The Associate of Arts Degree in General Studies provides students with the opportunity to explore diverse methods of inquiry by selecting courses from a cross section of disciplines in an "area of emphasis" which includes in Arts and Humanities, Fine and Applied Arts, Culture and Communication, Social and Behavior Sciences, Biological and Physical Sciences, and Kinesiology and Wellness.
Students will develop critical thinking skills, learn to communicate effectively in writing, acquire an understanding of major concepts to solve problems, and employ methods of scientific inquiry to understand the world around them. Completion of the degree requirements will provide students with the skills and resources needed to make informed academic and career-related decisions.
General Studies: Arts and Humanities
These courses emphasize the appreciation of arts and humanities through cultural activities and artistic expression of human beings. Students will evaluate and interpret the ways in which people through the ages in different cultures have responded to themselves and the world around them in artistic and cultural creation. Students interested in transferring to a four-year university will have a basic foundation for further studies in areas such as arts, communications, English, foreign language, film studies, literature, history, journalism, or philosophy. This emphasis may be useful for students interested in possible career paths in fine arts, education, administration, or public service.
General Studies: Culture and Communication
These courses will emphasize the study of communication, culture, and the skills needed to communicate effectively in oral, written, or visual forms. Students transferring to a four-year university will have a basic foundation for further studies in communication studies, media studies, journalism, English, or modern languages. This emphasis may be useful for students interested in possible career paths in broadcasting, public relations, advertising, journalism, interpreter, photography, technical writing, or radio and television.
General Studies: Fine and Applied Arts
These courses will emphasize the nature of artistic activities and expression of art through analysis, examination, performance, and technical development. Students will incorporate techniques, engage in performance, and learn to value aesthetic understanding and integrate these concepts when constructing value judgments. Students transferring to a four-year university will have a basic foundation for further studies in areas such as architecture, art, digital media, creative writing, dance, film, music, performing arts, photography, studio art, or theatre arts. This emphasis may be useful for students interested in possible career paths in design, graphic arts, visual arts, photography, stage technician, musician, education, television, journalism, or acting. Select 18 units from at least two disciplines.
Major Preparation Work Sheet (Counseling webpage)
Dr. Rebekah Blonshine
Dean of Student Success
310-900-1600, ext. 2235
L-SSC, Room 103
Dr. Valerie Woodward
Division Chair - FACH
310-900-1600, ext. 2239