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Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts Associate of Arts Degree

The Associate Degree in Liberal Arts is designed for students who wish a broad knowledge of liberal arts and sciences plus additional coursework in an “Area of Emphasis”. An area of emphasis would be an ideal choice for students planning on transferring to the California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC) as the student can satisfy required general education requirements, plus focus on transferable course work that relates to majors at CSU or UC. Students are advised to consult with a counselor for specific information regarding choice of major and transfer university. Students may obtain an Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts by completing a minimum of 60 semester units as outlined below:


Choose either Option #1a IGETC or Option #1b CSUGE or Option #2 for the general education pattern related to your educational goal.

Complete 18 units in one “Area of Emphasis” from those outlined below. For depth of study, a minimum of two courses in one discipline is required. (Note: Where appropriate, courses in the “Area of Emphasis” may also be counted for Associate Degree Option #1 or #2.)

For ALL OPTIONS, complete necessary SBVC graduation and proficiency requirements (Refer to page XX in the SBVC catalog).

All classes listed below transfer to CSU. Courses in BOLD are transferable to UC. Refer to www.assist.org for transfer details.

Courses that include a symbol x in the number such as MUS 141x4 indicate the course may be taken four times for credit. Students may apply each course with a symbol x only one time toward graduation requirements.

I. AREAS OF EMPHASES

A. Biological and Physical Sciences

These courses emphasize the natural sciences which examine the physical universe, its life forms and natural phenomena. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the methodologies of science as investigative tools. Students will also examine the influence that the acquisition of scientific knowledge has on the development of world civilization.

Anthropology (ANTHRO)
106, 106H

Astronomy (ASTRON)
120, 123, 125

Biology (BIOL)
100, 104, 109, 109H, 123, 201, 202, 204, 250, 251, 260, 261, 270

Business Calculations (BUSCAL)
208

Chemistry (CHEM)
101, 104, 110, 150, 150H, 151, 151H, 212, 212H, 213, 213H

Economics (ECON)
208

Geography (GEOG)
110, 111, 114, 285

Geology (GEOL)
100, 101, 111, 112, 122, 200, 201, 250, 251

Mathematics (MATH)
102, 103, 108, 115, 151, 250, 251, 252, 265, 266, 285

Oceanography (OCEAN)
100, 101, 111

Physical Science (PS)
101

Physics (PHYSIC)
101, 150A, 150B, 200, 201 Units

B. Social and Behavioral Sciences

These courses emphasize the perspective, concepts, theories and methodologies of the disciplines typically found in the vast variety of disciplines that comprise study in the social and behavioral sciences. Topics and discussion to stimulate critical thinking about ways people have acted in response to their societies will allow students to evaluate how societies and social subgroups operate.

Anthropology (ANTHRO)
100, 102, 106, 106H, 107, 109, 110

Child Development (CD)
105, 105H, 126

Economics (ECON)
100, 200, 200H, 201, 285

Geography (GEOG)
102, 106, 120

History (HIST)
100, 101, 107, 110, 137, 138, 139, 140, 150, 170, 171

Political Science (POLIT)
100, 110, 110H, 204

Psychology (PSYCH)
100, 100H, 102, 103, 110, 111, 112, 118

Religious Studies (RELIG)
110, 135

Sociology (SOC)
100, 100H, 110, 130, 141, 145, 150, 285

Speech (SPEECH)
135, 174, 176 Units


C. Humanities and Fine Arts

These courses emphasize the study of cultural, literary, humanistic activities and artistic expression of human beings. Students will evaluate and interpret the ways in which people throughout the ages in different cultures have responded to themselves and the world around them in artistic and cultural creation. Students will also learn to value aesthetic understanding and incorporate these concepts when constructing value judgments.

American Sign Language (ASL)
109, 110, 111, 112

Anthropology (ANTHRO)
109, 107, 110

Architecture (ARCH)
145, 146

Art (ART)
100, 102, 103, 105, 107, 108, 110, 111, 120, 124x4, 126x4, 132x4, 145, 148, 158x4, 161, 164x4, 175x4, 180, 212x4, 240x4, 270x4, 285

Dance (DANCE)
200, 203

English (ENGL)
151, 153, 155, 161, 163, 165, 175, 232, 260, 261, 270, 271, 275, 280, 281

French (FRENCH)
101, 102

History (HIST)
100, 101, 107, 137, 138, 139, 140, 150, 170, 171

Music (MUS)
100, 101, 101L, 102, 102L, 104, 105, 106, 107, 117x4, 121, 122, 130, 131, 133, 134, 136, 141x4, 150x4, 152x4, 154x4, 156x4, 158x4, 201, 201L, 202, 202L, 285

Philosophy (PHIL)
101, 101H, 105, 112, 180

Religious Studies (RELIG)
100, 100H, 101, 110, 135, 150, 175, 176, 180

Spanish (SPAN)
101, 102, 103, 103H, 104, 157, 158

Theatre Arts (THART)
100, 114x4, 120, 135, 160x4, 165 Units

Total Units 60