Associate in Arts
CIP Code: 24.0101
The mission of the Liberal Arts and Sciences A.A. is to offer a dynamic, interdisciplinary degree to students aspiring to baccalaureate-level study. This university-parallel program offers students an introduction to intellectual inquiry: students pursue both a structured approach to traditional knowledge areas, and enjoy flexibility in course and elective selection, allowing them to explore their areas of particular academic interest. Graduates complete all ten SUNY General Education requirements.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Liberal Arts students will demonstrate basic proficiency in written and oral English, and in a foreign language.
- Liberal Arts students will show a grasp of American and global intercultural and historical connections, and demonstrate familiarity with social science concepts and methods.
- Liberal Arts students will demonstrate an understanding of literature, philosophy, and the creative arts, showing how the humanities are central to a critical study of western and global culture.
- Liberal Arts students will demonstrate basic proficiency in math and science.
- Liberal Arts students will demonstrate a familiarity with the concept of engaged citizenship and develop the basic skills necessary to negotiate American democracy.
- Liberal Arts students will develop fundamental fitness concepts and skills that promote lifelong health and wellness.
- Liberal Arts students will show competency with modern information technology and research skills.
- Liberal Arts students will apply critical analysis to texts and arguments and fashion thoughtful, developed arguments of their own.
The Liberal Arts and Sciences Associate in Arts is a traditional university-parallel program designed for students aspiring to baccalaureate degree study with options for advised pathways to an expansive amount of careers. Some examples are: Civil and Public Service, English, History, Global Studies, International Relations, Psychology, Pre-Law, or Social Work. Graduates transfer to institutions throughout the State University of New York (SUNY) system and to public and private colleges in New York and other states. If students transfer to an institution within SUNY, they will bring with them completion of all SUNY General Education requirements.
This degree includes a full complement of General Education Courses to form a foundation interdisciplinary study in Basic Communication, Foreign Language, The ARTS, Humanities, History, Social Sciences, Natural (Laboratory) Sciences, and Mathematics. Recipients are prepared for transfer to four-year colleges and universities within SUNY by completing all ten categories of the SUNY General Education requirements.
Students should learn as much as they can about program requirements at transfer colleges. Transfer to some colleges is guaranteed through an articulation agreement between SUNY Broome and the transfer institution. Articulation agreements can be viewed here.
Requirements Total number of credits: 64 minimum
Academic Planning Seminar 1 Credit
Required for all first-time students
Basic Communication (GE 10): English 3 - 6 Credits
Foreign Language (GE 9) 0-8 Credits
Foreign Language 102 Level exceeds the SUNY General Education Requirement
- Students with two (2) years or fewer of a high school Foreign Language should take a course at the Beginning I level (101); all others should take a course at the Beginning II level (102).
- Choose from courses in Arabic (ARA), French (FRE), German (GER), Italian (ITA), or Spanish (SPA). A small number of transfer institutions and specific programs accept American Sign Language (ASL) as a Foreign Language.
The ARTS (GE 8) Art, Music, Theater 3 Credits
Choose from courses in Art (ART), Music (MUS), and Theater (THR). Consult the Broome Liberal Arts General Education List (The ARTS - GE 8) to ensure that selection fulfills the General Education requirement.
Humanities (GE 7) 9 Credits
Humanities and Philosophy 3 Credits
Choose one course in the Humanities or Philosophy from the following list:
Literature 3 Credits
Select one Literature course:
- All Literature courses are Writing Emphasis (W) courses and will satisfy one of the 2 Writing Emphasis requirements
Capstone Course 3 Credits
- ENG 220 - Communicating About Ideas and Values
Prior to enrolling ENG 220, a minimum of ENG 110, one Writing Emphasis course, and 45 earned credits are required
ENG 220 - Communicating About Ideas and Values is approved as a Humanities General Education
Western Civilization (GE 6) 3 Credits
Select one Western Civilization General Education Course as advised.
Other World Civilization (GE 5) 3 Credits
Select one Other World Civilization General Education Course as advised.
U.S. (American) History (GE 4) 3 Credits
Choose from the following: HIS 130 U.S. History I, or HIS 131 U.S. History II, or HIS 194
Students with 85 or greater on the Regents United States History Exam may choose from an expanded list including the following:
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE 3) and Civic Education 6 Credits
Civic Education at SUNY Broome: Various social science courses will provide civic knowledge. The course content, however, will go well beyond the traditional approach of imparting information by considering human behavior, values, and aspirations, as well as social institutions. You will select a minimum of three credits of a six-credit social science requirement from a list of courses which have been modified to accommodate the college’s civic education goals. In seeking to encourage life-long learning and participation in community affairs, such courses aim at having an impact upon your civic practices long after their conclusion.
Choose one of the following courses:
Civic Education 3 Credits
Civic Education at BCC: Various social science courses will provide civic knowledge. The course content, however, will go well beyond the traditional approach of imparting information by considering human behavior, values, and aspirations, as well as social institutions. You will select a minimum of three credits of a six-credit social science requirement from a list of courses which have been modified to accommodate the college’s civic education goals. In seeking to encourage life-long learning and participation in community affairs, such courses aim at having an impact upon your civic practices long after their conclusion.
Choose one of the following courses:
Social Sciences 3 Credits
Choose from general education courses in Anthropology (ANT), Economics (ECO), Geography (GEO), Political Science (POS), Psychology (PSY), Social Science (SOS), and Sociology (SOC) - as advised.
Natural Sciences (Laboratory Sciences) (GE 2) 8 Credits
Choose two (2) General Education courses in the Natural Sciences - as advised.
Mathematics (GE 1) 0-6 Credits
- Students with a grade of 85 or higher on the high school Course III Regents Exam or Math B Exam or students that successfully completed high school Math 12, have fulfilled both the BCC Mathematics requirement and the SUNY General Education Mathematics requirement and are exempt from taking a Mathematics course at the Associate’s level.
- Students exempted from the Mathematics requirement are cautioned that programs at transfer institutions may require Mathematics courses beyond the SUNY General Education requirement.
- Exemption from Mathematics does not lower the total LAAA degree program credit-hour requirement for students. Exempted students will need to take additional elective credits.
- Some students will require remedial coursework prior to enrolling in courses that fulfill the SUNY General Education Mathematics requirement.
Unless exempted students choose from a list of approved SUNY General Education Mathematics courses.
Physical Education 1-2 Credits
The Physical Education - cardio-vascular requirement at SUNY Broome is a physical activity course. Link to the Gen Ed List that lists the PED courses that have a cardio-vascular attribute.
- At least 1 credit must be earned in cardiovascular courses or in a varsity sport. (CV = cardiovascular)
- No more than 2 credits can be used to fulfill the LAAA degree program credit requirements for students. (An exception will be made for those students wishing to transfer to a program that requires a major in Physical Education. Consult with an advisor prior to taking the courses)
Approved Electives 5-24 Credits
- Choose elective that meet transfer goals or explore interest areas.
- The number of elective credits needed to fulfill the total LAAA degree program 64 credit-hour requirement will vary based upon the credit hours that are needed to complete the SUNY Broome and General Education requirements
- A minimum of 5 to a maximum of 24 credit hours will be needed
- To satisfy the State Education Liberal Arts credits requirement for an Associate in Arts, a minimum of 45 credits must be in the Liberal Arts
Total number of credits: 64 minimum