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Liberal Arts Core Curriculum at Queens College

No matter what your major is, all QC students study a broad range of liberal arts courses through the core curriculum. These courses give you the chance to study areas like philosophy, art, history, and culture in a way that allows you to better understand yourself and the world around you.
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Students must complete 120 credits (approximately 40 courses) that include both a major course of study and core curriculum requirements.

For Core Curriculum requirements and a list of courses you can take to meet these requirements, please see the curriculum page that applies to you:

Students who entered Queens College before Fall 2013…
You have the choice of remaining under the Perspectives (PLAS) curriculum or “Opting In” to the new QC Core (CUNY Pathways) curriculum.
Is the QC Core curriculum for you? See an Academic Advisor at the Academic Advising Center (Kiely Hall Room 217) to discuss which curriculum model is a better fit.

Students entering Queens College in the Fall 2013 semester or later…

You follow a new liberal arts curriculum called the QC Core.
Download our
QC Core Student Handbook to learn more. At Queens College our curriculum is known for its strong focus on the liberal arts - an approach that empowers students with the tools necessary to become free and independent thinkers.


Returning students
(students who have been away for more than a semester and are coming back) will follow the QC Core (CUNY Pathways) Curriculum, but are encouraged to see an Academic Advisor about remaining in the curriculum that was in effect when they frst enrolled.

DegreeWorks is an online advising tool designed to assist you and your advisors in reviewing your progress towards your degree at Queens College. To access DegreeWorks, log into the CUNY Portal at, then click on CUNYfirst Student Advisement Degree Audit.


Still confused about which Core Curriculum you follow?

Check out our FAQs Page!

If you still have questions, email us at:

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