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Fall 2014 Catalog 
Fall 2014 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Liberal Arts and Science-Humanities and Social Science/Humanities, A.A.

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Degree: Associate in Arts
HEGIS Code: 5649
Curriculum Code: 0201
Campus Location: City, North, South
, Distance
Liberal Arts Division 

Pre-Admission Recommendations: HS or HSE (High School Equivalency) 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.

Program Description

The Humanities degree prepares students for transfer 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 bachelor’s degree in Art, Dance, Drama, English, French, Humanities, Music, Philosophy, Sign Language, Spanish or combination of these areas; pursuing a four-year degree in teacher certification at the elementary school level or in secondary English; and pursuing other professional careers related to these fields.

Completion of the degree qualifies the student for the SUNY Transfer Guarantee, guaranteeing access to a four-year program at a SUNY institution. The program is also in compliance with SUNY Seamless Transfer requirements and its focus on core skills aims to prepare students for success at the next educational level and for lifelong learning.

Students can craft part-time, accelerated, and online versions of the program with the help of an academic advisor.

Program Competencies

Upon graduating with an Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Arts - Humanities, the student will be able to:

  • fulfill SUNY General Education Learning Outcomes in seven of ten areas;
  • demonstrate basic literacy in educational technologies;
  • conduct research using a variety of sources, strategies, and approaches;
  • achieve the highest level of competency in each of the six ECC Learning Outcomes;
  • demonstrate competency in one or more areas of the humanities (Art, Dance, Drama, English, French, Music, Philosophy, Sign Language, Spanish).

Required Courses

Total Degree Credits: 60.0


  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Students must fulfill the SUNY General Education Requirement as a condition for graduation. Note 1
  • 8 Courses and 24 Credits in the Humanities. Note 2
  • 5 Courses and 15 Credits of Additional Electives. Note 3
  • Additional credits as required to reach 30 credits of SUNY General Education and 60 total credits for the degree.
  • The student must fulfill the requirements of at least one SUNY Transfer Path by completing the required courses. The advantage of fulfilling a SUNY Transfer Path is a guarantee of transfer into a SUNY four-year school. Students who are not interested in any of the existing transfer paths should consult an advisor in order to customize their degree path.


  1. The SUNY General Education Requirement is 30 credits in at least seven of the ten SUNY General Education categories.
    • The following four categories must be fulfilled: Basic Communication, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences.
    • Two of the following must be fulfilled: Humanities, Art, or Foreign Language.
    • At least one of the following must be fulfilled: American History, Western Civilization, Other World Civilization.
  2. The following disciplines and courses qualify as Humanities courses: 
    • Art - All Courses
    • Dance - All Courses
    • Drama/Theater - All Courses
    • English - Select from the Following: EN111, 114, 121, 130, 140, 141, 150, 151, 160, 161, 162, 163, 205, 206, 210, 211, 214, 215, 220, 221, 225, 230, 235, 236, 240, 245, 250, 260, 265, 270, 275, 280, 285, 286, 290, 292, 294, 296, 297, 298, 299.
    • French - All Courses
    • Honors - HP200 - Honors Capstone
    • Music - All Courses
    • Philosophy - All Courses
    • Sign Language - All Courses
    • Spanish - All Courses
  3. Any courses in the course catalog. The student is encouraged to use these electives to fulfill the SUNY Transfer Path requirement. SUNY Transfer Paths can be reviewed here: www.suny.edu/attend/get-started/transfer-students/suny-transfer-paths/suny-transfer-paths-all/.


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