CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies

The CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies (CUNY BA), established in 1971, is a small, university-wide alternate program intended for self-directed, academically strong students who have clear and well-formulated academic and career goals.

With guidance from a full-time CUNY faculty member who agrees to serve as a mentor, each student is able to design an individualized area of specialization. Some studnets have completed degrees ranging from American Revolutionary History to Zoological Photography; there is almost no limit to what students can pursue through this degree route. Although students in the program are matriculated at one CUNY college, they are free to pursue their studies and take courses at any of the other CUNY colleges. Students may be able to earn up to 30 credits for non-classroom work (i.e. military credists and credit-by-exam), and half (15) of these creditsmay be awarded  for prior life experience.

To be eligible, students must have completed at least 15 college credits with a GPA of 2.5 or higher. CUNY Baccalaureate students must complete the program's arts and sciences core and other degree requirements.

The CUNY BA and BS degrees are fully accredited and are awarded by the City University rather than by an individual college. The program operates under the auspices of the CUNY Graduate School and University Center.

The CUNY BA Campus Coordinator at Baruch College is Ms. Elaine Cataletto, Acting Director, Center for Academic Advisement, (646) 312-4262,, 55 Lexington Avenue, Box #B5-215.

Special Registration Requirements and Permissions

If you are (or were) a Baruch student who fulfilled the course prerequisites at Baruch or by Baruch’s own transfer evaluation, you can proceed directly with your registration. If you believe you satisfied the prerequisites with courses from outside of Baruch, you can bring a copy of that transcript (or the CUNY BA academic advisement sheet, if the courses appear there) to the to the Chairperson of the Zicklin Department in which you wish to take courses for discussion and evaluation.

CUNY BA students limited to taking three Zicklin courses -- the specific courses available to you can be round here:


CUNY Baccalaureate

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New York, NY 10016-4309


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