Literature Concentration, Humanities & Social Sciences AA
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Literature Concentration, Humanities & Social Sciences AA

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Program Highlights

  • Program Type: Transfer
  • Delivery: On-campus
  • Personal Interests: Writing, reading, publishing, literary analysis
  • Skill Building: 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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8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Friday


Focus Further

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


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

Effective Fall 2014

Literature and English Requirements (21 credit hours)
Literature and English Requirements (21 credit hours) Credit Hours
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
ENG 203: American Literature 1 or
ENG 204: American Literature 2
Non-European Literature Elective 3
English Electives1 6
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 Electives2 6
Laboratory Science Elective 4
Mathematics Elective3 3
Mathematics or Laboratory Science Elective 3
Social Science Electives4 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:  
1Any English course except ENG 100.  
2Choose two courses from at least two of these areas: Art, American Sign Language, Journalism, Modern Languages, Music, Philosophy, or Speech/Theater Arts.  
3Students must complete a minimum of 3 credit hours of Mathematics on a level of MTH 144 Elementary Statistics or above.   
4These 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