Liberal Arts AA Degree: Arts and Humanities Emphasis

Cypress College 2019-2020

The Liberal Arts degree with Area of Emphasis 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 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.  Courses in BOLD are transferable to 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 Art3
Introduction to Art3
Survey of Art History I3
Survey of Art History II3
Honors Survey of Art History II
Modern Art History3
Two-Dimensional Design3
Color Theory3
Ceramics Handbuilding3
Ceramics Throwing3
Beginning Drawing3
Beginning Painting (formerly ART 189 C) (Formerly ART 189 C)3
Latin American Art3
Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology3
Magic, Witchcraft and Religion3
Elementary Chinese-Mandarin I5
Elementary Chinese-Mandarin II5
Intermediate Chinese-Mandarin lll5
The Rhetoric of the City3
Honors Rhetoric of the City
Multicultural Dance in the US3
Introduction to Literature3
Honors Introduction to Literature
Humanities: Ancient and Medieval3
Humanities: Renaissance-Present (same as INDS 101 C)3
The Film3
Honors Film
Asian American Literature3
English Literature to 17603
English Literature Since 17603
American Literature to 18653
American Literature Since 18653
Honors Shakespeare
Survey - Children's Literature3
Multicultural Literature3
Science Fiction3
African-American Literature I3
African-American Literature II3
Survey of Arabic Literature3
American Ethnic Studies (formerly ETHS 100 C)3
Honors American Ethnic Studies
Introduction to African-American Studies3
African-American History I3
African-American History II3
Introduction to Chicana-o Studies (formerly ETHS 140 C)3
Chicana-o History I (formerly ETHS 141 C) (Formerly ETHS 141 C)3
Chicana-o History II3
Native American History3
Asian Pacific American History3
Elementary French I5
Elementary French II5
Conversational French2
Intermediate French III4
Intermediate French IV4
Western Civilizations I3
Honors Western Civilizations I
Western Civilizations II3
Honors Western Civilizations II
World Civilizations I3
Honors World Civilizations I
World Civilizations II3
Honors World Civilizations II
Asian Civilizations I3
Asian Civilizations II3
History of Mexico3
History of the Middle East3
History of the United States I3
Honors History of the United States I
History of the United States II3
Honors History of the United States II
Women in United States History3
History of California3
Humanities: Ancient and Medieval (same as ENGL 110 C)3
Humanities: Renaissance-Present (same as ENGL 111 C)3
Elementary Japanese I5
Elementary Japanese II5
Conversational Japanese2
Intermediate Japanese III4
Intermediate Japanese IV4
Animation History and Technology3
Film Noir Genre3
Great Directors of Cinema3
Science Fiction Film Genre3
Silent Film Genre3
Western Film Genre3
Horror Film Genre3
Introduction to Media Aesthetics3
Music Fundamentals3
Jazz History3
Music Appreciation3
American Popular Music3
Introduction to Opera3
Honors Introduction to Opera
History of Rock Music3
Survey of Music History3
Music in Film3
Introduction to Photography3
History of Photography3
Introduction to Philosophy3
Honors Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Religious Studies3
Religions of the East3
Religions of the West3
Social and Political Philosophy3
Introduction to Ethics3
History of Ancient Philosophy3
History of Modern Philosophy3
Philosophy of Religion3
Jesus and His Interpreters (Formerly PHIL 225 C)3
Elementary Portuguese I5
Elementary Portuguese II5
Elementary Spanish I5
Elementary Spanish II5
Conversational Spanish2
Spanish for Spanish Speakers I5
Spanish for Span Speakers II5
Intermediate Spanish III4
Intermediate Spanish IV4
Introduction to the Theater3
World Theater History I3
Diversity in American Theater3
Honors Diversity in American Theater
Acting I3
Dynamic Movement for the Stage2
Musical Theater Techniques I3
Voice and Diction3
Musical Theater Performance I2-3
Rehearsal Performance I2-3
Fundamentals of Costume Design3
Stage Crew I - Running1-2

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.