Humanities & Social Sciences AA
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Humanities & Social Sciences AA

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Program Highlights

  • Program Type: Transfer
  • Delivery: On-campus or online
  • Personal Interests: Societies and cultures, history and politics, literature and art
  • Skill Building: 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


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 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


Focus Further

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


Degree requirements for Humanities and Social Sciences A.A.

Effective Fall 2015

Humanities and Social Sciences Requirements (33 credit hours)
Humanities and Social Sciences Requirements (33 credit hours) Credit Hours
ENG 101: Research and Composition 3
ENG 102: Literature and Composition 3
History Electives1 6
Humanities Electives2 9
Literature Elective3 3
Social Science Electives4 9
Liberal Arts Requirements (16 credit hours)
Liberal Arts Requirements (16 credit hours) Credit Hours
MTH 144: Elementary Statistics or higher5 3
Electives chosen from Humanities, English, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, or Mathematics 6
Laboratory Science Elective3 4
Mathematics or Science Elective 3
Free Elective Requirements
Free Elective Requirements 12 Credit Hours
Choose Approximately Four Free Electives6  
Physical Education Requirements
Physical Education Requirements Credit Hours

Total Credit Hours 63


Advising Notes
Advising Notes:  
1History Electives (2 courses):
At least one course chosen 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.
2Humanities Electives (at least 3 courses):
Select courses from at least two different disciplines.
Course 1: Select one course from the Areas of Arts or Foreign Language from the SUNY General Education course list.
Course 2:  Select one humanities course from the SUNY General Education course list.
Course 3:  Select one course from Art, American Sign Language, Journalism, Modern Languages, Music, Philosophy, or Speech/Theater Arts.
3Choose from the applicable Area of the SUNY General Education course list.   
4Social Science Electives (non-history):
Select three courses from at least two of the following areas: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology.

Choose from at least two different Areas of Social Science, Other World Civilizations or Western Civilization from the SUNY General Education course list.

No more than one course can be chosen from the Area of Western Civilization from the SUNY General Education course list.
5Select one course from the Mathematics Area from the SUNY General Education course list. 
MTH 144: Elementary Statistics or MTH 174: Mathematical Probability and Statistics 1 is strongly recommended. 
6No more than 3 credit hours may be from physical education activity classes.   
Please note, you must complete at least two courses at the 200 level.


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


Program Contacts

Dr. Leah Deasy

Humanities and Education Department Chair 
(315) 786-6568

Dr. Mark Streiff

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