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

Study the humanities at JCC

This degree program prepares students for transfer to a four-year college or university to earn a baccalaureate degree in an area of the humanities. Humanities is one of the broadest of the academic disciplines and offers students a great deal of flexibility and significant freedom in course selections. Working with their faculty advisors, JCC students can focus on interest areas in art, English, philosophy, world language, music, and theatre. Students can choose to earn the general degree or can choose to earn the degree with a track in English (a SUNY Transfer Path).

  • This program may be completed online.


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What you can do with the humanities

Theatre: JCC’s theatre curriculum studies the writing, performing, and production of plays, including television applications. Possible careers: actor, director, playwright, scenic or lighting designer, stage manager, technician, and teacher.

Music: JCC’s music curriculum focuses on the art and science of combining vocal or instrumental sounds or tones to form compositions. Possible careers: teacher, professional musician, musical engineer, composer, conductor, music therapist, arranger, and music business.

Philosophy: Philosophy is the discipline which investigates fundamental assumptions that we make about the nature of reality and the place of humans in the natural and social worlds. Possible careers: religion, law, writing, and government service.

Art: JCC’s art curriculum focuses on the study of the principles and applications of creative work including drawing, painting, design, graphic arts, photography, sculpture, ceramics, and computer graphics. Possible careers: artist, designer, photographer, printmaker, commercial artist, illustrator, art educator, architect, art therapist, gallery administrator, and community arts administrator.

English: JCC’s curriculum covers the English language in both written and spoken forms. Possible careers: teacher, writer, editor, public relations practitioner, and journalist.

Foreign language: JCC’s curriculum focuses on the study of French and Spanish communication with an emphasis on both the spoken and written word. Possible careers: education, government relations, translation, international trade, and minority outreach.

Dance: Students have the opportunity to explore the art of dance through a variety of credit bearing courses at JCC. No prior experience is required.

Study abroad: Semester and longer term programs and internships in other countries are available for students interested in learning about another culture while obtaining college credits.


Minimum program credit hours: 60

Program Codes
Degree Option
Associate in Arts Degree
Hegis Code
Curriculum Code
General Requirements
24 credit hours
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
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.

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