University Core Curriculum Requirements

For Lubin School Business Majors- Effective with the Entering Class of Fall 2013

The University Core Curriculum is required for all Pace undergraduate students. It is designed to promote active learning, student success, and faculty-student interaction. The University Core Curriculum for Lubin business majors requires a minimum of 53 credits in the Liberal Arts and Sciences.  There are several Lubin programs that exceed this minimum.  Students in the four CPA qualifying programs are required to complete an additional 7 credits in liberal arts electives to meet CPA Examination eligibility requirements, which increase their University Core requirement to 60 credits. Also, the Quantitative Business Analysis major requires an additional 8 credits of mathematics, which increases the University Core requirement to 61 credits. 

The University Core requirements are grouped into two Core areas: Foundation Requirements (19-28 credits) and Areas of Knowledge (25 credits). For a complete listing of the University Core requirements, please see the University Core Curriculum Section of this Catalog or visit the University Core web site by clicking here.  Indicated below are specific courses that Lubin majors are required to take to fulfill Core areas as well as other important information on the University Core requirements.

Foundation Requirements

Lubin majors are required to fulfill all the Foundation Requirements in English, Public Speaking, Laboratory Science and Second Language Proficiency as outlined in the University Core web site. In addition, Lubin majors are required to take MAT 104 Finite Mathematics to fulfill the Core requirement in Mathematics and CIS 101 Introduction to Computing or TS 105 Computers for Human Empowerment to fulfill the Core requirement in Computing. (TS 105 also satisfies the Civic Engagement requirement.)

Lubin Foundation Requirement in Quantitative Reasoning: Lubin majors need a strong quantitative background and quantitative reasoning skills in order to be prepared for upper level study in business and to meet the challenges of an increasingly complex and data-driven global business environment. Therefore, Lubin students are required to take the following additional courses in mathematics and economics: ECO 105, ECO 106, MAT 111 or MAT 131, and MAT 117. These courses constitute the Lubin Foundation Requirement in Quantitative Reasoning. All courses are applied to the Areas of Knowledge section of the University Core and should be completed within the first two years of study. ECO 105, ECO 106 and MAT 111/131 are applied as an In-depth Sequence in Quantitative Reasoning, which means that each course replaces one course from each of the three AOK Core areas indicated below. MAT 117 is applied to AOK– HSN. The following is a complete list of the courses required for the Lubin Foundation Requirement in Quantitative Reasoning with information on how each is applied to the AOK Areas of the University Core.

  • ECO 105 Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics (3 credits). Satisfies one course in Western Heritage- WH (AOK 2).
  • ECO 106 Principles of Economics: Microeconomics (3 credits). Satisfies one course in World Traditions and Culture- WTC (AOK 3).
  • MAT 111 Elementary Calculus I (3 credits), or MAT 131 Calculus I (4 credits). Marketing and General Business majors will take one Elective Course in Mathematics or Economics (3 credits) instead of MAT 111. Satisfies one course in Humanistic and Creative Expression- HCE (AOK4).
  • MAT 117 Elementary Statistics (4 credits) satisfies one course for Analysis of Human, Social and Natural Phenomena - HSN (AOK 5).

Marketing and General Business majors are not required to take MAT 111 or MAT 131 and therefore will take a Mathematics or Economics elective course instead. The following courses in Mathematics may not be taken to fulfill this requirement: MAT 100, MAT 102, and MAT 103/103A, MAT 130, MAT 134 and MAT 234.

Areas of Knowledge

The Areas of Knowledge (AOK) Section of the University Core allows students flexibility and choice in selecting courses to fulfill the four AOK Core areas. As indicated above, Lubin majors qualify for an In-depth Sequence in Quantitative Reasoning (ECO 105, ECO 106, and MAT 111 or MAT 131) and are also required to complete MAT 117, which is applied to AOK HSN (AOK 5). Therefore, they are required to complete only ONE course from each of the four AOK areas for a total of 12 credits in the AOK Core areas. Students may select any courses coded in the catalog or Class Schedule as satisfying a specific AOK Area to fulfill the AOK requirements. Some Lubin majors may require specific courses to fulfill University Core requirements. These courses are listed under the specific major in the catalog and on the Major Program worksheet. In selecting courses to fulfill the Areas of Knowledge, Lubin students are required to comply with the following:

  • Only two courses with the same disciplinary prefix may be taken to fulfill the 25 credit Areas of Knowledge Core Requirement.
  • Additional courses in mathematics or economics may not be taken to satisfy the AOK areas.
  • The In-depth Sequence University Core option may not be used to satisfy Areas of Knowledge requirements. As indicated above, Lubin students already qualify for an In-depth Sequence in Quantitative Reasoning and are therefore not eligible to do a second In-depth Sequence as part of the University Core.

Other Required University Core Learning Experiences:

Lubin majors who enter Pace with fewer than 25 transfer credits are required to complete all the University Core requirements including the three Core Learning Experiences listed below. These requirements may be fulfilled by taking courses that also satisfy any requirement for the BBA degree including: University Core, Business Core, Major, Liberal Arts and Sciences Elective or Open Elective. Courses that satisfy these Core Learning Experiences are identified in the Class Schedule and Catalog Course descriptions with the attribute indicated below next to each requirement.

  • One Civic Engagement and Public Values Course (CE) (formerly AOK 1 )
  • One Learning Community (LC) (To be taken within the first three semesters of study.)
  • Two Writing Enhanced Courses (WE) (These are in addition to the three Foundation English courses.)

For more information, students should consult their major work sheet as well as the section on the University Core in the catalog and the Core web site, accessible from www.pace.edu in the A-Z index under "C."

For Lubin Transfer Students and Students Enrolled in Adult Degree Programs

Transfer students and Lubin students enrolled in the BBA General Business major must complete a minimum of 53 credits in the Liberal Arts and Sciences. Students majoring in Public Accounting will be required to exceed this amount. They are required to complete the University Core Foundation Requirements, one course in Civic Engagement and Public Values, and the Lubin Foundation Requirement in Quantitative Reasoning. The remaining credits may be taken as liberal arts and sciences electives. Transfer students and students in adult degree programs in the professional schools, with the exception of the School of Education, may take a culture course to fulfill the second language requirement.

For purposes of determining the appropriate University Core Curriculum requirements for students who come to Pace with transfer credits, a transfer student is defined as one who successfully completes (grade of "C" or better) a minimum of 25 college-level credits prior to his or her attendance at Pace University. Thus, students with fewer than 25 transfer credits will be required to take the entire University Core except if they are enrolled in an adult degree bachelor's program.