Body

College    Department    Course    Title    Credits   
City    PHYS    208    General Physics II    3   
Queens College    LCD    220    Syntax II    3   
Queens College    LCD    288    Voices of New York    3   
Queens College    LCD    205    Sociolinguistics    3   
Queens College    MATH    618    Foundations of Geometry    3   
Queens College    DANC    271    Choreography    3   
Queens College    DANC    398    Light in Performance    3   
Queens College    DANC    395    Independent Project    3   

Merchandise Marketing

College    Department    Course    Title    Credits   
Brooklyn    BUS    46.7    Marketing Research    3   
Brooklyn    BUS    53    Fashion Marketing    3   
Brooklyn    BUS    76.4    International Business and Marketing    3   
Brooklyn    BUS    97.5    Independent Study : Sustainable Social Entrepreneurship    3   
Brooklyn    BUS    97.6    Fieldwork II    3   
Lehman    BBA    367    Consumer Behavior    3   
Lehman    BBA    467    Marketing Research    3   
Medgar Evers    MKT    331    Marketing Management    3   
Medgar Evers    MKT    434    Product Management    3   

Modern European Thought

College    Department    Course    Title    Credits   
Brooklyn    CMLT    3607    Modern European Novel    3   
Brooklyn    PHIL    3121    Modern Philosophy    3   
Brooklyn    PHIL    3502    Philosophy of Beauty    3   
Brooklyn    POLS    3302    Comparative Political Systems: Europe    3   
Brooklyn    POLS    3413    Islam and Modernity    3   
Hunter    ANTH    351    Language in Culture and Society    3   
Hunter    GERM    321    Readings in Modern German Literature    3   
Hunter    HIST    332    Modern Culture from 18th to 20th Centuries    3   
Hunter    PHIL    218    Revolutions in Modern Philosophy    3   

Music Management

College    Department    Course    Title    Credits   
City College    Music    380    Rhythm Seminar    3   
City College    Music    231    Theory 2    3   
Baruch College    Music    3032    Electronic Music    3   
Baruch College    Music    3044    History of Music    3   
Baruch College    Fine & Perf. Arts    2000    Arts Administration    3   
Brooklyn College    Econ/Business    50.2    Marketing    3   
Brooklyn College    Econ/Business    50.4    Organizational Behavior    3   
Brooklyn College    Econ/Business    50.4    Consumer Behavior    3   
Brooklyn College    Econ/Business    76.4    International Business   

Neuroscience

College    Department    Course    Title    Credits   
Baruch    PSYC    3056    Social Psychology    3   
Baruch    PSYC    3080    Attention and Perception    3   
Hunter College    CHEM    350    Biophysical Chemistry    3   
Hunter College    PSYC    309    Sex and Behavior    3   
Hunter College    PSYC    396    Psychology Honors    3   
Hunter College    PSYC    400    Neurobiology: Learning and Memory Organization    3   
Hunter College    PSYC    471    Developmental Neurobiology    3   
John Jay    PSYC    311    Experimental Psychology    3   
Lehman    BIO    435    Neurophysiology    3   

Nutritional Ethics

College    Department    Course    Title    Credits   
Brooklyn    HNTR    26.1    Introduction to the U.S. Health System    3   
Brooklyn    HNTR    47.0    Life Cycle Nutrition    3   
Brooklyn    HNTR    51.0    Institutional Food Service Management    3   
Brooklyn    HNTR    53.1    Community Nutrition Education    3   
Brooklyn    HNTR    60.1    Program Planning and Health Education    3   
Brooklyn    HNTR    72.1    Health Disparities in the United States    3   
Brooklyn    PHIL    15.1    Environmental Ethics    3   
John Jay    HJS    250    Justice in the Western Tradition    3   
John Jay    HJS    315    Research Methods in Humanities and Justice Studies    3   
John Jay    HJS    410    Senior Prospectus    3   
John Jay    HJS    415    Research Project in Humanities and Justice Studies    3   

Sustainable Energy

College    Department    Course    Title    Credits   
Baruch    EES    3002    Energy Conservation    3   
Hunter    GEOG    370    Sustainable Development in Developing Countries    3   
Hunter    GEOL    498    Internship (Center for Sustainable Energy, Bronx Community College)    3   
Hunter    P SC    244    Energy and Environmental Planning and Public Policy    3   
Hunter    CMHE    325    Environmental Public Health Problems    3   
Hunter    PHYS    204    Electrical Circuits    3   
Hunter    PHYS    221/2    Electronics (and Lab)    3   
Hunter    PHYS    230    Classic Physics Lab    3   
Hunter    PHYS    334    Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism    3   
Hunter    PHYS    453    Independent Study (PV Installation)    3   

Sustainable Food Studies

College    Department    Course    Title    Credits   
Baruch    ENG    2150    Food Glorious Food: Writing about Agriculture and Social Justice    3   
Baruch    JRN    3800    Environmental Reporting    3   
Brooklyn    HNTR    7131    Recent Developments in Foods (Graduate level)    3   
Hunter    GEOG    383    Environmental Ethics: Eating, Agriculture and Biotechnology    3   
Hunter    SOC    314    Culture and Consumption    3   
Hunter    PH    77060    Food Policy and Political (Graduate level)    3   
Graduate Center    EES    79904    Planning for Global and Local Food Security    3   
Graduate Center    PUBH    86100    Independent Study (Urban Food Environments)    3   
NYCCT    HGMT    2203    Culinary Arts II    3   
NYCCT    HGMT    4961    Contemporary Cuisine    3   
Queens    NUTR    499    Food and Culture of Italy (Study Abroad)    3   

Zoology

College    Department    Course    Title    Credits   
Baruch    EES    3015    Tropical Reef Ecology    3   
Hunter    ANTH    310    Primate Ecology and Behavior    3   
Hunter College    PSY    225    Ethology: Animal Behavior    3   
Staten Island    BIO    313    Vertebrate Zoology    3   
Staten Island    BIO    222    Field Biology    3   
Staten Island    BIO    230    Marine Biology and Oceanography    3   
Staten Island    ESC    601    Biosphere and Our Species    3   
Staten Island    PHIL    266    Environmental Ethics    3