General Education Requirements: College Option/Hunter Focus

Earn at least 12 credits

The Hunter Focus consists of 12 credits total.  The composition of these credits will vary depending on the student’s matriculation status and language proficiency.  All students are required to complete the Foreign Language requirement; after that is met, students begin Concentrated Study.  

Exceptions:

  • Students in the School of Nursing may fulfill their entire 12 credits of Hunter Focus by taking three “STEM variant” science courses in addition to the STEM courses used to fulfill the Common Core.

  • Students with a joint major in Education may fulfill their entire 12 credits with courses in Education.

Hunter Focus: Language Proficiency

Students must attain fourth-semester proficiency in a foreign language. For students with no prior language courses, this proficiency typically consists of completing four courses or a total of 12 credits.  Students who have prior language courses, including those from high school, should consult an adviser.  Students may apply only one course at each level (Elementary level 1, Elementary level 2, Intermediate level 3, and Intermediate level 4) toward the Hunter Focus. Intensive courses can be used to satisfy the two-course sequence at the Elementary and at the Intermediate levels.

Hunter Focus: Concentrated Study

Once students have completed the Foreign Language requirement, any credits remaining from the 12 required for the Hunter Focus will be used on Concentrated Study.  Concentrated Study refers to courses that fulfill requirements for a declared minor, a second major or a certificate.  The number of credits required for Concentrated Study ranges from 0-12 and is determined by the number of credits in a foreign language a student must take.

CREDITS OF LANGUAGE Proficiency NEEDED 

CREDITS OF CONCENTRATED STUDY NEEDED

0

12

3

9

6

6

9

3*

12

0

*For students who matriculated prior to fall 2019, these three credits are waived.

*For students who matriculated in fall 2019 or after, and who do not also complete a second major, minor, or certificate program, these three credits shall be from a course, at the 200-level or above, on a topic related to the   language used for the Foreign Language requirement, in the target language or in English translation.    

Transfer Students

All transfer students must complete the Hunter Focus. For students who first matriculated in an associate program, the number of credits required in the Hunter Focus varies with the number of credits transferred.

CREDITS/DEGREES TRANSFERRED

CREDITS/REQUIRED

Fewer than 30     

12

30 or more, without an AA/AS degree

9

AA/AS degree 

6

Students who first matriculate in a baccalaureate program must complete 12 credits of Hunter Focus. Any “College Option” credits completed at another CUNY senior college will be applied to the Hunter Focus.

Hunter Focus: Language Proficiency

Transfer students must reach or work toward fourth-semester proficiency in a foreign language.  The number of credits needed to complete the Foreign Language requirement is determined by the student’s transfer status, as defined above, and language proficiency at the time of matriculation.  Students who have prior language courses, including those from high school, should consult an adviser.

 Hunter Focus: Concentrated Study

Once transfer students have completed the Foreign Language requirement, any credits remaining from the Hunter Focus will be used on Concentrated Study as described above.  

2nd Degree Students

  • Students who have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution are exempt from the General Education requirements