Liberal Arts and Sciences - General Studies - Program Description

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

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.


AA Degree

Prefix Course Name Credits
FYEP 101 First Year Experience** 1
  Humanities 12
  Social Sciences 12
  Science/Mathematics 6-7
  Liberal Arts Electives 15
  General Electives 15

AS Degree

Prefix Course Name Credits
FYEP 101 First Year Experience** 1
  Humanities 9
  Social Sciences 9
  Science/Mathematics 6-7
  Liberal Arts Electives 6
  General Electives 30


  • Must meet 7 of 10 General Education [GER] course requirements.
  • Required* GER 1-2, 3, 4, 5 plus GER: 6 or 7 and 8 or 9 and 10 or 11
  • Must successfully pass FYEP 101
  • No credit for courses below entrance level requirements [ENGL 097, MATH 100]
  • The A.S. Degree requires at minimum, 30 semester hours in Liberal Arts
  • The A.A Degree requires at minimum, 45 semester hours in Liberal Arts

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Liberal Arts & Sciences
Curriculum Coordinator

Barat Wolfe, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
MacArthur Hall 314