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College Catalog Fall 2011 - Spring 2012
Liberal Arts and Sciences: Humanities and Social Sciences (Humanities Option) - AA

The Liberal Arts and Sciences curriculum is designed to provide the first two years of education for students planning to transfer to a four-year program leading to a bachelor degree. Students in the Liberal Arts and Sciences AA Humanities curriculum will have an educational background that prepares them for such professional careers as law, medicine, and education. Required courses, together with careful selection of electives, give students broadly applicable knowledge in English, mathematics, science, humanities, and the social sciences, as well as course concentration appropriate to individual needs.

Students should select the Liberal Arts and Sciences AA Humanities program if they contemplate majors requiring a strong foundation in English, literature, philosophy, languages, or the humanities in general.


SUNY Curriculum Code: 1120

SUNY General Education Requirements: Students who intend to receive A.A., A.S., or baccalaureate degrees must satisfy SUNY and campus General Education (GE) requirements to graduate. Students should be aware that GE requirements may vary by academic program. See additional notes below, and consult with your academic advisor. For general information, see the "General Education" section of this catalog.

A.A.S. and A.O.S. degree students may not be required to fulfill General Education (GE) requirements; however, any student who may wish to transfer should complete as many GE courses as possible. Consult with your academic advisor.


Advisement Option: Humanities

Course No.


Cr. Hrs.

 CITA 110

Intro. to Software Applications or higher


 ENGL ___

Freshman Composition or Advanced Composition 1


 ____ ___

ENGL/LITR Electives 2


 ____ ___

HUMN/ARTS Electives


 MATH ___

Contemporary Math or higher 3


 MATH 115



 ____ ___

Science Electives4


 ____ ___

Social Science Electives5


 UNIV ___

UNIV 100 Freshman Seminar or UNIV 101 Student Success by advisement



 ____ ___

Unrestricted Electives by advisement 6


Degree Requirement: 62 credit hours


1 English is by placement according to competency.

2 Six credits must be in 200-level or higher courses.

3 Mathematics is by placement according to competency.

4 Students must take a minimum of one laboratory science.

5 Students must take a minimum of 3 credits of behavioral and 3 credits of non-behavioral social science courses. Behavioral social sciences include anthropology, human geography, psychology, and sociology. Non-behavioral social sciences include criminal justice, economics, government, and history.

6 The number of Unrestricted Elective credits will vary depending on the number of credits earned in the other areas.  A student must work closely with their advisor to determine the number of Unrestricted Electives needed to graduate.

Additional Notes:

  1. General Education Requirement: All students in the Humanities and Social Sciences program must take at least one course from each of the five following General Education subject areas: Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Basic Communication. In addition, students must take at least one American History, Western Civilization, or Other World Civilizations course, and at least one Arts or Foreign Language course
  2. For this program, HONR (Honors) courses count as English, literature, humanities, or social science electives.


Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for consideration, an applicant must:


Student Learning Outcomes

A graduate of the Humanities and Social Sciences A.A. program (Humanities Option) should be able to:

  1. Display a fundamental understanding of computers and computer information systems and be familiar with common computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, database management, and graphics.
  2. Express him/herself effectively through written and oral communication.
  3. Demonstrate a knowledge of and an appreciation for literature.
  4. Demonstrate an ability to manipulate college-level mathematical concepts, including: mathematical circuits, planning and scheduling, linear programming, voting systems, and game theory.
  5. Understand and apply the fundamental concepts of statistics.
  6. Demonstrate a solid grounding in science, having taken at least two science courses, one of which must be a lab science.
  7. Display a good understanding of the behavioral and non-behavioral social sciences.
  8. Discuss various areas within the humanities, based upon the courses he/she has elected to take.
  9. Demonstrate a solid foundation of liberal arts knowledge based on the minimum of six courses taken in this area.

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