Jun 14, 2024  
2023-2024 College Catalog 
    
2023-2024 College Catalog

Liberal Arts and Sciences - Humanities and Social Science, A.A.


Associate in Arts
HEGIS #5649
Department Chairperson: Dr. Elizabeth Yanoff
Higbee Hall, Room 109, (518) 629-7250

This major is the traditional beginning of a baccalaureate liberal arts program. The emphasis in a liberal arts transfer program is on breadth of knowledge rather than depth. Students take courses in several different fields to assist their selection of a specific field at the transfer institution.

Students in this program have a wide choice on the baccalaureate level in the typical liberal arts and science majors. The program has had an excellent transfer reputation with four-year private and public institutions across the country. Transfer agreements and majors are updated regularly to meet student needs.

The Board of Trustees of the State University of New York has established a policy which guarantees admission to an upper division program in the State University to all community college graduates receiving Associate in Arts degrees. Admission to the upper division program is based on the student meeting the entrance requirements of the chosen program.

Students in this program also have the opportunity to pursue dedicated SUNY Transfer Paths and provides general education along with discipline specific courses for inclusion into a broader Associate of Arts degree. Students will work closely with their academic advisors to select additional courses within their field of study to obtain junior status in their desired baccalaureate program.

Tracks in this program that are designed for the SUNY Transfer Paths include:

Degree requirements can be fulfilled through evening course offerings.

Transfer credit is evaluated at the student’s request. Transfer credit will be awarded at the discretion of the department chair in accordance with the college and discipline specific departmental policies to support the educational plan made between the academic advisor and the student. The use of transfer credit may affect transfer to other two- and four-year programs, as well as financial aid eligibility.

Program Entrance Requirements

Courses Entry Term Special Notes H.S. Average
Algebra and geometry or 2 units of equivalent academic math and 1 unit of any lab science (70 or above in each course) Fall and Spring Strongly recommend algebra II, biology, chemistry and physics. Courses of study in: behavioral and social sciences, foreign studies, journalism, political science and other specialized areas. 70 or above

The estimated cost of books for the student enrolled in the first full-time term as outlined would be approximately $560.

Total Credits Required: 61


Major Requirements*


*or specific course equivalents as approved by the department chairperson.
** Required of first time full-time students.

(1) History Elective Credits: 3


Course must be designated as both “SUNY-GER U.S. History and Civic Engagement or World History and Global Awareness” and “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Social Science” course.

(2) Laboratory Science Elective Credits: 3


Course must be designated as both “SUNY-GER Natural Sciences (and Scientific Reasoning) ” laboratory and “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Science” course.

(3) Mathematics OR Science Elective Credits: 3


Course must be designated as either “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Mathematics or Science” course.

(4) Social Science Electives Credits: 6


Courses must be designated as both “SUNY-GER Social Science” and “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Social Sciences” courses.

(5) Arts Elective Credits: 3


Course must be designated as both “SUNY-GER Arts” and “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Humanities” course.

(6) Mathematics Elective Credits: 3


Course must be designated as both “SUNY-GER Mathematics (and Scientific Reasoning)” and “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Mathematics” course.

(7) Humanities Elective Credits: 3


Course must be designated as both “SUNY-GER Humanities” and “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Humanities” course.

(8) Humanities OR Social Science Electives Credits: 6


Courses must be designated as either “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Humanities or Social Science” courses. One course must be designated as a SUNY-GER Diversity: Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice (DEISJ) course.  For the other course, students who enter without one unit of a foreign language in high school are strongly recommended to include a semester of a foreign language.

Total Credits Required: 61


Suggested Course Sequence for Full-Time Study


First Term


Second Term


Term Total: 15


Third Term


  • Literature Elective Credits: 3
  • Mathematics OR Science Elective Credits: 3
  • Social Science Elective Credits: 3
  • Humanities OR Social Science Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective as Advised Credits: 3

Term Total: 15


Fourth Term


  • Literature Elective Credits: 3
  • Social Science Elective Credits: 3
  • Humanities OR Social Science Elective Credits: 3
  • Health OR Physical Education Elective: Credits: 1
  • Electives as Advised Credits: 6

Term Total: 16


Art History and Gallery Studies Track


The Liberal Arts and Sciences- Humanities and Social Science Art History and Gallery Studies Track is based on the SUNY Transfer Paths and provides general education along with discipline specific courses for inclusion into a broader Associate of Arts degree. Students will work closely with their academic advisors to select additional courses within their field of study to obtain junior status in their desired baccalaureate program.

Art History and Gallery Studies Track Requirements*


*or specific course equivalents as approved by the department chairperson.
** Required of first time full-time students.

(1) Mathematics Elective Credits: 3


Course must be designated as both “SUNY General Education Mathematics” and “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Mathematics” course. Recommended:

(2) Social Science Electives Credits: 6


Courses must be designated as both “SUNY General Education Social Science” and “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Social Sciences” courses.

(4) Laboratory Science Elective Credits: 3


Course must be designated as both “SUNY General Education Natural Science” laboratory and “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Science” course.

(5) Mathematics or Science Elective Credits: 3


Course must be designated as either “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Mathematics or Science” course.

Total Credits Required: 61


Suggested Course Sequence for Full-Time Study: Art History and Gallery Studies Track


Term Total: 15

Term Total: 15

Third Term


Term Total: 15

Fourth Term


Term Total: 16

Communication (Media) Track


The Liberal Arts and Sciences - Humanities and Social Science Communication (Media) Track is based on the SUNY Transfer Paths and provides general education along with discipline specific courses for inclusion into a broader Associate of Arts degree. Students will work closely with their academic advisors to select additional courses within their field of study to obtain junior status in their desired baccalaureate program.

Communication (Media) Track Requirements*


*or specific course equivalents as approved by the department chairperson.
** Required of first time full-time students.

(1) Laboratory Science Elective Credits: 3


Course must be designated as both “SUNY General Education Natural Science” laboratory and “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Science” course.

(3) Mathematics OR Science Elective Credits: 3


Course must be designated as either “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Mathematics or Science” course.

(4) Social Science Electives Credits: 6


Courses must be designated as both “SUNY General Education Social Science” and “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Social Sciences” courses.

(5) Arts Elective Credits: 3


Course must be designated as both “SUNY General Education Arts” and “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Humanities” course.

(6) Diversity: Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice credits: 3


Course must be designated as both “SUNY-GER Diversity: Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice” and “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences” course.

Total Credits Required: 61


Suggested Course Sequence for Full-Time Study: Communication (Media) Track


Term Total: 15

Term Total: 15

Third Term


Term Total: 15

Fourth Term


Term Total: 16

Communication (Non-Media) Track


The Liberal Arts and Sciences- Humanities and Social Science Communication (Non-Media) Track is based on the SUNY Transfer Paths and provides general education along with discipline specific courses for inclusion into a broader Associate of Arts degree. Students will work closely with their academic advisors to select additional courses within their field of study to obtain junior status in their desired baccalaureate program.

Communication (Non-Media) Track Requirements*


*or specific course equivalents as approved by the department chairperson.
** Required of first time full-time students.

(1) Mathematics Elective Credits: 3


Course must be designated as both “SUNY General Education Mathematics” and “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Mathematics” course.

(3) History Electives Credits: 3


Course must be designated as both “SUNY-GER U.S. History and Civic Engagement or World History and Global Awarness” and “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Social Science” course.

(4) Laboratory Science Elective Credits: 3


Course must be designated as both “SUNY General Education Natural Science” laboratory and “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Science” course.

(6) Mathematics OR Science Elective Credits: 3


Course must be designated as either “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Mathematics or Science” course.

(7) Social Science Electives Credits: 6


Course must be designated as both “SUNY General Education Social Science” and “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Social Science” course.

(8) Humanities Elective Credits: 3


Course must be designated as ”HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Humanities” course. Students who enter without one unit of a foreign language in high school are strongly recommended to include a semester of a foreign language.

(9) Humanities OR Social Science Elective Credits: 3


Courses must be designated as either “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Humanities or Social Science” courses. Students who enter without one unit of a foreign language in high school are strongly recommended to include a semester of a foreign language.

(10) Diversity: Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Credits: 3


Course must be designated as both “SUNY-GER Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice (DEISJ)” and “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Humanities or Social Science” course.

Total Credits Required: 61


Suggested Course Sequence for Full-Time Study: Communication (Non-Media) Track


First Term


Term Total: 15

Second Term


Term Total: 15

Third Term


  • Credits: 3
  • Literature Elective Credits: 3
  • Mathematics OR Science Elective Credits: 3
  • Social Science Elective Credits: 3
  • Humanities OR Social Science Elective Credits: 3
Term Total: 15

Fourth Term


  • Credits: 3
  • Literature Elective Credits: 3
  • Social Science Elective Credits: 3
  • Humanities OR Social Science Elective Credits: 3
  • Health OR Physical Education Elective Credits: 1
  • Elective as Advised Credits: 3
Term Total: 16

English Track


The Liberal Arts and Sciences - Humanities and Social Science English Track is based on the SUNY Transfer Paths and provides general education along with discipline specific courses for inclusion into a broader Associate of Arts degree. Students will work closely with their academic advisors to select additional courses within their field of study to obtain junior status in their desired baccalaureate program.

English Track Requirements*


*or specific course equivalents as approved by the department chairperson.
** Required of first time full-time students.

(1) Mathematics Elective Credits: 3


Course must be designated as both “SUNY General Education Mathematics” and “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Mathematics” course.

(3) History Elective Credits: 3


Course must be designated as SUNY-GER ”U.S. History and Civic Engagement” or “World History and Global Awareness” and “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Social Science” course.

(4) Humanities Elective Credits: 3


Course must be designated as both “SUNY General Education Humanities” and “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Humanities” course.

(5) Laboratory Science Elective Credits: 3


Course must be designated as both “SUNY General Education Natural Science” laboratory and “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Science” course.

(7) Mathematics OR Science Elective Credits: 3


Course must be designated as either “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Mathematics or Science” course.

(8) Social Science Electives Credits: 6


Courses must be designated as both “SUNY General Education Social Science” and “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Social Science” courses.

(9) Diversity: Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Elective Credits: 3


Course must be designated as both “SUNY-GER Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice (DEISJ)” and “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Humanities or Social Science” course.

(10) Electives as Advised Credits: 13


  • ENGL 117  recommended.
  • Recommended for degree completion by advisement and based on transfer and career goals, students intending to enter a four-year degree program in an English teacher preparation program are required to complete two semesters of foreign language.

Total Credits Required: 61


Suggested Course Sequence for Full-Time Study: English Track


First Term


Term Total: 15

Second Term


Term Total: 15

Third Term


  • Literature Elective Credits: 3
  • Mathematics OR Science Elective Credits: 3
  • Social Science Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective as Advised Credit: 3
  • Elective as Advised Credit: 3
Term Total: 15

Fourth Term


  • Literature Elective Credits: 3
  • Social Science Elective Credits: 3
  • Humanities OR Social Science Elective Credits: 3
  • Health OR Physical Education Elective Credits: 1
  • Elective as Advised Credit: 3
  • Elective as Advised Credit: 3
Term Total: 16

History Track


The Liberal Arts and Sciences - Humanities and Social Science History Track is based on the SUNY Transfer Paths and provides general education along with discipline specific courses for inclusion into a broader Associate of Arts degree. Students will work closely with their academic advisors to select additional courses within their field of study to obtain junior status in their desired baccalaureate program.

History Track Requirements*


*or specific course equivalents as approved by the department chairperson.
** Required of first time full-time students.

(1) Mathematics Elective Credits: 3


Course must be designated as both “SUNY General Education Mathematics” and “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Mathematics” course.

(3) Humanities Elective Credits: 3


Course must be designated as both “SUNY General Education Humanities” and “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Humanities” course.

(4) Laboratory Science Elective Credits: 3


Course must be designated as both “SUNY General Education Natural Science” laboratory and “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Science” course.

(5) Social Science Electives Credits: 6


Courses must be designated as both “SUNY General Education Social Science” and “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Social Sciences” courses.

(7) Mathematics OR Science Elective Credits: 3


Course must be designated as either “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Mathematics or Science” course.

(8) Restricted Liberal Arts and Sciences Electives Credits: 6


Courses must be designated as both “SUNY General Education Social Science or Foreign Language” and “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences” courses.

Recommend

(9) History Survey Elective Credits: 3


(10) Humanities OR Social Science Elective Credits: 3


Course must be designated as a SUNY-GER “Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Social Justice (DEISJ)” and either a “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences, Humanities or Social Sciences” course.

(11) World History and Global Awareness Elective Credits: 3


Course must be designated as both “SUNY-GER World History and Global Awareness” and “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences” course.

 

Total Credits Required: 61


Suggested Course Sequence for Full-Time Study: History Track


First Term


Term Total: 15

Second Term


Term Total: 15

Third Term


  • Literature Elective Credits: 3
  • Mathematics OR Science Elective Credits: 3
  • Restricted Liberal Arts and Sciences Elective Credits: 3
  • History Survey Elective Credits: 3
  • Humanities OR Social Science Elective Credits: 3
Term Total: 15

Fourth Term


  • Social Science Elective Credits: 3
  • Literature Elective Credits: 3
  • Restricted Liberal Arts and Sciences Elective Credits: 3
  • Western Civilization Elective Credits: 3
  • Health OR Physical Education Elective Credits: 1
  • Elective as Advised Credits: 3
Term Total: 16

Political Science Track


The Liberal Arts and Sciences- Humanities and Social Science Political Science Track is based on the SUNY Transfer Paths and provides general education along with discipline specific courses for inclusion into a broader Associate of Arts degree. Students will work closely with their academic advisors to select additional courses within their field of study to obtain junior status in their desired baccalaureate program.

Political Science Track Requirements*


*or specific course equivalents as approved by the department chairperson.
** Required of first time full-time students.

(1) Mathematics Elective Credits: 3


Course must be designated as both “SUNY General Education Mathematics” and “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Mathematics” course.

(3) Laboratory Science Elective Credits: 3


Course must be designated as both “SUNY General Education Natural Science” laboratory and “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Science” course.

(4) History Elective Credits: 3


Course must be designated as both “SUNY General Education American History or Other World Civilizations” and “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Social Science” course.

(6) Mathematics OR Science Elective Credits: 3


Course must be designated as either “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Mathematics or Science” course.

(7) Restricted Liberal Arts Elective Credits: 3


Course must be designated as both “SUNY-GER Humanities, Arts or World Languages” and “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences” course. Students who enter without one unit of a foreign language in high school are strongly recommended to include a semester of a foreign language.

Recommend:

(8) Humanities Elective Credits: 3


Course must be designated as both “SUNY General Education Humanities” and “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Humanities” course.

(9) Diversity: Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Elective Credits:3


Course must be designated as both “SUNY-GER Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice (DEISJ)” and “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences” course.

Total Credits Required: 61


Suggested Course Sequence for Full-Time Study: Political Science Track


First Term


Term Total: 15

Second Term


Term Total: 15

Third Term


Term Total: 15

Fourth Term


Term Total: 16

Psychology Track


This track has been deactivated effective Fall 2022 and as such, applications are no longer being accepted.

Please see Psychology, AA   program

The Liberal Arts and Sciences - Humanities and Social Science Psychology Track is based on the SUNY Transfer Paths and provides general education along with discipline specific courses for inclusion into a broader Associate of Arts degree. Students will work closely with their academic advisors to select additional courses within their field of study to obtain junior status in their desired baccalaureate program.

Psychology Track Requirements*


*or specific course equivalents as approved by the department chairperson.
** Required of first time full-time students.

(1) Mathematics Elective Credits: 3


Course must be designated as both “SUNY General Education Mathematics” and “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Mathematics” course. Recommend:

(2) Humanities Elective Credits: 3


Course must be designated as both “SUNY General Education Humanities” and “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Humanities” course.

(3) Laboratory Science Elective Credits: 3


Course must be designated as both “SUNY General Education Natural Science” laboratory and “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Science” course. Biology course recommended.

(5) Restricted Social Science Electives Credits: 6


Two courses must be chosen from:

(6) Mathematics OR Science Elective Credits: 3


Course must be designated as either “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Mathematics or Science” course.

(8) Restricted Electives as Advised Credits: 3


Course must be designated as both “SUNY General Education Humanities or Foreign Language” and “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences” course. Students who enter without one unit of a foreign language in high school are strongly recommended to include a semester of a foreign language.

(9) History Elective Credits: 3


Course must be designated as both “SUNY General Education American History or Other World Civilizations” and “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Social Science” course.

Note


*Additional courses recommended for degree completion by advisement based on transferability:

Total Credits Required: 61


Suggested Course Sequence for Full-Time Study: Psychology Track


First Term


Term Total: 15

Second Term


Term Total: 15

Third Term


Term Total: 15

Fourth Term


  • Credits: 3
  • Restricted Social Science Elective Credits: 3
  • Literature Elective Credits: 3
  • History Elective Credits: 3
  • Health OR Physical Education Elective Credits: 1
  • Elective as Advised Credits: 3
Term Total: 16

Term Total:15


(9) Diversity: Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Elective Credits:3


Course must be designated as both “SUNY-GER Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice (DEISJ)” and “HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences” course.