Liberal Arts & Sciences: Humanities - AA Degree

TYPICAL FOUR-SEMESTER PROGRAM

First

COMP

1503

Freshman Composition

3

PHIL

xxx3

Philosophy Elective

3

MATH

xxx3

Math Elective

3

 

xxx3

Gen. Psych or Sociology

3

 

xxx3

Western Civilization

3

 

 

 

15

Second

LITR

2603

Introduction to Literature

3

 

xxx3

Humanities Elective

3

MATH

xxx3

Math Elective

3

HIST

xxx3

American History I or II

3

FNAT

xxx3

Fine Arts Elective

3

 

 

 

15

Third

 

xxx3

Humanities Elective

3

SOCI

xxx3

Social Science Elective

3

SPCH

1083

Effective Speaking

3

 

xxxx

Science Elective

3-4

 

xxx3

Open Elective

3

 

 

 

15-16

Fourth

 

xxx3

Humanities Elective

3

 

xxxx

Science Elective

3-4

 

xxxx

Open Electives

9

 

 

 

15-16

All students must pass COMP 1503 Freshman Composition with a "C" or better, and take LITR 2603 Introduction to Literature.

Each student must take five (5) courses from the following list:

ITAL

1303

Italian I

ITAL

2303

Italian II

LITR

2033

The Short Story

LITR

2343

Children’s Literature

LITR

2503

Identity and Literature

LITR

2703

Science Fiction

LITR

2813

Introduction to Film

LITR

2913

Introduction to Poetry

LITR

3233

Survey of American Literature I

LITR

3333

Survey of British Literature I

LITR

7003

Literature and Nature

COMP

3503

Advanced Composition

COMP

3703

Technical Writing

PHIL

1073

Intro to Philosophy

PHIL

2013

Critical Thinking

PHIL

2173

Ethics

RELG

7003

Religion of the World

SPAN

1203

Spanish I

SPAN

2203

Spanish II

Also required: Writing portfolio and one unit of physical education.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Each student must successfully complete 60 credit hours (excluding HPE) with a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

Portfolio Requirement for all Liberal Arts: Humanities students:

Liberal arts and sciences: humanities (430) students must satisfy the writing portfolio graduation requirement. The writing portfolio, submitted during the student’s last semester of study, has these specific requirements:

  1. The portfolio must contain a minimum of four papers.
  2. One of the four must use outside sources and correct documentation format.
  3. Not more than three of the four papers should be from an English or humanities class.
  4. One of the papers should be from the student’s first semester of study.
  5. One paper should represent the student’s best work.
  6. The portfolio may contain up to two other pieces of writing that the student would like included to demonstrate writing ability (for a maximum of six pieces total).
  7. If available, a record of the composing process, including prewriting steps and drafts with evidence of editing, should accompany one of the papers.
  8. A cover letter and a self-appraisal as described below

Papers submitted in the portfolio must be copies (not the originals handed in for class) and be clear of any grades or comments. A signed professor certification form must accompany each paper. The student should indicate on that form the semester the paper was written.

Cover Letter:

The portfolio must contain a cover letter to the Department of English and Humanities faculty containing these items:

Self-Appraisal:

The portfolio must include a self-appraisal with separate long paragraphs responding to each of these questions:

  1. Using examples of texts you encountered at Alfred State about cultures or perceptions different from your own, describe what you have learned about the value of diversity.
  2. Describe your understanding of the goals of the Humanities, and explain how these goals relate to you and to society

The deadline for submission to the English and Humanities Department secretary, 330 Student Development Center, near the end of the graduating semester.

The criteria for evaluation are contained in the Alfred State writing rubric. Students should include papers that demonstrate these abilities:

  1. establish a central idea (thesis) and a controlling viewpoint;
  2. create an appropriate organization plan – with a clear beginning, middle, and end – suitable for the audience and purpose of the paper;
  3. develop paragraphs with specific, concrete information;
  4. write sentences that avoid errors that decrease the writer’s credibility; and
  5. use external sources appropriately by paraphrasing, quoting, summarizing, and documenting all sources properly.

The writing faculty of the Department of English and Humanities will evaluate the portfolio to determine whether it should be graded “high pass,” “pass,” or “fail.” This evaluation will appear on the student’s permanent Alfred State transcript.

Questions about this graduation requirement should be directed to the student’s academic adviser.