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Liberal Arts and Sciences with Advisement Area in Social Science

The Degree

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

The Outlook

Opportunities abound with an education in the social sciences. This flexible advisement area allows you to build a foundation to take your educational and career aspirations in many different directions. FLCC's advisement area can open the door to a wide variety of career opportunities, from education to public administration to social work, just to name a few.

The Program

This degree with an advisement area in social science encourages you to examine your role in society by sponsoring voter registrations and participating in the OXFAM hunger banquet. Guest speakers in various fields of politics, anthropology, history, and psychology often visit classes or are invited to present their views.

The A.A. Liberal Arts Program

The Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree at Finger Lakes Community College is designed for students who intend to transfer to pursue a baccalaureate degree, with courses equivalent to those offered during the freshman and sophomore years at most four-year colleges and universities.

Students who transfer from FLCC with an A.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences degree pursue bachelor's degrees 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.

Honors Courses: In addition, FLCC offers Honors courses, open to all qualified students, that provide enhanced educational experiences for students with outstanding ability. Successful completion of Honors courses or an Honors Certificate may increase your options for transfer to four-year institutions.

The Faculty

Social Science Faculty hold advanced degrees in their respective disciplines, including anthropology, history, political science, psychology and sociology. Faculty bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to their teaching that ranges from supervising archaeological digs to researching psychological disorders, from examining popular culture to using qualitative and quantitative research methodologies to study patterns and trends among people. Social Science faculty are dedicated to helping students achieve their academic and career goals.

Information for Students Who Are 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.

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.