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Interdisciplinary Studies - Arts and Sciences

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Program Overview

​The Interdisciplinary Studies: Arts and Sciences degree is designed for students who wish to pursue broad areas of knowledge in arts and sciences plus additional knowledge in an "Areas of Emphasis." This area of emphasis integrates the study of the world around us by developing analytical skills needed to understand the physical world and the human beings who occupy it, including the artifacts they produce. The Interdisciplinary Studies: Arts and Sciences degree is designed for students who wish to explore different disciplines (subject areas) before deciding on a definite major program prior to transferring to a four-year university, or for students who may not be planning to transfer but wish to earn a degree in a particular area of study that interests them.


REQUIREMENTS for the AA Degree

To qualify for this degree, youmust meet these requirements:

  • Minimum of 60 AA units
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Complete general education requirements with one ofthe following GE patterns:
    • LACCD GE pattern
    • CSU GE
    • IGETC pattern
  • Complete a minimum of 18 units from area of emphasis coursework
    • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better


Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

​Upon completion of the Degree program, students are able to:

  • Examine the perspectives, principles, theories, methods, and core concepts of the social and behavioral sciences within their contemporary, historical, cultural and geographical contexts.
  • Apply and construct written, verbal, numeric or non-verbal expression to convey logical thought, analyze arguments and self-express.
  • Compare and contrast the values, attitudes, modes of creative expression, and/or dynamics of interpersonal interactions of people from diverse cultural and societal backgrounds.


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