Program Overview

This interdisciplinary area of emphasis focuses on the development of communication skills, introduces students to the legal field, and prepares students for further study in a variety of majors such as Political Science, Communication Studies, Economics, Philosophy, Social and Behavioral Sciences. Students who opt to pursue this course of study are encouraged to engage in further exploration of one or more specific majors as they select electives for degree completion.


AA-T Degree Requirements Major: Core and Selective Requirements Complete Core Courses, 25-27 units
1. Understanding the Law, 3 units Units
BUS. 201 Business Law 3 units
2. Ethics, 3 units Units
PHIL 240 Introduction to Ethics 3 units
3. Oral Communication, choose 3 units from the following: Units
COMM 110 Public Speaking 3 units
COMM 127 Argumentation and Debate 3 units
COMM 140 Small Group Communication 3 units
4. Written Communication, 3-5 units Units
ENGL 100 Reading and Composition 3 units
ENGL 105 Intensive Composition and Reading 5 units
5. Critical Thinking, choose 3 units from the following: Units
ENGL 165 Advanced Composition 3 units
PHIL 200 Introduction to Logic 3 units
6. Quantitative Reasoning, 4 units Units
MATH 200 Elementary Probability and Statistics 4 units
7. US History, choose 3 units from the following: Units
HIST 201 U.S. History through 1877 3 units
HIST 202 U.S. History from 1877 to the Present 3 units
8. Introduction to American Government, 3 units Units
PLSC 210 American Politics 3 units
Selective Courses, choose two courses from two of the areas listed below for a total of 6 units:
1. Economics, choose 3 units from the following: Units
ECON 100 Principles of Macro Economics 3 units
ECON 102 Principles of Micro Economics 3 units
2. Political Science, 3 units Units
PLSC 150 Introduction to Political Theory 3 units
3. Public Policy, 3 units Units
SOCI 105 Social Problems 3 units
4. Diversity, choose 3 units from the following: Units
COMM 150 Intercultural Communication 3 units
SOCI 141 Ethnicity and Race in Society 3 units
Total Required Major Units: 31 - 33
General Education - certified completion of one of the following:
  • California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE Breadth),
  • OR
  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC/CSU) pattern
Elective courses: If applicable, additional courses to meet the minimum 60 CSU transferable units requirement.

Please refer to Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Requirements for more information.