Law, Public Policy and Society Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer

Division: Social Sciences


The Law, Public Policy, and Society Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer, also called the Law, Public Policy, and Society AA-T or ADT, prepares students to transfer to CSU campuses that offer bachelor's degrees in Law, Public Policy, and Society. Ed Code Section 66746-66749 states students earning the Law, Public Policy, and Society AA-T degree will be granted priority for admission as a Law, Public Policy, and Society major to a local CSU, as determined by the CSU campus to which the student applies. The Law, Public Policy and Society ADT focuses on the development of communication skills, introduces students to the legal field, and prepares students for transfer to a CSU. In the program, students will learn to analyze social science and theories, evaluate diverse viewpoints related to the human experience, and produce evidence-based arguments. Students who choose to pursue an ADT In Law, Public Policy and Society will be prepared to go into a variety of majors such as Political Science, Communication Studies, Economics, Philosophy, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. This degree requires a total of 32-36 units.

The following is required for all AA-T or AS-T degrees, and there are no additional graduation requirements:

  1. Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
    1. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education – Breadth Requirements (for admissions to CSU, it is necessary that the students meet the "Oral Communications" requirement when using IGETC for AA-T or AS-T).
    2. A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
  2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
  3. 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.
    Required Core Courses (26-29 units):
    AJ 100 F Introduction to Criminal Justice (formerly Introduction to Law Enforcement)3
    or AJ 110AF Criminal Law
    or AJ 220 F Criminal Procedure
    or BUS 240 F Legal Environment of Business
    or BUS 240HF Honors Legal Environment of Business
    or BUS 245 F Business Law I (formerly BUS 241AF)
    PHIL 160 FIntroduction to Ethics3
    COMM 100 FPublic Speaking4
    or COMM 135 F Essentials of Argumentation
    or COMM 124 F Small Group Communication
    ENGL 100 FCollege Writing4-5
    or ENGL 100HF Honors College Writing
    or ENGL 101 F Enhanced College Writing
    ENGL 103 FCritical Reasoning and Writing3-4
    or ENGL 103HF Honors Critical Reasoning and Writing
    or PHIL 170 F Logic and Critical Thinking
    MATH 120 F Introductory Probability and Statistics4
    or MATH 120HF Honors Introductory Probability and Statistics
    or PSY 161 F Elementary Statistics for Behavioral Science
    or PSY 161HF Honors Elementary Statistics for Behavioral Science
    or SOSC 120 F Introduction to Probability and Statistics
    HIST 170 F History of the United States to 1877 (formerly History of the United States I)3
    or HIST 170HF Honors History of the United States to 1877 (formerly Honors History of the United States I)
    or HIST 171 F History of the United States Since 1877 (formerly History of the United States II)
    or HIST 171HF Honors History of the United States Since 1877 (formerly Honors History of the United States II)
    POSC 100 FAmerican Government3
    or POSC 100HF Honors American Government
    Select at least two courses from two of the areas listed below - NOTE: courses must not have been selected from Required Core Courses (6-7 units):6-7
    Area 1: Administration of Justice/Criminal Justice/Criminology
    Introduction to Criminal Justice (formerly Introduction to Law Enforcement)3
    Criminal Law
    Juvenile Procedures
    Criminal Procedure
    Rules of Evidence
    Introduction to Criminology
    Area 2: Business
    Legal Environment of Business3
    Honors Legal Environment of Business3
    Business Law I (formerly BUS 241AF)3
    Area 3: Economics
    Principles of Economics-Micro3
    Honors Principles of Economics-Micro3
    Principles of Economics-Macro3
    Honors Principles of Economics-Macro3
    Area 4: Political Science
    Introduction to Political Theory3
    Introduction to the Study of Politics3
    Comparative Politics3
    Introduction to International Relations3
    Area 5: Public Policy
    Global Geography3
    Honors Global Geography
    Public Relations and Publicity
    Contemporary Social Justice Movements
    Honors Contemporary Social Justice
    Social Problems
    Drugs and Society
    Introduction to Public Administration3
    Area 6: Diversity
    Cultural Anthropology3
    Honors Cultural Anthropology
    Intercultural Communication
    Cultural Geography
    Sociology of Gender
    Honors Sociology of Gender
    Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
    American Ethnic Studies4
    Introduction to African-American Studies3
    African-American History I3
    African-American History II3
    Introduction to Chicana/o Studies (formerly ETHS 140 F)3
    Chicana/o History I (formerly ETHS 141 F)3
    Chicana/o History II (formerly ETHS 141 F)3
    Chicana/o and Latina/o Contemporary Issues (formerly ETHS 142 F)3
    Honors Chicana/o and Latina/o Contemporary Issues
    History of the Native Americans3
    Introduction to Asian Pacific Islander American Studies3
    Asian Pacific Islander American History3
    Cross Cultural Psychology3
    Area 7: College Success
    Career and College Success (formerly Career/Life Planning)3
    Personal Growth and Life Success3
    Area 8: Internship/Fieldwork
    Public Policy Internship1
    Total Units33-36
  1. to a C or better.

Outcome 1: Assess correlates of crime, including demographic correlates of crime and crime victimization, such as gender, age, race/ethnicity, social status, social ecology, family, schools, peers, religion and work.

Outcome 2: Explain the basic ethical structures of act based, intention based and outcome based constructs.

Outcome 3: Compose an argument and provide ideas and information suitable to the topic, purpose, and audience.

Outcome 4: Explain the internal and external processes of: a) government, (e.g, separation of powers, checks and balances, federalism) b) interest groups, (e.g., the behavioral school, the Madisonian dilemma) c) public policy (e.g., bureaucratic theory, division of labor).