Humanities and Social Sciences A.A.
The Sociology Concentration, part of the Liberal Arts: Humanities and Social Sciences A.A. degree program, prepares students for academic success in baccalaureate transfer programs in Sociology and related disciplines. By offering courses that reflect a diverse set of global and cultural perspectives, the program expects students to explore and reflect on human endeavors in the context of nature and society.
Students within the sociology concentration will have multiple opportunities to participate in service learning. Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.
The Liberal Arts: Humanities and Social Sciences Sociology Concentration enables graduates to:
- Identify scientific methods sociologists use to explore social phenomena;
- Demonstrate knowledge of sociological concepts, models, and issues;
- Recognize major social institutions such as family, work, government, and systems of stratification;
- Identify basic patterns of social behavior and interaction;
- Identify various cultures of processes of cultural change;
- Identify, analyze, and evaluate sociological arguments as they occur; and
- Develop and apply arguments to alleviate a current social issue.
The Sociology Concentration is primarily for the student who anticipates transfer to a four-year institution to complete work for a baccalaureate degree. It satisfies the SUNY Transfer Pathway, thereby providing seamless transfer, as a junior, into any four-year SUNY college or university.
Educational and Employment Opportunities
Graduates of the Sociology Concentration at SUNY Schenectady may continue their education and/or pursue careers in a variety of fields including:
- Social Welfare
- Public Health
- Public Policy & Management
- Political Science
Mission: The Liberal Arts: Humanities and Social Sciences A.A. program prepares students for academic success in baccalaureate transfer programs in liberal arts disciplines. By offering students courses that reflect a diverse set of global and cultural perspectives, the program expects students to explore and reflect on human experience.
The program develops in its graduates:
Goal I: Proficiency in communication
- Proficiency at writing a variety of texts
- Proficiency at communicating orally
- Proficiency at communicating in a language other than English
Goal II: Proficiency in reading and analyzing a variety of types of discourse
- Proficiency at reading and analyzing imaginative literature
- Proficiency at reading and analyzing descriptive prose (informational literature)
- Proficiency at reading and analyzing argumentative literature
Goal III: Information Literacy Skills
- Proficiency at locating, and ethically selecting, evaluating, and incorporating research material from library databases and other appropriate sources;
- Proficiency at applying citation standards to document sources
- Proficiency at distinguishing between primary and secondary sources
- Competence using information in a digital environment
Goal IV: Proficiency at developing, analyzing, and evaluating arguments
- Proficiency at recognizing the elements of arguments
- Proficiency at distinguishing between sound & unsound arguments
Goal V: Cultural & Historical Understanding
- Using discipline-appropriate theories and methodologies to form relevant and reasonable conclusions about diverse historical and contemporary human perspectives and behaviors
Goal VI: Understanding of Civic Responsibility
- Understanding of the structures, processes, and relevance of political, social, and economic institutions
- Understanding of the roles and responsibilities of citizens in their societies
Goal VII: Appreciation of Arts
- Understanding of how different forms of artistic expression inform and enrich the human experience
For more information on our Liberal Arts: Humanities and Social Sciences Sociology Concentration please view the degree requirements and contact:
Dean of Liberal Arts
Co-Chair- Student Success Initiative/ATD Core Team
Elston Hall, Room 309