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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions about the YC Core.

Why the change?

This change marks the first major overhaul of the college’s curriculum since 1928! Yeshiva College faculty wanted to offer our students a 21st-century curriculum to prepare them better for today’s needs. We spent years researching curricular innovations at American universities, piloting courses and working collaboratively to develop the YC Core. You can find out the whole story in this article from The Commentator.

Can I still graduate YU in six semesters?

Depending on your major and course of study, you may be able to graduate in six semesters. See the Academic Advising Center for more information.

How are the new Core courses different from the old requirements?
  1. There are fewer of them (from 12 to 8 courses), streamlining the general education requirements.
  2. They are interdisciplinary, introducing you to current topics and problems that are relevant to multiple fields rather than just one subject area.
  3. They help you to make an educated choice in selecting a major that best fits your interests and life pursuits, by introducing you to many different academic disciplines early during your undergraduate education.
  4. They can also expose you to different disciplines related to your major. Whereas under the old curriculum, physics majors could graduate without any chemistry or biology courses, the Natural World Core category helps you appreciate the interfacing of these scientific disciplines.
Can language courses count for anything?

Yes, Spanish and French elementary and intermediate classes can be used in place of COWC, CUOT and INTC. See "The Language Option" for more details.

How are my AP courses/credits affected?

You will still get credit for your AP courses and these will count toward the 128 credits required for graduation. However, while AP credits will count toward your major or minor or general elective credits, they do not satisfy any of the Core requirements.

How does Honors fit into all of this?

There is always an Honors section of each Core category. Non-Honors students are also welcome to join these sections if there’s room, for a smaller setting and more intensive experience.