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1. What is the Hunter Core Requirment?
2. What is the relationship between the Hunter Core Requirement and CUNY's Pathways Initiative?
3. Does Hunter Core Requirement apply to me?
4. I am a current Hunter College student who started at Hunter prior to fall 2013. Should I "opt in" to the HunterCore Requirement? 
5. If I decide to "opt in" to the Hunter Core Requirement (HCR), can I change my mind and “opt out” later? 
6. I've tranferred multiple times before coming to Hunter, what are my requirements for the Hunter Focus?
7. What is a STEM variant course?
8. What Hunter Core courses do I have to take if I have taken college courses while enrolled in high school? 


 

1.  What is the Hunter Core Requirement?

The Hunter Core Requirement (Hunter Core, HCR) is a set of courses that Hunter College considers essential to the intellectual development of its undergraduates.  The HCR is meant to support the professional and personal development of Hunter students, prepare them for advanced study, and enable them to become active participants in the world of ideas. The Hunter Core provides students with opportunities to sharpen their essential academic skills in writing, mathematics, scientific reasoning, and critical thinking. The Hunter Core also introduces students to a spectrum of distinctive perspectives with which various academic disciplines view our world, its past, and its future.

The Hunter Core Requirement includes

1. The CUNY Common Core (CCCR), which includes courses in

 

2. The Hunter Focus, which includes foreign language competency and concentrated study outside of the student's first major.

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2. What is the relationship between the Hunter Core Requirement and CUNY's Pathways Initiative?  

The Hunter Core Requirement is designed to meet the requirements of CUNY's Pathways initiative.  Pathways assures students the transferability of core requirement satisfaction from one CUNY college to another.

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3. Does the Hunter Core Requirement apply to me?

All students who matriculate at Hunter in fall 2013 or later must fulfill the Hunter Core Requirement.  Current Hunter students can "opt in" to the Hunter Core or continue with Hunter's General Education Requirements (GER). Please click on the appropriate link below for more information specific to your status.

I am a freshman starting at Hunter in fall 2013 or later

I am a transfer student starting at Hunter in fall 2013 or later

I am a current Hunter student who started at Hunter before fall 2013

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4. I am a current Hunter College student who started at Hunter prior to fall 2013.  Should I "opt in" to the Hunter Core Requirement?

Current Hunter students who enrolled before fall 2013 may continue under Hunter's General Education Requirement (GER) or opt into the new HCR.

Hunter's current GER is closely aligned with the HCR.  Both the GER and the HCR require English, US History, Math, Science, Humanities, Social Sciences and fourth semester proficiency in a foreign language.  In addition, both GER and HCR require intensive writing as well as pluralism and diversity.

Which curriculum will be best for you if you have matriculated at Hunter prior to fall 2013?  Start with some analysis of your options.

1.        You may review the list of approved courses for the HCR to see the courses that apply to HCR.

2.        To help you decide if you would benefit by opting into the HCR, review your current DIG report with the GER audit, then use the What-If function to run an audit for HCR.  Compare the results.

3.        Download the GER worksheet and the HCR worksheet (Link).  Fill in the courses you have completed. Compare the results to determine if you would benefit by opting into HCR.

For any additional questions you have, please visit the HCR Help page.

If you have further questions, Academic Advisors in the Office of Advising Services in Room 1119 East are available to meet with you.

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5. If I decide to "opt in" to the Hunter Core Requirement (HCR), can I change my mind and “opt out” later?

No, once you opt in to the HCR, you cannot “opt out.”  If you have any questions about opting in, please see an advisor before making your final decision.  

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6.  I've transferred multiple times before coming to Hunter, what are my requirements for the Hunter Focus?

Students who transfer multiple times will be required to complete Hunter Focus credits depending on whether they first enrolled in an associate or baccalaureate program, and on their status at the time they first transferred.

If you first enrolled in an associate's degree program (2-year community college), please see I am a transfer student from a community (2-year) college starting at Hunter in fall 2013 or later

If you first enrolled in a CUNY baccalaureate program (4-year college), please see I am a transfer student from a CUNY senior (4-year) college starting at Hunter in fall 2013 or later

If you first enrolled in a non-CUNY baccalaureate program (4-year college), please see I am a transfer student from a non-CUNY senior (4-year) college starting at Hunter in fall 2013 or later

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7.  What is a STEM variant course?

Some CUNY Common Core Requirement (CCCR) courses in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields also serve as major requirements. These courses, labeled STEM variant courses, may be found in three areas of the CCCR: Life and Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning, and Scientific World.  STEM variant courses may be more than three credits. In such cases, three credits will apply to fulfilling the CCCR; all of the course's credits will apply to the major.

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8. What Hunter Core courses do I have to take if I have taken college courses while enrolled in high school? 

You need to take the same courses as a student who transfers from a community (2-year) college.  Please see I am a transfer student from a community (2-year) college starting at Hunter in fall 2013 or later.

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