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Associate of Arts & Sciences

Major: General Studies
Specialization: Liberal Arts

DE – All degree requirements may be completed through Distance Learning delivery methods.

Length: Two-year Program – Four semesters

Purpose: The Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree program in Liberal Arts is designed for persons who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a baccalaureate degree program, usually the Bachelor of Arts degree, in the liberal arts or social sciences. Students in this program may wish to major in the following fields:

Economics Law
Education Library Science
English Literature
Foreign Language Philosophy
Government (Political Science) Psychology
History Religion
Humanities Sociology
Journalism Teacher Education


Admission Requirements: In addition to the admission requirements established for the College (as listed in the section on admission requirements), entry into the Associate of Arts and Sciences degree program in Liberal Arts requires the satisfactory completion of the following high school units or equivalent as a minimum: 4 units of English; 2 units of college preparatory mathematics; 1 unit of laboratory science; and 1 unit of history. The remaining units are elective courses, but at least two units of a foreign language are recommended. Students are urged to check the mathematics requirements of the four-year college or university to which they plan to transfer to determine the proper mathematics courses to be taken in the community college. Students who do not meet these requirements may be permitted to correct their deficiencies in the developmental program before entering the Liberal Arts curriculum.

Program Requirements: The curriculum consists of courses in the humanities including a foreign language, natural sciences, and social sciences usually required in the first two years of a baccalaureate liberal arts curriculum. A minimum of 61 credits is required for the Liberal Arts major in the Associate of Arts and Sciences degree program. Students are urged to acquaint themselves with the requirements of the major department in the college or university to which transfer is contemplated and also to consult with the counseling department of the community college in planning their programs and selecting their electives. In order to help prepare for upper division (junior class) standing at a four-year college or university, the student usually must complete a program at the community college which is comparable in length and courses to the first two years of the program at the four year college or university. Upon satisfactory completion of the four-semester program, the graduate will be awarded the Associate of Arts and Sciences degree with a major in Liberal Arts.

Course NumberCourse TitleLecture HoursLab HoursCourse Credits
First Semester
ENG 111College Composition I303
SDV 108College Survival Skills101
MTHMath (MTH 151 or 163)303
Beginning Foreign Language404
Health or Physical Education021
Natural Science with Lab*334
Second Semester
ENG 112College Composition II303
MTHMath (MTH 152 or 164)303
Beginning Foreign Language404
Natural Science with Lab*334
Health or Physical Education021
Third Semester
ENGEnglish (ENG 241, 243, or 251)**303
SOC 200***Principles to Sociology OR303
PSY 200***Principles of Psychology
HISHistory (HIS 121 or 101)303
Interm. Foreign Language303
Elective****Humanities or Social Science303
Fourth Semester
ENGEnglish (ENG 242, 244, or 252)303
SOC 200***Principles to Sociology OR303
PSY 200***Principles of Psychology
Interm. Foreign Language303
HISHistory (102 or 122)303
Elective****Humanities or Social Science303

Total Minimum Credits for the Liberal Arts Major  61

* BIO 101-102, CHM 111-112, NAS 131-132, PHY 201-202, GOL 105-106 may be used to fulfill requirements.
** Determine transfer institution’s requirements prior to selection.
*** Both PSY 200 and SOC 200 are required for the program. Timing of the courses is at the discretion of the student/advisor between the third and fourth semesters.
Social Science Electives: ECO 201-202; PLS 211-212; PSY 200, PSY 231-232, PSY 255, PSY 266; SOC 200, SOC 235, SOC 268; HIS 101-102, HIS 266, HIS 269, HIS 277; GEO 200, GEO 210.
Humanities Electives: ENG 241-242, ENG 243-244, ENG 251-252, ENG 257, ENG 279; HUM 256; PHI 101-102; ART 101-102; MUS 121-122; CST 100; SPA 101-102, 201-202; FRE 101-102, 201-202; REL 100,REL 200, REL 210, REL 230, REL 246.
NOTE: Students having completed three or more years of foreign language in high school with a “C” or better average may petition for credit by experience or credit by exam. It is recommended that students receiving credit by experience take humanities electives to meet the requirements of the transfer institution. Please see your advisor for details.

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