Liberal Arts and Sciences: Social Science

The Liberal Arts and Sciences - Social Science degree emphasizes courses that focus on the theory of social interaction and human behavior. Required course work includes history, psychology, sociology, English, and a capstone course. The capstone course is thematically based and taken during the last semester of study. It provides the opportunity to complete original research in the social sciences. This program is designed for transfer to four-year programs in social science and related fields.

Students intending to transfer to a four year psychology major should work closely with their advisor to ensure that appropriate courses are selected. The psychology faculty have developed specific recommendations for the social science capstone; social science electives (based on area of interest in psychology); math and science courses; and unrestricted electives requirements.

Graduates of the Liberal Arts & Sciences – Social Science A.S. Program will:

•    demonstrate appropriate and effective written and oral communication skills that reflect social science reasoning
•    demonstrate the ability to locate, critically evaluate, and effectively use social scientific research
•    demonstrate knowledge of social science research, methods, and theoretical principles
•    articulate an understanding of how privilege and inequality are socially and historically constructed

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While the curriculum for this program is designed primarily for transfer to a bachelor’s degree program, students develop vital transferrable skills that support them in the workplace as well. A quality liberal arts education provides students with one of the many lenses through which they view the world and prepares them to pursue a wide array of careers. We encourage students to intentionally engage in applied learning opportunities (such as volunteering, services learning, internships, jobs, research, etc.) as well to gain valuable hands-on experience. Learn about some of the many jobs students explore: 

Program Chair

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Travis Vande Berg Ph.D.

Professor, Sociology

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Transfer Options

Recent graduates have transferred to many four-year institutions including:

  • University at Albany
  • Binghamton University
  • Buffalo State College
  • Cornell University
  • SUNY College at Cortland
  • Empire State College
  • SUNY College at Geneseo
  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Hofstra University
  • Ithaca College
  • SUNY College at Oneonta
  • SUNY College at Oswego
  • SUNY College at Plattsburgh
  • St. John's University
  • Wells College

 

Degree Requirements

A.S.
Minimum Credits for Graduation: 60 credits

Note: Social Sciences Electives and Unrestricted Electives should be chosen in consultation with the student's advisor, taking into consideration the intended four-year transfer institution and degree program.

Fall Term 1

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 15
ENGL100, Academic Writing I, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
PSYC103, Introduction to Psychology, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
SOCI101, Introduction to Sociology, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Choose one from the courses listed below:
Minimum credits required: 3
MATH109, Statistical Literacy Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
MATH120, College Algebra Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
MATH138, Precalculus Mathematics Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
MATH200, Statistics Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
MATH201, Calculus I Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
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Spring Term 1

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 15
ANTH202, Cultural Anthropology, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
ENGL101, Academic Writing II, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
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Fall Term 2

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 15
ENGL102, Approaches to Literature, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
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Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
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Spring Term 2

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 15
Choose one from the courses listed below:
Minimum credits required: 3
HSTY290, Social Science Capstone Course Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
PSYC290, Social Science Capstone Course Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
SOCI290, Social Science Capstone Course Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Choose one from the courses listed below:
Minimum credits required: 3
ENGL201, Public Speaking Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
ENGL204, Interpersonal Communication Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
ENGL210, Intercultural Communication Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
Select a course from category 4-American History or 5-Western Civilization.
ART101, Art History: Ancient to Early Medieval, 3 cr.
HSTY101, Development of the Western Tradition I, 3 cr.
HSTY102, Development of the Western Tradition II, 3 cr.
HSTY201, American History to 1877, 3 cr.
HSTY202, American History Since 1877, 3 cr.
HSTY225, African American History, 3 cr.
HSTY233, Women in U.S. History, 3 cr.
HSTY255, Labor History, 3 cr.
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Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
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Select a minimum of 0 credits from the courses listed below:
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SUNY General Education & Tompkins Cortland Liberal Arts courses

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