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Liberal Arts - Behavioral and Social Sciences

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The Associate Degree in Liberal Arts: Behavioral and Social Sciences is concerned with providing a broad understanding of the social, cultural, and intellectual world in which we live. Behavioral and Social science students have a diverse interest in human problems and seek a liberal education in a broad spectrum of understandings, insights, and appreciations. Multidisciplinary in nature, this area of emphasis seeks to provide an understanding of the interrelationships and varied methodologies of its many subject areas. The goal of this area of emphasis is to develop students’ intellectual and emotional understanding, appreciation, insights, and flexibility in order for them to succeed in government services, commerce or industry, and teaching. Students who receive an associate degree in the Social and Behavioral Sciences typically continue their studies at a university to receive a bachelor’s degree in such disciplines as Anthropology, Child Development, Economics, Geography, History, Labor Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work or Sociology.

PLEASE NOTE: All courses below transfer to CSU. Many courses are also transferable to UC. The courses that universities and colleges require for transfer vary. When selecting courses for transfer purposes, students should consult with a Counselor to determine the particular transfer requirements of specific transfer institutions.



To qualify for this degree, you must meet these requirements:

  • Minimum of 60 degree applicable units
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Complete general education requirements with one of the following GE patterns
    • LACCD GE pattern
    • CSU GE Breadth
    • IGETC pattern
  • Complete a minimum of 18 units from area of emphasis
  • 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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