College Catalog Fall 2016 - Spring 2017

Liberal Arts and Sciences: Humanities and Social Sciences: Humanities - 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's 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.

Minimum Requirements to be Considered for Admission


  • high school graduate with 75 high school GPA or 2500 GED test score
  • Algebra Regents: 73
  • English Regents: 73
  • Science Regents: 73

Transfer Student:

  • Transfer GPA: 2.0


SUNY Curriculum Code: 1120

SUNY General Education Requirements: Students who intend to receive AA, AS 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.

AAS and AOS 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 = 61

Major Courses Required - 24 credit hours

Course No. Course                                                  Cr. Hrs.
ENGL 200 Advanced Composition 2  
  OR 3
ENGL 205 Creative Writing  
COMM 100 Public Speaking 3
  ENGL/LITR Electives 1 6
  HUMN/ARTS Electives 9
MATH 115 Statistics  3

 General Education/Liberal Arts Courses Required - 25-29 credit hours

Course No. Course Cr. Hrs.
ENGL ___ Freshman Composition or Advanced Composition 2 3
MATH ___ Contemporary Math or higher 3 3
UNIV ___ UNIV 100 Freshman Seminar or UNIV 101 Student Success by advisement 1-3
  Science Electives4 6-8
  Social Science Electives5 12

Unrestricted Electives by Advisement6


1 Three credits must be in 200-level or higher courses.

English is by placement according to competency.

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

A graduate of the Humanities and Social Sciences AA program (Humanities 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.