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Description

The Liberal Arts and Sciences Degree is designed to enable students to complete the requirements for an Associate of Arts Degree prior to transfer to the University of California, California State University or an independent/private college or university.

This degree is intended to accommodate the differing requirements of a wide variety of transfer institutions and major options. Because admission and major preparation requirements vary at each transfer institution, courses used to complete this degree should be selected with the assistance of a San Diego Mesa College counselor. Completion of the Liberal Arts and Sciences degree does not guarantee acceptance into a four year institution nor into a major.

Requirements

To meet the Liberal Arts and Sciences degree requirements, a student must complete:

  1. One of the following general education patterns:
    • San Diego Community College District General Education option may be appropriate for students transferring to a private/ independent or out of state university or to a high-unit major. Students selecting this option should meet with a counselor to determine the appropriate General Education courses for their individual transfer goals. See San Diego Mesa College catalog page 95.
    • CSU General Education - Breadth (CSU GE Pattern). This GE pattern will fulfill all lower-division general education requirements at all CSU campuses. See San Diego Mesa College catalog page 123.
    • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern. This GE pattern will fulfill all lower-division general education requirements at all CSU campuses, most UC campuses/majors and some independent/ private colleges and universities. See San Diego Mesa College catalog page 115.
    It is strongly recommended that students consult with a counselor to determine which General Education option is most appropriate for their individual education goals.
  2. A minimum of 18 units in an Area of Emphasis. The Areas of Emphasis include:
    • Arts Studies
    • Business Studies
    • Language Arts and Humanities Studies
    • Mathematics and Pre-Engineering Studies
    • Science Studies
    • Social and Behavioral Science Studies
  3. A minimum of 60 transferable units to a California State University, University of California, or a private/independent college or university.
  4. San Diego Community College District competencies in reading, written expression and mathematics.

NOTE: There are several transfer majors that require a very high amount of units in preparation for the major. Students preparing for such majors are advised to not complete a transfer GE pattern. The universities want such students to incorporate Liberal Arts and Sciences GE courses throughout their junior and senior years. Examples of high unit majors are found in Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics. For example: The Computer Science and Engineering major at UCLA requires a total of 64 units in preparation for the major. Of the 64 units, only 10 units could apply toward a transfer GE pattern. The Mathematics/ Applied Science major at UCLA requires a total of 68 units in preparation for the major. Of the 68 units, only 15 units could apply toward a transfer GE pattern. Therefore, the SDCCD pattern would be best for such students to follow in obtaining the AA. In addition, the SDCCD pattern is useful for students who transfer to institutions other than the CSU or UC.

Award Type Units

*plus credits to satisfy District requirements and elective credits, as needed, to meet the 60 unit minimum.

Certificate of Achievement: CSU General Education (CSU-GE-Breadth)

The Certificate of Achievement in California State Universities General Education Breadth Requirements - Certification Pattern is designed for students who intend to complete lower division university general education requirements prior to transfer to a CSU.

General Education (GE) is a set of courses from a variety of different subject areas that every student must complete in order to earn a degree, regardless of major. The goal is to provide a well rounded or “liberal” education and to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that together help make up an educated person. The completion of GE prior to transfer may not be required for admission to some universities. However, it is usually in the student’s best interest to complete an appropriate transfer GE pattern at the community college. This is because GE requirements that are not fulfilled prior to transfer must be completed later at the university, which often extends the time and expense of a university education.

program emphasis

Certificate of Achievement: CSU General Education Breadth Requirements - Certification Pattern. 

Students will select courses that fulfill the CSU GE Breadth Certification Pattern detailed in the Transfer Guide section of this catalog.

Certificate of Achievement: Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)

The Certificate of Achievement in Intersegmental General Education Transfer (IGETC) is designed for students who intend to complete university general education requirements prior to transfer to a California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC) campus.

General Education (GE) is a set of courses from a variety of different subject areas that every student must complete in order to earn a degree, regardless of major. The goal is to provide a well rounded or “liberal” education and to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that together help make up an educated person. The completion of GE prior to transfer is not required for admission to most universities. However it is usually in the student’s best interest to complete an appropriate transfer GE pattern at the community college. This is because GE requirements that are not fulfilled prior to transfer must be completed later at the university, which often extends the time and expense of a university education.

PROGRAM EMPHASIS

Certificate of Achievement: Intersegmental General Education Transfer (IGETC) 

The student will select courses that fulfill the IGETC certification pattern detailed in the Transfer Guide section of this catalog.

Arts Studies

The Arts Studies emphasis is intended to help students prepare for possible majors within an art-related major. Common university majors in this field include: Applied Design, Art, Art History, Graphic Design, Music, Interior Design, Multimedia, Painting and Printmaking, Sculpture, Studio Arts, Television-Film and New Media Production, Theatre Arts, Theatre Arts and Dance, and Visual and Performing Arts. This degree is designed to accommodate the differing requirements of a wide variety of transfer institutions and major options. Because admission and major preparation requirements vary at each transfer institution, courses used to complete this major must be selected with the assistance of a San Diego Mesa College counselor.

Transfer Information

Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should complete courses required for the university major and the general education pattern required by that transfer institution. See catalog TRANSFER INFORMATION section. Additional courses may be required to meet university lower-division requirements.

Course requirements at the transfer institution are subject to change and may be verified by a counselor or by consulting the current university catalog. Many Baccalaureate in Arts degrees require third semester competency in a foreign language. Consult the current catalog of the transfer institution and consult with a counselor.

program learning outcomes

Students who complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences with an emphasis in Arts Studies Program will gain facility with:

  • Critical Thinking: Students will have the ability to analyze problems, conceptualize theses, develop arguments, weigh evidence, and derive conclusions.
  • Communications Skills: Students will have the ability to articulate the critical thinking outcomes in writing and/or speaking or by other modes of communication.
  • Self-Awareness and Interpersonal Skills: Students will have the ability to analyze one's own actions, to see the perspectives of other persons, and to work effectively with others in groups.
  • Personal Actions and Civic Responsibility: Students will have the ability to understand one's role in society, take responsibility for one's own actions, make ethical decisions in complex situations, and participate actively in a diverse democracy.
  • Global Awareness: Students will have the ability to articulate similarities and contrasts among cultures, times and environments, describe and explain cultural pluralism and knowledge of global issues.
  • Technological Awareness: Students will have the ability to understand and explain or analyze the applications of technology and to use technology in ways appropriate to the situation. This outcome includes information competency skills.

Students will be assessed through a combination of performance evaluations, written assignments, and written tests and quizzes.


Program Learning Outcomes