SUNY Jefferson

Literature Concentration, Humanities & Social Sciences AA

Program Type: Transfer
Delivery Method: On-campus
Personal Interests: Writing, reading, publishing, literary analysis
Skill Development: Communication, literary theory, research
Career Options: Education, government, business, media, publishing
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 critical thinking skills and exhibit excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Broad-based perspective on the world and its peoples
  • Fundamental skill development for success and lifelong learning

Build flexible skills for life

Jefferson's Literature Concentration, Humanities and Social Sciences A.A. provides rigorous preparation for future study and careers in teaching, law, 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.

Learn to produce original works and communicate

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

  • Use literary theory to critically analyze and interpret works of diverse genres, both traditional, contemporary, and experimental endeavors
  • Situate literature works within historical and cultural frameworks
  • Compare/contrast traditional literary canon vis-a-vis contemporary movements including minority, gender, and world literatures
  • Practice writing literary themes using closed-text analysis, plausible explanation, and scholarly criticism 
  • Prepare for seamless transfer to four-year institutions

Transfer to the bachelor’s program of your choice

Complete a Jefferson Literature 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. 

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Degree Requirements for Literature Concentration, Humanities & Social Sciences A.A.

Humanities (12 credit hours)

ENG 101: Research and Composition 
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)
Foreign Language 

Social Science (15 credit hours)

HIS 111 or HIS 112: Western Civilization 
HIS 150 or HIS 151: American History 
Social Science Electives (These must be selected from at least 2 of the following areas: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology)

Mathematics and Sciences (10 credit hours minimum)

One Mathematics course1 
One Laboratory Science course 
One additional Mathematics or Lab Science Elective 

English Requirements (12 credit hours)

ENG 102: Literature and Composition 
ENG 201 or 202: Survey of British Literature 
ENG 203 or 204: American Literature 
Non-European Literature 

English Electives (6 credit hours)

Any English course except ENG 100

Free Electives (3 credit hours)


Physical Education (2 credit hours)

TOTAL 60 credit hours


1Students must complete a minimum of 3 credit hours of Mathematics on a level of MTH 144 Elementary Statistics or above.

Program contacts

Brandon Maxam
Associate Professor of English and English Department Chair
bmaxam@sunyjefferson.edu
(315) 786-6509

Jeri Fairman
Associate Vice President for Liberal Arts
jfairman@sunyjefferson.edu 
(315) 786-6542

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