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Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Degrees

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

The Outlook

A liberal arts degree provides you with the skills that are in demand in the workforce. The flexibility of the degree allows you to take your career path in directions that are diverse and potentially exciting. The skills employers say they are seeking the most when hiring are written communication and critical thinking, both of which you will develop while enrolled in FLCC's A.A. or A.S. liberal arts programs.

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 baccalaureate degree program in a broad range of majors such as:

  • Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Psychology
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Law
  • English
  • History

The degree is recognized in transfer (articulation) agreements with a large number of public and private four-year institutions in New York State and across the nation.

Advisement Areas

The A.A. liberal arts and sciences degree program is designed to help you build a solid academic foundation. It will prepare you for successful transfer to a four-year institution. 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: If you have demonstrated outstanding academic ability, you will have the opportunity to take honors courses at FLCC that provide enhanced educational experiences. If you are a qualified student in this degree program or are a qualified student from another program, enrollment in honors courses is open to you. Successful completion of honors courses or an Honors Certificate may increase your transfer options to four-year institutions.

Online Learning

The A.A. liberal arts and sciences degree program at FLCC is conveniently accessible on the internet and may be fully completed online. For more information on FLCC's online learning programs, contact the Office of Online Learning at (585)-785-1303 or you can visit the colleges' online degree programs page.

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.

The degree is recognized in transfer (articulation) agreements with a large number of public and private four-year institutions in New York State and across the nation.

Advisement Areas

If you are interested in a specific area of study, you may focus your education by earning an A.S. liberal arts and sciences degree with an advisement area for transfer in:

Honors Courses: If you have demonstrated outstanding academic ability, you will have the opportunity to take honors courses at FLCC that provide enhanced educational experiences. If you are a qualified student in this degree program or are a qualified student from another program, enrollment in honors courses is open to you. Successful completion of honors courses or an Honors Certificate may increase your transfer options to four-year institutions.

Online Learning

The A.S. liberal arts and sciences degree program at FLCC is conveniently accessible on the internet and may be fully completed online. For more information on FLCC's online learning programs, contact the Office of Online Learning at (585)-785-1303 or you can visit the colleges' online degree programs page.

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 that have successfully transferred to four-year institutions*, including:

  • The University of Rochester
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Cornell University
  • SUNY Colleges at Brockport, Buffalo, Geneseo, and Environmental Science and Forestry
  • Keuka College
  • St. John Fisher College

The range of careers you can pursue after completing a bachelor's degree program includes:

  • Medicine (physical and occupational therapist, physician, physician assistant, medical laboratory technician and radiologist)
  • Teacher, Professor, or Researcher
  • Statistician
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Agronomist
  • Nutritionist
  • Aquatic Biologist
  • Geologist

* 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 Scholarships

Scholarships are available to qualified students. For more information, visit the FLCC scholarships page or you can contact the financial aid office.

The Faculty

Faculty members in the liberal arts and sciences degree programs bring a plethora of knowledge and experience to the classroom. They hold masters 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. FLCC's science and mathematics faculty are experienced researchers that have also worked in the field in many capacities and are experts in the latest technologies.

The liberal arts professors at the College are excellent communicators that inspire creativity and critical thinking inside the classroom. For specifics on the faculty within the liberal arts and sciences degree programs, refer to each individual subject area.

Information for Students Undecided about their Majors

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.

A great percentage of new students that are undecided about their college major will apply for admission into the A.A. or A.S. liberal arts and sciences degree programs. 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 entering college with a declared major, statistics show that approximately 70 percent will change their major at least twice before graduating.

It is important to keep in mind not to 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 that are 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, you will get a clearer picture of your favorite and least favorite subject areas.