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The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree encompasses sciences, humanities and the arts and the social sciences. BA programs prepare students for positions in profit, nonprofit and government organizations as well as for graduate programs.
The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree programs provides training for a particular career and are therefore considered professional degrees. Hunter offers BS degrees in five fields.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree is a concentratiion in art for highly qualified students. The Studio Art - BFA is described in detail in the section devoted to the Art and Art History Department.
The Bachelor of Music (BMus) degree is designed for students who intend to perform professionally or to teach the performance of music. The Music - BMus program is described in detail in the section devoted to the Music Department.
The Bachelors/Masters degree programs are designed for highly qualified students in particular areas of study; they enable full-time students to complete both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 4-5 years. Students in combined programs will pay undergraduate tuition rates up to the number of credits required to earn a baccalaureate degree (120 credits]. Any credits taken toward the combined degree after 120 credits are charged at the graduate tuition rate. Some programs offer teacher certification at the master’s level. Nineteen programs are available.
See Programs of Study for a list of programs
The CUNY (City University of New York) Baccalaureate degree is a university-wide program. This degree, awarded by CUNY rather than by a specific undergraduate CUNY college, may be a BS or BA degree and is intended for students who have well formulated individual academic and career goals. Students who are accepted work out their programs with a faculty committee of their choice that is willing to support the student’s plan of study. Students pursue their studies at one or more colleges in CUNY, according to their interests. Students must complete at least 15 but not more than 90 credits to be considered for admission to this program. Further information can be obtained from the CUNY/BA adviser in the Office of Advising Services , Room 1119 East Building.
Policy on Remediation
Beginning January 2000, students enrolling at Hunter College must prove their proficiency in reading, writing and mathematics through SAT scores, Regents scores or assessment tests prior to registration. Remedial courses are no longer offered by the college. ESL and non-proficient SEEK students are exempt from this policy, but must adhere to the following guidelines (see the Admissions section of this catalog for information about ESL and SEEK designations): SEEK students must enroll in the appropriate basic skills workshop(s) prior to enrolling in their first semester at Hunter. SEEK students who do not gain proficiency in the pre-first semester workshops must take additional basic skills workshops during the semester. SEEK students must demonstrate proficiency within one year of enrollment at Hunter. SEEK students needing basic skills coursework must consult with the director of the SEEK Program for course access and availability. ESL students are placed in an appropriate developmental reading and/or writing course during their first semester and may continue taking developmental courses in their second semester, if needed. ESL students must demonstrate proficiency by the end of their fourth consecutive semester at Hunter. ESL students should see the ESL adviser in the English Department, Room 1212 Hunter West, for details about basic skills proficiency requirements.
College Preparatory Initiative
Students who graduated from high school in spring 1993 or later are required to satisfy a set of prescribed educational competencies known as the College Preparatory Initiative (CPI). Students who do not satisfy the Initiative through coursework taken while in high school take appropriate college-level courses to meet the requirement. See the Admissions section of this catalog for CPI requirements.