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Liberal Arts & Sciences: Social Science

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AA Degree – Code #0212

Jill Priest Amati, Department Chair and Program Coordinator
Email address: amatijp@alfredstate.edu

This transfer program emphasizes course work in the social and behavioral sciences and in the liberal arts. By careful selection of electives, you will be well placed to enter baccalaureate programs at the third-year level with all your general education requirements met.

Advantages

  • Students have the benefit of small classes taught by expert faculty who take an interest in each student’s success and are advised by faculty within their concentration area.
  • Students interested in education, criminal justice, psychology, sociology, history, or political science may enroll in advanced courses at Alfred University through cross-registration at no extra cost.

Program 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 theories of and research in the social sciences.

Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Programs

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

Continuing Education 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 professional fields such 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.

Employment Statistics

Employment and continuing education rate of 100 percent – 42 percent are employed; 58 percent continued their education.

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Entrance Requirements/recommendations

Required: Algebra

Recommended: Geometry, Biology 

Liberal Arts & Sciences: Social Science - AA Degree

TYPICAL FOUR-SEMESTER PROGRAM

First

COMP 1503 Freshman Composition 3
PSYC 1013 General Psychology 3
SOCI 1163 General Sociology 3
MATH xxx3 Gen Ed Math Elective 3
XXXX  xxx3 Gen Ed American History Elective 3
      15

Second

PSYC 1023 Human Development 3
LITR 2603 Introduction to Literature 3
SOCI xxx3 Sociology Elective 3
MATH xxx3 Math Elective 3
XXXX xxx3 Gen Ed Western Civilization Elective 3
   
      15

Third

SOCI 1183 Contemporary Social Problems 3
PSYC xxx3 Psychology Elective 3
SPCH 1083 Effective Speaking 3
XXXX xxxx Natural Science Elective 3-4
XXXX xxxx Open Elective 3
      15-16

Fourth

XXXX  xxx3 Gen Ed Other World Civilization Elective 3
XXXX  xxxx Natural Science Elective 3-4
XXXX  xxx3 Open Elective 3
XXXX  xxx3 Open Elective 3
SOCI 1223 Power, Privilege, & Difference 3
      15-16

Also required: One credit hour of physical education.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Good academic standing (2.0 cumulative GPA) or higher
  • Successful completion of all courses in the prescribed four-semester plan
  • Submission of the college's degree application form