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

Banner code: 2_AAT_LAW
Control number: 40252
Financial aid: Eligible

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.

Program Level 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 Graduation Requirements

Associate Degrees for Transfer require students to meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units of degree-applicable courses,
  • Minimum overall grade point average of 2.0,
  • Minimum grade of “C” (or “P”) for each course in the major, and
  • Completion of IGETC and/or CSU GE-Breadth.

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
Required Courses
PSCI G130Law In American Society3
or CJ G140 Introduction To Criminal Justice
PHIL G120Ethics3
COMM G110Public Speaking3
or COMM G112 Small Group Dynamics
or COMM G220 Essentials Of Argumentation
ENGL G100Freshman Composition4-6
or ENGL G100S Freshman Composition with Support
COMM G220Essentials Of Argumentation3
or PHIL G125 Critical Reasoning and Writing
or PHIL G115 Logic and Critical Thinking
MATH G160Introduction To Statistics4
or PSYC G140 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
HIST G170History Of The United States To 18763
or HIST G175 History of the United States Since 1876
PSCI G180American Government3
List A
Select one of the following:3
CJ G141Concepts of Criminal Law3
ECON G110Economic Issues and Policy3
ECON G130Environmental Economics and Policy3
ECON G170Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON G175Principles of Macroeconomics3
PHIL G150Political Philosophy3
or PSCI G150 Political Philosophy
PSCI G105Introduction to Global Studies3
PSCI G205Global Issues3
SOC G111Introduction to Social Justice3
SOC G185Analysis of Social Problems3
Select one of the following:3
ANTH G200Gender, Culture, and Society3
COMM G255Intercultural Communication3
SOC G133Racial And Ethnic Relations In America3
SOC G160Sociology of Criminology3
Major Total32-35
GE Pattern (CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC)37-39
Total units that may be double-counted21-27
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units) 7-18
Total Units60

Recommended Program Sequence

These sequences are general course maps for students to finish all major and general education requirements for two-year completion of degrees, completion of short-term certificates, and/or fulfillment of transfer requirements. However, this may not be an appropriate path for all students.  The two-year sequence is based on English and Math placement and meeting other course prerequisites. Students are advised to meet with a GWC Counselor to review course selections and sequences to ensure that completion of this program will meet a student's transfer and career goals.

Year 1:

Course Title Units
Semester 1
PSCI G130Law In American Society3
or CJ G140 Introduction To Criminal Justice
PSCI G180American Government (Area D: Social & Behavioral Science course)3
or PSCI G181 American Government: The Politics of Race and Ethnicity
ENGL G100Freshman Composition ^4
Area E: Lifelong Learning & Self-Development course3
Select one of the following:
COMM G110Public Speaking3
COMM G112Small Group Dynamics3
COMM G220Essentials Of Argumentation3
Units16
Course Title Units
Semester 2
HIST G170History Of The United States To 18763
or HIST G175 History of the United States Since 1876
MATH G160Introduction To Statistics4
or PSYC G140 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
Area C1: Arts course3
Area F: Ethnic Studies course3
Select one of the following:3-4
COMM G220Essentials Of Argumentation3
PHIL G115Logic and Critical Thinking3
PHIL G125Critical Reasoning and Writing3
Units16-17

Year 2:

Course Title Units
Semester 3
PHIL G120Ethics3
Area B1: Physical Science course (with or without lab) *3-4
CSU Transferable elective coursework for a total of 3-4 units3-4
Select one of the following Diversity courses:
ANTH G200Gender, Culture, and Society3
COMM G255Intercultural Communication3
SOC G133Racial And Ethnic Relations In America3
SOC G160Sociology of Criminology3
Select one of the following Public Policy courses:
CJ G141Concepts of Criminal Law3
ECON G110Economic Issues and Policy3
ECON G130Environmental Economics and Policy3
ECON G170Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON G175Principles of Macroeconomics3
PHIL G150Political Philosophy3
PSCI G105Introduction to Global Studies3
PSCI G150Political Philosophy3
PSCI G205Global Issues3
SOC G111Introduction to Social Justice3
SOC G185Analysis of Social Problems3
Units15-17
Course Title Units
Semester 4
Area B2: Life Science course (with or without lab) *3-4
CSU Transferable elective coursework for a total of 7-10 units7-10
Units10-14
Total minimum units required60