Liberal Arts & Sciences - Humanities & Social Sciences A.A.- Creative Writing Concentration

The Program (HEGIS Code 5649)

This associate’s degree concentration is designed to help students focus their interest on the study of various literary forms and theories, develop skills to analyze complex texts, participate cogently in discussions about various issues, and create unique works in diverse genres while preparing them for transfer to a four-year college or university. Graduates of this program acquire a general liberal arts education with the emphasis on writing practice and literary study which encompasses mastering the practice and conventions of creative writing genres and the study of literature. In addition to the core requirements, students will have the ability to further their studies in conventional and contemporary diverse electives. Their writing abilities can be honed through diverse coursework in enriched composition, creative writing, and literary analyses.

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 coursework in literature 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 this program will demonstrate knowledge of the conventions and theories of literature as well as methods of several disciplines within the humanities and the quantitative and qualitative methods used by social scientists to explore social phenomena.
  • Every graduate will also demonstrate historical awareness, the ability to communicate effectively for diverse purposes and audiences, and the ability to find, evaluate, and credit accurately authoritative sources in their writing and oral presentations.

Career Opportunities

The Liberal Arts degree with a Creative Writing concentration provides rigorous preparation for future study and careers in teaching creative writing, media, publishing, editing, writing, and other communications- and creative arts-related fields. This concentration provides the depth, breadth and flexibility needed to pursue careers in these fields. As the world transforms and as individuals experience multiple career changes, one common denominator is an ability to think critically, exhibit excellent written and oral communication skills, and produce original works in diverse forms.

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, including popular transfer institutions SUNY Oswego, SUNY Potsdam, and SUNY Empire State College.

 

Degree Requirements (Effective Fall 2014) Credit Hours
   
Humanities (12 Credit Hours)  
ENG 101: Research and Composition  3
Humanities Electives
(These must be selected from at least 2 of the following areas: Art, American Sign Language, Journalism, Foreign Languages, Music, Philosophy, Speech/Theater Arts)   
6
Foreign Language     3
   
Social Science (15 Credit Hours)  
HIS 111 or HIS 112 3
HIS 150 or HIS 151 3
Social Science Electives
(These must be selected from at least 2 of the following areas: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology)
9
   
Mathematics and Sciences (10 Credit Hours Minimum)  
One Mathematics course*   3
One Laboratory Science course 4
One additional Mathematics or Lab Science elective 3
   
English Requirements (9 Credit Hours)  
ENG 102: Literature and Composition 3
ENG 201, 202, 203, or 204     3
Literature Elective    3
   
Creative Writing Requirements (9 Credit Hours)  
ENG 220: Creative Writing   3
Creative Writing Electives   6
   
Free Elective 3
   
Physical Education
2
   
TOTAL 60

* Students must complete a minimum of 3 credit hours of Mathematics on a level of MTH 144 Elementary Statistics                  

 

For More Information

Joanna Chrzanowski, Professor of English
jchrzanowski@sunyjefferson.edu
315-786-2305

Brandon Maxam, Assistant Professor of English
bmaxam@sunyjefferson.edu
315-786-6509

Marvin Blachman, Dean for Liberal Arts
mblachman@sunyjefferson.edu
315-786-6542

Application and Admissions Information
Office of Admissions
admissions@sunyjefferson.edu
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