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    Dec 09, 2022  
2021-2022 Catalog 
2021-2022 Catalog [ARCHIVED]

Emphasis in Liberal Studies, AA

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The degree emphasizes the integration of concepts from the arts and humanities, literature, natural sciences, and social sciences, offering a broad foundation in diverse disciplines. This course of study fosters the student’s understanding and appreciation of how human knowledge and experience have evolved in historical and cultural contexts. The degree stresses the development of skills in quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and communication in order for students to be well-rounded individuals who can engage in critical and creative thinking to solve problems, explore alternatives and make decisions in a variety of settings.

Complete a minimum of 18 units from the following courses, with at least one course taken in three different disciplines:

Natural Sciences:

Total Units Required: 18-22

To obtain the Associate in Arts degree with an emphasis in Liberal Studies: Teacher Education, students will have to:

  1. Complete
    1. The CSU General Education Certification pattern, a minimum of 39 units.
    2. The IGETC Certification pattern, a minimum of 36 units.
    3. The IVC Associate Degree General Education pattern, a minimum of 31 units.
  2. Complete a minimum of 18 units from the courses listed in the emphasis, with at least one course taken in three different disciplines.
  3. Complete any elective, degree-applicable courses needed to bring the total number of units to 60.
  4. Maintain a 2.0 overall GPA and a grade of “A,” “B,” “C,” or “P” in all courses taken in the area of emphasis.
  5. Satisfy the residency and competency requirements as stated on Associate Degree Graduation Requirements .

Students are advised to consult with a counselor to clarify graduation requirements and/or to determine specific transfer paths and transfer requirements. Students intending to transfer are generally advised to complete either the CSU General Education Certification pattern or the IGETC Certification pattern.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the AA degree with emphasis in liberal studies, students will be able to

  • Develop an historical and aesthetic appreciation of human expression and diversity as it reflects the human experience.
  • Conceptualize and apply theoretical constructs within the real world as it affects our physical experience.
  • Identify, analyze and understand social phenomenon as it affects the human condition.

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