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CUNY Baccalaureate

The CUNY Baccalaureate Degree for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies

Established in 1971, the CUNY Baccalaureate Degree for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies (CUNY BA/BS) is a small, University-wide individualized degree program intended for self-directed, academically strong students who have well-formulated academic and career goals. Students who are admitted to the program work out an individualized area of specialization with guidance from a CUNY faculty member who agrees to serve as a mentor.

Students also complete the Program's liberal arts core distribution and other degree requirements. They are able to incorporate independent studies and internships into their degrees and may be able to earn up to 15 credits for documenting learning experiences that occurred prior to entering college. Although students in the Program are matriculated at one CUNY college, they are free to pursue their studies and take courses at any other CUNY college including, in some cases, the CUNY Graduate Center.

To be eligible to apply, students must be seeking to design a unique or interdisciplinary area of concentration (i.e., wanting to do something different from one of the majors offered by a CUNY college) and must have completed at least 15 college credits with a grade point average of 2.5 or higher. Students can apply to one of the CUNY colleges at the same time as applying to the Program and stay matriculated at Kingsborough until they reach 68 credits (many students will be able to complete their Associate's degree on the way to completing the Bachelor's degree). The CUNY BA and BS degrees are fully accredited and are awarded by the City University rather than by one of the individual CUNY colleges.

For more information, contact:

  • The CUNY Baccalaureate Degree for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies

  • at (212) 817-8220


  • You may also visit the office located at 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016

At Kingsborough Community College, contact:

  • Dr. Christian Calienes
  • The Office of the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
    Marine and Academic Center (MAC), Room M-386
  • 718-368-5029