Science, Letters, & Society
“To be a good educator one must be well educated.”
The Science, Letters, and Society (SLS) Program is designed to provide a challenging liberal arts major, and to work closely with Education faculty to enhance students’ participation in the acquisition and facilitation of learning. You can read the full mission of the program here.
In addition to being a major in its own right, SLS is the program that undergraduate students will follow who are interested in becoming an elementary school teacher. In New York State, undergraduate students do not major in “education,” but in a comprehensive preparation program such as SLS.
SLS PROGRAM LEARNING GOALS
The over-arching learning goal of the SLS Program is to nurture well-educated individuals who will demonstrate a mastery of content knowledge and related skills in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics, the Humanities, and the Social Sciences, and who will exhibit a developed sense of intellectual autonomy and academic integrity, and a life-long love of learning.
To achieve this overarching Program learning goal, the SLS Program has the following objectives:
SLS majors will demonstrate proficiency in their knowledge of the major concepts, principles, theories, interpretations, forms, and issues embedded in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics, the Humanities, and the Social Sciences.
SLS majors will learn and apply discipline-specific skills/methodologies of critical analysis and interpretation in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics, the Humanities, and the Social Sciences.
SLS majors will demonstrate a professional awareness and respect for the ethical conduct of academic research and writing in the respective disciplines covered by the SLS program, fostered by reflection and self-evaluation.
Please see this file for current SLS advisment hours.
SLS Course Sequence
The general sequence of courses in the SLS/Education track is:
1. General Education Courses
In addition to taking general education courses, students must meet additional requirements such as passing the CUNY Assessment Tests.
2. Pre-Major Courses
Students must maintain a GPA of 2.75 or greater to declare their major as SLS and to register for any SLS courses.
3. SLS Courses
Please refer to the Undergraduate Catalogue and program plans, below, for more information about the SLS courses.
4. Education Courses
As long as their GPA is 2.75 or greater, students may take either of the education foundations courses. However, students must apply to and be accepted by an education program before they can take any further education courses.
The overall sequence of pre-major and SLS courses is given in this online schematic and this printable version. The schematic for all of the education programs—not just those associated with the SLS program—is given here.
Detailed Course Sequences
More detailed program plans are:
For more information about SLS courses and requirements, please refer to that area of the catalogue or contact Prof. Francisco Soto, the program coordinator, at:
You can also contact an SLS advisor