Humanities and Social Sciences


Matthew Clarcq, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator and Professor HIstory
Location: E-130
Phone: 716-614-6753

Liberal Arts and Sciences: Humanities and Social Science, A.A.

Online Option Available


The Humanities and Social Science major at Niagara County Community College includes the foundation courses for many college majors. The information, concepts and attitudes conveyed in these courses are easily applied to any career goal.

The Humanities and Social Science major is designed to allow maximum flexibility in creating a program. Such a broad-based liberal arts major is appropriate for students who plan to transfer into a bachelor's degree program in fields such as anthropology, economics, English, history, modern languages, philosophy, psychology, social sciences, sociology or international studies. The majority of graduates from this major transfer to complete a bachelor's degree.

The Humanities and Social Science major is also appropriate for students with a more specific career direction. Careers such as architecture, childhood education, chiropractic, exceptional education, government or legal studies, management science, occupational therapy, physical therapy and secondary education begin with a liberal arts base.

The flexibility of the Humanities and Social Science major is also appropriate for students who are undecided on a career pathway and who wish to explore several academic areas. LAHS maintains numerous Dual Admissions and Articulation agreements with many local four year colleges and universities. The program is also available as a distance learning option.

Program Goals and Objectives

  • LAHS students achieve a general knowledge of the liberal arts by taking a variety of courses from several Liberal Arts disciplines. They have opportunities to develop their abilities to think critically, to learn research methods using a variety of data bases, to work cooperatively with others and to synthesize and communicate the knowledge and skills they have acquired.
  • Students are given the opportunity to receive in-depth instruction in a specific discipline within LAHS. Study in LAHS provides students with a wide range of opportunities for understanding and analyzing human behavior and experiences.


Graduates are prepared for acceptance as transfer students into a bachelor's degree program and can meet all of the SUNY General Education Requirements through careful choice of electives. A student pursuing the LAHS degree may prepare for transfer to upper-division study in subject areas such as those listed here. They are provided as examples of ways in which a student can pursue individual academic interests in a variety of fields.

  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • English
  • History
  • International Studies
  • Modern Languages
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Pre-Law
  • Psychology
  • Secondary Education
  • Sociology
  • Urban Planning

**A student should meet with his/her academic adviser with regard to course sequences, prerequisites and completion of degree requirements.