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Academic Programs - School of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Liberal Arts and Science - Humanities and Social Science
Associate in Arts
HEGIS #5649
Interim Chairperson: Sarah S. Retersdorf
Fitzgibbons Health Technologies Center, Room 334
(518) 629-7191

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 Liberal Arts and Science - Humanities and Social Science Honors Track is designed to prepare academically advanced students for transfer to high-quality baccalaureate programs through focused interdisciplinary coursework linked to a variety of extracurricular activities.

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.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS*  

Course No.

Title

Credit Hrs.

FORM 108** College Forum (1)
ENGL 101 English Composition I 3
ENGL 102 English Composition II OR 3
ENGL 104 English Composition II: Writing About Literature
ENGL 115 Library Skills for Research 1
HIST 100 Western Civilization and the World I 3
  (1) History Elective 3
  (2) Laboratory Science Elective 3
  (3) Mathematics OR Laboratory Science Elective 3
  (4) Social Science Electives 6
  (5) Fine Arts Elective 3
  (6) Mathematics Elective 3
  (7) Humanities Elective 3
  (7) Humanities OR Social Science Electives 6
  Electives as advised 13
  Literature Electives 6
  Physical Education Electives 2
  Total Credits Required 61

*or specific course equivalents as approved by the department chairperson.

** Required of first time full-time students.

(1) Course must be designated as both "SUNY General Education American History or Other World Civilization" and "HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Social Science" course.

(2) Course must be designated as both "SUNY General Education Natural Science" laboratory and "HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Science" course.

(3) Course must be designated as either "HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Mathematics or Science" (with lab) course.

(4) Courses must be designated as both "SUNY General Education Social Science" and "HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Social Sciences" courses.

(5) Courses fulfilling this requirement: ARTS 100, ARTS 101, ARTS 107, ARTS 272, MUSC 100, MUSC 101, MUSC 105, MUSC 106, THEA 100.

(6) Course must be designated as both "SUNY General Education Mathematics" and "HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Mathematics" course.

(7) Students who enter without one unit of a foreign language in high school must include a year of foreign language in humanities electives.


Honors Track

The Liberal Arts and Science - Humanities and Social Science Honors Track is designed to prepare academically advanced students for transfer to high-quality baccalaureate programs through focused interdisciplinary coursework linked to a variety of extracurricular activities. By providing a rich environment that encourages scholarship, faculty/student relationships, active participation in the community, and an emphasis on connecting learning to life, Honors Track students will have a challenging and enriching experience that enables them to make the most of what Hudson Valley Community College has to offer.

Prerequisites
Applicants must meet the entrance requirements for the Liberal Arts-Humanities and Social Science program by completing algebra and geometry along with a lab science. Honors applicants are expected to demonstrate a strong overall academic record. While particular academic strengths will be taken into consideration during the review process, a minimum cumulative high school average of 90 and a minimum overall score of 1100 on the math and verbal portions of the SAT is expected. Coursework in Biology, Chemistry and Physics is recommended. Additional material may be required. Interview recommended.

Transfer into the Liberal Arts and Science - Humanities and Social Science Honors Track
Hudson Valley students or college transfer students who wish to enroll in the Liberal Arts and Science - Humanities and Social Sciences Honors Track must have a minimum of 12 college-level credits applicable to the program with an overall G.P.A. of 3.70. However, extenuating circumstances as well as particular strengths in certain academic areas will be taken into consideration during the review process.

Requirements for Completion of Honors Study
To qualify as an Honors graduate and to receive Completion of Honors Study documentation, students must take a minimum of seven of the nine Honors designated courses combined with the major degree requirements and electives, including Honors Seminar I and Honors Seminar II, and achieve a minimum overall G.P.A. of 3.2. Students may be advised to complete their studies in the Liberal Arts: Humanities and Social Sciences non-honors track if their academic performance falls below the minimum G.P.A. for an extended period of time.

The Liberal Arts and Science - Humanities and Social Science Honors Track provides general education along with Honors 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.

Course No. Title Credit Hrs.
HONR 190* Honors Seminar I 3
HONR 250 Introduction to Social Inquiry 3
HONR 265 Honors Philosophy - Ideas Past & Present 3
HONR 290* (4) Honors Seminar II 4
ENGL 107* Honors English Composition I 3
ENGL 108* Honors English Composition II 3
ENGL 240* Honors Literature 3
MATH 178** Honors Math - Reasoning & Applications 3
NSCI 250** Honors Natural Science 4
SOCL 255 Technology and Society 3
  (1) Laboratory Science class 3
  (2) Literature elective 3
  (3) Mathematics Class 3

(1) BIOL 150, CHEM 110 of PHYS 140 recommended
(2) ENGL 150 or higher recommended
(3) MATH 130 or higher recommended
(4) HONR 290 - 4th credit will count as free elective

* Required course
** Students have the choice of completing either course (MATH 178 or NSCI 250) for the degree requirements


Art History and Gallery Studies Track

The Liberal Arts and Science - 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.

The courses in the track listed below, combined with the major degree requirements and electives, guide students through the required general education and specific discipline courses necessary for effective transfer and continued study. Students must meet the program entrance requirements.

Course No. Title Credit Hrs.
ARTS 100 Survey of Art History I 3
ARTS 101 Survey of Art History II 3
ARTS 150 Intro to Gallery Management 3
ARTS 151 Gallery Practicum: Exhibition Planning and Preparation 3
ARTS 152 Gallery Practicum: Museum Practices and Theory 3
ARTS 153 Internship in Arts Management 3
ARTS 202 Modern Art History 3
ARTS 270 History of Photography 3
SOCL 120 Cultural Diversity in American Society 3
  (1) Laboratory Science Elective 3
  (2) Literature Electives 6
  (3) Mathematics or Laboratory Science Elective 3
  (4) Social Science Electives 6
  (5) Mathematics Elective 3

(1) CHEM 100, PHYS 100 recommended.

(2) ENGL 230, ENGL 216 recommended

(3) MATH 130, CHEM 100, PHYS 100 recommended.

(4) SOCL 100, PSYC 100 recommended.

(5) MATH 135 recommended.


Communications (Media) Track

The Liberal Arts and Science - Humanities and Social Science Communications (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.

The courses in the track listed below, combined with the major degree requirements and electives, guide students through the required general education and specific discipline courses necessary for effective transfer and continued study. Students must meet the program entrance requirements.

Course No. Title Credit Hrs.
ARTS 129 Photography I OR 3
ARTS 140 Television Production I OR
DART 100 Digital Imaging I
DART 110 Introduction to Graphic Design 3
DART 120 Web Art and Design 3
ENGL 120 Communications OR 3
ENGL 125 Public Speaking
ENGL 130 Journalism 3
ENGL 136 Media and Culture 3
ENGL 137 Writing for the Media 3
MATH 135 Elementary Statistics 4
POLS 105 American National Government OR 3
SOCL 120 Cultural Diversity in American Society

Communication (Non-Media) Track

The Liberal Arts and Science - 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.

The courses in the track listed below, combined with the major degree requirements and electives, guide students through the required general education and specific discipline courses necessary for effective transfer and continued study. Students must meet the program entrance requirements.

Course No. Title Credit Hrs.
ENGL 101 English Composition I 3
ENGL 102 English Composition II OR 3
ENGL 104 English Composition II: Writing About Literature
ENGL 120 Communications 3
ENGL 125 Public Speaking 3
ENGL 136 Media and Culture 3
  (1) History Electives 6
  (2) Mathematics Elective 3
  (3) Science Elective 3
  (4) Social Science Elective 3

(1) Courses must be designated as both "SUNY General Education" and "HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Social Science" courses. In addition, two of the following SUNY General Education categories must be satisfied: WC, AH or OC.

(2) Course must be designated as both "SUNY General Education Mathematics" and "HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Mathematics" course.

(3) Course must be designated as both "SUNY General Education Natural Science" and "HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Science" course.

(4) Course must be designated as both "SUNY General Education Social Science" and "HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Social Science" course.

* Additional course recommended for degree completion by advisement based on transferability: ENGL 117


English Track

The Liberal Arts and Science - 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.

The courses in the track listed below, combined with the major degree requirements and electives, guide students through the required general education and specific discipline courses necessary for effective transfer and continued study. Students must meet the program entrance requirements.

Course No. Title Credit Hrs.
ENGL 101 English Composition I 3
ENGL 102 English Composition II OR 3
ENGL 104 English Composition II: Writing About Literature
  (1) History Elective 3
  (2) Humanities  Elective 3
  (3) Mathematics Elective 3
  (4) Science Elective 3
  (5) Literature Electives 9
  (6) Social Science Electives 3

(1) Course must be designated as both "SUNY General Education Western Civilization, American History or Other World Civilizations" and "HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Social Science" course.

(2) Course must be designated as both "SUNY General Education Arts or Foreign Language" and "HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences" course.

(3) Course must be designated as both "SUNY General Education Mathematics" and "HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Mathematics" course.

(4) Course must be designated as both "SUNY General Education Natural Science" and "HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Science" course.

(5) Must be chosen from ENGL 200, ENGL 202, ENGL 204 or ENGL 206 (Survey and Period Course) and ENGL 222, ENGL 230, ENGL 232, ENGL 234, or ENGL 235 (Literature and Identity).

(6) Course must be designated as both "SUNY General Education Social Science" and "HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Social Science" course.

* Additional course recommended for degree completion by advisement based on transferability: ENGL 115 and ENGL 117


History Track

The Liberal Arts and Science - 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.

The courses in the track listed below, combined with the major degree requirements and electives, guide students through the required general education and specific discipline courses necessary for effective transfer and continued study. Students must meet the program entrance requirements.

Course No. Title Credit Hrs.
ENGL 101 English Composition I 3
ENGL 102 English Composition II OR 3
ENGL 104 English Composition II: Writing About Literature
HIST 100 Western Civilization and the World I 3
  (1) American History Elective 3
  (2) Mathematics Elective 3
  (3) History Survey Elective 3
  (4) Restricted Liberal Arts and Sciences Electives 6
  (5) Western Civilization Elective 3

(1) Must be chosen from HIST 110 or HIST 111.

(2) Course must be designated as both "SUNY General Education Mathematics" and "HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Mathematics" course.

(3) Must be chosen from HIST 120, 121, 122, 123, 140 or 145 (History Survey in another world region or country).

(4) Courses must be designated as both "SUNY General Education" and "HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences" courses. In addition, two of the following SUNY General Education categories must be satisfied: NS, AR, SS or FL. Recommend POLS 105, ECON 100 or ECON 101.

(5) Course must be designated as both "SUNY General Education Western Civilization" and "HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences" course.


Political Science Track

The Liberal Arts and Science - 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.

The courses in the track listed below, combined with the major degree requirements and electives, guide students through the required general education and specific discipline courses necessary for effective transfer and continued study. Students must meet the program entrance requirements.

Course No. Title Credit Hrs.
ENGL 101 English Composition I 3
ENGL 102 English Composition II OR 3
ENGL 104 English Composition II: Writing About Literature
HIST 100 Western Civilization and the World I 3
POLS 101 Introduction to International Politics 3
POLS 102 Introduction to Political Theory 3
POLS 105 American National Government 3
  (1) History Elective 3
  (2) Liberal Arts Electives 6
  (3) Mathematics Elective 3

(1) Courses must be designated as any "SUNY General Education" and "HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Social Science" course. In addition, two of the following SUNY General Education categories must be satisfied: AH or OC.

(2) Courses must be designated as both "SUNY General Education Humanities, Arts or Foreign Language" and "HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences" courses. Recommend HIST 135.

(3) Course must be designated as both "SUNY General Education Mathematics" and "HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Mathematics" course.

*Additional courses recommended for degree completion by advisement based on transferability: POLS 100, POLS 110, POLS 125 or POLS 200; PSYC 260; and SOCL 100.


Psychology Track

The Liberal Arts and Science - 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.

The courses in the track listed below, combined with the major degree requirements and electives, guide students through the required general education and specific discipline courses necessary for effective transfer and continued study. Students must meet the program entrance requirements.

Course No. Title Credit Hrs.
ENGL 101 English Composition I 3
ENGL 102 English Composition II OR 3
ENGL 104 English Composition II: Writing About Literature
PSYC 100 General Psychology 3
PSYC 210 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSYC 275 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 3
PSYC 280 Experimental Psychology 3
  (1) Science Elective 3
  (2) Mathematics Elective 3
  (3) Restricted Electives as advised 10
  (4) Restricted Social Science Elective 3

(1) Course must be designated as both "SUNY General Education Natural Science" and "HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Science" course. BIOL course recommended.

(2) Course must be designated as both "SUNY General Education Mathematics" and "HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Mathematics" course. MATH 150 recommended.

(3) Courses must be designated as both "SUNY General Education" and "HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences" courses. In addition, two of the following SUNY General Education categories must be satisfied: AR, HU or FL.

(4) Must be chosen from PSYC 200, PSYC 205 or PSYC 208.

*Additional courses recommended for degree completion by advisement based on transferability: PSYC 215, PSYC 220, PSYC 225, PSYC 235 and PSYC 250.