Liberal Arts & Sciences - Humanities (AA)

Application Code: 
Degree Received: 
Associate in Arts (AA)
Academic Department Info: 
Program Coordinator: 
Robert Curry
Coordinator Email:

360 Virtual TourLiberal 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.

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 ten 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
Entrance Requirements & Recommendations: 

Required: Algebra
Recommended: Geometry, Biology

Features & Facilities: 
  • Emphasizes reading, writing, critical thinking, and problem solving
  • Students are able to choose from a variety of specific disciplines:
    • Elementary or secondary education
    • Communications
    • English
    • Philosophy
    • Language arts
    • 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 graduation requirement. The writing portfolio, submitted during the student's last semester of study, has these specific requirements:

  1. The portfolio must contain a minimum of four papers.
  2. One of the four must use outside sources and correct documentation format.
  3. Not more than three of the four papers should be from an English or humanities class.
  4. One of the papers should be from the student's first semester of study.
  5. One paper should represent the student's best work.
  6. The portfolio may contain up to two other pieces of writing that the student would like included to demonstrate writing ability (for a maximum of six papers total).
  7. If available, a record of the composing process, including prewriting steps and drafts with evidence of editing, should accompany one of the papers.
  8. A cover letter and a self-appraisal as described below

Papers submitted in the portfolio must be copies (not the originals handed in for class) and be clear of any grades or comments. A signed professor certification form must accompany each paper. The student should indicate on that form the semester the paper was written.

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

  1. a brief explanation of what the assignment was for each of the enclosed papers,
  2. a self-evaluation of the work with reference to the Alfred State writing rubric,
  3. any additional information the student would like the writing faculty to consider, and
  4. commentary on any increased thinking and writing ability demonstrated throughout the portfolio.

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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 English and Humanities Department secretary, 330 Student Development Center, near the end of the graduating semester.

The criteria for evaluation are contained in the Alfred State writing rubric. Students should include papers that demonstrate these abilities:

  1. establish a central idea (thesis) and a controlling viewpoint,
  2. create an appropriate organization plan - with a clear beginning, middle, and end - suitable for the audience and purpose of the paper,
  3. develop paragraphs with specific, concrete information,
  4. write sentences that avoid errors that decrease the writer's credibility, and
  5. use external sources appropriately by paraphrasing, quoting, summarizing, and documenting all sources properly.

The writing faculty of the Department of English and Humanities will evaluate the portfolio to determine whether it should be graded "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.

Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Program: 

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

Typical Semester Layout: 
First Semestercredits
COMP1503Freshman Composition3
PHILxxx3Philosophy Elective3
MATHxxx3Math Elective3
 xxx3Gen Psyc or Sociology3
 xxx3Western Civilization3
Second Semestercredits
LITR2603Introduction to Literature3
 xxx3Humanities Elective3
MATHxxx3Math Elective3
HISTxxx3American History I or II3
FNAT xxx3Fine Arts3
Third Semestercredits
 xxx3Humanities Elective3
SOCIxxx3Social Science Elective3
SPCH1083Effective Speaking3
 xxxxScience Elective3-4
 xxx3Open Elective3
Fourth Semestercredits
 xxx3Humanities Elective3
 xxxxScience Elective3-4
 xxxxOpen Electives9

All students must take COMP 1503 freshman composition and LITR 2603 introduction to literature.

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

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

Employment and Transfer Rate: 
Employment and Transfer Survey Details: 
Survey Details201120122013
Receiving Degrees766
Responding to Survey6 (86%)6 (100%)5 (83%)
Employed3 (50%)1 (17%)1 (20%)
Employed in Field3 (100%)0 (0%)0 (0%)
Transferred1 (33%)5 (83%)4 (80%)
Unemployed & Seeking Employment------
Unemployed & Not Seeking Employment1 (17%)----
Employment and Transfer Salary Information: 

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