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Humanities (Liberal Arts & Sciences) (A.A.)

Earn a degree in the humanities

Turn your passion for languages, philosophy, and the arts into a career. With a degree in Humanities from Jamestown Community College, you’ll focus on an interest area important to you, while developing your skills in critical thinking, writing, and communication - all essential for businesses and organizations to thrive.

The A.A. degree prepares you for transfer to complete a bachelor’s degree in the humanities or major related to your concentration. You’ll work with your faculty advisor to specialize in art, English, philosophy, world language, music, or theatre. Each has opportunities in and out of the classroom to further develop your knowledge base and hone your abilities to interpret, analyze, and share what you’re learning with faculty experts in their fields. This program can be completed online.

One of the most rewarding elements of JCC’s program in the humanities is helping you answer the question: why liberal arts? By studying at JCC, you’ll be able to collaborate and communicate with others on diverse perspectives and experiences, grounded in historical and current world context. Employers and companies around the world depend on effective communication and critical thinking to understand cultures, societies, and the human experience. JCC’s degree in the humanities prepares you to meet such needs.​

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Degree flexibility

You can focus your degree on interest areas in art, English, philosophy, world language, music, and theatre.

Study abroad

You can study in another country for a full semester, travel as part of a specialized course, or complete an international internship. Learn about studying abroad.

Career opportunities

Students trained in the humanities with an emphasis on language, literature, and writing become keen critical thinkers, excellent writers, and effective communicators. Career options are varied and can include*:

  • Arbitrator or mediator: $60,670 – bachelor’s degree
  • Copywriter: $43,615 – bachelor’s degree
  • Emergency management director: $72,760 – bachelor’s degree
  • Language or literature teaching, secondary: $59,170 – master’s or professional degree
  • Editor: $58,770 – bachelor’s degree
  • Fundraising manager: $111,280 – bachelor’s degree
  • Interpreter or translator: $47,190 – bachelor’s degree
  • Journalist, reporter, or correspondent: $51,903 – bachelor’s degree
  • Lawyer: $119,250 – doctoral or professional degree
  • Legislator: $93,500 – bachelor’s, master’s, or professional degree
  • Librarian: $55,152 – master’s or professional degree
  • News analyst: $62,163 – bachelor’s degree
  • Public relations specialist: $59,300 – bachelor’s degree
  • Professor: $76,000 – master’s, doctoral, or professional degree
  • Technical writer: $70,930 – bachelor’s degree
  • Writer or author: $61,820 – bachelor’s degree

*Careers, median salaries, and minimum education requirements obtained from U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Available on
Both campuses
100% of program
Available online

Courses

Semester 1

  •   SUNY
  •   JCC
Course Credits Requirements Met

ENG 1510: English Composition I

3 Humanities College Composition

Mathematics Elective

Recommended:

MAT 1500: Problem Solving or

MAT 1540: Elementary Statistics

3 Math Mathematical Reasoning

World Language

Choose a course from SUNY Gen Ed – Foreign Language category

3 Foreign Languages Cultural Understanding

Elective

3

INT 1520: Student Success Seminar or

INT 1555: Inquire

1-2 Critical and Integrative Reasoning
  • Set up shadowing experience with the applied learning office.
  • Visit the Learning Center for support throughout the semester.
  • Elective: Discuss course transferability with advisor.

Semester 2

  •   SUNY
  •   JCC
Course Credits Requirements Met

ENG 1530: English Composition II

3 Basic Communication Oral Communication

Social Sciences Elective

Recommended:

ANT 1520: Intro to Cultural Anthropology or

ANT 1530: Comparative Religion or

SOC 1510: Intro to Sociology

3 Other World Civilizations Social Sciences Cultural Understanding Global Perspectives

Mathematics & Sciences Elective*

Recommended:

CSC 1530: Intro to HTML & CSS or

MAT 1540: Elementary Statistics

3 Math

Program Core Elective*

Recommended:

World Language or

PHL 1510: Intro to Philosophy or

PHL 1570: Critical Reasoning or

ENG 1580: Intro to Technical Writing

3 Foreign Languages Humanities Cultural Understanding Global Perspectives

Elective

3
  • *Requirements Met depends on course choice.
  • PHL 1510 or PHL 1570 recommended for literature track; a language course recommended for language track; tech writing recommended for writing track.
  • Elective: Discuss course transferability with advisor.

Semester 3

  •   SUNY
  •   JCC
Course Credits Requirements Met

Elective

Recommended:

Choose any Art, Music, or Theatre course

3

Program Core Elective

Choose a 2000-level, track-specific course

3

Program Core Elective

Choose a 2000-level, track-specific course

3

Natural Sciences Elective

Recommended:

BIO 1500: Human Biology or

CHE 1500: Intro to Chemistry

4 Natural Sciences Scientific Reasoning: Natural Sciences

Social Sciences Elective

Choose a 2000-level ANT, SOC, PSY, or HIS course

3 Scientific Reasoning: Social Sciences
  • Prepare applications to transfer programs.
  • Elective: Discuss course transferability with advisor.
  • 2000-level, track-specific recommendations:
    • Language Track: two 2000-level sequence courses in either Spanish or French (SPA or FRE 2510 and 2520), two additional 2000-level language courses: SPA 2530, SPA 2550, SPA 2560, or RUS 2560.
    • Literature Track: four of the following: ENG 2510, ENG 2520, ENG 2550, ENG 2560, ENG 2580, ENG 2590, ENG 2610, ENG 2620, ENG 2560, ENG 2650, ENG 2660, ENG 2730, ENG 2830, ENG 2840, ENG 2850, or ENG 2870. (Consult an advisor regarding transferability.)
    • Writing Track: all of the following: ENG 2540, ENG 2740, ENG 2890, and CMM 2530.

Semester 4

  •   SUNY
  •   JCC
Course Credits Requirements Met

Elective

3

Program Core Elective

Choose a 2000-level, track-specific course

3

Program Core Elective

Choose a 2000-level, track-specific course

3

Social Sciences Elective

Recommended:

HIS 1510: World History before 1500 or

HIS 1520: World History since 1500 or

HIS 1530: US History before 1865 or

HIS 1540: US History since 1865 or

HIS 2610: Intro to Women’s History

3 American History Other World Civilizations Western Civilization Scientific Reasoning: Social Sciences

Elective

3
  • Complete an internship or other applied learning experience. Elective may be ENG 2010: English Internship. Contact program director for options.
  • Elective: Discuss course transferability with advisor.
  • 2000-level, track-specific recommendations:
    • Language Track: two 2000-level sequence courses in either Spanish or French (SPA or FRE 2510 and 2520), two additional 2000-level language courses: SPA 2530, SPA 2550, SPA 2560, or RUS 2560.
    • Literature Track: four of the following: ENG 2510, ENG 2520, ENG 2550, ENG 2560, ENG 2580, ENG 2590, ENG 2610, ENG 2620, ENG 2560, ENG 2650, ENG 2660, ENG 2730, ENG 2830, ENG 2840, ENG 2850, or ENG 2870. (Consult an advisor regarding transferability.)
    • Writing Track: all of the following: ENG 2540, ENG 2740, ENG 2890, and CMM 2530.

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