Feb 24, 2020
Division: Business, Behavioral/Social Sciences, Public & Human Services
Academic Dept: Behavioral/Social Sciences
Curriculum Chair: Prof. George Keteku
A Note about Program Requirements
The requirements listed below are for students entering into this program in Spring 2016. Students who entered the program during a prior semester will find their specific requirements listed in the Catalog under which they entered. Archived Catalogs are accessible through the dropdown menu above.
Students enrolled in this program have an excellent opportunity to explore the various social and behavioral sciences while completing requirements in other academic areas such as the humanities, mathematics, and biological and physical sciences.
The Social Science curriculum is an excellent transfer program since it parallels the first two years of most baccalaureate liberal arts programs. Most graduates are able to transfer with sufficient credits to complete their bachelor’s degree in two additional years of full-time study.
The Social Science curriculum is an excellent starting point for students interested in careers in teaching (elementary, secondary, and college), pre-professional programs (such as law and medicine), business, government, social work, non-profit organizations, and international agencies.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of key concepts and fundamental theoretical principles in at least 3 different social science disciplines, as well as the similarities and differences across disciplines.
- Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of research methods used widely in the social sciences.
- Students will gain a broad liberal education in the social sciences, giving them a broad foundation for later life, flexibility in transferring to baccalaureate programs, and a foundation for job opportunities.
- Students will demonstrate an ability to think critically and apply logical reasoning to practical problems and issues using concepts from the disciplines studied. This will be done through problem solving and research scenarios.
- Students will demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively – orally and in writing – both individually and in group settings. They will be able to express and explain the “great” ideas in each discipline they have studied. They will be able to discuss and debate different points of view within their disciplines.
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of the historical context of their current lives and of the development of the disciplines studied.
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of the contemporary world and develop a sense of their place in a global setting. They will develop an appreciation for the range of human experiences in the world.
General Education Requirements - 31 Credits
Students are required to fulfill a certain number of credits within the specific categories shown below. Where specific courses are not listed within these categories, courses must be selected from the list of SUNY General Education Courses .
Basic Communication (3 credits)
Natural Sciences (4 credits)
Social Sciences (9 credits)
Select THREE courses from THREE DIFFERENT disciplines.
Other World Civilizations (3 credits)
Degree Requirements - 29 Credits
Select ONE from the following:
Liberal Arts - Category 1
Select TWO courses from the following disciplines.
- Anthropology (ANTHR)
- Economics (ECON)
- Geography (GEOG)
- History (HIS)
- Political Science (POLSC)
- Psychology (PSYCH)
- Sociology (SOC)
Liberal Arts - Category 2
Select TWO from the following:
Minimum Total Credits - 60
Educational Plan: The Educational Plan is an advisement tool that provides important information to students about how to complete this degree. Click here to Download the Educational Plan .