Language, Literature, and Writing (Liberal Arts & Sciences) (A.A.)

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*:

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


Minimum program credit hours: 60

Program Codes

Degree Option
Associate in Arts Degree
Hegis Code
Curriculum Code
General Requirements
24 credit hours Degree Requirements Met
ENG 1510: English Composition I3
ENG 1530: English Composition II3
Social Sciences Electives - SUNY Gen Ed3
Social Sciences Electives

(up to 6 credits may need to be SUNY General Education-category specific)

MAT 1540: Elementary Statistics3
Mathematics and Sciences Electives3
Natural Sciences Electives - SUNY Gen Ed3

Core Requirements
18 credit hours Degree Requirements Met
World Language Requirement

(may be language or culture based; 3 credits must be SUNY General Education-category specific)

Humanities Electives

(at least 12 credits must be numbered 2000 or higher)


18 credit hours

(up to 6 credits may need to be Liberal Arts and Sciences specific and up to 9 credits may need to be SUNY General Education specific)


Important Points
  • Students are required to take at least 12 hours of upper division (2000-level) coursework in humanities electives.
  • Students are required to take a 3-4 credit hour foreign language course, excluding sign language courses. This requirement could be waived for students who have successfully completed the Regents Foreign Language III exam with a score of 85% or above.
  • If students know the area they would like to major in at their transfer institution, they could choose to concentrate in a field such as philosophy, literature, or writing.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Gather data for research from various sources, including the library and forms of electronic media such as the Internet in order to produce a research paper with proper documentation.
  2. Organize and communicate knowledge and ideas in a logical and purposeful way.  Students will produce an essay in a 2000 level humanities course that demonstrates a grasp of thesis and the ordered, logical support of a thesis.
  3. Write a timed, single-draft essay that meets criteria for coherence, organization, development, and mechanical correctness as indicated in the departmental rubric.
  4. Recognize, explain, and analyze perspectives and values of diverse cultural groups and their historical experiences based on course materials.
  5. Interpret works of art, literature, philosophy, or other aesthetic experiences by interpreting and analyzing them within their historical or literary context.