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Curriculum Information Guide

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Dr. Marla Johnston,  Acting Chair
Liberal Arts and Sciences Dept.

School of Arts & Sciences


Associate in Arts Degree

The Liberal Arts and Sciences Department provides its students with a broad-based liberal arts education which prepares them for junior level study in a variety of majors in the Liberal Arts and Sciences such as communications, education, English, history, law, psychology, sociology, social work, medicine, the applied health professions, biology, and all the physical sciences. Liberal Arts and Sciences students are required to fulfill all ten General Education requirements.

A broad range of elective courses in the Liberal Arts and Sciences allows students who are undecided about their majors to experiment with possible choices. Moreover, students who have majors or careers in mind may test those choices by taking elective courses that are prerequisites for their chosen majors.

Each student’s schedule of courses is arranged after careful consultation with a program advisor every semester.

Liberal Arts and Sciences (AA) Program Outcomes:

  • Graduates will develop the broad-based knowledge and skills necessary for upper division study and success in a variety of career choices.
  • Graduates will develop a firm appreciation of culture, ethics, esthetics, cultural awareness, and lifelong learning.
Fall 2018- Subject to Revision
General Education Requirements (31 credits)
EGL 101 Composition I: College Writing (GE) 3
Humanities (GE) 3
The Arts (GE) 3
American/Other World/Western Civilization History (GE) 6
Mathematics (GE) 6
Foreign Language - Level II (GE) 3
Social and Behavioral Science (GE) 3
Natural Science (GE)* 4

Consult with your advisor to ensure that the general education graduation requirements are satisfied and are appropriate to your goals.

Program Required Courses (31 credits)
EGL 102 Composition II: Writing About Literature 3
SPE 130 Public Speaking 3
Lab Science elective* 4
Arts or Humanities elective** 3
Social Science elective 3
Arts and Sciences electives*** 9
General electives*** 6

*Students must complete 8 credits of lab sciences and may choose a three credit lecture course in the physical sciences as long as they also complete a 1 credit physical science laboratory.

**Courses in this category must be from the School of Arts and Sciences only.

***Courses chosen in consultation with faculty advisors and are based on student interests and needs.

Total Credits:


Curriculum Summary

Degree Type: AA
Total Required Credits: 62

Admission to Farmingdale State College - State University of New York is based on the qualifications of the applicant without regard to age, sex, marital or military status, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.