For Undergraduate Marxe Students
- The Marxe BSPA advisor 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 moving to post-graduate fellowships and graduate schools, the BSPA advisor 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 Public Affairs major requires a minimum of 120 credits to graduate.
- The completion of 45 credits and a cumulative GPA of 2.25 or greater is necessary to become a Public Affairs 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)
- PAF 1250 or POL 1101 must be completed in the CUNY Pathways Flexible Core or as liberal arts electives
- Math 1023 or 1030, or placement in Math 2003 or higher is 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
Independent Study Forms
Occasionally, students wish to pursue an area of study not covered in the college’s course offerings. A student who wishes to enroll in an independent study selects a subject in consultation with a full-time Marxe faculty advisor, who acts as his or her supervisor. A full description of the project and its specific goals, as well as a preliminary bibliography and an account of the means of evaluation (papers, exams, etc.), should be included in the written prospectus.
Once approved by the faculty advisor, the proposal is submitted to Public Affairs advisement at MSPIA.BSPA@baruch.cuny.edu for school approval.
This form must be filed with Public Affairs advisement no later than the following dates during the semester before the Independent Study will be taken:
- Fall–August 15
- Spring–January 15
- Independent studies are NOT offered during winter or summer sessions.
- Independent studies have the same registration deadline as regular courses.
- Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 and be in good standing, without unresolved INC grades.
Download Independent Study Forms
Once proposals are approved, students are contacted via email with registration instructions. Please refer to the Academic Calendar for registration deadlines.
Application For Credit Overload
The credit overload option allows students to register for 19 to 21 credits in the spring or fall semester. In the summer sessions, a maximum of five courses is allowed, with a limit of three courses in one session; in the January intersession, the maximum is three courses. Students in the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher to be eligible for a credit overload. Those enrolled in CSTM/FSPM and/or ESL courses, those enrolled in MTH 1023, and those with unresolved INC grades are not eligible.
Students who are registered for credit overloads may not alter their schedules once the semester or session has begun, and those with approved overloads will have holds placed on their records, preventing any registration changes (add, drop, or swap). Anyone who wishes to rescind an overload request before the semester officially begins, or who wishes to adjust his or her schedule during the late registration period while maintaining the approved overload must contact Public Affairs advisement MSPIA.BSPA@baruch.cuny.edu for assistance. Requests to go below the approved number of semester credits require an appeal to the Marxe Committee on Academic Standing. Please return the completed credit overload application to Public Affairs advisement MSPIA.BSPA@baruch.cuny.edu
Download Application for Credit Overload