The Liberal Arts General Studies curriculum has a dual purpose. The courses provide students subject matter enabling them to transfer to a four-year college or university by providing comprehensive general education, but the curriculum is also designed to provide students a chance to explore other academic programs through open college electives.
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 General Studies curriculum is designed to provide the student
with a flexible, exploratory course of study and the option of
self-structured curricula without a prior commitment to either specific
academic or vocational goals. It is offered day and evening on all
campuses, as well as online as a distance learning program. Students may
attend on a part-time or full-time basis.
This program serves the needs of students interested in transferring
to four-year institutions by ensuring SUNY General Education
requirements are fulfilled. The program is also ideal for the student
who has an inquisitive mind and wishes to explore a variety of academic
options. Graduates may find numerous entry-level positions available in
banking, sales, real estate and health and human services.
An applicant for General Studies should contact a college admissions
counselor. After notification of acceptance and receipt of placement
test scores, the applicant is required to contact the General Studies
department for course advisement.
Students matriculated in the General Studies program must complete a
minimum of 30 credit hours in SUNY General Education courses. SUNY
requires that students earning an AA or AS degree complete core courses
in seven (7) of the ten (10) knowledge areas. The 30 core credits
required in the General Studies degree must meet this requirement. A
minimum of 60 degree credit hours is required to graduate. After SUNY
General Education requirements are met, courses may be taken in any
college degree course for which the General Studies student qualifies
for registration under guidelines established by college academic units