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Social and Behavioral Sciences, Associate of Arts Degree Area of Emphasis

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The Social and Behavioral Sciences area of emphasis provides a broad understanding of the social, cultural, and intellectual world in which we live. Students who choose this area of emphasis typically have a diverse interest in human problems and seek a liberal education in a broad spectrum of understandings, insights, and appreciations. Multidisciplinary in nature, this area of emphasis seeks to provide an understanding of the interrelationships and varied methodologies of its many subject areas. The Social and Behavioral area of emphasis develops students’ intellectual and emotional understanding, appreciation, and insights which prepares them for jobs in government services, commerce or industry, and teaching.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Utilize methods and theories from the social and behavioral sciences to collect, interpret, and apply quantitative and qualitative evidence regarding the human experience as an individual and in the context of the larger society.
  2. Employ methods and theories from different disciplines to analyze social and behavioral problems, policies related to these problems, and how they both change over time.


Associate Degree Requirements

Unit Requirement

Complete at least 60 units of acceptable college work with a minimum of 12 units completed in residence at Coastline. Earn an overall grade point average of 2.0 or higher from all colleges attended and a 2.0 or higher grade point average at Coastline.

*Students must be in good academic standing (not on probation and/or disqualification) during the semester graduation is petitioned.

Program of Study

Complete the required courses in one of the programs as detailed In the Academic/Career/Certificate Programs section of this catalog. All coursework must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

General Education

Complete one of the three General Education options below (visit the General Education page for details):

Option 1 — Coastline General Education: designed for students pursuing an Associate degree and who may or may not be planning to transfer to a four-year university. The degree is transferable to many colleges and universities.

Option 2—CSU GE Breadth: designed for students who are planning to transfer to a university in the CSU system. It may also be appropriate for transfer to some independent colleges and universities.

Option 3—IGETC: designed for students who are planning to transfer to a university in the CSU or UC system. It also may be appropriate for transfer to some independent colleges and universities.

Global and Multicultural Studies Requirement

Complete at least 2.5 units from any Global and Multicultural Studies courses. See what courses fulfill the Global and Multicultural Studies Requirement.

Course Title Units
Select at least 18 units of the following:18
Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Archaeology
World Cultures
Economic Issues and Policy
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
World Regional Geography
California Geography
Cultural Geography
Latin American History and Culture
History of American Women
Chicano History
History of Britain and Ireland 2
History of California
The American West
World History 1
World History 2
United States History to 1876
United States History since 1876
Western Civilization 1
Western Civilization 2
Introduction to Human Services
Helping Theories and Intervention Strategies
Introduction to Crisis Intervention
Treatment Issues in Substance Abuse
Introduction to Case Management
Cultural Diversity in Human Services
Human Services Practicum
Introduction to Mass Communications
Survey of Current Issues
American Government
Comparative Government and Politics
Introduction to Psychology
Child Growth and Development
Life Span Developmental Psychology
Principles of Human Sexuality 1
Psychology of Aging
Psychobiology
Abnormal Psychology
Social Psychology
Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Marriage and Family
Introduction to Gerontology
Globalization and Social Change
Analysis of Social Problems
Racial and Ethnic Relations in America
Perspectives of Sex and Gender
Subtotal for Area of Emphasis (at least 18)18