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2020-2021 Catalog 
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Liberal Arts & Sciences: Humanities & Social Science, A.A.

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Associate in Arts Degree Program

This program may be completed online or on campus.

Hegis Code: 5649
NYSED Code: 01699

Program Description

Students who complete this program earn an Associate in Arts degree in Humanities and Social Science. Students who plan to transfer to four‐year institutions for the baccalaureate degree normally enroll in this program. Appropriate class sequences can be arranged for students who contemplate further study in art, teacher education, and other professional areas. The program also offers ample opportunity for exploration for those who want to acquire a broad cultural background but may be uncertain about their career goals.

Heavy emphasis is placed on both humanities electives and social science electives. Humanities electives include courses in the following disciplines: art, 200‐level English, foreign languages, journalism, music, philosophy, speech, and theater. Social science electives include courses in the following disciplines: economics, history, political science, psychology, social science, and sociology.

Program Outcomes

At the completion of the AA Liberal Arts & Sciences: Humanities & Social Science Degree program, a student will be able to

  • Attest to the completion of all five or more SUNY General Education requirements and facilitate transfer within the SUNY System;
  • Understand and apply the methods social scientists use to explore social phenomena;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a basic narrative of American, Western or Other World history and their relationship with the rest of the world;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the conventions and methods of at least one of the humanities;
  • Produce, revise and improve coherent texts and oral discourse, and apply to subject research;
  • Employ quantitative methods to solve problems;
  • Understand and apply the methods scientists use to explore natural phenomena;
  • Understand and use basic computer information for research for use in research.

Employment Potential

Graduates of the program who then go on to earn a baccalaureate or higher degree will be qualified for professional positions in their fields of concentration.

Requirements for Program Entry

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Satisfactory placement in Entering Student Assessment

Developmental Assistance Available

For students who do not meet basic reading and math requirements or who have other learning issues, extra assistance is readily available through SUNY Ulster’s Learning Center, The Gary and Janaki Math Center, the Writing Center, the Peer and Friend Tutor Program, and English as a Second Language (ESL) tutors.

For More Information

For more information contact Admissions 1‐800‐724‐0833 ext. 5018 or 5022


Semester Credits 15‐16

Second Semester

Semester Credits 16‐17

Third Semester

  • Elective - Natural Science Elective 3‐4 cr.
  • Electives - Humanities/Social Science Elective 9 cr.
  • Elective -  Elective 3 cr.***

Semester Credits 15‐16

Fourth Semester

  • Electives - Humanities/Social Science Elective 9 cr.
  • Elective - Social Science Elective 3 cr.
  • Elective -  Elective 3 cr.***

Semester Credits 15

Total Credits 61‐64

* A history sequence must be taken.
** LIB 111  is a pre/corequisite of ENG 102 .
*** Students must choose an elective that fulfills the remaining General Education category. Students should consult their advisors for more information.

PED courses may be taken as open electives for a maximum of 2 credits.
ENG 101  is a pre/corequisite for all history courses and 200‐level sociology courses.


Through advisement, students will also fulfill General Education Requirements .

All first time college students matriculated in a degree program, including Early College students, former Collegian students now attending the College and students with no prior college experience, are required to take the one-credit FYE 101  course.

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