Program Overview

Students who are enrolled in the Assoicate in Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences Degree with a Social and Behavioral Sciences Emphasis are required to complete general education coursework, elective coursework, and emphasis coursework. Students will explore a wide variety of topics in the areas of arts, sciences, social, and behavioral sciences. Choosing an emphasis in social and behavioral sciences allows students to explore these topics more in depth. Participants who choose this emphasis may already be interested in social and behavioral sciences but wish to learn more about these subjects.

Often, students who pursue a degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences are planning to transfer to a four-year college or university. It is common for individuals to use this program as a stepping-stone to discover their own interests and what they may want to major in when choosing to earn a baccalaureate degree.

For students who wish to directly enter the workforce, this degree may qualify them for various entry-level positions in businesses and organizations. Through the curriculum, individuals acquire skills in communication, critical thinking, problem solving, and more. These skills are often sought after by employers and are heavily utilized within a wide variety of career settings. Students who decide to further their education beyond an associate’s degree may major in areas of economics, criminal justice, global studies, history, international relations, political science, or any other area of interest.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

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


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    School Overview

    Santa Barbara City College is a comprehensive community college serving the south coast of Santa Barbara County. Established in 1909, SBCC has a wide range of associate degree and certificate programs, as well as transfer programs that provide the first two years of study toward the baccalaureate degree. Students are attracted to SBCC by virtue of its outstanding faculty, small classes, state-of-the-art facilities, student support services and incredible location. 

    Many of SBCC's programs are offered fully online through the distance education.


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