Liberal Arts Associate in Arts Degree with an Area of Emphasis in Arts and Humanities

Division: Counseling


The Liberal Arts Associate in Arts Degree with an Area of Emphasis in Arts and Humanities provides students with the opportunity to earn a degree within a broad liberal arts education, allowing them to understand the intellectual relationships between various disciplines in a broader Area of Emphasis.  Earning an Associate Degree may or may not be the most effective path to fulfilling transfer requirements. The courses listed for each Area of Emphasis in the Cypress College catalog do not reflect major preparation requirements at any specific university, but some may be used to fulfill local university requirements. Reminder: Students with catalog rights for 2012 or prior, meet with a Counselor to confirm if courses taken at that time are applicable to the Arts and Humanities emphasis and the Transfer Center for information regarding selection of an appropriate general education pattern and pertinent classes, as well as your intended major at the specific colleges/universities of choice.

Requirements for the Liberal Arts Degree with Area of Emphasis: Arts and Humanities include:

  • Completion of Cypress College Native General Education requirements; California State University General Education Breadth requirements (CSU GE Breadth) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).
  • Completion of at least 18 units in an Area of Emphasis from those outlined below.(Note: Where appropriate, courses in the Area of Emphasis may also be counted for a GE area).

  • A 2.0 (C) overall GPA and a 2.0 (C) in all courses taken in the Area of Emphasis.

  • Effective Fall 2017 - Fulfillment of all graduation requirements, to include local requirements of a minimum of one (1) unit of coursework approved for Physical Activity and Health and three (3) units of coursework approved for Cultural Diversity for a total of 60 transferable units.

Liberal Arts AA Degree: Arts and Humanities Emphasis

The Arts and Humanities option under Liberal Arts is an ideal choice for students planning on transferring to the California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC).  Students are able to satisfy both their transfer institution’s general education requirements, plus focus on transfer major preparation course work required by the four-year university. The Area of Emphasis listed below includes courses that transfer to CSU and/or UC.  Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the information below is accurate and timely. However, this information is unofficial and should be checked against the official information found on the ASSIST website @

This degree emphasizes the study of cultural, literary, humanistic 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 will also learn to value aesthetic understanding and incorporate these concepts when constructing value judgments.

Select 18 or more units from at least 2 discipline areas:
Fundamentals of Art 13
Introduction to Art 13
Survey of Art History I 13
Survey of Art History II 13
Honors Survey of Art History II
Modern Art History 13
Arts of Africa, Oceania and Indigenous North America 13
Two-Dimensional Design 13
Color Theory 13
Ceramics Handbuilding 13
Ceramics Throwing 13
Beginning Drawing 13
Beginning Painting (formerly ART 189 C) (Formerly ART 189 C) 13
Latin American Art 13
Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology 13
Magic Witchcraft and Religion 13
Elementary Chinese-Mandarin I 15
Elementary Chinese-Mandarin II 15
Intermediate Chinese-Mandarin lll 15
Intermediate Chinese-Mandarin IV4
The Rhetoric of the City3
Honors Rhetoric of the City
Multicultural Dance in the US 13
Introduction to Literature 13
Honors Introduction to Literature
Humanities - Ancient and Medieval 13
Humanities - Renaissance - Present (same as INDS 101 C) 13
The Film 13
Honors Film
Introduction to Short Story Writing 13
Introduction to Creative Nonfiction Writing 13
Asian American Literature 13
English Literature to 1760 13
English Literature Since 1760 13
American Literature to 1865 13
American Literature Since 1865 13
World Literature to 1650 13
World Literature Since 1650 13
Shakespeare 13
Honors Shakespeare
Survey - Children's Literature 13
Mythology 13
Science Fiction 13
Fantasy Fiction 13
Latino-a-x Literature 13
African-American Literature I 13
African-American Literature II 13
Survey of Arabic Literature (in translation) 13
Honors Survey of Arabic Literature
Adv Acad. Reading & Writing I 15
Adv Acad Reading and Wrtg II 15
American Ethnic Studies (formerly ETHS 100 C) 13
Honors American Ethnic Studies
Introduction to African-American Studies 13
African-American History I 13
African-American History II 13
Intro to Chicana-o-x Studies 13
Chicana-o History I (formerly ETHS 141 C) (Formerly ETHS 141 C) 13
Chicana-o History II 13
Intro to Native Amer Studies3
Native American History I 13
Native American History II 13
Introduction to Asian Pacific American Studies 13
Asian Pacific American History 13
Race, Ethnicity & Pop Culture3
Elementary French I 15
Elementary French II 15
Conversational French2
Intermediate French III 14
Intermediate French IV 14
Western Civilizations I 13
Honors Western Civilizations I
Western Civilizations II 13
Honors Western Civilizations II
World Civilizations I 13
Honors World Civilizations I
World Civilizations II 13
Honors World Civilizations II
Asian Civilizations I 13
Asian Civilizations II 13
History of Mexico 13
History of the Middle East 13
History of the United States I 13
Honors History of the U.S. I
History of the United States II 13
Honors History of the United States II
Women in United States History 13
History of California 13
Humanities - Ancient and Medieval (same as ENGL 110 C) 13
Humanities - Renaissance-Present (same as ENGL 111 C) 13
Elementary Japanese I 15
Elementary Japanese II 15
Conversational Japanese2
Intermediate Japanese III 14
Intermediate Japanese IV 14
Introduction to Language3
Animation History Technology3
History of Graphic Design 13
Crime Film Genre3
Fantasy Film Genre3
Comedy Film Genre3
Musical Film Genre3
Introduction to Media (formerly MM 105 C)3
Film Noir Genre 13
Great Directors of Cinema 13
Science Fiction Film Genre 13
Silent Film Genre 13
Western Film Genre 13
Horror Film Genre 13
Music Fundamentals 13
Jazz History 13
History of Hip Hop - Rap 13
Music Appreciation 13
American Popular Music 13
Introduction to Opera 13
Honors Introduction to Opera
History of Rock Music 13
Survey of Music History 13
Music in Film 13
Introduction to Philosophy 13
Honors Introduction to Philosophy
Intro to Religious Studies 13
Honors Intro. to Religion
World Religions 13
Religions of the East 13
Religions of the West 13
Social and Political Philosophy 13
Introduction to Ethics 13
Contemporary Moral Issues3
History of Ancient Philosophy 13
History of Modern Philosophy 13
The American Religious Exp3
Philosophy of Religion 13
Jesus and His Interpreters (Formerly PHIL 225 C) 13
Introduction to Photography 13
History of Photography 13
Elementary Spanish I 15
Elementary Spanish II 15
Conversational Spanish2
Spanish for Spanish Speakers I 15
Spanish for Spanish Speakers II 15
Intermediate Spanish III 14
Intermediate Spanish IV 14
Introduction to the Theatre 13
World Theatre History 13
Diversity in American Theatre 13
Honors Diversity in Amer. Tht
Acting I 13
Dynamic Movement for the Stage2
Musical Theatre Techniques I 13
Voice and Diction 13
Musical Theatre Performance I 12-3
Rehearsal Performance I 12-3
Costume Design for Theatre 13
Stage Crew I - Running 11-2

SPECIAL NOTE: This degree is an Associate Degree designed for transfer students; however, it does not qualify as an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) for CSU priority admission consideration. Please see a counselor for more information on differences in degree options offered at Cypress College for transfer students.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:
A student who completes this program (degree/certificate) will

  1. Evaluate the methods of inquiry and evidence used in the behavioral and social sciences. Apply the principles of the social and behavioral sciences to the diverse world in which we live. Compare and contrast the major theoretical perspectives in the social and behavioral sciences.