Liberal Arts and Sciences – Health and Behavior Concentration


  • Health and Behavior is a multidisciplinary concentration for students to learn how to help individuals and communities realize their full potential, make informed health decisions and attain their best possible quality of life. Keys goals of this concentration are for students to understand the behavioral factors that affect human health and the role of behavioral theory, research and practice in the promotion of health and well -being.

  • An LA1 degree program with a concentration in Health and Behavior will prepare students to pursue further studies in Health Education and Community Health that are offered at several CUNY Senior Colleges and other universities, such as York, Lehman, Hunter, Adelphi, Hofstra and SUNY Old Westbury. In terms of career opportunities, CUNY’s 2012 “Jobs for New York’s Future” states, “…industry experts anticipate shortages for particular occupations, including…health educators.” In the future, there will be a growing need for health educators, including those experienced in health and behavior.

Advisement Notes

To complete a concentration in Health and Behavior, students must complete the major requirements below:

  • Two Foreign Language courses (two sequential courses are required, level and sequence to be determined by department placement)
  • HI-110 or HI-111 or HI-112 (if already taken in common core, one course from HI-100 series is required; if two History courses have been taken in common core, one additional course from PSYC-125 Psychology of Personal Adjustment, SOCY-290 Sociology of Health and Medicine or ANTH-160 Anthropology of Health and Healing is required)
  • SP-211 (if already taken in common core, one course from HI-100 series is required; if two History courses have been taken in common core, one additional course from PSYC-125, SOCY-290 or ANTH-160 is required)
  • One English course from EN-200, EN-300 or EN-400 series
  • One science laboratory course (students who take STEM variant in common core have satisfied this requirement)

8-9 Credits

  • HE-107 Mental Health: Understanding Your Behavior (3 cr.)

Choose from:

  • HE-104 Addictions and Dependencies (3 cr.)
  • HE-111 Stress Management, (3 cr.)
  • HE 105 Human Sexuality (3cr.)
  • IS 151 Health of the Nation, (2cr.)

Suggested First Semester

CoursePathways DesignationCredits
Health Behavior and Society Major 2
English Composition (EN 101) I.A 3
World Cultures and Global Issues (HI-110 or HI-111 or HI-112) II.A 3
Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning I.B 3
Foreign Language Major 4
Physical Education Major 1

Campus Cultural Centers

Kupferberg Holocaust Center
Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives

Using the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

Queensborough Performing Arts Center
QPAC: Performing Arts Center

QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

Queensborough Art Gallery
QCC Art Gallery

The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.