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Law, Public Policy, and Society, Associate in Arts for Transfer

Banner Code: 3_AAT_LPPS

Control Number: 44223

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The Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) Area of Emphasis: Law, Public Policy and Society is a degree program designed to prepare students for the further study of law. The coursework required to earn this degree has been identified as preparation for law school upon completion of a bachelor’s degree. Students in this program will be introduced to the legal field and will gain an interdisciplinary understanding of legal concepts and policy issues related to diverse populations. This program emphasizes the development of skills essential in the legal profession, including communication, argumentation and critical thinking. As an interdisciplinary AA-T degree, this program includes core courses in several majors offered at four-year universities. Students are encouraged to further explore these other majors when selecting electives to complete this AA-T Area of Emphasis: Law, Public Policy and Society degree.

Associate Degrees for Transfer (AA-T or AS-T) are open to all Coastline students. Students who do not plan on transferring to a California State University school should consult their Counselor regarding the benefits of an AA-T/AS-T degree based on their goals. Students earning an AA-T or AS-T and intending on transferring to a California State University school receive transfer admission benefits for specific majors at many California State University campuses. Visit the Transfer Information catalog page for more information.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Develop legal and critical-thinking skills in judicial issues.
  2. Evaluate legal issues in a variety of different environments.
  3. Analyze issues by application of relevant rules of law, ethical standards, and social mores.

Associate Degree for Transfer Requirements

  1. Minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units. A minimum of 12 units must be in residence within Coast Colleges (Coastline College, Golden West College, and/or Orange Coast College).
  2. Minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework.
  3. Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units in an Associate Degree for Transfer major as detailed in the catalog.
  4. Certified Completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE Breadth - Coastline’s Option 2 General Education pattern), OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC - Coastline Option 3 General Education pattern).
Course Title Units
Required Core
Complete the following:
CJ C128Criminal Procedure3
or CJ C140 Introduction to Criminal Justice
or CJ C141 Criminal Law
CMST C110Public Speaking3
or CMST C140 Small Group Communication
ENGL C100Freshman Composition4
CMST C220Essentials of Argumentation3
or ENGL C102 Critical Reasoning, Reading, and Writing
or PHIL C115 Logic and Critical Thinking
HIST C170United States History to 18763
or HIST C175 United States History since 1876
MATH C160Introduction to Statistics4
PHIL C120Ethics3
PSCI C180American Government3
List A
Select two Courses (not used in Core courses completion) from 2 different areas below:6
Administration of Justice
Criminal Procedure
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Criminal Law
Business Law/Legal Environment of Business
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Political Science
Introduction to International Relations
Comparative Government and Politics
Political Theory
Introduction to Political Science
Public Policy
Analysis of Social Problems
Cultural Anthropology
Cultural Geography
Racial and Ethnic Relations in America
College Success
Strategies for College Success
Major Units32
CSU General Education or IGETCvaries
Transfer Electives as needed to reach 60 transferable unitsvaries
Total Units60