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Liberal Arts: Emphasis in Human Behavior and Self Development, Associate in Arts Degree

Banner code: 2_AA_LAHBSD
Control number: 19461
Financial aid: Eligible 

This program is designed for students who desire a broad knowledge of liberal arts and sciences, plus additional course work in an “Area of Emphasis.” This program would be an ideal choice for students planning on transferring to the California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC), as the student may satisfy their general education requirements plus focus on transferable course work relating to baccalaureate majors at these institutions. Because admission and major preparation requirements vary at each transfer institution, courses used to fulfill requirements for an emphasis should be selected with the assistance of GWC Counselor.

All courses included in this major are transferable to the California State University (CSU) system, and the majority are transferable to the University of California (UC) system. The courses, with the appropriate selections made, will meet major preparation for entry to baccalaureate degree programs in Human Services, Social Services, Behavioral Sciences, and other related fields.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discover understanding of themselves and others to communicate and collaborate more effectively.
  2. Distinguish methods for personal wellness for themselves and others.
  3. Identify methods for collaborating with others in their community.
  4. Develop methods for participating in group activities and collaborative projects.
  5. Evaluate group interactions in a variety of contexts.

Associate Degree Graduation Requirements

(See GWC website for the most up-to-date information on Associate Degree Requirements.)

  1. Completion of General Education Requirements by one of the following methods:
    1. Completion of a minimum of 18 units as listed under Areas A through E, including the Cultural Diversity Requirement.
    2. Completion of a minimum of 39 units of CSU General Education requirements. Students who complete this pattern are also eligible to receive the Certificate of Achievement in CSU General Education Breadth.
    3. Completion of a minimum of 34 (UC) or 37 (CSU) units of Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) requirements. Students who complete this pattern are also eligible to receive the Certificate of Achievement in IGETC.
  2. Completion of a Major or Area of Emphasis—a minimum of 18 units.
  3. Completion of additional elective units to a total of 60 units.
  4. 2.0 overall Grade Point Average at GWC and 2.0 overall Grade Point Average for all colleges attended.
  5. At least 12 units completed at GWC.

Students should consult a GWC counselor in order to select the best pathway to meet their educational goals. For students who intend to transfer, the choice of general education will be specific to both their major and transfer institution.

Course Title Units
Select at least one course from each category below (A, B, and C), then select additional courses from categories A, B, and/or C, to total 18 credits (with no more than six credits of activity courses)18
A) Theory and Knowledge
ACCT G100Introduction to Accounting3
ANTH G100Introduction To Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH G185Physical Anthropology3
ANTH G190Introduction to Linguistics3
ANTH G200Gender, Culture, and Society3
COMM G100Interpersonal Communication3
COMM G110Public Speaking3
COMM G112Small Group Dynamics3
COMM G225Negotiation and Mediation3
COMM G255Intercultural Communication3
COMM G265Gender Communication3
CJ G110Criminal Investigation3
CJ G123Juvenile Law3
CJ G137Community Relations And Special Issues In Criminal Justice3
CJ G150Introduction To Corrections3
CJ G152Probation and Corrections: Case Planning and Supervision3
PEAC G110Nonviolence and Conflict Resolution3
PEAC G230Leadership & Peacebuilding3
PSYC G100Introduction To Psychology3
PSYC G116Child Growth and Development3
PSYC G255Abnormal Psychology3
PSYC G118Life Span Developmental Psychology3
PSYC G280Research Methods in Psychology4
PSYC G250Psychobiology3
PSYC G260Social Psychology3
SOC G100Introduction To Sociology3
SOC G110Introduction To Marriage And The Family3
SOC G133Racial And Ethnic Relations In America3
SOC G160Sociology of Criminology3
SOC G185Analysis of Social Problems3
B) Growth and Purpose
BUS G121Personal Finance3
COLL G100Becoming A Successful Student3
COMM G110Public Speaking3
COMM G260Organizational Communication3
COUN G100Career Planning1.5
COUN G103Educational Planning For Student Success1
COUN G104Career And Life Planning3
COUN G115 Student-Athlete Success & Educational Planning2
COUN G150Planning for Arts, Languages, and Humanities3
or COUN G151 Planning for Business
or COUN G152 Planning for Health Science, Nursing and Kinesiology
or COUN G153 Planning for Social and Behavioral Sciences
or COUN G154 Planning for STEM (Computer Science, Engineering, Physics and Math)
or COUN G155 Planning for STEM (Biological and Physical Sciences)
COUN G199Employability Skills1.5
COUN G205Navigating the Transfer Process1
EDUC G102Teaching Diverse Contemporary Classrooms1
EDUC G103Technology Proficiencies For Teachers I2
EDUC C200The Teaching Profession3.5
LIBR G110Information Competency and Library Research1
LIBR G120Libraries And The Internet1
PSYC G110Psychology of Adjustment3
PSYC G165Principles of Human Sexuality 13
C) Health and Wellness
HLED G100Personal Health3
HLED G107Drugs, Health, and Society3
HLED G135Nutrition3
KIN G100Introduction to Kinesiology3
KIN G101First Aid/Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation3
KIN G110Mental Skills for Performance3
KIN G281Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries3
PE G103Exercise For Healthy Living2
DANC G100Modern Dance 1 - Beginning2
DANC G105Strength and Stretch1
DANC G112Ballroom Dance1
DANC G115Tap Dance 1 - Beginning2
DANC G119Hip Hop Dance1
DANC G120Ballet 1 - Beginning2
DANC G125Jazz Dance 1 - Beginning2
DANC G130Dance For Musical Theater2
DANC G135Mid-Eastern Dance0.5,1
DANC G230Choreography2
DANC G235Modern Dance Ensemble2
DANC G240Tap Dance Ensemble1,2
DANC G245Performance Ensemble1-2
PE G110Swimming For Fitness0.5,1
PE G111Swimming1
PE G130Yoga1
PE G132Pilates For Fitness1
PE G150Badminton1
PE G158Tennis1
PE G173Introduction To Weight Training1
PE G176Total Fitness For Women1
PE G181Muscular Strength Training1
PE G186Activities - Basketball0.5-1
PE G192Soccer1
PE G195Volleyball0.5-1
PE G196Sand Volleyball0.5-1
ATHL G235Basketball Team - Women3
ATHL G236Basketball Team - Men3
ATHL G239Softball Team - Women3
ATHL G240Baseball Team3
ATHL G243Cross Country Team - Women3
ATHL G244Cross Country Team - Men3
ATHL G246Football Team3
ATHL G249Soccer Team - Women3
ATHL G250Soccer Team - Men3
ATHL G253Swimming Team - Women3
ATHL G254Swimming Team - Men3
ATHL G255Track Team - Women3
ATHL G256Track Team - Men3
ATHL G259Volleyball Team - Women3
ATHL G260Volleyball Team - Men3
ATHL G263Water Polo Team - Women3
ATHL G264Water Polo Team - Men3
ATHL G279Beach Volleyball - Women3
Major Total18
GE Pattern (Local, CSU GE-Breadth, or IGETC)18-39
Total Units60