To satisfy the requirements for the associate degree a variety of requirements must be satisfied. Eligibility for graduation requires the completion of one of the programs of study as outlined within the Academic Programs section of this catalog. Some departments also require a minimum grade point average for specific courses, refer to the Academic Program and Course Description sections of this catalog.
In general, the requirements include:
- College Requirements
English and Math proficient as determined by the CUNY Proficiency Index, unless otherwise exempt, or successful completion of any required developmental course(s).
Writing Intensive Course - One (1) course
Civic Engagement - One (1) Civic Engagement experience
- CUNY Common Core Pathways
Required Core - Depending on the major, courses in English Composition, Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning, and Life and Physical Sciences
- Flexible Core - Depending on the major, courses in World Cultures and Global Issues, U.S. Experience in its Diversity, Creative Expression, Individual and Society, and Scientific World
Requirements of the Major and Elective Credits
Specified courses as required for the major by the academic department for each degree program as well as any electives
Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)
A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 on Degree and Certificate programs
Must be matriculated during the last term of attendance at Kingsborough
30 credits must be completed in residency at Kingsborough
- Minimum Credits for the Degree
A minimum of 60 credits is required for all degree programs. However, some programs require additional credits. Consult this catalog for credit information on each major.
Some degree programs may have their own grade regulations for course enrollment and/or continuation in the program. A review of degree requirements occurs during registration and advisement and can be verified on the Student Advisement Degree Audit.
Students can review their progress towards graduation on-line anytime by checking the Student Advisement Degree Audit by accessing https://www.kbcc.cuny.edu/registrar/degree_works.html
Filing for Graduation
Each of the three graduation filing periods (for an August, January, or June degree) has a deadline. In order to graduate and be issued a diploma, all students must file an application for graduation by the filing period deadline listed on the Academic Calendar so their records can be reviewed. The student must be matriculated during their last term of attendance at Kingsborough Community College. Students cannot matriculate for the winter or summer modules. An online application, via CUNYfirst, is available only to students currently enrolled. To file online, once the filing period opens, go to CUNYfirst, Academics, Student Center.
Winter coursework does not count towards a January degree nor does Summer coursework count towards a June degree. Module courses always count forward to the next degree filing period. For example, students enrolled in the Winter Module will file for June graduation, students enrolled in the Summer Module will file for August graduation.
In order to receive a Kingsborough degree, a student is required to have completed the final 30 credits toward that degree while enrolled at Kingsborough (in residency). Where one or more credit-bearing courses to be included in this sum are to be earned at another institution, prior permission must be obtained from the Committee on Academic Review. Each request for permission will be considered case-by-case on the merits of the individual circumstances. No permission will be granted if the total of the course credits result in less than 30 Kingsborough credits completed for the degree.
A graduate whose cumulative grade point average is between 3.50 and 4.00 shall be graduated with honors. The term “With Honors” will be inscribed on the student’s diploma and noted in the commencement program.
Writing Intensive Courses
Many faculty across Kingsborough teach courses that are designated “Writing Intensive.” Faculty who teach these courses recognize that writing about texts we’ve read is the best way to process our thinking about those texts. That is, writing about texts helps us generate, evaluate, and clarify our thinking and recognize where texts are confusing, biased, unclear, and so on. To help students recognize how crucial writing is to the processing of their thinking, Kingsborough implemented a policy whereby students who entered Kingsborough must complete at least one (1) Writing Intensive course before graduation. While there are a variety of options for fulfilling the Writing Intensive requirement, because students might need more time to write about the texts they read in class, Writing Intensive sections are only offered in the Fall and Spring sessions (12-week semester).
To find the courses in all the different departments that are designated as Writing Intensive follow these steps:
- Log on to CUNYfirst
- Select Search for Classes
- Select the Institution from the drop-down menu (i.e., Kingsborough CC)
- Select the Term from the drop-down menu in which you are looking for a Writing Intensive course.
- Select the Course Attribute drop-down menu and choose Writing Intensive
- Select the Course Attribute Value drop-down menu and choose Writing intensive
- Keep the box labeled Show Open Classes Only checked
- Finally, click the Search button - the list that results from your search includes all of the writing intensive courses available in the term that you chose
Writing Intensive courses are available in many departments. The key is to look at what courses you need to complete your degree and then enroll in a Writing Intensive course section that satisfies one (1) of your degree requirements.
Kingsborough accepts as a fundamental principle that education requires social awareness, an acceptance of social responsibility and active participation in meeting the challenges of a modern society. Through civic engagement, we recognize our mutual responsibility to care for each other in the college, in our communities, and on our planet. This responsibility may be accomplished through political activity, community service, engagement in leadership roles, advocacy, or becoming informed on issues that relate to social change. Therefore, civic engagement at Kingsborough seeks to foster civic awareness while providing the skills needed for our students to actively participate in their communities.
Civic Engagement Learning Outcomes
Civic Engagement consists of three domains – Political Knowledge, Civic Knowledge, and Social Responsibility. Below are the definitions for each domain and their accompanying Course Embedded Learning Outcomes:
|Civic Engagement Domain
|Course Embedded Learning Outcomes
|Fundamental understanding of the structures and processes by which laws and policies are created
- Demonstrates understanding of how the process, principles, and structure of governments and political institutions affect individuals in society.
- Examines the importance of key historical struggles and social movements that sought/seek to encourage change
|Understanding of the diverse forces that shape political systems and civic life
- Connects knowledge from one’s own academic study/field/discipline to civic engagement
- Analyze and discuss the role that race, ethnicity, class, gender, language, sexual orientation, belief or other forms of social differentiation play in world culture or societies.
|Framework of obligations and actions by individuals or organizations in the interest of working towards an equitable society
- Recognizes that different attitudes and beliefs are as valuable as one’s own.
- Examines the importance of behaving ethically and with due sensitivity towards social, cultural, economic, environmental, and academic issues.
- Understands the individual’s role in working towards equity.
Civic Engagement Assessment
The common assessment measure for all civic engagement experiences is a reflective essay with an accompanying rubric.
How Students Will Satisfy the Civic Engagement Requirement
Beginning Fall 2019, students are required to have a minimum of one (1) civic engagement experience before graduation. No additional courses are needed to fulfill this requirement. Please see an academic advisor before registering. There are three ways to satisfy this requirement:
- Certified Civic Engagement (CE) Course
Certain courses required for the major, and/or to fulfill the CUNY Core, include civic engagement as essential and integral to their learning outcomes. In such a course, a student must pass the course to satisfy one of their CE experiences. These courses are indicated on CUNYfirst.
- Component Civic Engagement (CE) Course
A portion of some courses’ contents—particular topics, chapters, activities, field trips—is devoted to civic engagement. Such a course offers students an opportunity to link academic concepts and a commitment to the community.
- Non-Course Related Civic Engagement (CE)
Students who wish to satisfy a civic engagement experience independent of a Kingsborough course must obtain prior approval. Non-course-related experiences will be publicized as they become available. *Please note that this option is currently ONLY available for select non-course related experiences such as Service Learning opportunities (for further information go to https://www.kbcc.cuny.edu/service_learning/home.html ) or participation in campus events such as ECO-Fest.
All of the above options go through a Civic Engagement Certification process. For additional information concerning Civic Engagement, visit https://www.kbcc.cuny.edu/civic_engagement/Homepage.html; for certification please visit: https://www.kbcc.cuny.edu/aa/forms.html
Annual awards are given to graduating students who achieve academic excellence in their various disciplines, and to students who give outstanding service to the college through student government and other student activities. The Faculty Committee on Awards administers the annual Awards Program. The Awards Ceremony is part of the two-day Commencement Exercises at Kingsborough and is usually held in the evening before Commencement. Families and friends of the awardees are invited to the annual Awards Ceremony to share in the celebration of the students’ success.
The Faculty Committee on Awards also selects the valedictorian. All students who have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 4.00 and have no more than 12 transfer credits accepted to Kingsborough are invited to audition for the valedictorian speech.
For students who are graduating and beginning to apply to four-year colleges, speak with your Academic Advisor for information on transfer scholarship opportunities offered by four-year colleges.
Honors and Phi Theta Kappa students are urged to contact the Honor’s House in M-377 or call 718-368-5365 for prestigious scholarships.
For information about Academic Awards, contact the Department Chair that is presenting the award.
Department of Allied Health, Mental Health and Human Services:
|Chemical Dependency Counseling Award
|Mental Health and Human Services Program Award
|Paramedic Program Award
|Physical Therapist Assistant Program Award
|Polysomnographic Technology Award
|Substance Abuse Counseling Certificate Award
|Surgical Technology Award
Department of Art:
|Fine Arts Award
|Graphic Design and Illustration Award
Department of Behavioral Sciences:
|Behavioral and Human Sciences Award
|Early Childhood Education Award
|Education Studies Award
Department of Biological Sciences:
|Biological Sciences Department Award
|Dr. Carol Biermann Endowed Scholarship Award for Excellence in Biological Sciences
Department of Business:
|Accounting Program Award
|Business Administration Program Award
|Fashion Design Award
|Jules A. Hager Graduation Award
|Mark and Laurie Seruya and Mark and Gina Levy Endowed Scholarship Award
|Maxine McGarvey Scholarship Award
|Murray Rothenburg Scholarship Award
|Office Administration and Technology Award
|Retail Merchandising Program Award
Department of Communications and Performing Arts:
|Avid Technology Most Promising Video Editor Award
|Broadway Stages Scholarship Award
|Cliff Hesse Scholarship
|Communications Award (Funded in Memory of Amy Bergenfeld)
|Marion A. Lipton Award for Excellence in Speech Communication
|Media Technology and Management Award
|Speech Communications Award
|Theater Arts Award
Department of English:
|Journalism and Print Media Program Award
|Stephen Weidenborner Memorial Prize
Department of World Languages and Cultures:
|Foreign Language Award
|Hebrew/Yiddish Scholastic Studies Award (Funded in Memory of Professor Louis Milrod)
Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation:
|Catherine A. Dachtera Award
|Community Health Program Award
|Exercise/Personal Training Program Award
|Health, Physical Education and Recreation Award
|Patricia Hazlewood Spirit of Community Health Award
|Physical Education Program Award
|Recreation and Recreation Therapy Award
|Robert Lawrence and Karen Denard Goldman Community Health Endowed Scholarship Award
Department of History, Philosophy and Political Science:
|Dr. Bernard Klein Memorial Award for Excellence in History, Philosophy, and Political Science
|History Studies Award
|Lawrence Suss Memorial Award for Excellence in History, Philosophy, and Political Science
|Philosophy Studies Award
|Political Science Award
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science:
|Computer Information Systems Award
|Computer Science Program Award
|Mathematics Program Award
|Mu Alpha Theta Scholarship Award (Funded in Memory of Robert Siegel)
Department of Nursing:
Department of Physical Sciences:
|Earth and Planetary Science Award
|Engineering Science Award
|Physics Program Award
|Science of Forensics Award
Department of Student Development:
|New Start Program (Funded by Chase Philanthropies)
Department of Tourism and Hospitality:
|Borgese Family Graduation Award in Hotel Management
|Culinary Arts Program Award
|Maritime Technology Award
|New York Council Navy League Graduation Award
|Tourism and Hospitality Award
|Virtual Enterprise Award (In Memory of Jeffrey Ladman)
|Dr. Frances Kraljic-Curran Liberal Arts Scholarship
|Women’s and Gender Studies Program Award
|Charlotte Keller Marmaros Scholarship for Promising Professionals in Gerontology
|Creative Writing Scholarship Award Fiction and Poetry
|CUNY EDGE Awards for Academic Excellence
|David B. Silver Scholarship Award
|Dean Marilyn Chernin Student Leader Endowed Service Award
|Gladys Brooks Foundation Scholarship Endowment for Student Leadership and Academic Excellence
|Harry Ritchin Memorial Scholarship for Promising Professionals in Geriatrics
|Honors Curriculum Strand in Nursing Achievement Certificate
|Honors Program Award
|Israel and Julia Glasser Scholarship for Political Science
|James Goetz Endowed Scholarship
|Jerry Kenney Fund for Outdoor Writers
|Joan De Freitas Endowed Scholarship
|Joseph Hinkley Commuter to Campus Scholarship
|Karen Karlin G.E.D. Scholarship
|Karlene and Michael Gooding Scholarship Award
|Kathleen Pappagallo Kingsborough Ambassador’s Scholarship Award
|KCC Alumni Association Scholarship Award
|KCC Retirees Scholarship Award
|Leon M. Goldstein Scholarship Award for Academic Excellence and Community Service
|Lucille Nieporent Memorial Award
|Millie and Maurice Singer Scholarship Award
|Nursing Alumni Scholarship for Excellence in Service to Others
|Otis Hill Scholarship (Funded by the KCC Alumni Association)
|Presidential Honors Scholars Certificate
|Rachelle Goldsmith College Now Program Award
|Regina S. Peruggi Endowed Scholarship
|Science Scholars Award (Funded in Honor of Dean Thelma Malle)j
|Student Leadership Service Award
|Suzanne Murphy and Jeff Barker Endowed Scholarship
|Valedictorian Award (Funded in Memory of Fred F. Addes)
|WAVE Scholarship Awards
|Yuet Chun & Tai Yee Ma Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund
Student Services Awards:
|Certificate of Recognition
Special Service Awards:
|Anthony F. Russo Student Leadership Service Award
|Child Care Center Memorial Service Award (Funded in Memory of Muriel Langsam)
|Student Ambassador Service Award (Funded by the My Turn Students)
|Student Service Award (Funded in Memory of Dr. Max Koch)