Liberal Arts AA Degree: Social and Behavioral Sciences 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 Social & Behavioral 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: Social and Behavioral Sciences Emphasis

The Social and Behavioral Sciences 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 major preparation course work. 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 perspective, concepts, theories and methodologies of the disciplines typically found in the vast variety of disciplines that comprise study in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Students will study about themselves and others as members of a larger society. Topics and discussion to stimulate critical thinking about ways people have acted in response to their societies will allow students to evaluate how societies and social subgroups operate.

Select 18 or more units from at least 2 discipline areas:
Intro to Criminal Justice3
Concepts of Criminal Law3
Community and the Justice System3
Cultural Anthropology3
Honors Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Archaelogy (formerly ANTH 203 C) (Formerly ANTH 203 C)3
Comparative Cultures3
Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology3
Human Prehistory and Ancient Civilizations3
Magic, Witchcraft and Religion3
Native North America3
Anthropology of Death3
Applied and Practicing Anthropology (formerly ANTH 211 C)3
Ancient Cultures of Mexico and Central America3
Interpersonal Communication3
Intercultural Communication3
Principles of Economics-Macro3
Honors Principles of Economics
Principles of Economics-Micro3
Honors Principles of Economics
Survey of Economics3
International Economics3
American Ethnic Studies (formerly ETHS 100 C) (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) (Formerly ETHS 140 C)3
Chicana-o History I (formerly ETHS 141 C) (Formerly ETHS 141 C)3
Chicana-o History II3
Chicana-o and Latina-o Contemporary Issues3
Native American History3
Introduction to Asian Pacific American Studies3
Asian Pacific American History3
American Social Justice Movements3
World Geography3
Honors World Geography
California Geography3
Cultural Geography3
Economic Geography (same as ECON 260 C)3
Cultural Awareness and the Health Care System3
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
History of Africa3
History of Latin America I3
History of Latin America II3
Survey of British History I3
Survey of British History II3
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
History of the Americas I (formerly HIST 162AC) (Formerly HIST 162AC)3
History of the Americas II (formerly HIST 162BC) (Formerly HIST 162BC)3
Women in United States History3
History of California3
Introduction to Human Services3
Global Media3
Messages for Electronic Media3
Psychology of Sport (formerly PE 248)3
Sport and United States Society (formerly PE 250 C)3
Introduction to Public Health3
Health and Social Justice3
Women's Health3
Global and Community Health3
Introduction to Business3
United States Government3
Honors United States Government
Gender and American Politics3
Political Theory3
Introduction to Political Science3
Urban Politics3
Contemporary Political Issues3
Comparative Politics3
Politics of the Middle East3
International Relations3
Introduction to Psychology3
Honors Introduction to Psychology
Applied Psychology3
Human Sexuality3
Cross-Cultural Psychology (formerly PSY 237 C) (Formerly PSY 237 C)3
Developmental Psychology3
Child Psychology3
Research Methods in Psychology4
The Brain and Behavior3
Abnormal Psychology3
Social Psychology3
Psychology of Aging3
Introduction to Sociology3
Honors Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems3
Sociology of Women3
Sociology of Aging3
Marriage and Family3
Sociology of Religion3
Introduction to Criminology3

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.