Liberal Arts: Emphasis in Social and Behavioral Sciences

Associate in Arts
Non-Transfer: Option 1 (Major Code: 01377) Footnote 1
Transfer Preparation: Options 2 & 3 (Major Code: 01730) Footnotes *, 1, 2

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 1, 2 or 3 for the General Education pattern related to your educational goal.
  • Complete a minimum of 18 units from the courses listed below.  For Option 1, courses cannot be double-counted to satisfy general education requirements.
  • Complete a minimum of 60 degree applicable transferable semester units (including major and general education courses).
  • For ALL OPTIONS: complete necessary Southwestern College Graduation and Competency requirements (See Southwestern College Catalog)
  • Courses with an "*" are not UC transferable.
  • Courses should be selected with the assistance of a counselor.  Refer to ASSIST.org for transfer details.
  • Completion of the Liberal Arts Degree does not guarantee acceptance into a four year institution nor into a major. 

Program Student Learning Outcome

  • Demonstrate the communication skills necessary to engage competently in personal, professional, civic and social contexts.
Option 1 Footnote 1
Southwestern College Associate Degree General Education
Minimum units necessary to meet Southwestern Associate Degree requirements18
Option 2 Footnotes *, 1, 2
CSU GE Breadth
Minimum units necessary to meet CSU/GE Certification requirements39
Option 3 Footnotes *, 1, 2
IGETC
Minimum units necessary to meet IGETC Certification requirements34
Social & Behavioral Science Emphasis
Students will study about themselves and others as members of a larger society. 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.
Select a minimum of 18 units of the following courses:18
ETHICS AND THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE *
INTRODUCTION TO ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
FUNDAMENTALS OF CRIME AND CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR
BIOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
ARCHAEOLOGY AND PREHISTORY
CULTURES OF MEXICO
AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY I
AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY II
INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN-AMERICAN CULTURE
ASIAN-AMERICAN HISTORY I
ASIAN-AMERICAN HISTORY II
FILIPINO-AMERICAN HISTORY
FILIPINO-AMERICAN CULTURE
PRINCIPLES OF FAMILY DEVELOPMENT
PRINCIPLES OF CHILD DEVELOPMENT
CHILD, FAMILY, AND COMMUNITY
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION
INTRODUCTION TO MASS COMMUNICATION AND SOCIETY
CONTEMPORARY ECONOMIC PROBLEMS
PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS I
PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS II
WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY
INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHY: CULTURAL ELEMENTS
AMERICAN CIVILIZATION I
AMERICAN CIVILIZATION II
WESTERN CIVILIZATION I
WESTERN CIVILIZATION II
WORLD HISTORY I
WORLD HISTORY II
AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY I
AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY II
ASIAN-AMERICAN HISTORY I
ASIAN-AMERICAN HISTORY II
FILIPINO-AMERICAN HISTORY
COMPARATIVE HISTORY OF THE AMERICAS I
COMPARATIVE HISTORY OF THE AMERICAS II
WOMEN IN WORLD HISTORY
MEXICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY I
MEXICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY II
INTRODUCTION TO MASS COMMUNICATION AND SOCIETY
MEXICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY I
MEXICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY II
MEXICAN AND MEXICAN-AMERICAN CULTURES IN THE UNITED STATES
CRITICAL ISSUES IN CHICANA/LATINA STUDIES
INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCE
INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT
INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
HUMAN SEXUALITY
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF DEATH AND DYING
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
Academic and Career Options in PSYCHOLOGY *
INTRODUCTION TO COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH
INTRODUCTION TO PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY
STATISTICS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
DATA ANALYSIS IN PSYCHOLOGY AND SOCIOLOGY
STATISTICAL METHODS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES *
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
RACE AND ETHNICITY
SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION
CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL PROBLEMS
FILIPINO-AMERICAN CULTURE
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
SOCIOLOGY OF THE FAMILY
SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER
MEXICAN AND MEXICAN-AMERICAN CULTURES IN THE UNITED STATES
INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN-AMERICAN CULTURE
CRITICAL ISSUES IN CHICANA/LATINA STUDIES
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH METHODS
STATISTICS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
DATA ANALYSIS IN PSYCHOLOGY AND SOCIOLOGY
STATISTICAL METHODS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES *
Total Units18