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Liberal Arts: Social & Behavioral Sciences (Nontransfer)

Award Type: Associate in Arts

The Associate Degree in Liberal Arts is designed for students who wish to have a broad knowledge of liberal arts and sciences plus additional coursework in an “Area of Emphasis.” The curriculum in liberal arts allows students to develop an appreciation of the beauty and values that have shaped and enriched our culture. The graduate of the AA Program in Liberal Arts (Non Transfer) will: • Complete Allan Hancock College AA degree General Education, Graduation and Proficiency Requirements 21-30 units. • Complete 18 units in one “Area of Emphasis” from those listed below. • Complete a total of 60 associate degree applicable units. Courses emphasize the perspective, concepts, theories and methodologies of the disciplines typically found in the vast variety of disciplines that comprise study in the social and behavioral sciences. 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.

The graduate of the Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts: Social & Behavioral Sciences (Nontransfer) will:

  • Understand human behavior in relation to human social, political and economic institutions.
  • Develop individual responsibility, personal integrity, and respect for diverse people and culture.
  • Understand the past in order to understand and analyze present and future, issues, problems and projects.
  • Understand ways people have acted in response to their societies.

Program Requirements


Course Number Course Title Units
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3.0
SOC 102 Social Problems 3.0
SOC 110 Introduction to Marriage & Family 3.0
SOC 120 Race and Ethnic Relations 3.0
SOC 155 Media and Society 3.0
SOC 160 Cities and Urban Life 3.0


Course Number Course Title Units
SPCH 103 Interpersonal Communication 3.0
SPCH 110 Intercultural Communication 3.0

A total of 18 units is required for the major with a minimum of one course in three different areas. Anthropology

Course Number Course Title Units
AJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3.0
AJ 103 Concepts of Criminal Law 3.0


Course Number Course Title Units
ANTH 101 Introduction to Biological Anthropology 3.0
ANTH 102 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3.0

Early Childhood Studies

Course Number Course Title Units
ECS 100 Child Growth and Development 3.0
ECS 101 Child, Family and Community 3.0


Course Number Course Title Units
BUS 121 Business Economics 3.0
BUS 141 Global Economics 3.0
ECON 101 Principles of Macro-Economics 3.0
ECON 102 Principles of Micro-Economics 3.0
ECON 121 Business Economics 3.0
ECON 141 Global Economics 3.0
GBST 101 Introduction to Global Studies 3.0
GBST 141 Global Economics 3.0


Course Number Course Title Units
GEOG 102 Human Geography 3.0
GEOG 103 World Regional Geography 3.0


Course Number Course Title Units
HIST 103 East Asian Civilization 3.0
HIST 107 U S History to 1877 3.0
HIST 108 U S History from 1877 to Present 3.0
HIST 118 United States History 3.0
HIST 119 History of California 3.0
HIST 120 History of the Mexican-American 3.0
HUM 103 East Asian Civilization 3.0

Political Science

Course Number Course Title Units
POLS 101 Introduction to Political Science 3.0
POLS 103 American Government 3.0
POLS 104 Introduction to International Relations 3.0


Course Number Course Title Units
PSY 101 General Psychology 3.0
PSY 112 Human Sexuality 3.0
PSY 113 Theories Of Personality 3.0
PSY 117 Child Psychology 3.0
PSY 118 Human Development - Lifespan 3.0

General Education Requirements

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