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Liberal Arts & Sciences - Humanities & Social Sciences A.A.

The Program (HEGIS Code 5649)

This associate’s degree program is designed to help students choose areas of personal and career interest while preparing them for transfer to a four-year college or university. Graduates of this program acquire a general liberal arts education. A wide array of elective courses is balanced by core requirements in the humanities, social sciences, mathematics, and sciences.

In addition to providing the foundation for future study and employment, studying the liberal arts and sciences also provides students with broad perspectives on the world and its diverse cultures and encourages them to become life-long learners.

Learning Outcomes

A graduate of the Liberal Arts and Science: Humanities and Social Sciences A.A. degree program will demonstrate:

  • Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively for diverse purposes and audiences, and the ability to find, evaluate, and credit accurately authoritative sources.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the conventions and methods of at least two of the disciplines within the humanities.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the major theories and methods of at least two of the disciplines within social science.
  • Students will be able to identify, analyze, and evaluate arguments as they occur in their own and others' work.
  • Students will successfully meet 7 of the 10 SUNY General Education categories.

Career Opportunities

This Liberal Arts degree program provides rigorous preparation for future study and diverse careers. As the world transforms and as individuals experience multiple career changes, success is best achieved through solid foundations and appropriate flexibility. Whether a student is interested in teaching, government, psychology, art, music, law, administration, or any other field, this program provides the depth, breadth and flexibility needed to pursue careers in these fields. Liberal Arts also offers excellent options for the undecided!

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.  For example, several former Liberal Arts majors with a Fine/Performing Arts emphasis have gone on to study art at SUNY Oswego, SUNY Plattsburgh and St. Lawrence University, or study music at SUNY Fedonia, SUNY Potsdam, and Ithaca College.  Many Jefferson art and music students have become successful educators in their fields.
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: 

SUNY Canton, Emergency Management, B.T.
SUNY Cortland, Physical Education, B.S.
Clarkson University, Technical Communications, B.S.
Columbia College, Various Programs
Cornell University, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Various Programs
SUNY Empire State College, Various Programs

Degree Requirements (Effective Fall 2015)
Credit Hours
Students MUST complete a minimum of TWO 200-level courses (6 Credits) These courses should be selected from the elective options below:  
Humanities (18 Credit Hours)  
ENG 101: Research and Composition  3
ENG 102: Literature and Composition 3
Literature Elective:  Select from SUNY General Education Course List 3
Humanities Electives: 9
  1. These must be selected from at least two of the following areas: Art, American Sign Language, Journalism, Modern Languages, Music, Philosophy, Speech/Theater Arts)
  2. At least one from the Arts or Foreign Language SUNY General Education Course List
  3. At least one more Humanities Elective from any SUNY General Education Course List
Social Science (15 Credit Hours)  

Two History courses - at least one from:  HIS 111: History of Western Civilization 1,   HIS 112: History of Western Civilization 2,   HIS 150: American History to 1877,    HIS 151: American History 1877 to Present  OR HIS 217: History of Women in America

Social Science Electives - must be from: 9
  1. at least two of the following areas: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology
  2. at least two from Social Science, Other World Civilizations (OWC) or Western Civilization (WC) SUNY General Education Course List (excluding HIS courses.)  NOTE:  only one can be from Western Civilization (WC)
Mathematics and Sciences (10 Credit Hours)  
MTH 144:  Elementary Statistics OR  higher from the SUNY General Education Course List  (Statistics is strongly recommended.) 3
Lab Science Elective from the SUNY General Education Course List 4
Any Science or Mathematics Elective 3
Liberal Arts Electives (6 Credit Hours) -
Must be chosen from Humanities, English, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, or Mathematics
Free Electives (12 Credit Hours) -
No more than 3 credits may be from Physical Education activity courses
Physical Education 2

Other Emphases

Students and their academic advisor may design other concentrations of study within the general Liberal Arts degree requirements that are of particular interest to them. The following list represents some possible emphases students may want to develop in consultation with their advisor: American Studies, Art, Communication, Humanities, Public Relations, Regional Studies, Social Sciences, Physical Education.


For More Information

Leah Deasy, Humanities Department Chair

Cynthia Lonsbary, Social Science Department Chair

Jeri Fairman, Associate Vice President for Liberal Arts Division

Application and Admissions Information
Enrollment Services
315-786-2437 or Toll Free 1-888-435-6522