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GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS: Distribution Requirement

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Students who matriculated at Hunter College between Fall 1986 and Spring 2001 are responsible for the Distribution Requirement (DR), a set of competencies, knowledge areas, and perspectives in the liberal arts: Science and Quantitative Reasoning, English Composition, Foreign Language, Literature, Humanities and the Arts, Social Science, and Pluralism and Diversity.

Download a copy of the DR Worksheet (PDF), and bring your completed copy to your next meeting with an advisor/counselor in the Office of Advising Services, 1119 East Building.

  • If you transferred from a college within The City University of New York (CUNY) system or from a non-CUNY college, you may be able to use your accepted courses to satisfy some of the DR.
  • If you are pursuing a major leading to the Bachelor of Science degree, you should consult an Academic Advisor in the Office of Advising Services, 1119 East Building.

Download the DR Rules and Courses (PDF) and view the FAQs (frequently asked questions) for answers to general questions.

If you matriculated in Fall 2001 or thereafter, you are responsible for the General Education Requirement (GER). If you matriculated prior to Fall 1986, you should meet with an Advisor in the Office of Advising Services, 1119 East Building.

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Science and Quantitative Reasoning

This category requires completion of courses from the following groups for a total of 10-12 credits:

  • Group 1: Laboratory Science
  • Group 2: Non-Laboratory Science
  • Group 3: Quantitative Reasoning

Courses used to satisfy the major cannot be used to satisfy the DR, and no more than two courses per department or program may be applied to satisfy the DR. Exceptions to this rule are ENGL 120, which is required of all students, and the foreign language courses used to satisfy the Foreign Language requirement.

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English Composition

This category requires completion of ENGL 120, or its equivalent, no later than the second semester of attendance at Hunter College.

Courses used to satisfy the major cannot be used to satisfy the DR, and no more than two courses per department or program may be applied to satisfy the DR. Exceptions to this rule are ENGL 120, which is required of all students, and the foreign language courses used to satisfy the Foreign Language requirement.

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Foreign Language

All BA, BFA, and BMus students must complete four semesters of language courses (Levels 101, 102, 201, and 202) or an equivalent combination of college and high school study in the same language. Students in BS programs should check the requirements for their specific program. You may be exempt from this requirement if you:

  • earned a high school diploma in a foreign country
  • completed 4 years of foreign language in high school
    (one year of study in a single language beyond the New York State Regents Examination)
  • passed an assessment examination administered by the appropriate Hunter department or a recommended testing services

The first semester course (Elementary I) of a four-course sequence will not be credited without completion of the second semester course (Elementary II).

Courses used to satisfy the major cannot be used to satisfy the DR, and no more than two courses per department or program may be applied to satisfy the DR. Exceptions to this rule are ENGL 120, which is required of all students, and the foreign language courses used to satisfy the Foreign Language requirement.

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Literature

This category requires completion of 3 credits in literature written in the English language (ENGL 220, AFPRL 235, AFPRL 236, or AFPRL 237), and 3 additional credits in literature from one of the following areas:

  • literature originally written in English
  • literature presented in English translation
  • literature written in a foreign language and studied in that language

Courses used to satisfy the major cannot be used to satisfy the DR, and no more than two courses per department or program may be applied to satisfy the DR. Exceptions to this rule are ENGL 120, which is required of all students, and the foreign language courses used to satisfy the Foreign Language requirement.

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Humanities and the Arts

This category requires completion of courses from the following groups for a total of 9 credits:

  • Group 1: (A maximum of 6 credits may be taken in this group.)
  • Group 2: (A maximum of 6 credits may be taken in this group.)
  • Group 3: (A maximum of 3 credits may be taken in this group.)

Courses used to satisfy the major cannot be used to satisfy the DR, and no more than two courses per department or program may be applied to satisfy the DR. Exceptions to this rule are ENGL 120, which is required of all students, and the foreign language courses used to satisfy the Foreign Language requirement.

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Social Science

This category requires completion of 12 credits within the following disciplines: AFPRL, ANTHC, ECO, HIS, GEOG, POLSC, PSYCH, SOC, and URBS. Students should note that the Cultural Anthropology (ANTHC 101, 126, 151) and/or Human Geography (GEOG 101, 221, 226, 251, 260) courses listed in this category cannot be used to satisfy the Science and Quantitative Reasoning requirement.

Courses used to satisfy the major cannot be used to satisfy the DR, and no more than two courses per department or program may be applied to satisfy the DR. Exceptions to this rule are ENGL 120, which is required of all students, and the foreign language courses used to satisfy the Foreign Language requirement.

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Pluralism and Diversity

All students who entered Hunter in Fall 1983 or later are required to complete 12 credits (3 credits in each of four groups) in designated courses that address issues of pluralism and diversity:

  • non-European societies
  • US groups: African, Asian, Latino, and Native American
  • women and/or gender issues
  • European societies

Courses used to satisfy the Pluralism and Diversity Requirement may simultaneously meet Distribution, major, or minor requirements.

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