Degree: Associate in Arts
HEGIS Code: 5649
Curriculum Code: 0201
Campus Location: City, North, South, Distance
Liberal Arts Division
Pre-Admission Recommendations: HS or GED Diploma
Career Opportunities/Further Education: Transfer to Bachelor’s Degree Program in Fine Arts, Philosophy, Music, etc.
The Liberal Arts curriculum has a dual purpose. The courses provide students subject matter enabling them to transfer to a four-year college or university, but the curriculum is also designed to provide general education for those who desire it.
Requirements are listed on the following pages for programs granting Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees. The Associate in Arts requirements are designed to give students a balanced distribution of courses in English, humanities and social sciences. The Associate in Science requirements are designed to give a student a balance between mathematics and laboratory sciences. These programs have been formulated to ensure a maximum level of acceptance for the transfer student regardless of the program for which he/she applies at a four-year institution.
Students interested in a flexible exploratory course of study and the option of a self-structured curriculum may pursue Liberal Arts—General Studies. This program offers the student a course of study leading to an Associate in Science degree and an opportunity to experience courses in other curricula.
SUNY General Education Student Learning Outcomes
The SUNY General Education knowledge and skills areas and the two competencies now function as the basis for the Liberal Arts Program outcomes. These General Education Requirements are detailed in the Academic Information section of this catalog . Students are strongly encouraged to fulfill the SUNY General Education Requirement prior to degree completion in order to facilitate seamless transfer to a four-year program.
Students selecting the Humanities degree should be interested in transferring to a baccalaureate degree program after completion of their associate degree at Erie Community College. The Humanities degree is broad enough to transfer as the core foundation for a variety of baccalaureate degrees in liberal arts, education and pre-professional programs. However, most students selecting the Humanities degree have one or more of the following interests: pursuing a four-year degree in teacher certification at the elementary school level or in secondary English; pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts or a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art, Dance, Drama, English, French, Humanities, Music, Philosophy, Sign Language, Spanish or combination of these areas; pursuing other professional careers related to these fields.
The Humanities Department has joint articulation agreements with several four-year colleges and universities in the region. The program has excellent transferability to all SUNY institutions as well as private colleges in the Western New York area. Completion of the Humanities Associate in Arts degree allows the student to transfer to a four-year institution as full first semester juniors in most cases.
Total Degree Credits: 60.0