What happens once I am at Queens College?

All students who graduate from QCC in the Dual/Joint Program would have completed the Liberal Arts and Sciences Requirements for Queens College.

Students seeking teacher certification are required to take and pass the New York State Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST). You may take this exam at any time, however it is advised that you take the exam right after you have completed all of your liberal arts and sciences requirements. The continuing education department at Queens College offers test preparation courses.

Declaring a Major and Co-major

If you are interested in teaching at the elementary school level, the state requires that you must have two majors: one in elementary education and another in an academic subject area (Accounting and Physical Education are not acceptable). The following is a list of majors the Elementary Education Department has identified as appropriate co-majors.


The Department identified the Queens College majors that best prepare elementary and early childhood teachers to teach one or more of the New York State Learning Standards. The following is a list of those majors and the number of credits that each major requires.

Major and number of credits needed to complete major

Africana Studies 36 credits
American Studies 36 credits
Anthropology  33 credits
Studio Art  42 credits
Art History 36 credits
Asian Studies 30 to 41 credits 
Biology 30 credits in Biology and 30 credits in cognates = 60 credits
Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies: 36 credits plus 12 credits in Modern Greek =  48 credits
Chemistry and Biochemistry minimum of 46 credits and 47 credits, respectively  
Classical, Middle Eastern & Asian Languages & Cultures  
Ancient Greek 27 credits
Latin 32 credits
Hebrew 30 credits
Yiddish 36 credits
Comparative Literature 36 credits
Computer Science  
Bachelor of Arts 56 to 61 credits
Bachelor of Science 70 to 77 credits
Drama, Theatre and Dance  
Drama and Theatre   36 credits
Theatre-Dance   36 credits
Earth & Environmental Sciences    



Bachelor of Arts

  48 to 50 credits

Bachelor of Science

  63 to 67 credits

Environmental Science


Bachelor of Arts

  38 to 40 credits

Bachelor of Science

  62 to 64 credits

Environmental Studies

  37 to 40 credits
Economics   33 credits
English   42 credits
European Languages and Literature    
French   36 credits
German   33 credits
Italian   36 credits 
Russian   36 credits
Family, Nutrition & Exercise Sciences    
Family and Consumer Sciences   39 to 46 credits
Nutrition and Exercise Sciences   59 credits
Film Studies   36 credits
Hispanic Languages & Literature     


  36 credits 
History   36 credits 
Jewish Studies   36 credits 
Labor Studies   27 credits
Latin American Area Studies   30 credits
Linguistics & Communication Disorders  
Communication Sciences
and Disorders
  42 credits 
Linguistics: TESOL   42 credits
Linguistics   42 credits
Applied Math   50 to 66 credits
Pure Math   46 to 46 credits
Media Studies   36 credits
Music   50 credits
Philosophy   36 credits
Political Science   49 to 52 credits
Psychology   30 credits
Religious Studies   36 credits
Sociology   30 credits
Urban Studies   39 credits

Subtotal (credits):


(Courses from the Liberal arts and sciences requirements may be applied to some majors)