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Liberal Arts: Emphasis in Social and Behavioral Science, Associate in Arts Degree

Banner code: 2_AA_LASBS
Control number: 19439
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 the Social and Behavioral Sciences fields. 

Program Level Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze human experience in the context of the larger society.
  2. Compare social behaviors, change, problems, and policies in various settings.
  3. Assess how findings and ideas in social science can be applied to explain phenomena and events that influence the larger society. 

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 18 units of coursework, including two or more disciplines, of the following list:18
ANTH G100Introduction To Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH G130Introduction To Archaeology3
ANTH G140Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion3
ANTH G150Native Peoples of North America3
ANTH G190Introduction to Linguistics3
ANTH G200Gender, Culture, and Society3
COMM G255Intercultural Communication3
COMM G265Gender Communication3
CJ G110Criminal Investigation3
CJ G123Juvenile Law3
CJ G128Criminal Procedure & Evidence3
CJ G140Introduction To Criminal Justice3
CJ G141Concepts of Criminal Law3
CJ G150Introduction To Corrections3
CJ G152Probation and Corrections: Case Planning and Supervision3
ECON G110Economic Issues and Policy3
ECON G130Environmental Economics and Policy3
ECON G170Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON G175Principles of Macroeconomics3
GEOG G100World Regional Geography3
GEOG G185Human Geography3
HIST G110Economic History Of The United States3
HIST G120Asian Civilizations3
HIST G121History of American Women3
HIST G140California History3
HIST G150History of Latin America3
HIST G170History Of The United States To 18763
HIST G175History of the United States Since 18763
HIST G180Western Civilization 13
HIST G185Western Civilization 23
HIST G161World History 13
HIST G162World History 23
PEAC G100Peace Studies Intro3
PEAC G110Nonviolence and Conflict Resolution3
PEAC G150Social Justice and Peacebuilding3
PEAC G230Leadership & Peacebuilding3
PSCI G100Introduction To Political Science3
PSCI G101Survey Of Current Issues3
PSCI G105Introduction to Global Studies3
PSCI G110International Relations3
PSCI G130Law In American Society3
PSCI G180American Government3
PSCI G185Comparative Politics3
PSCI G205Global Issues3
PSYC G100Introduction To Psychology3
PSYC G110Psychology of Adjustment3
PSYC G116Child Growth and Development3
PSYC G118Life Span Developmental Psychology3
PSYC G165Principles of Human Sexuality 13
PSYC G255Abnormal Psychology3
PSYC G250Psychobiology3
PSYC G260Social Psychology3
PSYC G280Research Methods in Psychology4
SOC G100Introduction To Sociology3
SOC G110Introduction To Marriage And The Family3
SOC G111Introduction to Social Justice3
SOC G133Racial And Ethnic Relations In America3
SOC G160Sociology of Criminology3
SOC G185Analysis of Social Problems3
Select no more then three units from the following:
COMM G225Negotiation and Mediation3
PEAC G110Nonviolence and Conflict Resolution3
PHIL G150Political Philosophy3
or PSCI G150 Political Philosophy
SPAN G200Mexican Culture and Civilization3
Major Total18
GE Pattern (Local, CSU GE-Breadth, or IGETC)18-39
Total Units60