The Core

Students Who Start After Summer 2012

The GS Core requirements provide the foundation for a traditional liberal arts education, assuring that students develop critical skills in writing and quantitative reasoning while exposing them to a range of knowledge and disciplines. Flexibility within the GS core allows students to choose from several different departments to fulfill specified core requirements in science, literature, humanities, and social sciences, thereby encouraging students to explore new areas of inquiry and develop their intellectual interests.  The GS Core is largely aligned with the Core Curriculum of Columbia College, with the GS Core offering additional flexibility.

Core Requirements Checklist

General Rules

  1. Only courses of 3 or more points taken for a letter grade can fulfill GS Core requirements.
  2. Courses used to satisfy a core requirement must be completed with a letter grade of D or above; courses graded “Pass” do not fulfill core requirements.
  3. Independent study cannot be used to fulfill a GS Core requirement.
  4. AP credit cannot be used to fulfill a core requirement, except for foreign languages.
  5. GS advisors determine whether a transfer course satisfies a core requirement.
  6. GS advisors must approve all courses, including summer-term courses, used to fulfill a core requirement.
  7. No single course may be used to satisfy more than one GS core requirement, with the following exceptions:
    • Frontiers of Science (Science CC1000);
    • Symbolic Logic (PHIL UN3411);
    • courses in computer science, mathematics, and statistics, which may be used to fulfill both the Science and Quantitative Reasoning requirements.
  8. Students may count two courses from their major department toward the fulfillment of GS core requirements; the limit on overlap is two, even if a student is a double major.

    Courses counted toward a departmental concentration may simultaneously fulfill core requirements as long as the total number of overlapping classes from the major and/or concentration counted to the core does not exceed two.

  9. No more than two courses from any one department may be used to fulfill Core requirements.
  10. Students must take at least one course toward fulfillment of core requirements each semester until the core requirements are completed.
  11. Students must register for Core classes online during the regular registration period.
  12. Students may not drop the University Writing, Contemporary Civilization, Literature, Art, or Music Humanities courses after the end of the Change of Program Period without a special petition to the GS Committee on Academic Standing. Students who wish to discuss the petition process should consult their GS advisor. Students will be billed for courses dropped after the Change of Program Period deadline—the second Friday of each semester—at the full-tuition rate.

The Core