Baja California Studies

Certificate of Proficiency
Career/Technical (Major Code: 02891)

Service learning hours that focus on the Baja California region are required in some courses. The hours will be determined by the individual instructor of each course. It is recommended that the student demonstrate an intermediate to high proficiency in the Spanish language, as measured by the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) given and evaluated by an OPI certified Southwestern College Spanish instructor.

Program Student Learning Outcome Statement

  • Upon successful completion of the Baja California Studies Certificate of Proficiency Program, students will be able to use critical thinking skills and logical reasoning to analyze ideas and themes in literature from Baja California and Mexican-American border regions.
  • Upon successful completion of the Baja California Studies Certificate of Proficiency Program, students will be able to apply critical thinking skills and the scientific method to assess and evaluate issues relevant to the biology, oceanography and geoscience of southern California and Baja California, Mexico.
  • Upon successful completion of the Baja California Studies Certificate of Proficiency Program, students will be able to communicate ideas in ways that are considered clear and appropriate by people of that culture.
  • Upon successful completion of the Baja California Studies Certificate of Proficiency Program, students will be able to apply literary theory and critical thinking skills to examine various historical, aesthetic, and socialpolitical contexts present in literature of the Mexican-American border region and Baja California.
Plan of Study Grid
Fall SemesterUnits
COMM 176 INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION 3
ENGL 274 LITERATURE OF THE U.S. - MEXICO BORDERLANDS AND BAJA CALIFORNIA 3
BIOL 143 BIOLOGY, OCEANOGRAPHY, AND GEOSCIENCE OF BAJA CALIFORNIA 3
 Units9
Spring Semester
BIOL 145 ECOMUNDO: ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE 3
 Units3
 Total Units12
Recommended Electives
COMM 142ORAL HISTORY3

You will have met four GE requirements in Plan AA–AS, Plan CSU, and IGETC Plan at the completion of this certificate.

General Education Plan

AA-AS Plan CSU PLan IGETC Plan General Education Area
BIOL 143 Group D5 Group D5 Area 4E
BIOL 145 Group B Group B2 Area 5B
COMM 176 Group D7 Group D7 Area 4G
ENGL 274 Group C2 Group C2 Area 3B