Law, Public Policy and Society Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer (AA-T)

Division: Career Technical Education


The Law, Public Policy and Society Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer has been identified as good preparation for law school upon completion of a bachelor’s degree. This interdisciplinary area of emphasis emphasizes the development of communication skills, introduces students to the legal field, and prepares students for further study in a variety of majors. 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. This curriculum specifically prepares the prospective transfer student for upper division coursework in a variety of majors such as: American Studies, Communications, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Global Intelligence and National Security, International Relations, Philosophy, Political Science, Social and Behavioral Sciences or a similar major at a California State University (CSU) campus. Students should consult a counselor, the Transfer Center and the catalog of the transfer college or university to plan a specific program of study to meet the college or university's requirements. Note: Courses that fulfill major requirements for an Associate Degree for Transfer at Cypress College might not be the same as those required for completing the major at all transfer institutions offering a Baccalaureate Degree. The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, now codified in California Education Code sections 66746-66749) guarantees admission to a California State University (CSU) campus for any community college student who completes an "associate degree for transfer", a newly established variation of the associate degrees traditionally offered at a California community college.

Students completing these degrees (AA-T) are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept the AA-T will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor's degree (unless the major is designated "high-unit" major). This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to a university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.

To earn this degree, students must complete the following requirements:

  1. 33-34 semester units or 49.5-51 quarter units in the major or area of emphasis as determined by the community college district;
  2. earn a grade of C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis;
  3. the California State University General Education Breadth requirements (CSU GE-Breadth) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern;
  4. 60 semester or 90 quarter CSU-transferable units;
  5. ADTs also require that students must earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. A P (Pass) grade is an acceptable grade for a course in the major only if the P is defined to be equivalent to a C or better, and
  6. obtainment of a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.
Required Core Courses (27 units):
AJ 110 C Introduction to Criminal Justice3
or AJ 120 C Concepts of Criminal Law
or MGT 240 C Legal Environment of Business
COMM 100 CHuman Communication3
or COMM 100HC Honors Human Communication
or COMM 124 C Small Group Communication
or COMM 135 C Argument and Critical Thinking
ENGL 100 CCollege Writing4
or ENGL 100HC Honors College Writing
ENGL 103 CCritical Reasoning and Writing4
or ENGL 103HC Honors Critical Reasoning and Writing
HIST 170 CHistory of the United States I3
or HIST 170HC Honors History of the United States I
or ETHS 131 C African-American History II
MATH 120 C Introduction to Probability and Statistics4
or PSY 161 C Probability and Statistics: Social Sciences (same as SOC 161 C)
or PSY 161HC Honors Probability and Statistics-Social Sciences (Same as SOC 161HC)
or SOC 161 C Probability and Statistics-Social Sciences (same as PSY 161 C)
or SOC 161HC Honors Probability and Statistics-Social Sciences (Same as PSY 161HC)
PHIL 160 CIntroduction to Ethics3
POSC 100 CUnited States Government3
or POSC 100HC Honors United States Government
LIST A - Select two courses from two of the areas listed below (6 units):6-7
Administration of Justice, Criminal Justice and Criminology Courses
Introduction to Criminal Justice3
Concepts of Criminal Law3
Community and the Justice System3
Business Courses
Legal Environment of Business3
Economics Courses
Principles of Economics-Macro3
Honors Principles of Economics - Macro
Principles of Economics-Micro3
Honors Principles of Economics - Micro
Political Science Courses
Political Theory3
Introduction to Political Science3
Comparative Politics3
International Relations3
Public Policy Courses
American Ethnic Studies (formerly ETHS 100 C)3
Honors American Ethnic Studies
Drugs and Alcohol in Our Society3
Public Relations3
Global and Community Health3
Diversity Courses
Cultural Anthropology3
Honors Cultural Anthropology
Cultural Geography3
Perspectives of Under-Represented Groups Courses
African-American History I3
African-American History II3
Chicana-o History I (formerly ETHS 141 C)3
Chicana-o History II3
Chicana-o and Latina-o Contemporary Issues3
Native American History I3
Asian Pacific American History3
Women in United States History3
College Success Courses
Stress and Anxiety Management1
Academic and Life Success3
Career and Life Planning3
Internship and Fieldwork Courses
Introductory Fieldwork3
Advanced Fieldwork3
Total Units33-34