Degree Requirements

What do you need to graduate from Hunter College? We have answers to your degree-related questions!

The Basics

You’ll need:

How will you earn your 120 credits?

You’ll have to meet all of Hunter’s requirements to graduate, but there can be significant overlap between the different sections. With careful planning, you can maximize your classes. Though every 120 credit bachelor’s degree will be completed differently, the typical degree looks like this:

1) Hunter Core Requirement (HCR); around 42 credits altogether covering:

2) Major Specific Credits (~30-70 credits including foundation courses)

3) Electives (remaining credits to get to 120 credits total)

You will need to complete all four of the HCR categories to graduate, regardless of your major:

CUNY Common Core
You are required to take classes from each of the 8 categories. You may also choose courses that count toward “Pluralism and Diversity” and “Writing Intensive” requirements.

Hunter Focus
Hunter Focus requires all students to take 4 courses of non-English language study. If you are already proficient in a non-English language and haven’t declared a minor, second major or certificate program, you must choose a Concentrated Study, which should be discussed with your advisor.

Concurrent Courses: Writing Intensive and Pluralism & Diversity

Writing Intensive
You can meet this requirement and some of your CUNY Common Core requirements simultaneously. Look for classes listed in the Catalog with a (W) to make sure the class you’re taking meets the Writing Intensive requirement.

Pluralism and Diversity
You can choose from the courses below to meet this and other requirements from CUNY Core at the same time. One course must be taken from each group (A, B, C & D):

A. Non-European societies (Africa, Asia, Latin America, indigenous to the Americas)
B. Groups in the U.S. (African-, Asian, Latino- and Native Americans)
C. Women and/or issues of gender or sexual orientation
D. Europe, including ways in which pluralism and diversity have been addressed

Major-Specific Credits

A major is a concentration of courses in a particular subject area. Your major should reflect your interests and the career options you may want to pursue after graduation. Remember that successful people in many careers choose a wide range of majors. All students must declare and complete a major to receive a degree. Your major determines specific classes to take, and when. To make sure you’re on track to graduate, make an appointment with your advisor to discuss the unique courses required by your major and minor.

Electives, Minors, Certificates, Additional and Combined Majors

Taking courses outside of your major not only enhances your well-rounded liberal arts education, but gives you the opportunity to explore additional interesting subjects.


Electives allow you to branch out from your chosen field of study. You can use electives to explore different subjects, enrich your experience with new interests, focus your studies, or even add a second major or minor expertise. Try out an Art History class, give African Dance a shot, or consider a Creative Writing minor. Your electives can help you become a more well-rounded student.


Whether you’re passionate about social justice or looking to enact change, Hunter’s certificate programs in Public Policy or Human Rights are an excellent option to build out your education. Though they do not support major requirements, certificates are similar in scope to major programs and should be reviewed by your advisor.

Combined BA/MA programs

For those highly motivated students seeking a combined degree, Hunter offers the opportunity to earn a Masters Degree alongside their Bachelors degree. Requirements vary by each department, so please contact your advisor to discuss how best to achieve your dual degree.


With over 49 different undergraduate minors, you have the opportunity to pursue numerous topics that interest you. You may find that you have already taken HCR and elective courses that apply to a minor. Minors require 12-18 credits, and you can declare up to 2 minors.

Additional Majors

If you’re on track to obtain a BA degree, you have the option of declaring a second major. Additional majors require that you fulfill all of the foundational courses and requirements that go along with them.