Dec 01, 2023  
Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024

Liberal Arts & Sciences: General Studies (A.A.)

If you would like the opportunity to explore many academic areas while determining which area of study you will focus on after graduating from Onondaga Community College, you may be interested in earning a transfer-oriented associate of arts (A.A.) degree in liberal arts through Onondaga’s General Studies program. This degree will best meet the needs of students who have a large number of transfer credits coming into OCC, who desire the flexibility to examine a variety of disciplines of study, or who have specific requirements to fulfill for a future transfer institution.

Although some General Studies students prepare for a specific occupation, others select this program in order to meet the Liberal Arts/General Education requirements for a variety of programs at many four-year colleges and universities. You will specifically complete the 30 credits of SUNY General Education. You can choose elective courses along with your required courses in order to structure an individualized specialization or complete one of the SUNY Seamless Transfer Pathways.

By choosing from a list of courses each semester, you can individualize your education in order to achieve a balance between developing known interests and exploring new subject areas. At the same time, you will study liberal arts courses, such as English composition and literature, history, social sciences, humanities, communication, math, and science. You will be encouraged to investigate a diversity of vocational options to provide yourself with a knowledgeable basis for future commitments. The key objectives of the program are to provide you with flexible options in a supportive environment as you complete your required courses and explore new areas of academic study.

After completing your associate of arts degree requirements at Onondaga Community College, you may choose to transfer to a four-year upper-division college or university to earn a baccalaureate degree, or you may choose to secure employment directly upon graduating. Regardless of the goals you decide to pursue, the broad background provided through General Studies offers the rewards and opportunities of a diversified education.

Mission Statement

The General Studies curriculum provides students with the opportunity to explore various academic disciplines, while developing the skills needed to be successful in their future educational and career endeavors. Graduates will complete a general education foundation, including the SUNY General Education requirements, so that they may transfer to four-year programs at other institutions.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Speak and write in a professional manner across multiple academic disciplines.
  2. Apply research, analytical, and critical thinking skills.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the human experience as it relates to personal and community well-being and responsibility.
  4. Develop decision-making, collaboration, and problem-solving skills.

First Semester

Total Credits: 15

Second Semester

Total Credits: 15-16

Third Semester

  • SUNY Gen Ed US History & Civic Engagement Elective Credits: (3)
    (Recommended courses: HIS 105 , HIS 106 , HIS 107 )  
  • SUNY Gen Ed DEISJ Elective Credits: (3)
    (Liberal Art Only)
  • 200-Level Liberal Arts Elective Credits: (3)
  • General Electives Credits: (3)
  • General Elective Credits: (3)

Total Credits: 15

Fourth Semester

  • 200-Level Liberal Arts Elective Credits: (3)
  • 200-Level Liberal Art Elective Credits: (3)
  • 200-Level Liberal Art Elective Credits: (3)
  • General Electives Credits: (3)
  • General Elective Credits: (3)

Total Credits: 15

Total Program Credits: 60-61


1. Students can work with advisors to determine which of these first-year success courses will best meet their needs.

  • GEN 152  is a personal exploration course and will help students set goals.
  • GEN 154  is a career exploration course.
  • ILS 153  will help with study skills and provide an introduction to college life.
  • LBL 101   will help students explore various liberal arts fields and provide an introduction to college life.