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Business and Liberal Arts (BALA)

About BALA

Our Mission

The mission of QC’s Business and Liberal Arts (BALA) honors minor program is to bridge academics with leadership, business, and professional skill development for undergraduate students majoring in any discipline. BALA promotes critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, oral and written communication, and intercultural fluency in the workplace -- skills valued in any career path. Students will develop management and leadership expertise and will learn the skills necessary to serve as responsible citizens driven by integrity and respect in our diverse, global society. Wide-ranging internships, professional mentors, and career planning workshops are integral elements in this demanding, multidisciplinary minor.

In BALA, our business is students.


The Minor

The BALA minor consists of seven 3-credit courses totaling 21 credits, which may be taken in conjunction with any major. Students who complete the BALA minor will satisfy the Pathways requirement for general education (Individual and Society) and writing-intensive courses.

Eligibility Requirements
In order to foster close relationships among our faculty and students, and to maintain small class sizes, only a limited number of students are admitted to the program each semester. Students are selected based on grade point average and an interview with the director.

Retention Requirement
Retention in the Honors BALA minor requires maintenance of a 3.0 overall GPA, and a 3.0 GPA in BALA courses.


 Office Information

Director: Schiro Withanachchi
Assistant Director: Lisa D’Angelo
Dept. Office: Honors Center, Room 06
Phone: 718-997-2860
Fax: 718-520-7659

For BALA program highlights click here.


Applying to the BALA Program

To apply to the BALA program, please click here to fill out and submit your application. Submit the completed and signed Declaration of Minor Form to The Honors BALA minor requires maintenance of a 3.0 overall GPA, and a 3.0 GPA in the required BALA courses.

Registration Information

For current BALA students only:
Regular online registration will operate as usual —You will register for classes through CUNYfirst on your designated date. If for some reason you are unable to register for certain BALA classes, please click on the link and submit the Enrollment Request Form.

We will process the forms in the order we receive them. If there are any conflicts with your registration, we will contact you to resolve it. Please check CUNYfirst to confirm class enrollment. It may take up to 24 hours to process all requests.

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