Sep 23, 2023  
2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Humanities, A.A.

Degree: Associate in Arts
HEGIS Code: 5649
Curriculum Code: 2872.HUM
Campus Location: City, North,
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.

Program Description

The content, ideas, intellectual frameworks, skills, and attitudes addressed in these courses are easily applied to any career goal. The Humanities degree program includes the foundation courses for many college majors. 

The Humanities degree curriculum is designed to allow maximum flexibility in creating a program which best serves the interests and goals of individual students.  Such a broad-based liberal arts curriculum is appropriate for students who plan to transfer into a bachelor’s degree program in fields such as Dance, Drama, English, International Studies, Modern Languages, Music, Philosophy, or Pre-Law.  Students uncertain about their long-term educational and career goals will find that this program provides a valuable opportunity to explore and test their interests.

Students intending to use this degree program as a basis for baccalaureate study and transfer should meet with an advisor to ensure that their course selections meet the requirements of the college to which they plan to transfer.

Program Competencies

Upon completion of an Associate in Arts degree in Humanities, the student will be able to:

  • exhibit a command of the global nature of communication through foreign language and/or the Arts;
  • apply the vocabulary, concepts, and various ethical theories related to the Arts and Humanities disciplines;
  • creatively solve problems;
  • demonstrate competency in one or more areas of the humanities (Art, Dance, Drama, English, French, Music, Philosophy, Sign Language, Spanish); and
  • explain the breadth, diversity, and creativity of human experience as expressed in the Humanities and the Arts.


Total Degree Credits: 60.0

Program Requirements

  • Students must fulfill the SUNY General Education Requirement as a condition for graduation. Notes 1, 2
  • EN 100 - Composition I: Rhetorical Strategies Credit Hours: 3
  • EN 101 - Composition for the Humanities Credit Hours: 3
  • 6 Humanities Courses (3 of which must be at a 200 level) Credit Hours: 18  Note 3
  • Philosophy: Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics, or Biomedical Ethics Credit Hours: 3
  • Global Perspective Credit Hours: 3 Note 4
  • SUNY General Education Knowledge Area: Mathematics Credit Hours: 3
  • SUNY General Education Knowledge Area: Natural Sciences Credit Hours: 3
  • SUNY General Education Knowledge Area: Social Sciences Credit Hours: 3
  • SUNY General Education Knowledge Area: Choose one course from one of these three areas- American History, Western Civilization, Other World Civilization- Credit Hours: 3
  • 5 Liberal Arts Elective Credit Hours: 15
  • 1 Open Elective Courses Credit Hours: 3 Note 5
  • 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 adviser in order to customize their degree path.


  1. Students completing the program can fulfill  SUNY Transfer Path Requirement for the discipline most closely related to their interests. See your advisor for details
  2. 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.
    • At least 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.
  3. The following disciplines and courses qualify as Humanities courses: 
    • Art - All Courses
    • Dance - All Courses
    • Drama/Theater - All Courses
    • English - Select from the Following: EN 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
  4.  Global Perspective courses include: AT280, AT281, AT282, DT101, DT103, DT110, DT111, MU100, all FR, SL, SP.
  5.  Any courses in the course catalog.