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Global Pathways Academic Overview


Curriculum Philosophy

The aim of our Global Pathways program is to ensure that international students succeed in acclimating to a U.S. university environment. Thus, our rigorous curriculum has been designed to ensure their degree program success and develop essential language, communication, and academic skill-sets. While in the program, students will take a number of credit-bearing courses to be applied toward their degree requirements, in conjunction with developmental language and academic skills courses. The hybrid curriculum structure allows students to gain authentic classroom and language experiences while providing them with learning spaces aimed to improve their confidence and adjustment to a new language and cultural environment.

Please see the tables below for more information:

Undergraduate Curriculum

I. Undergraduate Pathways Curriculum as of Spring 2019 Semester*
  ELI Courses Academic Courses
3 GP Terms 2 ELI 070-level courses UNV 101
ART 215 or RES 106**
ENG Writing/ Composition

Optional electives: 1 MAT course, SCI 150, or HW 101***
2 GP Terms 2 ELI 080-level courses UNV 101
ART 215 or RES 106**
CIS 101
ENG Writing/ Composition

Optional electives: 1 MAT course, SCI 150, or HW 101***
1 GP Term 1 ELI 090-level course UNV 101
HIS 108
COM 200A
ENG 205
ENG Writing/Composition

Optional electives: 1 MAT course, SCI 150, or HW 101***

*Undergraduate curriculum might be subject to change depending on course availability, but students can expect that all undergraduate academic courses taken while in Pathways will be counted towards Pace’s undergraduate core curriculum requirements. Learn more about Pace’s undergraduate core curriculum.

**For undergraduate students with 2 or 3 GP terms, the term in which they take ART 215 or RES 106 may vary depending on course availability.

***Students will have the opportunity to enroll in an optional elective if they meet all other GP course requirements and receive approval from a GP advisor.


Undergraduate Academic Course Descriptions

UNV 101
First-Year Seminar: Introduction to University Community. This course will explore the unique aspects of university life by engaging students in personal discovery through readings, writing, and discussion. 1 credit.

ART 215
New York and the Visual Arts. This course will introduce students to the painting, sculpture, photography, and installation art of the New York art world. Study of the theory and criticism current in contemporary art will be accompanied by visits to a wide range of museums, galleries, and artists’ studios. 3 credits.

RES 106
Religions of the Globe. The course is a study of the major religious systems of the globe and the formative influences they have on human culture. Consideration will be given to Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. 3 credits.

CIS 101
Introduction to Computing. At Pace University, and in careers beyond Pace, students will face the challenges of coping with technology and the opportunities to benefit from the productive use of technology. The Computer Information Systems 101 course will provide students with guided hands-on exercises with a variety of computer-based tools through two hours of structured computer lab usage. The hands-on portion of the course will give the student direct experience with an application package (MS Excel), web development (HTML), and computer programming (Alice). The concepts portion will consist of weekly readings from the text, weekly threaded discussions, lecture notes, and other assignments. It will cover basic computer hardware and software topics, computer careers, and computers and society. The two hours of lecture and discussion will promote understanding of the fundamental principles of information technology so that students will be prepared for the new systems and tools of the future. 3 credits.

HIS 108
World History After 1650. A general survey of world history; a study of the world's major cultural areas, their unique achievements and their interaction with and relation to other societies. Covers the period from the mid-17th century. 3 credits.

COM 200A
Public Speaking (ESL). The principles of effective speaking and listening are the focus of this course. Special attention is paid to mastering American English. Students prepare and deliver a variety of original presentations to inform and persuade. At least one presentation is videotaped. The Language Laboratory is used for intensive work on accent reduction. 3 credits.

ENG 205
Introduction to Language and Linguistics. Students will learn how linguistic concepts can describe and explain everyday phenomena related to language such as the commonalities across all langauges, how new words are formed and adopted while others are rejected, and why new languages emerge as others disappear. 3 credits.

ENG 99A - 201A
Currently, there are 5 different levels of ESL classes: ENG 099A, ENG 100A, ENG 110A, ENG 120A, and ENG 201A. The first two classes are developmental writing classes for ESL students who need additional work and practice before they take ENG 110A. The last three classes correspond to the ENG 110, ENG 120, and ENG 201 composition classes taken by most undergraduate Pace students. In our ESL composition classes, we teach the same material as in the non-ESL composition classes and hold students to the same high standards of academic writing. Aside from the zero-credit ENG 099A course, all ENG writing classes are worth 3-4 credits each.

MAT 100 - 131***
Global Pathways students can be placed into one of seven Mathematics courses based on their declared major and score on the Pace math placement exam. These courses provide a solid foundation in multiple mathematics disciplines that students will need as they pursue their degree. Many of these courses carry academic credits and will be applied toward students’ degree requirements. Course topics include math fundamentals, algebra, finite math, financial math, geometry statistics, pre-calculus, calculus and discrete mathematics. 3-4 credits.

SCI 150***
Astronomy. The mechanics of celestial movement and stellar behavior with an understanding of the universe in the past, present and future; seasonal variations of the evening skies and stellar configurations. Consideration given to the historical and structural development of astronomical bodies. 3 credits.

HW 101***
Health and Wellness. To introduce the student to a wellness approach to health care. In order to study the inter-relationship of the four variables of “Total Fitness”, the student will complete written assignments including analyzing their eating lifestyle, participate in prescribed workouts which include an aerobic warm-up, cardio-vascular endurance training, muscle strength and endurance training using machines and free weights properly and safely, and static stretching for flexibility. 2 credits.


Graduate Curriculum

II. Graduate Pathways Curriculum – Lubin School of Business
  ELI Courses Academic Courses
3 GP Terms 3 ELI 080-level courses + 1 ELI elective determined by ELI Not Applicable
2 GP Terms 3 ELI 091/086-level courses + 1 ELI elective determined by ELI Not Applicable
1 GP Term 2 ELI 092 - level courses 1 Academic course in the student’s major determined by Lubin*

Note:

* Most graduate academic courses are worth 3 credits

III. Graduate Pathways Curriculum – Lubin School of Business GMAT Track
  GMAT Courses ELI Courses
3 GP Terms GMAT Course 2 ELI 080-level courses
2 GP Terms GMAT Course 2 ELI 091-level courses
1 GP Term GMAT Course 2 ELI 092-level courses

 

IV. Graduate Pathways Curriculum – Dyson School of Arts and Sciences
  ELI Courses Academic Courses
3 GP Terms 3 ELI 080-level courses + 1 ELI elective determined by ELI Not Applicable
2 GP Terms 3 ELI 091-level courses + 1 ELI elective determined by ELI Not Applicable
1 GP Term 2 ELI 092- level courses 1 Academic course in the student’s major determined by Dyson

 

V. Graduate Pathways Curriculum – School of Education (MS TESOL)
  ELI Courses Academic Courses
3 GP Terms 3 ELI 080-level courses + 1 ELI elective determined by ELI Not Applicable
2 GP Terms 3 ELI 091-level courses + 1 ELI elective determined by ELI Not Applicable
1 GP Term 2 ELI 092- level courses 1 Academic course in the student’s major determined by School of Education

 

VI. Graduate Pathways Curriculum – Seidenberg School of Computer Information Systems
  ELI Courses Academic Courses
3 GP Terms 3 ELI 070-level courses 1 Academic course in the student’s major determined by Seidenberg
2 GP Terms 3 ELI 080-level courses 1 Academic course in the student’s major determined by Seidenberg
1 GP Term 2 ELI 091- level courses + 1 ELI elective determined by ELI 1 Academic course in the student’s major determined by Seidenberg

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Global Pathways Academic Policies

Academic progression within Global Pathways and completion of the Global Pathways program are based on the following requirements:

  • Completion Criteria: 2.70 cumulative GPA average or above in all courses within the final Global Pathways term.
  • Progression Criteria: 2.70 cumulative GPA average or above in all courses within any Global Pathways term.

If GPA of 2.70 is not achieved:

  • Probation Criteria: 2.69 and below cumulative GPA average. Students may repeat all courses with a C grade or below. Regular advising and tutoring will also be mandated. A student may be dismissed from Pace University if they are unable to achieve the required 2.70 cumulative GPA average upon completing their probationary term.
  • Dismissal: Students with a 1.0 cumulative GPA or below will be dismissed from Pace University.

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Progression Determinations

  • Percentages are converted into letter grades by instructors, which are then converted into quality points on a 4.0 scale. Progression calculations are determined using only the quality point system.
  • An “F” in ENG 99A counts as 0 points and is factored into progression calculations.
  • An “F” in University 101 does not count towards progression calculations.
  • “P” grades in any course are not factored into Global Pathways GPA calculations.
  • Incomplete (“I”) grades are strongly discouraged and may delay your progression. If a student takes an “I” grade at the end of term and does not resolve the grading issue quickly, the student will be suspended for the following semester.

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Attendance Policy

Students are required to maintain a minimum attendance rate of 85% in every English Language class in which they are enrolled.

  • In a 14-week Spring or Fall Global Pathways course that meets 28 times, students are required to attend a minimum of 24 times (85%). Four absences are permitted.
  • In a 12-week Summer Global Pathways course that meets 26 times, students are required to attend a minimum of 22 times (85%). Four absences are permitted.
  • Students who miss between 5 and 30 minutes of a class will be marked "late". Three "lates" in a course equals one absence.
  • Students who miss more than 30 minutes of a class will be marked "absent".
  • Students who may require an extended absence due to extenuating circumstances (such as a personal, family, or medical emergency) must meet with their GP Academic Advisor.

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Grade Appeal Policy

As a general principle, the instructor has sole authority to establish standards of performance and to exercise judgments on the quality of student performance, but in a manner that reflects reasonable and generally acceptable academic requirements. Grades assigned in this fashion are final except as the instructor may wish to review them. No faculty member, administrator, or other individual may substitute his or her judgment of the student’s performance for the reasonable judgment of the instructor.

Students who believe that a final grade received in a course was not determined in a manner consistent with the principle described above may challenge that grade by first arranging, within a reasonable period of time (approximately 10 school days from the time that the student knew or should have known of the final course grade), to meet informally with the instructor to establish a clear understanding of the method by which the grade was determined. Every effort should be made to resolve the matter at the level of the instructor and the student. Students who have difficulty arranging a meeting with the instructor should consult the department chair.

If after meeting with the instructor, the student wishes to continue the grade challenge, the student may appeal in writing (with copies to the instructor and the nn of the school) within a reasonable period of time to the chair of the department that offers the course in question. The statement should clearly state the basis for questioning the grade received in the course. It should be noted that if the chair is the instructor, the appeal is to the dean of the school.

The chair’s decision to have a grade reviewed or not is final. If the chair decides that the method by which the student’s grade was determined was not proper, the chair will apprise the instructor of the basis for questioning the grade and request that the instructor review the grade. If the instructor, for any reason, does not review the grade, the chair will request that at least one other faculty member qualified to teach the course in question review the grade. In the process of such a review, the faculty member(s) is (are) authorized to assign a grade change and may, if necessary, require additional examination of the student’s performance as a basis for the grade change.

Students may, at any point in this appeal process, solicit the advice and assistance of an individual faculty or staff member. This individual’s authority in these matters is limited to mediating the relationship between the student and the instructor and/or chair.

In the case of English Language Institute (ELI) courses. The ELI Director for Academics and Recruitment will be considered the chair and the Assistant Vice President of Continuing Education/Professional Education will be considered the dean.

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Progression Appeal Policy

Similar to the grade appeal policy, students who believe that their progression decision was not made in a manner consistent with the principle described above may challenge the decision by first arranging, within a reasonable period of time (approximately 10 school days from the time that the student knew or should have known of the final course grade), to meet informally with their Global Pathways academic advisor to establish a clear understanding of the method by which the progression decision was determined.

If after meeting with the advisor, the student wishes to continue the progression challenge, the student may appeal in writing (with a copy to the advisor) to a member of the Global Pathways leadership team (AVP of International Division and/or AVP of Continuing/Professional Education) within a reasonable amount of time. The statement should clearly state the basis for questioning the progression decision.

The member of the Global Pathways leadership team will meet with an advisor from the department to investigate and address any issues brought up by the student.

Students may, at any point in this appeal process, solicit the advice and assistance of an individual faculty or staff member. This individual’s authority in these matters is limited to mediating the relationship between the student and Global Pathways leadership team.

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Academic Advising Resources

The Global Pathways team provides comprehensive academic advising to all students in the program to ensure optimum student success and academic progression at Pace University. Advising starts with the Orientation program and continues throughout Pathways. Students receive additional support through University 101 (UNV 101) classes for undergraduates and academic workshops for graduates.

Undergraduate students take UNV 101 during their first semester; some topics covered include::

  • Study Skills for College Success
  • U.S. System of Higher Education
  • Unique Features of the U.S. Classroom
  • Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
  • Public Speaking Skills
  • Networking Skills

The academic workshops for graduate students cover similar topics tailored to specific needs of the graduate student population.

Academic Advising Services Include Assistance With:

  • Course registration
  • Monitoring academic standing
  • Clarifying academic policies, expectations, and progression
  • Math and English placement tests (undergraduate students only)
  • Providing tutoring services for students who need additional support

Advisor Contact Information

Martin Molden (Undergraduate)
Phone: (212) 346-1148
Email: mmolden@pace.edu

Joanna Lockspeiser (Graduate)
Phone: (212) 346-1034
Email: jlockspeiser@pace.edu

Mackenzie Lirakis (Academic Director)
Phone: (212) 346-1572
Email: mlirakis@pace.edu

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