Liberal Arts & Sciences: Humanities

AA Degree – Code #0201

Calista McBride, Program Coordinator

Email address: mcbridca@alfredstate.edu

Liberal arts & sciences: humanities is for those planning to continue their education at a four-year college or university. By careful selection of elective credits, the graduate is qualified to enter a baccalaureate program as a third-year student in a variety of fields. The program also serves an exploratory function for those students who have not decided on a field of study or a specific career.

The liberal arts & sciences: humanities program prepares students for life by stressing the importance of reading, writing, and thinking while developing in them an appreciation of the arts and the wisdom of great minds.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Create written communication appropriate for audience and purpose and which meets standards of style, clarity, and grammatical correctness as described in the Writing Rubric.

Create oral communication appropriate for audience and purpose and which meets standards of presentation as described in the Effective Speaking Rubric.

Construct and recognize arguments in both written and oral formats that are free from logical defects, as described in the Critical Thinking Rubric.

Use library, online, and other resources to locate and evaluate scholarly articles and other research materials.

Create research-based prose in literature, history, philosophy, or the arts.

Articulate the relevance of the humanities to the self and society.

Complete eight of the 10 SUNY General Education requirements and meet the two infused competencies.

Understand self and demonstrate sensitivity to others of different cultures or perceptions to work constructively in a pluralistic society.

Analyze and appraise moral and ethical dilemmas.

Analyze and evaluate the obligations of knowledge to promote common good.

DIRECT ENTRY INTO BACCALAUREATE DEGREE PROGRAM

Alfred State liberal arts & sciences: humanities graduates may enter directly into the technology management BBA degree program.

EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS

Employment and transfer rate of 100 percent – 17 percent are employed; 83 percent transferred to continue their education.

RELATED PROGRAMS

Health Information Technology

Human Services

Individual Studies

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Nursing

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS/RECOMMENDATIONS

Required: Algebra

Recommended: Geometry, Biology

Liberal Arts & Sciences: Humanities - AA Degree

TYPICAL FOUR-SEMESTER PROGRAM

First

COMP

1503

Freshman Composition

3

PHIL

xxx3

Philosophy Elective

3

MATH

xxx3

Math Elective

3

xxx3

Gen. Psych or Sociology

3

xxx3

Western Civilization

3

15

Second

LITR

2603

Introduction to Literature

3

xxx3

Humanities Elective

3

MATH

xxx3

Math Elective

3

HIST

xxx3

American History I or II

3

FNAT

xxx3

Fine Arts Elective

3

15

Third

xxx3

Humanities Elective

3

SOCI

xxx3

Social Science Elective

3

SPCH

1083

Effective Speaking

3

xxxx

Science Elective

3-4

xxx3

Open Elective

3

15-16

Fourth

xxx3

Humanities Elective

3

xxxx

Science Elective

3-4

xxxx

Open Electives

9

15-16

All students must pass COMP 1503 Freshman Composition with a "C" or better, and take LITR 2603 Introduction to Literature.

Each student must take five (5) courses from the following list:

ITAL

1303

Italian I

ITAL

2303

Italian II

LITR

2033

The Short Story

LITR

2343

Children’s Literature

LITR

2503

Identity and Literature

LITR

2703

Science Fiction

LITR

2813

Introduction to Film

LITR

2913

Introduction to Poetry

LITR

3233

Survey of American Literature I

LITR

3333

Survey of British Literature I

LITR

7003

Literature and Nature

COMP

3503

Advanced Composition

COMP

3703

Technical Writing

PHIL

1073

Intro to Philosophy

PHIL

2013

Critical Thinking

PHIL

2173

Ethics

RELG

7003

Religion of the World

SPAN

1203

Spanish I

SPAN

2203

Spanish II

Also required: Writing portfolio and one unit of physical education.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Each student must successfully complete 60 credit hours (excluding HPE) with a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

Portfolio Requirement for all Liberal Arts: Humanities Students:

Liberal arts and sciences: humanities (430) students must satisfy the writing portfolio requirement (submitted during last semester of study). Requirements:

Must contain a minimum of four papers.

One of the four must use outside sources and correct documentation format.

Not more than three of the four papers should be from an English or humanities class.

One of the papers should be from the student’s first semester of study.

One paper should represent the student’s best work.

May contain up to two other pieces of writing that demonstrates ability (maximum of six pieces).

If available, a record of the composing process, including prewriting steps and drafts with evidence of editing, should accompany one paper.

A cover letter and a self-appraisal.

Papers submitted must: be copies (not originals); be clear of any grades or comments; include professor certification forms; include indication on that form the semester the paper was written.

Cover Letter:

The portfolio must contain a cover letter to the Department of English and Humanities faculty containing:

Brief explanation of the assignment for each of the enclosed papers.

Self-evaluation of the work with reference to the writing rubric.

Any additional information the student would like the faculty to consider.

Commentary on any increased thinking and writing ability demonstrated.

Self-Appraisal:

The portfolio must include a self-appraisal with separate long paragraphs responding to each of these questions:

Using examples of texts you encountered at Alfred State about cultures or perceptions different from your own, describe what you have learned about the value of diversity.

Describe your understanding of the goals of the humanities, and explain how these goals relate to you and to society.

The deadline for submission to the department secretary, 330 Student Development Center, is near the end of the graduating semester.

See the Alfred State writing rubric for evaluation criteria. Papers should demonstrate the ability to:

Establish a central idea (thesis) and a controlling viewpoint.

Create an appropriate organization plan--with a clear beginning, middle, and end--suitable for the audience and purpose of the paper.

Develop paragraphs with specific, concrete information.

Write sentences avoiding errors that decrease the writer’s credibility.

Use external sources appropriately by paraphrasing, quoting, summarizing, and documenting all sources properly.

Writing faculty will evaluate the portfolio as “high pass,” “pass,” or “fail.” This evaluation will appear on the student’s permanent Alfred State transcript.

Questions about this graduation requirement should be directed to the student’s academic adviser.