The Liberal Arts and Sciences General Studies degree option provides students with a strong foundation in general education and the flexibility to develop their own course of study with a number of electives in the curriculum. This program can be used either by students who want a degree program that develops the liberal arts and science skills that employers seek, students who are unsure of their plans and need flexibility to explore educational options, or by students who wish to develop their own personally planned course of study, with the help an advisor, because of specific educational needs and career goals. The AA degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences General Studies is also intended to prepare students for transfer to four-year baccalaureate programs.

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Program and Course Information

Program
Campus
Day/Evening
Ammerman - Eastern - Grant
HEGIS Code - 5649, CIP Code - 24.0102
Program Learning OutcomesCurriculum Code: LAGS-AA
 

     This curriculum is designed for students seeking a liberal arts education which will develop their intellect, enhance their self-expression, contribute to a sense of self-fulfillment, and provide an understanding of our common cultural heritage. The program focuses on a central core of learning experiences in the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and mathematics and constitutes an ideal foundation and preparation for those students who plan to continue their studies toward a baccalaureate degree at a four-year college or university. At the same time, it also offers sufficient flexibility and opportunity for exploration to serve the needs of those students who are undecided about their career goals and who wish to explore diverse fields of interest.

FIRST SEMESTER: 17-18 credits Credits
  COL101: College Seminar 1
  COM101: Introduction to Human Communication
or COM105: Public Speaking
3
  ENG101: Standard Freshman Composition 3
  HIS101: Western Civilization I
or IND101: Civilization: The Human Experience I
3
  Mathematics Elective 3-4
  Physical Education 1
* Social Sciences Elective (See Note 2) 3

SECOND SEMESTER: 17 credits Credits
  ENG102: Introduction to Literature 3
  HIS102: Western Civilization II
or IND102: Civilization:The Human Experience II
3
  Laboratory Science Elective 4
  Physical Education 1
* Social Sciences Elective (see Note 2) 3
** Visual Arts, Cinema Studies, Music, or Theatre Elective (ART, CIN, MUS, or THR) 3

THIRD SEMESTER: 15-16 credits Credits
  English Elective 3
*** Humanities Elective I: Philosophy or Foreign Language 3
  Liberal Arts and Sciences Elective 3
  Mathematics or Science Elective 3-4
  Unrestricted Elective 3

FOURTH SEMESTER: 15-16 credits Credits
*** Humanities Elective II (see Footnote) 3
  Mathematics or Science Elective 3-4
Other World Civilizations Social Sciences Elective 3
  Unrestricted Electives (2 Courses) 6

MINIMUM CREDITS REQUIRED 64

* Criminal Justice courses do not fulfill a social sciences requirement.
** This requirement cannot be fulfilled by MUS124, MUS128 or 2-credit music performance courses. It also cannot be fulfilled by ART115, ART116, ART120, ART121, ART122, ART126, or ART128. The only Cinema Studies courses that can be used to fulfill this requirement are CIN114 and CIN156.
*** Humanities Electives I and II:
a) If a philosophy course is selected to fulfill the Humanities Elective I, students can select one of the following to fulfill the Humanities Elective II: philosophy, foreign language, English, communications, art, music, theatre, or any other Humanities course designated "HUM" except HUM130.
b) If a foreign language course is selected to fulfill the Humanities Elective I, students must fulfill the Humanities Elective II by selecting either the next higher course in the same foreign language or a philosophy course.
Liberal arts and sciences electives include most courses in the humanities, natural sciences, mathematics, and social sciences. Performance or studio courses (e.g., drawing, painting, acting, ensembles) are generally not considered liberal arts and sciences.
Other World Civilizations Social Sciences electives include the following: ANT101, ANT105, ANT203, ANT211, GEO101, GEO102, GEO103, HIS107, HIS110, HIS118, HIS119, HIS120, POL107, or POL111.
  NOTES: 1) No more than 17 credits from any one discipline (e.g. SOC, MAT, THR) can be used to fulfill requirements.
2) Students planning to transfer to a SUNY four-year institution are strongly advised to take HIS103 or HIS104 and to take at least one semester of a foreign language. See the SUNY General Education Requirements.
3) See Transfer Agreements for articulation agreements with four-year colleges and universities.

Program Learning Outcomes provide you with an overview of the skills and knowledge you will attain after graduating from the Suffolk County Community College's degree or certificate programs.


Contact Us

Liberal Arts and Sciences General Studies Program Administrators

Ammerman Campus
Dr. Jean Anastasia
generalstudies@sunysuffolk.edu

Eastern Campus
Rachael Millings
generalstudies@sunysuffolk.edu

Michael J. Grant Campus
Melissa Adeyeye
generalstudies@sunysuffolk.edu

Central Admissions

Phone: (631) 451-4414
Fax: (631) 451-4415
admissions@sunysuffolk.edu