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Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies - AA, AS

Students in this Major:

  • Develop a program consistent with a specific career objective or select a concentration from academic areas of humanities, social sciences or natural sciences.
  • Prepare for careers in teaching, law, journalism, public administration, human services, finance, insurance, pharmacy, physical therapy, and other fields requiring an understanding of the human condition and the ability to communicate ideas.
  • Graduate and continue study in such disciplines as English, education, art, drama, music, communication, economics, history, psychology, sociology, and anthropology.
  • Complete all or the majority of the courses required in the first two years of a baccalaureate program in the natural and physical sciences. Graduates have successfully transferred to pharmacy and physical therapy programs.
  • Have the opportunity to cross-register at SUNY Potsdam, St. Lawrence University, and Clarkson University.
  • Transfer to baccalaureate institutions

Career Opportunities:

Employment options are unlimited, since in consultation with the academic advisor, students can design their own programs.

Recent Employers of SUNY Canton Graduates:

  • Burke's Construction
  • Fleet Bank
  • Corning, Inc.
  • Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center
  • Potsdam Stone and Concrete
  • Morris Protective Services
  • New York State Department of Social Services

Transfer Opportunities

  • SUNY Potsdam, Plattsburgh, Oswego, Cortland, Geneseo, and Brockport
  • St. Lawrence University
  • State University Centers at Albany, Buffalo, and Binghamton
  • SUNY ESF
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University at Syracuse
  • Clarkson University

Admission Requirements:

  • Refer to the table of high school course prerequisites for admission.
  • Prepared to take Expository Writing (ENGL 101)
      • NYS English Regents score ≥ 75; or
      • Verbal SAT score ≥ 420; or
      • Reading and Writing ACT scores ≥ 17; or
      • Transfer student who has already passes a college-level English course.
  • Prepared to take GER Math
      • Math A exam and at least one additional year of math; or
      • Already passed Intermediate Algebra or equivalent.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (Curriculum 0250)

AA Degree

ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Expository Writing (GER 10) OR
Oral & Written Expression (GER 10)
3
FYEP 101 First Year Experience 1
Humanities (GER 7) 3
Humanities Elective 3
Fine Arts OR Language (GER 8, 9) 3
American History (GER 4) 3
Western Civilization OR World History (GER 5, 6) 3
Mathematics (GER1)1 3
Science (GER 2)2 6
Math or Science3 3
Social Science (other than history) (GER 3) 3
Social Science Elective 3
General Electives 12
Liberal Arts Electives 12
TOTAL CREDITS 614

AS Degree

ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Expository Writing (GER 10)OR
Oral & Written Expression (GER 10)
3
FYEP 101 First Year Experience 1
Humanities (GER 7) 3
Fine Arts OR Language (GER 8, 9) 3
American History (GER 4) 3
Western Civilization OR World History (GER 5, 6) 3
Mathematics (GER1)1 3
Science (GER 2)2 6
Math or Science3 3
Social Science (other than history) (GER 3) 3
General Electives 30
TOTAL CREDITS 61 4

1 Minimum level: College Algebra (MATH 141) OR Survey of Math (MATH 111)
2 One science course must be a laboratory science. Two science courses minimum.
3Minimum 12 credit hours of math/science
4Required: One writing intensive course in a liberal arts or science discipline

NOTE: Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies students must successfully complete the SUNY Canton Computer Competency requirement.

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