SUNY Jefferson

Humanities & Social Sciences AA

Program Type: Transfer
Delivery Method: On-campus or online
Personal Interests: Societies and cultures, history and politics, literature and art
Skill Development: Communication, problem-solving, research
Career Options: Education, government, business, law
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
  • Broad-based perspective on the world and its people
  • Fundamental skill development for success and lifelong learning
  • Optional concentrations in areas you choose and design

Build flexible skills for life

Most of us will change jobs or even entire careers throughout our working lives. Jefferson’s Humanities and Social Science A.A. degree recognizes this reality and helps you build essential skills that will serve you well in any field.

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.

Jefferson liberal arts graduates go on to become teachers, attorneys, artists, journalists, managers, and more. They start businesses and enter public service. They’re ready to go wherever life takes them.

Learn to communicate, evaluate, and persuade

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

  • Communicate effectively for diverse purposes and audiences
  • Find, evaluate, and accurately credit authoritative sources of information
  • Understand the conventions and methods of at least two disciplines in the humanities (for example, language, literature, arts, or philosophy)
  • Understand the theories and methods of at least two disciplines in the social sciences (for example, psychology, history, sociology, or anthropology)
  • Identify, analyze, and evaluate arguments in their own work and others’ work
  • Complete classes in seven of the 10 SUNY General Education Requirement areas, fulfilling recommendations for transfer to a SUNY bachelor’s degree program

Transfer to the bachelor’s program of your choice

Complete a Jefferson Humanities and Social Sciences A.A. and choose from a wide range of transfer options, including SUNY universities and private colleges.

Formal agreements with some institutions make transfer to specific programs especially smooth:

  • 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 and Life Sciences, various programs
  • SUNY Empire State College, various programs


Explore this program's concentrations further

Degree requirements for the Humanities and Social Sciences A.A.

Your electives should include at least two 200-level classes (6 credits). You can design an optional area of concentration with help from your advisor. Options include American studies, art, communication, humanities, public relations, regional studies, social sciences, physical education, and more.

Humanities (18 credit hours)

ENG 101: Research and Composition 
ENG 102: Literature and Composition
Literature elective: Select from SUNY General Education course list
Humanities Electives:

Social Science (15 credit hours)

Two History classes (6 credits)

  • 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 (9 credit hours) - must be from: 

  • At least two of the following areas: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology
  • At least two from Social Science, Other World Civilizations (OWC) or Western Civilization (WC) SUNY General Education course List (excluding HIS classes.) 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 class List (Statistics is strongly recommended.) 
Lab Science Elective from the SUNY General Education course list
Any Science or Mathematics Elective 

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 classes 

Physical Education (2 credit hours)

TOTAL 63  credit hours

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.


Program contacts

Leah Deasy
Humanities Department Chair
(315) 786-6568

Cynthia Lonsbary
Social Science Department Chair
(315) 786-2279

Jeri Fairman
Associate Vice President for Liberal Arts
(315) 786-6542


Application and Admissions Information
Enrollment Services
Jules Center, building 6, suite 6-010
(315) 786-2437 or toll free 1-888-435-6522