Liberal Arts Areas of Emphasis

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General Description

The Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts Degree is designed for students who wish a broad knowledge of liberal arts and sciences plus additional coursework in an “Area of Emphasis”. The Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts Degree would be an ideal choice for those students planning on transferring to the California State University or University of California as the student can satisfy their general education requirements, plus focus on transferable course work that relates to majors at CSU or UC.

  • Choose either Option I or II or III for the General Education pattern related to your educational goal.
  • Complete 18 units in one “Area of Emphasis” from those outlined below.
    (Note: Where appropriate, courses in the “area of emphasis" may also be counted for a GE area)
  • For ALL OPTIONS: complete necessary Southwestern College Graduation and Proficiency requirements
  • All courses listed below transfer to CSU and/or UC. Refer to www.assist.org for transfer details.
Option 1 1
I. Southwestern College Associate in GE Degree
Minimum units necessary to meet Southwestern Associate Degree requirements21
Option 2
II. CSU/GE
Minimum units necessary to meet CSU/GE Certification requirements40
Option 3
III. IGETC
Minimum units necessary to meet IGETC Certification37-39

Areas of Emphasis

  • 18 units required from one Area of Emphasis in the Programs table.
  • Courses selected can be used to also fulfill GE areas.
  • All courses listed below transfer to CSU and/or UC.

Transferable Elective Units

Electives may be necessary to total 60 overall units required for the Associate degree.

Degree/Certificate Options Major Code
Associate in Arts Transfer Preparation Options 2 & 3 *
Liberal Arts: Emphasis in Arts and Humanities 01640
Liberal Arts: Emphasis in Communication in the English Language 01650
Liberal Arts: Emphasis in Social and Behavioral Sciences 01730
Liberal Arts: Emphasis in Math and Science 01870
Associate in Arts Non-Transfer Option 1 *
Liberal Arts: Emphasis in Arts and Humanities 01375
Liberal Arts: Emphasis in Communication in the English Language 01376
Liberal Arts: Emphasis in Social and Behavioral Sciences 01377
Liberal Arts: Emphasis in Math and Science 01378

Consult with a counselor to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP), which lists the courses necessary to achieve your academic goal.