Individual Studies A.A., A.S., A.A.S.

The Program (HEGIS Code 5699 )

The curricula offered by the College require certain Liberal Arts core courses in the area of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Science or Mathematics. The degree charts below indicate areas of study acceptable in meeting these requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Individual Studies program with an A.A., A.A.S. or A.S. degree will meet the following learning outcomes:

  • Basic Communication:  Produce coherent texts with common college-level forms, demonstrate the ability to revise and improve such texts, research a topic, develop an argument and organize supporting details.
  • Mathematics:  Demonstrate the use of numerical data in a variety of mathematical applications to solve practical problems and interpret information in a day to day setting.
  • Humanities:  Knowledge of the conventions and methods of at least one of the humanities in addition to those encompassed by other knowledge areas required by the General Education program.
  • Social Science:  Understanding the methods social scientists use to explore social phenomena, including observation, hypothesis development, measurement and data collection, experimentation, evaluation of evidence, and employment of mathematical and interpretive analysis.

Career Opportunities

This program is designed specifically to address the needs of full-time or part-time students for whom a flexible course of study is tailored to meet individual academic and career preparation goals. Therefore, this program is designed to offer students flexibility in academic and/or career options, with the understanding that an advisor will be assigned through the Continuing Education Division to provide guidance in choosing appropriate courses that support specific career goals. The employment outlook is dependent upon the career route chosen upon completion of this program. This program can be very diversified and, thus, the integration and application of transferable skills obtained through the pursuit of the Individual Studies degrees will prepare students well for future employment and career goals.

Transfer Opportunities

As a graduate of Jefferson, you will have many transfer opportunities to consider and will be able to choose from a wide variety of colleges and universities to pursue your baccalaureate degree.  Jefferson has partnered with some select academic institutions and developed agreements that help students transfer smoothly to specific baccalaureate programs.  Currently, formal agreements exist with Bryant & Stratton College*, Health Services Administration, B.S.; Columbia College, various programs; *SUNY Empire State College, various programs.

*offered at Jefferson Higher Education Center

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)  
   
Degree Requirements (Effective Fall 2014) Credit Hours
   
English (3 Credit Hours)  
ENG 101: Research and Composition    3
   
Mathematics Elective (3-4 Credit Hours)  
MTH 144: Elementary Statistics or higher  3-4
   
Liberal Arts and Science Electives (15 Credit Hours) 15
   
Free Electives* (39 Credit Hours) 39
   
Total 60-61

Distribution Requirements
Minimum 60 hours of which 21 are to be Liberal Arts and Sciences. Remaining 39 hours free electives.

*No more than 12 credits of physical education activity or equivalent coursework may be used to satisfy free elective requirements.

 

Associate of Science (A.S.)  
Degree Requirements (Effective Fall 2014) 
Credit Hours
   
English (3 Credit Hours)  
ENG 101: Research and Composition 3
   
Mathematics Elective (3-4 Credit Hours)  
MTH 144: Elementary Statistics or higher 3-4
   
Liberal Arts Electives  (24 Credit Hours) 24
   
Free Electives* (30 Credit Hours) 30
   
Total 60-61

Distribution Requirements

Minimum 60 hours of which 30 are to be Liberal Arts and Sciences with reasonable distribution among humanities, social sciences, and math/science. Remaining 30 hours free electives.

*No more than 12 credits of physical education activity or equivalent coursework may be used to satisfy free elective requirements.

 

Associate of Arts (A.A.)  
   
Degree Requirements (Effective Fall 2014) Credit Hours
   
English (3 Credit Hours)  
ENG 101: Research and Composition     3
   
Mathematics Elective (3-4 Credit Hours)  
MTH 144: Elementary Statistics or higher  3-4
   
Mathematics or Science Electives (6-8 Credit Hours) 6-8
   
Humanities Electives (12 Credit Hours) 12
   
Social Science Electives (15 Credit Hours) 15
   
Liberal Arts Electives (9 Credit Hours) 9
   
Free Electives (12 Credit Hours) 12
   
TOTAL 60-63

Distribution Requirements

Minimum 60 hours of which 48 are to be Liberal Arts and Sciences with reasonable distribution in humanities, social sciences, and math/science (15-15-9 hours distribution recommended) with remaining 12 hours open electives.

 

For More Information

For On-Campus Students
Mark Streiff, Chair of Individual Studies
mstreiff@sunyjefferson.edu
315-786-2414

For Fort Drum Students
Donald Johnson, Director of Military Programs
djohnson@sunyjefferson.edu
315-786-6566

Application and Admissions Information
Office of Admissions
admissions@sunyjefferson.edu
315-786-2277 or Toll Free 1-888-435-6522