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Liberal Arts Major Selection
Guidelines for Selecting a Liberal Arts Major

The Associate in Arts (A.A.) and Associate in Science (A.S.) degree options described below satisfy the State University of New York's General Education requirements and are designed to prepare students for successful transfer to four-year colleges and universities. When selecting a major, students should discuss their academic and career interests and options with an academic advisor.


General Studies

The General Studies A.A. and A.S. degree options offer flexible programs of study, allowing students to explore many academic fields. Students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university, but remain unclear as to their intended major, should choose one of the General Studies options. The A.A. degree broadly serves students with interests in literature, the humanities, and the social sciences, while the A.S. degree serves students whose interests lean more toward the natural sciences and/or mathematics.


Humanities and Social Sciences

These A.A. degree programs are more focused than the General Studies options and are best for students who plan to seek bachelor's degrees in fields in the humanities or the social sciences. Students should select the Humanities Option if they contemplate careers in teaching or other professions requiring a firm foundation in English and literature, philosophy, foreign languages, art, and music; if their interests lie in history, psychology, sociology, political science, government, or economics, they should choose the Social Sciences Option.

Criminal Justice Studies

The Criminal Justice Studies A.A. degree program is the choice of students who would like to pursue further study at the baccalaureate level in criminal justice or related disciplines (criminology, sociology, and public administration). The program also prepares graduates for entry-level employment in the criminal justice field, courts, and corrections. Students planning to enter the workforce after graduation generally complete an internship.


Teacher Education Transfer

The Teacher Education Transfer A.S. degree program is intended for students who plan to transfer to four-year institutions with New York State teacher-certification authority. Since transfer institutions may have differing requirements, students should plan their program of study with a transfer counselor and an academic advisor as early as possible, preferably before beginning their first semester at Delhi.


Math and Science

These A.S. degree programs are intended for students who plan to seek bachelor's degrees in fields such as mathematics or math education (Math Option), or in a science or science-related field such as environmental conservation, healthcare, or science education (Science Option). The requirements for this program are very focused and appropriate for students who are certain about their choice of a major in mathematics or the sciences.


Environmental Studies

The Environmental Studies A.S. degree program integrates rigorous training in the sciences with relevant social science courses and is designed primarily for students who plan to seek a bachelor's degree in the environmental or biological sciences. SUNY Delhi's location in New York City's Catskill Watershed provides students with a unique instructional setting and the opportunity for significant hands-on experience.

Individual Studies

The Individual Studies A.A.S. degree program allows students to customize a program of study from a mixture of Delhi's academic programs. The Individual Studies degree is intended to lead to entry into a career or to a specific path of further academic study. The Individual Studies curriculum may not satisfy the SUNY General Education requirements, which may limit students' transfer options and/or prevent a student from matriculating as a junior. It is not, therefore, the best program for students intending to transfer to a four-year college or university

Undeclared Option

Students who are uncertain of their career and/or academic goals or who were not initially admitted into one of Delhi's other academic programs may elect the Undeclared Option. The Undeclared option is not a major. Rather, it allows students to work closely with their academic advisors to identify their goals, sample Delhi's curricula, and prepare for a successful transfer to their major of choice. A student in the Undeclared option is required to select a major within one year or the completion of 30-32 credit hours of course work.

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Dr. John VanderLippe, Dean
Evenden Tower, Room 702

(607) 746-4452
fax: (607) 746-4455

Last Updated: 2/19/16