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Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Degrees

  • Associate in Arts (A.A.)
  • Associate in Science (A.S.)

The Outlook

Liberal arts students have skills that are in demand—and the flexibility of the degree means they can take their career paths in diverse and exciting directions. The skills employers say they want most in a candidate, such as written communication and critical thinking, are those for which liberal arts students are known. 

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

Courses in this program are equivalent to those offered during the freshman and sophomore years at most four-year colleges and universities, so you will be able to transfer to a bachelor’s degree program in a broad range of majors such as Elementary and Secondary Education, Psychology, Political Science, Pre-Law, English and History. This degree is recognized in transfer agreements with many public and private four-year institutions in New York State and across the nation, so your options are essentially limitless with this Associate in Arts degree.

Advisement Areas

This degree program is designed to help you build a solid academic foundation and prepare you for successful transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor’s degree. If you are interested in a specific area of study, you may focus your education by earning an A.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences degree with an Advisement Area for transfer in:

Honors Courses: The College offers honors courses that provide enhanced educational experiences for students who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability. Enrollment in honors courses is open to qualified students in this degree program, as well as all other qualified FLCC students. Successful completion of honors courses or an Honors Certificate may increase student transfer options to four-year institutions.

Associate in Science (A.S.)

This degree program is a good choice for you if you have a strong interest in Science and Mathematics. This program will provide you with courses that are equivalent to those offered during the freshman and sophomore years at most four-year colleges and universities, and it is recognized in transfer agreements with a large number of public and private four-year institutions in New York State and across the nation, so your options are almost limitless.

Advisement Areas

Through the A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences degree, you can focus your studies on an advisement area for transfer, including but not limited to:

Honors Courses: The College offers honors courses that provide enhanced educational experiences for students who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability. Enrollment in honors courses is open to qualified students in this degree program, as well as all other qualified FLCC students. Successful completion of honors courses or an Honors Certificate may increase student transfer options to four-year institutions.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this degree program, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate proficiency in writing at the college level.
  • develop proficiency in oral discourse.
  • demonstrate proficiency in critical thinking.
  • develop the ability to use computer technology for research and production.
  • recognize the knowledge, skills, and values that will contribute to involvement in one’s community.
  • identify the knowledge and skills necessary to live interdependently in a diverse, sustainable global community.
  • demonstrate the ability to comprehend, interpret, analyze, and evaluate college-level materials.

The Graduates

Join other graduates who have successfully transferred to four-year institutions, including the University of Rochester; Rochester Institute of Technology; Cornell University; and SUNY Colleges at Brockport, Buffalo, Geneseo, and Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse; as well as Keuka and St. John Fisher Colleges.* The range of careers you can pursue after completion of a bachelor's program includes medicine (physical and occupational therapist, physician, physician assistant, medical laboratory technician and radiologist), teacher, professor, researcher, statistician, mechanical engineer, agronomist, nutritionist, aquatic biologist, and geologist, just to name a few.

* Notes: This is a sampling of some of the four-year colleges and universities to which FLCC students have transferred. Please consult your advisor or the Educational Planning and Career Services office for a complete listing of transfer agreements between FLCC and four-year institutions.

The Faculty

Faculty members in the Liberal Arts and Sciences programs at FLCC bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the classroom. They hold master's and doctoral degrees in their fields and are dedicated to providing a blend of theoretical and practical knowledge to help graduates succeed in a variety of settings. Our science and mathematics faculty are experienced researchers who have also worked in the field in many capacities and are experts in the latest technologies. Our liberal arts professors are excellent communicators who inspire creativity and critical thinking in their students. For specifics on the faculty within the Liberal Arts and Sciences, see each individual subject area.

Are you undecided about your major?

Liberal Arts and Sciences could be the ideal place for you to begin your college career at FLCC. You can explore your interests and abilities, while at the same time begin working toward a college degree.

Many new students who are undecided about their college major will apply for admission into the A.A. or A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences program. It is more common than you may realize for students to be uncertain about their academic and career goals upon entering college. Even for those students who enter college with a declared major, statistics show that approximately 70% will change their major at least twice before graduating.

The most important advice we can give undecided students is "don't get discouraged." Instead, take these action steps toward your future:

  • Visit the Finger Lakes Community College Career Services Office to learn more about yourself, define your goals, investigate career interests, and decide on what you want in a career. Ask about FOCUS2, a computerized career guidance system which provides occupational information as well as an assessment of your interests, abilities, experiences, and values.
  • A Career Services counselor can also help you with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Strong Interest Inventory, self assessment and career guidance tools that help with career planning and offer insight into personal and professional development. Make an appointment at the Career Services Office to learn about these and other career guidance resources currently available. After you complete an assessment, your scores will be interpreted for you and discussed with you at an individual appointment.
  • When selecting your course schedule (with the help of your advisor), try to choose courses in a variety of disciplines. After a few courses, students often get a clearer picture of their favorite and least favorite subject areas.