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:

  • Knowledge of the conventions and methods of several disciplines within the humanities as well as the quantitative and qualitative methods used by social scientists to explore social phenomena.
  • 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

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 2014)
Credit Hours
Humanities (18 Credit Hours)  
ENG 101: Research and Composition  3
ENG 102: Literature and Composition 3
Literature Elective         3
Electives 9
(These must be selected from at least two of the following areas: Art, American Sign Language, Journalism, Modern Languages, Music, Philosophy, Speech/Theater Arts)  
Social Science (15 Credit Hours)  
Two History courses        6
Electives 9
(These must be selected from at least two of the following areas: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology)  
Mathematics and Sciences (9 Credit Hours minimum)  
One Mathematics course*          3-4
One Laboratory Science course     3-4
One additional Mathematics or Lab Science elective   3-4
Liberal Arts Electives (6 Credit Hours) 6
(Must be chosen from Humanities, English, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, or Mathematics)  
Free Electives (12 Credit Hours) 12
Physical Education 2
TOTAL 62-65

* Students must complete a minimum of three credit hours of Mathematics on a level of MTH 144 (Elementary Statistics) or above.

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.

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

A joint admissions program leading to a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from SUNY Cortland is available.


For More Information

Marvin Blachman, Associate Vice President for Liberal Arts

Application and Admissions Information
Office of Admissions
315-786-2277 or Toll Free 1-888-435-6522