Liberal Arts & Sciences - Social Science (AA)

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

360 Virtual TourThis transfer program emphasizes course work in the social and behavioral sciences and in the liberal arts. By careful selection of electives, graduates are able to enter baccalaureate programs at the third-year level with all their general education requirements met.

Student Learning Outcomes: 
  • Apply critical thinking skills to the analysis of topical issues in the social sciences.
  • Perform the basic operations of personal computer use, as well as employ basic research techniques to locate, evaluate and synthesize information from a variety of sources.
  • Communicate effectively and appropriately in oral and written forms.
  • Discuss the social, psychological and historical influences on human behavior.
  • Identify the steps of the scientific method and discuss the research methods employed by social scientists.
  • Recognize the effects of globalization.
  • Identify the basic terminology related to the theories and research of the Social Sciences.
Entrance Requirements & Recommendations: 

Required: Algebra
Recommended: Geometry, Biology

Features & Facilities: 
  • Emphasizes course work in Social & Behavioral Sciences with a Liberal Arts core
  • Maximum flexibility in a broad selection of courses from psychology, sociology, history, and political science
  • Especially suitable for students who are undecided about their educational or professional goals and who wish to establish a solid liberal arts foundation
  • Additional course work:
    • Education
    • Criminology
    • Alcohol and substance abuse
Graduation Requirements: 
  • Good academic standing (2.0 cumulative GPA) or higher
  • Successful completion of all courses in the prescribed 4-semester plan
  • Submission of the college's degree application form
Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Program: 

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

Transfer Opportunities: 

Graduates are qualified to enter baccalaureate programs in a variety of academic disciplines such as psychology, sociology, anthropology, history, and political science as well as in such professional fields as early childhood/childhood education, adolescent education, criminal justice, pre-law, human services management, and business administration. Among the colleges to which recent graduates have successfully transferred are Alfred University, University of Buffalo, Cornell University, SUNY Cortland, SUNY Fredonia, SUNY Geneseo, and St. Bonaventure University.

Students may also continue their education in Alfred State's BBA program in technology management.

Typical Semester Layout: 

A full-time student typically enrolls each semester in five courses which is the equivalent of 15 credit hours. The classes are held either on Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule for 50 minutes each or on a Tuesday-Thursday schedule for one hour and 15 minutes each. Students are responsible for their own scheduling subject to the approval of their academic advisers.

First Semestercredits
COMP1503Freshman Composition3
PSYC1013General Psychology3
SOCI1163General Sociology3
MATHxxx3Math Elective3
 xxx3American History Elective3
Second Semestercredits
PSYC1023Human Development3
LITR2603Introduction to Literature3
SOCIxxx3Sociology Elective3
MATHxxx3Math Elective3
HIST1113Western Civilization3
Third Semestercredits
SOCI1183Contemporary Social Problems3
PSYCxxx3Psychology Elective3
FNATxxx3Fine Arts Elective3
 xxxxNat Sci Elective3-4
 xxxxOpen Elective3
Fourth Semestercredits
 xxx3Other World Civiliz Elective3
 xxxxNatural Science Elective3-4
 xxx3Open Elective3
 xxx3Open Elective3
SOCI1223Minority Cultures3

Also required: One unit of physical education.

Employment and Transfer Rate: 
Employment and Transfer Survey Details: 
Survey Details201120122013
Receiving Degrees403932
Responding to Survey31 (78%)31 (79%)24 (75%)
Employed6 (19%)7 (23%)5 (21%)
Employed in Field5 (83%)5 (71%)3 (60%)
Transferred25 (81%)24 (77%)19 (79%)
Unemployed & Seeking Employment------
Unemployed & Not Seeking Employment------
Employment and Transfer Salary Information: 

$20,000 - $29,999 (2)
Prefer not to disclose (3)