The Liberal Arts curriculum has a dual purpose. The courses provide students subject matter enabling them to transfer to a four-year college or university, but the curriculum is also designed to provide general education for those who desire it.
Requirements are listed on the following pages for programs granting Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees. The Associate in Arts requirements are designed to give students a balanced distribution of courses in English, humanities and social sciences. The Associate in Science requirements are designed to give a student a balance between mathematics and laboratory sciences. These programs have been formulated to ensure a maximum level of acceptance for the transfer student regardless of the program for which he/she applies at a four-year institution.
Students interested in a flexible exploratory course of study and the option of a self-structured curriculum may pursue Liberal Arts-General Studies. This program offers the student a course of study leading to an Associate in Science degree and an opportunity to experience courses in other curricula.
The Humanities degree prepares students for transfer to a baccalaureate degree program after completion of their associate degree at Erie Community College. The Humanities degree is broad enough to transfer as the core foundation for a variety of baccalaureate degrees in liberal arts, education and pre-professional programs. However, most students selecting the Humanities degree have one or more of the following interests: pursuing a bachelor's degree in Art, Dance, Drama, English, French, Humanities, Music, Philosophy, Sign Language, Spanish or combination of these areas; pursuing a four-year degree in teacher certification at the elementary school level or in secondary English; and pursuing other professional careers related to these fields.
Completion of the degree qualifies the student for the SUNY Transfer Guarantee, guaranteeing access to a four-year program at a SUNY institution. The program is also in compliance with SUNY Seamless Transfer requirements and its focus on core skills aims to prepare students for success at the next educational level and for lifelong learning.
Students can craft part-time, accelerated, and online versions of the program with the help of an academic adviser.