Liberal Arts & Sciences: Humanities and Social Science

Associate in Arts Degree Program

May be completed Online or On Campus 

Hegis Code: 5649 Admissions: 1-800-724-0833
ext. 5018 or 5022
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 here or the Department here.

To print a copy of the Program Planning Sheet, click here

Click on the Course Number for the course description.
First Semester
Course Number Description Credits
COM 103  or COM 105

Oral Communication or Public Speaking


ENG 101

College English I 3

HIS 101 * or

HIS 103 *

Western Civilization I or American History I 3

MAT 105  or MAT 115  or

Higher Level Math Elective

College Algebra or College Algebra & Trig or higher level Math Elective 3-4
Elective Open Elective 3
Semester Credits 15-16
Second Semester
ENG 102 College English II 3

HIS 102 * or

HIS 104 *

Western Civilization II or American History II 3

LIB 111 **

Information Literacy 1
Elective Natural Science Elective 3-4
Elective Social Science Elective 3
Elective Humanities Elective 3
Semester Credits 16-17
Third Semester
Electives (3) Humanities / Social Science Electives 9
Elective Natural Science Electives 3-4
Elective *** Open Elective 3
Semester Credits 15-16
Fourth Semester
Electives (3) Humanities / Social Science Electives 9
Elective Social Science Elective 3
Elective Elective 3
Semester Credits 15
Total Credits 61-64
NOTE: Through advisement, students will also fulfill General Education Requirements   
* A history sequence must be taken.
** LIB 111 is a prerequisite or a co-requisite 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/co-requisite for all history courses. ENG 101 is a pre/co-requisite for all 200-level sociology courses.
   200-Level Credit Policy: The policy requires students graduating in the LA/HUM/SS program complete a minimum of 12 credits in 200-level course work as a graduation requirement.





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