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“The basic purpose of a liberal arts education is to liberate the human being to exercise his or her potential to the fullest.”
— Barbara M White, President, Mills College

Liberal Arts and Sciences

What is the Degree Program?

The Liberal Arts and Sciences Program at Farmingdale State University of New York grants an Associate of Arts degree which prepares students for junior level study at either Farmingdale State University of New York or other four-year colleges.

The Liberal Arts and Sciences program is committed to providing a broad-based liberal arts and sciences education which prepares students for junior level study in a variety of majors.

The degree is flexible enough to ease students' transfer to four-year degree programs in the following areas:

behavioral and non-behavioral social sciences, English, modern languages
education business administration law
communications psychology social work
technical communications industrial management security systems
and many others
biology and the allied health professions
medicine dentistry cardiorespiratory sciences
physical and occupational therapy physician's assistant pharmacy
nursing and chiropractic medicine
traditional degrees in chemistry, physics and math
medicine engineering

How do I start?

Each student's schedule of courses is arranged in consultation with a program advisor. We strongly encourage all Liberal Arts and Sciences students to meet with a Liberal Arts faculty advisor as soon as possible.

What's required?

Entrance Requirements

Program of Study

The Liberal Arts and Sciences program of study lists the required courses for the degree program. A total of 62–65 credits are required for graduation. Most students complete the degree requirements within two years, assuming that the student maintains a full course load.

Students are required to fulfill at least ten General Education course requirements as part of their preparation for upper degree study.

Important Events


In-person registration takes place twice a year in Gleeson Hall (basement). Please make sure that you follow the Liberal Arts and Science important registration information carefully.

Open Advisement

New Liberal Arts and Sciences students can make an appointment with an academic advisor prior to the open advisement period where they can be sure that their needs will be met.

Currently enrolled Liberal Arts and Sciences students may walk-in on a first-come first-served basis any time during the semester and must be advised before the end of the open advisement period.

Contacts and Hours

The Liberal Arts and Sciences department is located in Hale Hall, Room 219. The office is open every weekday from 9:00am to 4:30pm.

For general inquiries, please contact: Amanda Gist, Department Secretary at (631) 420-2656.

For transcripts, please use the following mailing address:

Dr. Marlene San Miguel Groner
Farmingdale State University of New York
Liberal Arts and Sciences Department
2350 Broadhollow Road
Farmingdale, NY  11735


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