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Liberal Arts: Humanities and Social Science (Music Industry)

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Program Description

Students following the Music Industry track of the Associate in Arts program complete a blend of general education courses enabling them to transfer more easily to four-year colleges and music classes that provide a firm foundation for further study in the field. Music Industry students have two options. One includes a basic music theory course (MUS 121 - Fundamentals of Music), the other a more in-depth course providing a variety of necessary skills in the areas of theory, ear training, keyboard harmony and sight singing (MUS 123 – Basic Musicianship 1) along with a co-requisite piano class. Music courses required in the program may be supplemented by other music courses selected in coordination with the student's academic advisor.

For more information, visit the SUNY Transfer Path website.

This degree has been approved by SUNY and NYS Education Department for online distance learning delivery. This does not mean that SUNY Orange offers every course in the program online; however, many are offered in this format. Please check the current credit course schedule for online DL virtual course listings offered each semester.

Program Outcomes

Upon graduating with a Liberal Arts: Humanities and Social Science degree, students will:

  • demonstrate foundational knowledge of and an appreciation for the cultural, social, and natural worlds
  • recognize the diversity of human experience, values, and perspectives
  • demonstrate an understanding of the forms of artistic expression and their creative processes
  • apply critical thinking and systematic reasoning skills.
  • demonstrate information management, quantitative skills, and an understanding of the role of empirical measurement
  • use effective oral and written communication skills
  • transfer to, and succeed at, an upper-level institution

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Admission Criteria

Admission to this program requires that students be high school graduates or have high school equivalency diplomas (HSEs). If students are not high school graduates, they may be eligible for admission to the College’s 24 Credit Hour Program. If students are home schooled, they may be eligible for admission.

Transfer Options

SUNY Orange has special relationships with upper-level colleges and universities for transfer. These transfer institutions include:

  • four-year institutions in the State University of New York (SUNY) system
  • private NYS and national four-year institutions

To provide for a smooth transfer, students should consult with both their academic advisors and the potential transfer institutions for academic course selection and guidance as soon as possible.


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The Associate in Arts degree program serves as a foundation for students who will complete their bachelor’s degree at a four- year institution. They may then pursue careers in a number of areas. In addition, successful completion of a bachelor’s degree can also lead to continued study on the graduate level.

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Program Availability Status

Courses for the music industry track within the Liberal Arts: Humanities and Social Science degree are available during the daytime and evening at the Middletown campus. Some courses are available online.