Creative Writing Concentration, Humanities & Social Sciences AA
SUNY Jefferson
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Creative Writing Concentration, Humanities & Social Sciences AA

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Program Highlights

  • Program Type: Transfer
  • Delivery Method: On-campus
  • Personal Interest: Writing, story telling, publishing
  • Career Options: Education, government, business, media, publishing
  • Skill Building: Communication, literary theory, research
  • Program Code: HEGIS 5649

Explore your interests and chart your future

Discover personal and career interests as you prepare to transfer to a four-year college or university. Complete core requirements in the humanities, social sciences, mathematics, and the natural sciences balanced with elective classes of your choice.

Prepare for a career in teaching, government, law, the arts, and countless other fields with a general liberal arts emphasis.

This program offers:

  • Strong foundation for further study and career
  • Opportunity to hone writing abilities through diverse coursework in enriched composition, creative writing, and literary analysis
  • Broad-based perspective on the world and its peoples
  • Fundamental skill development for success and lifelong learning


Build flexible skills for life

Jefferson's Creative Writing Concentration, Humanities and Social Sciences A.A. provides rigorous preparation for future study and careers in teaching creative writing, media, publishing, editing, writing, and other communications- and creative arts-related fields.

Employers want to hire people who communicate ideas, solve problems, and lead teams. A foundation in the liberal arts delivers all this plus an understanding of all the qualities that make us human.

When you complete the Humanities and Social Sciences A.A. degree you will be able to:

  • Learn to produce original works and communicate
  • Use literary theory to critically analyze and interpret works of diverse genres, both traditional and contemporary
  • Practice writing literary themes using closed-text analysis, plausible explanation, and scholarly criticism when necessary
  • Write original works in diverse genres, including new media
  • Practice original writing in workshops that result in the creation of portfolios
  • Prepare for seamless transfer to four-year institutions
  • Prepare for transfer opportunities to finish your bachelor's degree


Contact Enrollment Services for Application and Admissions Information

Jules Center 6-010 (ground level)
(315) 786-2437, fax (315) 786-2349 or toll free (888) 435-6522

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Friday


Transfer to the bachelor’s program of your choice

Complete a Jefferson Creative Writing Concentration, Humanities and Social Sciences A.A. degree and choose from a wide range of transfer options, including SUNY universities and private colleges.  Popular transfer institutions include SUNY Oswego, SUNY Potsdam, and SUNY Empire State College. 


Focus Further

Explore this program’s concentrations in literature, and psychology.


Degree requirements for Creative Writing Concentration, Humanities and Social Sciences A.A.

Effective Fall 2014

Creative Writing and English Requirements (21 credit hours)
Creative Writing and English Requirements (21 credit hours) Credit Hours
ENG 220: Creative Writing 3
Creative Writing Electives 6
ENG 101: Research and Composition 3
ENG 102: Literature and Composition 3
ENG 201: Survey of British Literature 1 or
ENG 202: Survey of British Literature 2 or
ENG 203: American Literature 1 or
ENG 204: American Literature 2
Literature Elective 3
Liberal Arts Requirements (34 credit hours)
Liberal Arts Requirements (34 credit hours) Credit Hours
HIS 111: History of Western Civilization 1 or
HIS 112: History of Western Civilization 2
HIS 150: American History to 1877 or
HIS 151: American History 1877 to Present
Foreign Language Elective 3
Humanities Electives1 6
Laboratory Science Elective 4
Mathematics Elective2 3
Mathematics or Laboratory Science Elective  3
Social Science Electives3 9
Free Elective Requirement
Free Elective Requirement Credit Hours
Physical Education Requirements
Physical Education Requirements Credit Hours

 Total Credit Hours 60


Advising Notes
Advising Notes:  
1Choose two courses from at least two of these areas: Art, American Sign Language, Journalism, Modern Languages, Music, Philosophy, or Speech/Theater Arts.  
2Students must complete a minimum of 3 credit hours of Mathematics on a level of MTH 144 Elementary Statistics or above.   
3These must be selected from at least 2 of the following areas: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology.  


Program contacts

Brandon Maxam

Associate Professor of English and English Department Chair
(315) 786-6509

Dr. Mark Streiff

Interim Associate Vice President for Liberal Arts Division 
(315) 786-6542