Liberal Arts: Social & Behavioral Sciences AA

Cerro Coso IWV campus

What can I do with this?

The Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioral Sciences AA Degree

  • Is set up to satisfy general education requirements for transfer students.
  • Emphasizes the perspectives, concepts, theories and methodologies of the disciplines that comprise study in the Social and Behavioral Sciences.

You can use this to:

  • Earn a two-year Associates Degree
  • Transfer to a 4-year degree program

What will I learn?

  • To identify and apply the Scientific Method used by social scientists to study human behavior.
  • To identify and analyze theories explaining the individual, social, historical, economic, or political activities of humans.

What courses do I take?

Note: Some courses within the major may have a required prerequisite. If you feel you have equivalent knowledge and skills to those included in the prerequisite course through professional experience, licensure, or certification, you have the opportunity to submit a Prerequisite Challenge to be reviewed by the faculty chair. For the Prerequisite Challenge to be considered, you must submit documentation/verification to substantiate the basis for the challenge. Please consult a counselor for more information regarding Prerequisite Challenge.

Select at least 18 units from the following courses:

For depth of study, 2 or more courses in one discipline required. For breadth of study, courses must be taken from 2 or more disciplines within the Area of Emphasis.

General Ed Requirements

Complete one of the following general education patterns:

Program Pathways

Additionally, some of the general education courses needed to complete this major are available at all our locations.

The classes needed for this degree are available at nearly all of our campuses. Some of the other courses and general education courses may also be available online and at other campuses. Consult a counselor at your local campus for degree pathway options.

See Counseling for specific help with enrolling and completing this major.

How can I afford it?

This degree requires 60.0 units and will likely take 4 semesters.

Approximate Total Costs

CA Residents

60.0 units

at $46 per unit

Equals $2,760 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $3,600* for books and supplies

Total cost $6,360 for 4 semesters


60.0 units

at $388 per unit

Equals $23,280 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $3,600* for books and supplies

Total cost $26,880 for 4 semesters

*This is an estimate. Actual costs will vary.

Need help? Financial Aid can help with fee waivers and scholarships and other aid. Make sure to fill out your FAFSA every January.