School: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Academic Dept: Humanities
Important Note about Program Requirements
The requirements listed below are for students entering into this program from Fall 2019 to Summer 2020. 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.
Associate of Arts (A.A.) and Associate of Science (A.S.) Degrees Defined
The purpose of the A.A. and A.S. is to build a foundation in a discipline, then continue to higher levels of education by transferring to a four-year institution. The A.A. contains liberal arts credits; including coursework in the arts, humanities and social sciences, and provides flexibility to pursue several careers. Conversely, coursework for the A.S. contains some liberal arts credits and coursework also directly applicable to a clearly defined career path. Click to learn more about the differences among award types.
A second associate degree for a specific concentration in a discipline which a student has already completed a degree is not academically recognized nor allowable. For instance:
- If an Associate in Science: Liberal Arts and Sciences/Mathematics and Science has been earned, an additional Associate in Science: Liberal Arts and Sciences/Mathematics and Science with a concentration (Biology, Chemistry, Health Science, or Mathematics) is not allowed.
- If an Associate of Arts: Liberal Arts and Sciences/Humanities has been earned, an additional Associate of Arts: Liberal Arts and Sciences/Humanities degree with a concentration (Art Studio, English, History, Honors, or Spanish) is not allowed.
- If an Associate of Arts: Liberal Arts and Sciences/Social Sciences has been earned, an additional Associate of Arts: Liberal Arts and Sciences/Social Sciences with a concentration (Anthropology, Economics, History, Honors, Psychology, or Sociology) is not allowed.
This second associate degree policy also applies to all other degrees with concentrations, including but not limited to: Engineering Science A.S., Liberal Arts and Sciences/Childhood Education A.S., and Business Management A.S.
Humanities is the broadest of the academic disciplines because it is concerned with the whole spectrum of one’s social, intellectual, artistic, and spiritual history. Humanities study reflects many aspects of human aspiration and achievement. Academic subjects commonly included in humanities are literature, modern languages, philosophy and the arts.
The Liberal Art and Sciences: Humanities degree allows students to explore their interests within the humanities while allowing them a great deal of flexibility in choosing their coursework in other academic areas.
The Associate in Arts degree at Westchester Community College parallels most liberal arts programs in four-year colleges and universities. Most graduates of this degree program transfer to four-year institutions to continue their education. By choosing their courses carefully, many graduates are able to transfer with full credit and complete the bachelor’s degree in two additional years of study.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Humanities degree a student will:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the methods and conventions in the field of English or Philosophy and at least one other Humanities’ discipline.
- Demonstrate the ability to develop, research and document analytical responses to one or more of the following: films, literary or philosophical texts, works of art, musical compositions or performances, theatrical works.
- Demonstrate the ability to produce clear, creative written expression of ideas.
- Demonstrate the ability to determine distinctive features of a non-English speaking culture.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the structure and vocabulary of a language outside of English.
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 (3 credits)
Foreign Language (3 credits)
Other World Civilizations (3 credits)
American History (3 credits)
Western Civilization (3 credits)
Degree Requirements - 29 Credits
- Behavioral/Social Science Course (3 credits, see below)
- English/Communications Courses (6 credits, see below)
- Liberal Arts Courses (12 credits, see below)
- Philosophy Course (3 credits, any PHIL course)
- Free Electives (5 credits, any college course)
Behavioral/Social Science Courses
- Select ONE course from any of the following disciplines:
Political Science (POLSC)
Select TWO from the following:
Liberal Arts Electives
Select 12 credits from the following:
Minimum Total Credits - 60
Career Path Opportunities
Are you wondering what careers you can explore with a degree or certificate? Perhaps you are not sure what people do or how much money they make in certain careers that pique your interest? Would you like to know how many jobs are predicted to be available in a particular industry? Or maybe you are unsure whether receiving a degree or certificate would be right for you? Go to https://sunywcc.emsicareercoach.com to explore career paths, their associated job descriptions, salary trends, and jobs trends. Complete a career assessment for additional guidance. Still not sure? Visit www.sunywcc.edu/career for more career resources and contacts.
Transfer Opportunities (non-SUNY)
Westchester Community College is committed to facilitating a smooth transfer process for its incoming and graduating students. To ensure its graduates enjoy a seamless transfer with junior status to another college in the same discipline at both institutions (transferred from/to) and are able to complete a bachelor’s degree within two years of full-time study upon transfer, Westchester Community College has signed Transfer Articulation Agreements with many colleges that offer bachelor’s degree programs. Visit www.sunywcc.edu/transferarticulation to see a list of Articulation Agreements by institution or search by a specific program of study. Visit www.sunywcc.edu/transfer for additional transfer resources and contacts.
Transfer Scholarship Opportunities
Many colleges and universities are eager to have Westchester Community College graduates transfer to their institutions. Consider this an incentive to complete your WCC degrees with high honors! Go to www.sunywcc.edu/scholarships to view the many transfer scholarship opportunities to four-year colleges.
Are you a prospective Westchester Community College graduate? We look forward to seeing you soon! Apply today, then see the College’s Admissions and Enrollment Checklist.