Cannabis Studies Associate in Arts Degree
PROGRAM CODE: 2A42187
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 F||Drugs and Society||3|
|or SOC 285HF||Honors Drugs and Society|
|PSY 221 F||The Brain and Behavior||3|
|HORT 152 F||Applied Botany||4|
|BUS 281 F||The Business of Cannabis||3|
|Restricted Electives (Select two courses or 6 units)||6|
|Narcotics and Vice Control||3|
|Anthropology of Magic, Witchcraft and Religion||3|
or ANTH 107HF
|Honors Anthropology of Magic, Witchcraft and Religion|
|Introduction to Criminology||3|
or SOC 292HF
|Honors Introduction to Criminology|
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.