A.A. Degree in General Studies

This degree is designed to give students an interdisciplinary foundation in a particular area of focus while preparing them to think critically, analyze evidence effectively, and understand the different approaches of the various disciplines.

This degree provides an opportunity for students to earn an Associate of Arts (AA) degree in a comprehensive area of study and is intended for the student who may not be planning on transferring to a 4-year university in the near future.

A minimum of 60.0 semester units must be completed with a grade of “C” or better in all area-of-emphasis-applicable units.

To earn a General Studies A.A.Degree:

  1. Complete Major Core Requirements and Major Electives, as outlined.
  2. Complete one of the following General Education (GE) patterns; FRC GE, CSU Breadth or IGETC.
  3. Complete electives so that major units, plus GE units, plus elective units total sixty (60) units or higher.

Choose a single area of emphasis: Arts and Humanities, or Social and Behavioral Sciences

Arts and Humanities

This area of emphasis is designed to give students an interdisciplinary foundation in the arts and humanities, and prepare students to think critically, analyze evidence effectively, and understand the different approaches of the various disciplines by focusing upon the manner in which humans have expressed themselves in different times, places, and cultures.

Major Core Requirements (12 units)

 
Choose two courses from the following list (6 units total)
ART 172 World Art to 1500  3 units
ART 174 World Art History Since 1500  3 units
HIST 111 World History to 1500  3 units
HIST 112 World History Since 1500  3 units
HUMN 110 Introduction to Humanities I  3 units
HUMN 112 Introduction to Humanities II  3 units
Major Electives (select 12 units from below)
ART/HUMN 100 Art Appreciation  3 units
ART 116 Drawing I  3 units
ART 122 Painting I  3 units
ART 150 Beginning Photography  3 units
ART 172 World Art to 1500  3 units
ART 174 World Art History Since 1500  3 units
ART 107 Two-Dimensional Design  3 units
ART 109 Three-Dimensional Design  3 units
ENGL/HUMN 128 Film Appreciation  3 units
ENGL 180 Nature Writing in America  3 units
ENGL 228 Novel and Film  3 units
ENGL 245 Contemporary Literature  3 units
ENGL 246 Women’s Literature  3 units
ENGL 252 American Literature I  3 units
ENGL 254 American Literature II  3 units
ENGL 256 Survey of English Literature I  3 units
ENGL 257 Survey of English Literature II  3 units
ENGL 277 Introduction to Shakespeare  3 units
HUMN/MUS 101 Music Appreciation  3 units
HUMN 110 Introduction to Humanities I  3 units
HUMN 112 Introduction to Humanities II  3 units
PHIL 100 Introduction to Philosophy  3 units
PHIL 102 Ethics & Social Values  3 units
PHIL 103 Comparative Religions  3 units
THEA 105 Introduction to Acting  3 units
THEA 106 Advanced Acting  3 units
One of the following foreign language courses may count toward satisfaction of the degree requirements:
ASL 130 Beginning ASL I  3 units
ASL 132 Beginning ASL II  3 units
FRN 101 Beginning French I  4 units
FRN 102 Beginning French II 4 units
FRN 201 Intermediate French I  4 units
SPAN 101 Beginning Spanish I  4 units
SPAN 102 Beginning Spanish II 4 units
SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish I  4 units
Total Major Requirements 18 units
 

Social and Behavioral Sciences

This area of emphasis is designed to give students a broad foundation in the related fields of the social and behavioral sciences, and prepare students to think critically, analyze evidence effectively, and understand the different approaches of the various disciplines that examine people as members of society and how societies and social groups operate.

Major Core Requirements (12 units)

 
Choose 18 units from the following courses, including at least 6 units in one discipline
ADMJ 102 Introduction to the Administration of Justice
3 units
ADMJ/PSY 152 Psycho Pathology of Serial Killers and Mass Murderers
3 units
ADMJ 203 Introduction to Multiculturalism
3 units
ANTH 100 Cultural Anthropology 3 units
ANTH 103 Magic, Witchcraft & Religion 3 units
ANTH 106 Introduction to Prehistory & Archaeology 3 units
ANTH 150 Native American Indians 3 units
BUS 106 Principles of Economics – Macro 3 units
BUS 108 Principles of Economics – Micro 3 units
ECE 153 Child, Family, Community 3 units
ECE 162 Child Growth and Development 3 units
ENVR/POL 180 Environmental Policy 3 units
GEOG 104 Cultural Geography 3 units
HIST 108 US to 1877 3 units
HIST 110 US Since 1877 3 units
HIST 111 World History to 1500 3 units
HIST 112 World History Since 1500 3 units
HIST 120 History of American Women  3 units
HIST 130 Native American History 3 units
HIST 140 California History 3 units
MATH 202 Elementary Statistics 
3 units
POL 101 American Government & Politics 3 units
POL 130 International Relations 3 units
POL/SOC 140 Introduction to Race & Ethnicity 3 units
POL 150 Introduction to Political Science 3 units
POL/SOC 160 Globalization 3 units
PSY 102 Introductory Psychology 3 units
SOC 100 Sex, Gender, and Society 3 units
SOC 102 Introduction to Sociology 3 units
SOC 110 Introduction to Marriage & the Family 3 units
SOC 150 Social Trends & Problems  3 units
Total Major Requirements 18 units