Degree Programs

LA&S Humanities & Social Science AA

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Students in this program develop the skills of learning, thinking, and communicating for the purpose of deepening their knowledge of the humanities and broadening their knowledge of the other disciplines. In keeping with these aims, the students use writing as a means for thinking about and understanding subject matter. The program may serve as an initial preparation for entry into the professions, such as education and law. The complete program is available on the Utica and Rome campuses. Prerequisites for program acceptance are High School Math Course 1 and 2 or their equivalent, and one year of a laboratory science.
Goals & Outcomes
Goal 1 To develop a range of skills including critical thinking, problem solving and collaborative learning
  • Students will identify, analyze, and evaluate arguments as they occur in students’ own or other’s work
  • Students will develop well-reasoned arguments
  • Students will function productively in groups
Goal 2 To promote support for an interest in diverse lifestyles and global cultures
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge and an understanding from an international perspective about the human condition.
  • Students will demonstrate openness toward diverse points of view when participating in classroom discussions.
Goal 3 To develop an understanding and proficiency in the intellectual skills in the use of language and visual communication
  • Students will demonstrate a proficiency in a foreign language.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of distinctive features of the culture(s) associated with the foreign language they are studying.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to decode social cues.
Goal 4 To promote diversity awareness and a global view that incorporates broad acceptance of contrasting assumptions
  • Students will demonstrate an awareness of global economic issues
  • Students will demonstrate an awareness of global historical perspectives
  • Students will demonstrate an awareness of global social issues, and/or
  • Students will demonstrate an awareness of global environmental developments
Goal 5 To provide opportunities for students to demonstrate a range of skills in written and oral proficiency along with an understanding of visual representation
  • Students will prepare and competently deliver oral proposals and reports
  • Students will compose clear and coherent written reports and essays
  • Students will use visual aids effectively in their reports and/or presentations
Goal 6 To prepare the student to transfer to a four-year program in the social sciences or humanities or pursue employment in related fields
  • Graduates will transfer to a four-year institution with junior status
  • Students may transfer general education courses towards upper level programs in other institution before completing a degree.
  • Students who do not transfer will secure employment in a related field
Goal 7 To create an opportunity for the student to gain depth in the humanities and breadth in other subject areas
  • Graduates will have taken sequences of courses in the humanities, such as languages, literature, and the arts
  • Graduates will have taken courses in a variety of other subjects, such as social sciences, mathematics, and natural sciences
Goal 8 To prepare students to demonstrate information literacy
  • Students will use traditional and contemporary information technology
  • Students will identify, access, and appropriately use authoritative sources of information
First Semester
1.0
ED100 College Seminar
This course is an opportunity for students to develop the skills necessary to be successful in college. Students learn the importance of the faculty-student and advisor-advisee relationship, develop time management techniques, apply effective study skill techniques, recognize the implications of living in a diverse society, utilize college resources, and explore career and transfer requirements. Collaborative projects are included. Students matriculated in a degree program must take this course in their first term of study. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
EN101 English 1:Composition
This course focuses on several kinds of writing-self-expressive, informative, and argumentative/persuasive, and others. A minimum of five essay compositions are required. The course emphasizes the composition of clear, correct, and effective prose required in a variety of professions and occupations.Prerequisites: The required developmental reading (DS050 Developmental Reading, DS051 Essential Reading & Study Skills, or DS080 Study Reading), or SL115 ESL4: Advanced Reading, and/or writing courses (EN099 Introduction to College English or SL116 ESL4: Advanced Composition) or permission of the instructor or designee. See when this course is offered ...
Social Science 3cr
(a) For completion of the two semester Social Science requirement students must choose two courses from the following: PS101American National Government, SO101 Introduction to Sociology, PY101 Introduction to General Psychology, BM101Survey of Economics, and AN101 Biological Anthropology.
Mathematics 3cr
(b) For the completion of the two-semester mathematics requirement, students must choose two of the following courses: MA108 Concepts in Mathematics; MA110 Elementary Statistics; or MA131 Finite Mathematics. The requirement may also be fulfilled with one of the above courses, along with one higher-level mathematics course approved by the Humanities Department; or with two higher-level mathematics courses approved by the Humanities Department.
Foreign Language 3cr
(c) For students in this program, the foreign language consists of a six hour sequence within the same language. The following students are exempt from the requirement: 1) those who have completed four years of the same language on the senior high school level, grades 9-12; 2) those who have completed three years of the same language on the senior high school level, grades 9-12, with superior performance; or 3) those with other appropriate language experience. For those who are not exempt from the requirement, placement in language and level is determined at the beginning of the academic year. Those who are exempt must replace language credits with six credits in approved electives. All languages are offered contingent on enrollment and the availability of competent instructors.
3.0
HI101 History of Civ 1
This course introduces the nature and study of history, and covers the emergence and development of Eurasian civilization to about 1500 A.D. in the Near East, India, China, Europe, the Western Hemisphere, and Africa. Attention is given to religion in these civilizations and on the rise of the West to a position of world power during the Middle Ages. See when this course is offered ...
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...
Second Semester
3.0
EN102 English 2:Idea&Values Lit
This course encourages a deeper understanding of human nature and the human condition through the study of ideas and values expressed in imaginative literature. Emphasis is placed on the use and development of critical thinking and language skills. Library-oriented research is required. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN106 English 1: Composition and Reading. See when this course is offered ...
Social Science 3cr
(a) For completion of the two semester Social Science requirement students must choose two courses from the following: PS101American National Government, SO101 Introduction to Sociology, PY101 Introduction to General Psychology, BM101Survey of Economics, and AN101 Biological Anthropology.
Mathematics 3cr
(b) For the completion of the two-semester mathematics requirement, students must choose two of the following courses: MA108 Concepts in Mathematics; MA110 Elementary Statistics; or MA131 Finite Mathematics. The requirement may also be fulfilled with one of the above courses, along with one higher-level mathematics course approved by the Humanities Department; or with two higher-level mathematics courses approved by the Humanities Department.
Foreign Language 3cr
(c) For students in this program, the foreign language consists of a six hour sequence within the same language. The following students are exempt from the requirement: 1) those who have completed four years of the same language on the senior high school level, grades 9-12; 2) those who have completed three years of the same language on the senior high school level, grades 9-12, with superior performance; or 3) those with other appropriate language experience. For those who are not exempt from the requirement, placement in language and level is determined at the beginning of the academic year. Those who are exempt must replace language credits with six credits in approved electives. All languages are offered contingent on enrollment and the availability of competent instructors.
3.0
HI102 History of Civ 2
This course is concerned with civilizations and their influences on each other in the modern world. It traces the rise of the West to a position of world dominance and its impact on non-Western societies. Emphasis is placed on the major forces that have shaped the contemporary world - industrialization, urbanization, nationalism, militarism, imperialism, democracy, and communism. See when this course is offered ...
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...
Third Semester
Literature 3cr
(d) For completion of the two-semester Literature requirement, students must choose any two courses from among the following: EN248, EN249 American Literature; EN271, EN272 British Literature; EN280, EN281 Dramatic Literature, EN282 Contemporary Drama; and EN255, EN256 World Literature.
Tier 1 Natural Science 4cr
(e) Once enrolled in General Studies or Liberal Arts, students may not take Human Life Science (BI103, BI104) to satisfy the science requirement.
3.0
EN150 Effective Speech
This course is an introduction to public speaking. It emphasizes the fundamentals of preparing, organizing, supporting, and delivering the speech based on factual material. It includes topic selection, audience analysis, fact vs. opinion, outlining, supporting material, and visual support. Informative, demonstrative, and persuasive speeches are presented. Elements of interpersonal communication, logic, and persuasion are discussed. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN106 English 1: Composition and Reading. See when this course is offered ...
Humanities Elective 3cr
General Elective 3cr
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...
Fourth Semester
Literature 3cr
(d) For completion of the two-semester Literature requirement, students must choose any two courses from among the following: EN248, EN249 American Literature; EN271, EN272 British Literature; EN280, EN281 Dramatic Literature, EN282 Contemporary Drama; and EN255, EN256 World Literature.
Tier 1 Natural Science 4cr
(e) Once enrolled in General Studies or Liberal Arts, students may not take Human Life Science (BI103, BI104) to satisfy the science requirement.
Social Science Elective 3cr
General Elective 3cr
General Elective 3cr
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...


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