Program Overview

The Interdisciplinary Studies major is designed for students pursuing broad areas of study and exploration in an area of emphasis as described below. Option 1 enables students to complete the requirements for the Associate Degree.

Students earning this AA degree analyze and evaluate the ways in which people from different cultures have expressed themselves through the Arts and Humanities.

Option 1: Cañada College Pattern
Provides an opportunity to earn an Associate in Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, which covers a broad area of study and is intended for students who may not be planning to transfer to a four-year university.

A. Complete basic competencies, including 2 units of Physical Education activity courses, and specific areas (A, B, C, D, E) of the General Education requirements for the AA/AS degree (19 units).

B. Complete 18 units in the Arts and Humanities area of emphasis as shown below.

C. Select 23 degree applicable units in consultation with a counselor to fulfill lower-division preparation and/or electives and complete the required 60 degree applicable units for an Associate Degree.

Program Requirements

AA Degree Requirements Major: Core and Selective Requirements Selective Courses, choose a minimum of 18 units from the following: I. Arts:
Select 9 units, courses must be selected from at least 2 disciplines: Units
ART 101 Ancient, Classical and Medieval Art History 3 units
ART 102 Late Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Art History 3 units
ART 103 History of Art from the Baroque Period to Post-Impressionism 3 units
ART 104 History of Modern Art 3 units
ART 201 Form and Composition I 3 units
ART 204 Drawing I 3 units
ART 214 Color 3 units
ART 301 Two-Dimensional Design 3 units
DRAM 140 Introduction to the Theatre 3 units
DRAM 151 Introduction to Shakespeare I 3 units
LIT. 441 Survey of Film 3 units
LIT. 442 Film Study and Appreciation 3 units
MUS. 100 Fundamentals of Music 3 units
MUS. 202 Music Appreciation 3 units
MUS. 210 Histories of Popular Music and Rock 3 units
MUS. 240 Music of the Americas 3 units
MUS. 250 World Music 3 units
MUS. 260 Music in Film, Television and Multimedia 3 units
MUS. 271 Opera and Musical Theater History 3 units
II. Humanities
Select 9 units, courses must be selected from at least 2 disciplines: Units
DRAM 151 Introduction to Shakespeare I 3 units
ENGL 110 Composition, Literature, and Critical Thinking 3 units
ENGL 161 Creative Writing I 3 units
HIST 100 History of Western Civilization I 3 units
HIST 101 History of Western Civilization II 3 units
HIST 104 World History I 3 units
HIST 106 World History II 3 units
HIST 201 U.S. History through 1877 3 units
HIST 202 U.S. History from 1877 to the Present 3 units
HIST 242 African-American History 3 units
HIST 245 Race, Ethnicity and Immigration in the U.S. 3 units
HIST 246 History of Latinos in the U.S. 3 units
HIST 247 Women in U.S. History 3 units
LIT. 151 Introduction to Shakespeare I 3 units
LIT. 200 American Literature 3 units
LIT. 205 New Voices in World Literature 3 units
LIT. 231 Survey of English Literature I 3 units
LIT. 232 Survey of English Literature II 3 units
LIT. 252 Women Writers: Multicultural Perspectives 3 units
LIT. 266 Black Literature 3 units
LIT. 370 Reading in Literature of the Latino in the United States
LIT. 371 Mexican-American Literature 3 units
LIT. 372 Myth and Folklore of La Raza 3 units
LIT. 373 Latin American Literature in Translation 3 units
LIT. 375 Native-American Literature 3 units
LIT. 441 Survey of Film 3 units
LIT. 442 Film Study and Appreciation 3 units
PHIL 100 Introduction to Philosophy 3 units
PHIL 160 History of Philosophy: Ancient and Medieval 3 units
PHIL 190 Contemporary Philosophy 3 units
PHIL 240 Introduction to Ethics 3 units
PHIL 300 Introduction to World Religions 3 units
SPAN 120 Advanced Elementary Spanish 5 units
SPAN 121 Advanced Elementary Spanish I 3 units
SPAN 122 Advanced Elementary Spanish II 3 units
SPAN 131 Intermediate Spanish I 3 units
SPAN 132 Intermediate Spanish II 3 units
SPAN 140 Advanced Intermediate Spanish 3 units
SPAN 150 Spanish for Heritage Speakers I 4 units
SPAN 152 Spanish for Heritage Speakers II 4 units
SPAN 162 Latino Literature II 3 units
Total Required Major Units: 18

Refer to Option 1 listed above for information on additional degree requirements that must be fulfilled in order to complete the total of 60 transferable, degree applicable units for an Associate Degree.

Please refer to the AA/AS Degree Requirements for more information.