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The Liberal Arts curriculums 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.

The content, ideas, intellectual frameworks, skills, and attitudes addressed in these courses are easily applied to any career goal. The Humanities degree program includes the foundation courses for many college majors. 


The Humanities degree curriculum is designed to allow maximum flexibility in creating a program which best serves the interests and goals of individual students.  Such a broad-based liberal arts curriculum is appropriate for students who plan to transfer into a bachelor's degree program in fields such as Dance, Drama, English, International Studies, Modern Languages, Music, Philosophy, or Pre-Law.  Students uncertain about their long-term educational and career goals will find that this program provides a valuable opportunity to explore and test their interests.


Students intending to use this degree program as a basis for baccalaureate study and transfer should make certain that their course selections meet the requirements of the college to which they plan to transfer.

Program Competencies

Upon graduating with an Associate in Arts degree in Humanities, the student should be able to:


  • demonstrate an understanding and command of the global nature of communication through foreign language and/or the arts.
  • demonstrate an understanding of the vocabulary, concepts, and applications of various ethical theories.
  • demonstrate the ability to creatively solve problems;
  • demonstrate competency in one or more areas of the humanities (Art, Dance, Drama, English, French, Music, Philosophy, Sign Language, Spanish); and
  • explain the breadth, diversity, and creativity of human experience as expressed in the Humanities and the Arts.


Admission/Academic Advisement

SUNY Transfer Path Requirement

Students matriculating in this program are required to fulfill the SUNY Transfer Path Requirement that most closely aligns with the program. Speak to your adviser for details.

Admission/Graduation Criteria

SUNY General Education Student Learning Outcomes

The SUNY General Education knowledge and skills areas and the two competencies now function as the basis for the Liberal Arts Program outcomes. These General Education Requirements are detailed in the Academic Information section of the College Catalog. Students are strongly encouraged to fulfill the SUNY General Education Requirement prior to degree completion in order to facilitate seamless transfer to a four-year program.


Total Degree Credits: 60.0

  • EN 110 - College Composition Credit Hours: 3
  • EN 111 - Composition and Interpretation of Literature Credit Hours: 3
  • SUNY General Education Math: MT:116,121,125,140, 143, or PY 202 Credit Hours: 3
  • SUNY General Education Knowledge Area - Natural Sciences Credit Hours: 3
  • SUNY General Education Knowledge Area - Natural Sciences Credit Hours: 3
  • SUNY General Education Knowledge Area - Social Sciences Credit Hours: 3
  • SUNY General Education Knowledge Area - Choose one course from one of these three areas: American History, Western Civilization or Other World Civilization Credit Hours: 3
  • (1) Liberal Arts Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • (5) Liberal Arts Electives Credit Hours:15
  • (1) Open Electives Courses Credit Hours: 3
  • Philosophy: Choose 1 from Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics, or Bioethics Credit Hours:3
  • Global Perspective: Choose 1 from: AT280, AT 281, AT 282, DT 101, DT 103, DT 110, DT 111, MU 100, any FR, SL, SP Credit Hours:3
  • (3) 200 level Electives: Arts or Humanities or Foreign Language Credit hours: 9
  • (3) any level Electives: Humanities or Foreign Language Credit hours: 9


  1. The SUNY General Education Requirement is 30 credits in at least seven of the ten SUNY General Education categories.
  2. The following disciplines and courses qualify as Humanities courses: 
    • Art - All Courses
    • Dance - All Courses
    • Drama/Theater - All Courses
    • English - Select from the Following: EN111, 114, 121, 130, 140, 141, 150, 151, 160, 161, 162, 163, 205, 206, 210, 211, 214, 215, 220, 221, 225, 230, 235, 236, 240, 245, 250, 260, 265, 270, 275, 280, 285, 286, 290, 292, 294, 296, 297, 298, 299.
    • French - All Courses
    • Honors - HP200 - Honors Capstone
    • Music - All Courses
    • Philosophy - All Courses
    • Sign Language - All Courses
    • Spanish - All Courses
  3. Any course in the course catalog. The student is encouraged to use these electives to fulfill the SUNY Transfer Path requirement. SUNY Transfer Paths can be reviewed at  www.suny.edu/attend/get-started/transfer-students/suny-transfer-paths/suny-transfer-paths-all/.

Available At:

City Campus
North Campus
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Pre-Admission Recommendations:

HS or HSE (High School Equivalency) Diploma

Career Opportunities/Further Education:

Transfer to Bachelor's Degree Program in Fine Arts, Philosophy, Music, etc.

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Liberal Arts
Liberal Arts - Humanities

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