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Liberal Arts & Sciences: Social Science

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AA Degree – Code #0212

Dr. Jill Priest Amati, Department Chair and Program Coordinator
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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.


  • 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 terminology related to theories of and research in the social sciences.

Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Programs

Alfred State liberal arts and 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 – 0 percent are employed; 100 percent continued their education.

Related Programs

Entrance Requirements/recommendations

Required: Algebra

Recommended: Geometry, Biology 

Office of Accessibility Services

Students who believe they need a reasonable accommodation to properly participate in this program may contact Melanie Ryan in the Office of Accessibility Services. This office may be contacted by email at  or by phone at 607-587-4506. Please keep in mind that some accommodations may take time to implement, so students seeking accommodations are encouraged to contact OAS as early as possible.

Liberal Arts and Sciences: Social Science - AA Degree



COMP 1503 Writing Studies 3
PSYC 1013 General Psychology 3
SOCI 1163 General Sociology 3
MATH xxx3 Gen Ed Math Elective 3
HPED xxx1 Phys Ed Elective 1
GLST 2113 Global & Diverse Perspectives 3


PSYC 1023 Human Development 3
LITR 2603 Introduction to Literature 3
SOCI xxx3 Sociology Elective 3
XXXX xxx3 Open Elective 3
XXXX xxx3 Gen Ed American History Elective 3


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


HIST 1113 Hist of West Civil Since 1648 3
XXXX  xxxx Natural Science Elective 3-4
XXXX  xxx3 Open Elective 3
XXXX  xxx3 Open Elective 3
SOCI 1223 Power, Privilege, & Difference 3

Also required: One credit hour of physical education.


  • 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