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