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College Catalog Fall 2013 - Spring 2014
Liberal Arts and Sciences: Humanities and Social Sciences (Social Sciences Option) - AA

The Instructional Program

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 Social Science 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 Social Science program if they contemplate majors requiring a strong foundation in history, psychology, sociology, political science, or government.

Minimum Requirements to be Considered for Admission




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.

Academic Requirements:

Minimum Total Credit Hours = 62

Major Courses Required -  27 credit hours

Course No. Course                                                 Cr. Hrs.
ENGL 200 Advanced Composition  
  OR 3
ENGL 250 Research Writing  
MATH 115 Statistics  3
  Behavioral Social Science courses1 6
  Non-Behavioral Social Science courses1 6
  Social Science courses - any level, any category1 6
  Social Science course - 200-level, any category1 3

General Education/Liberal Arts Courses Required - 23-26 credit hours

Course No. Course                                                 Cr. Hrs.
COMM 100 Public Speaking 3
ENGL ___ Freshman Composition or Advanced Composition 2 3
MATH ___ Contemporary Math or higher 3 3-4
UNIV ___ UNIV 100 Freshman Seminar or UNIV 101 Student Success by advisement 1-3
  ENGL/LITR elective 3
  HUMN/ARTS Electives 6
  Laboratory Science 4

Unrestricted Electives by Advisement4 - 9-12 credit hours


1 Social Science course categories:

Behavioral social sciences: ANTH, GEOG, PSYC, SOCI

Non-behavioral social sciences: CJUS, ECON, GOVT, HIST

2 English is by placement according to competency.

3 Mathematics is by placement according to competency.

4 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 academic advisor to determine the number of Unrestricted Electives needed to graduate.

Additional Note:

For this program, HONR (Honors) courses count as English, literature, humanities, or social science electives.


Student Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Express him/herself effectively through written and oral communication.
    2. Demonstrate a knowledge of and appreciation for literature.
    3. Demonstrate an ability to manipulate college-level mathematical concepts.
    4. Demonstrate a solid grounding in the science of the student's choosing.
    5. Display a fundamental understanding of the behavioral social sciences.
    6. Display a fundamental understanding of the non-behavioral social sciences.
    7. Demonstrate an understanding of an area of the humanities based upon the courses the student elects.
    8. Demonstrate a solid foundation of liberal arts knowledge based on the courses taken in this area.

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