ADVISEMENT OPERATIONS UPDATE – as of 8/16/2021
Marxe Academic Advisors are now working hybrid schedules and are available to meet in various formats, including in-person.
Please continue to reach out to MSPIA.ADVISEMENT@BARUCH.CUNY.EDU if you’d like to set up an appointment with an advisor. Advising sessions can be scheduled via zoom, telephone or in-person via appointments, and we are always available via email.
Remember to meet and stay in touch with your advisor to make sure you are on track for success in your degree program!
Your Marxe Academic Advisement Team
Sandra Fajardo, Maureen Samedy, Elaine Truong, Liting Zhang
- The Marxe BSPA advisor who provides tailored guidance on the public affairs major and Survey Research Minor
- The Baruch College Academic Advisement Center provides general information about the requirements to complete a bachelor’s degree or minor in the College
Undergraduate advisement at Marxe is collaborative with a personalized focus on students. From the initial step of shaping academic and career goals, to selecting the appropriate coursework and internship opportunities, and then finally moving to post-graduate fellowships and graduate schools, the BSPA unit is there to help students succeed. Students are assisted with the following:
Defining and pursuing educational and career objectives
Understanding and fulfilling the requirements of the curriculum
Researching internship and study abroad opportunities
- Preparing degree audits prior to graduation
- Learning about post-graduate options including law school and graduate programs, applying for special fellowships, such as the New York Urban Fellows or Teach for America, and pursuing employment in government and the nonprofit sector
The first step toward pursuing the BSPA degree is to complete a Major Declaration Form [PDF]. This may be done at any point once becoming a student; however, 45 credits must be completed with an overall 2.25 GPA before a student is coded in CUNYfirst. BSPA program requirements are as follows:
- The BSPA requires 120 credits
- The completion of 45 credits and a cumulative GPA of 2.25 or greater is necessary to become a BSPA student
- A minimum of 30 credits are from the public affairs core and elective curriculum below (each course is 3 credits unless specified)
- The degree requires the satisfaction of the CUNY Pathways curriculum as designated by Baruch College
- A minimum of 57 credits must be designated as liberal arts (several BSPA courses satisfy the liberal arts credit requirement)
- Pre-Calculus must be completed to satisfy the “Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning” requirement of the Pathways Required Core as a STEM Variant
- PAF 1250 or POL 1101 must be completed in the CUNY Pathways Flexible Core or as liberal arts electives
- ENG 2150 is a prerequisite for most PAF courses; ECO 1001 is a prerequisite for PAF 3102; either STA 2000 or STA 2100 are a prerequisite for PAF 3401
Students are encouraged to meet with the BSPA advisor before registering for public affairs courses to ensure the right sequence of courses are taken with all required prerequisites. When meeting with the BSPA advisor come prepared to help facilitate the advisement process. Students should:
- Become familiar with the BSPA program
- Seek regular advisement, particularly around registration and other academic choice points
- Make a list of questions and goals to accomplish before meeting either with the BSPA or College advisor
- Contact the BSPA advisor early-on when having academic difficulties
The following fellowships offer funding for graduate school programs and are designed to prepare for a career in the U.S. Foreign Service.