Cannabis Studies Associate in Arts Degree


The Cannabis Studies AA degree is grounded in Social and Behavioral Sciences, with a multi-disciplinary approach including sociology, biological psychology, and anthropology. Coursework focuses on both theoretical and applied perspectives surrounding cannabis and its use. It provides a unique examination of the constructions of cannabis as a product, a psychoactive substance, a behavior, and a form of deviance. It incorporates an applied approach through the lens of the business of cannabis. It also uses a social justice framework to analyze public policy, rhetoric, and health. Cannabis Studies is a gateway degree for students seeking transfer in related disciplines, specifically Anthropology, Psychology (and neuroscience), Sociology (and Social Work), Public Health and Criminal Justice. Cannabis is on a trajectory to be a multi-billion dollar industry before 2030. An Associate Degree in Cannabis Studies can lead to good jobs in the industry. According to a 2019 Whitney Economics Cannabis Jobs report, the cannabis industry is the largest single job creator in the country. In 2019, the cannabis workforce grew by 44%, creating more than 64,000 jobs in all areas of the industry. This degree requires 19 units in the major in addition to other graduation requirements.

Required Courses (13 units)
SOC 285 FDrugs and Society3
or SOC 285HF Honors Drugs and Society
PSY 221 FThe Brain and Behavior3
HORT 152 FApplied Botany4
BUS 281 FThe Business of Cannabis3
Restricted Electives (Select two courses or 6 units)6
Narcotics and Vice Control3
Anthropology of Magic, Witchcraft and Religion3
Honors Anthropology of Magic, Witchcraft and Religion
Health Science3
Introduction to Criminology3
Honors Introduction to Criminology
Total Units19

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

Outcome 1: Identify and apply appropriate sociological theoretical approaches to an analysis of cannabis use.

Outcome 2: Demonstrate reasonable knowledge about the historical context of cannabis, particularly relative to discriminatory drug policies in the U.S.

Outcome 3: Analyze the current public health perspective on the issue of substance use versus abuse, including broad political, social and economic factors related to cannabis.

Outcome 4: Explain a spectrum of human behaviors in terms of their corresponding physiological processes, particularly relative to the use of legal and illegal substances.

Outcome 5: Explain the function of the five plant growth regulators on plant growth and cell function, particularly cannabis.