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Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioral Sciences Associate in Arts

Program Details

The Liberal Arts degrees are designed for students who wish to have a broad knowledge of liberal arts and sciences plus additional coursework in an area of emphasis. This emphasis allows students to satisfy general education requirements as well as focus on transferable course work. It is ideal for students who plan on transferring to California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC) for a major in education or for a major that Cerro Coso does not offer. Courses in Liberal Arts: Social & Behavioral Sciences AA degree emphasize the perspectives, concepts, theories and methodologies of the disciplines that comprise study in the Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Students study about themselves and others as members of a larger society. Topics and discussion stimulate critical thinking about ways people have acted in response to their societies and will allow students to evaluate how societies and social subgroups operate. This Area of Emphasis is appropriate for students intending to transfer into such majors as Anthropology, History, Political Science, Sociology.

A minimum of 18 units are required in one Area of Emphasis. Courses selected may also be used to fulfill GE areas. Students must complete a minimum of 60 units, including the courses listed in the major and general education requirements, with an overall GPA of 2.0 or better, and a grade of "A", "B", or "C" in all courses for the major. A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Cerro Coso Community College. Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be able to identify and apply methods, such as observation, hypothesis development, experimentation, evaluation of evidence or measurement and data collection, used by social scientists to study human behavior; and identify and analyze theories explaining the individual, social, historical, political, or economic activities of men and women.


Graduates of accredited high schools; or have the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) certificate or the General Education Development (GED) certificate; or be 18 years of age or older and able to benefit from the college's instructional programs.

Accreditation & Licensing

Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges

Cerro Coso Community College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)