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Cerro Coso Community College

Law, Public Policy, and Society degree for Transfer

Law, Public Policy, and Society AA-T

What can I do with this?

Associate Degree for Transfer: A Degree with a GuaranteeWe are now offering associate degrees for transfer to the CSU. This provides a clear pathway to a CSU major and baccalaureate degree. This AS-T degree guarantees admission with junior standing somewhere in the CSU system and gives priority admission consideration to your local CSU campus or to a program that is deemed similar to your community college major. This priority does not guarantee admission to specific majors or campuses. More information on the Degree with a Guarantee Program.

The Law, Public Policy, and Society AA Degree for Transfer

  • Guarantees acceptance to the CSU system
  • Introduces students to the study of law and the legal field.
  • Focuses on the over breadth of how law affects public policy and society for a socially responsible career in law.
  • Prepares students to continue in a related degree such as legal studies, political science, communication, social or behavioral sciences, criminal justice, or other similar degrees. This degree is specifically designed for transfer.
  • Prepares students for transfer at the junior level to California State University programs and colleges offering bachelor's degrees, and possibly law school. This is an interdisciplinary degree that covers multiple areas of the law for possible careers as:
    • Paralegal and Legal Assistants
    • Legal Secretaries
    • Lawyers
    • Judicial Law Clerks

What will I learn?

  • Identify sources of American law and articulate how a law is created.
  • Describe the American legal system, including jurisdictional requirements, state and federal court systems, and roles of those in the legal field.
  • Locate, critically read, and analyze relevant primary and secondary sources.
  • Apply laws, public policy, and/or societal or ethical theories to develop a solution to a legal issue, a public policy issue, and/or a societal concern.
  • Describe one’s ethical obligation to social responsibility under the laws.

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.

Advisory: PARA C112

54 hours lecture. This course examines the field of criminal law and procedure that prepares students to assist in preparation of defense or prosecution of criminal defendants while adhering to U.S. Constitutional safeguards for a defendant. Students learn all aspects of a trial from the development of the case to the appellate process and the procedures of the criminal justice system.

 

Advisory: ENGL C101

54 hours lecture. This course is an introduction to the field of paralegal studies and examines the role of the paralegal in the legal profession. The course includes practical exercises designed to introduce the varied procedures carried out by paralegals including research and preparation of legal documents.

 

Advisory: PARA C101

54 hours lecture. This course provides students with an understanding of complex concepts of ethics and professional responsibility that govern the legal profession, as well as a substantive analysis of the major principles that affect how the practice of law is regulated.

 

Advisory: ENGL C070

54 hours lecture. In this speech course for transfer to four-year institutions, students learn to make effective oral presentations by gathering and selecting information, arranging materials, analyzing audience and occasion, and controlling expression and delivery. Approved for IGETC Area 1C, CSU GE Area A1.

C-ID: ENGL 100 College Composition

Prerequisite: ENGL C070

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

72 hours lecture. In this composition course for transfer to four-year institutions, students write expository and argumentative essays that respond to a variety of rhetorical situations and incorporate university-level research. The course emphasizes critical reading, effective use of language, and analysis of university-level concepts presented in outside sources. Students write four to five expository essays including a lengthy research paper (total: 7,000 words). Approved for IGETC Area 1A, CSU GE Area A2, Local GE Area 4.

C-ID: ENGL 110 Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking

Prerequisite: ENGL C101

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

72 lecture hours. In this composition course for transfer to four-year institutions, students develop composition, analytical, and critical reasoning skills through study of literary works (fiction, poetry, drama, and essay). The course emphasizes critical analysis, principles of logic, use of research, and presentation of carefully-reasoned written arguments while developing students’ close reading skills and promoting an appreciation for the aesthetic qualities of literature. Students write four to five expository essays demonstrating sophisticated application of critical thinking skills to literature (total: 8,000 words). Approved for IGETC Area 1B, CSU GE Area A3, Local GE Area 3 or 4.

C-ID: ENGL 110 Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking

Prerequisite: ENGL C101 Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance for the Honors Program or eligibility for this honors course as determined in consultation with the instructor.

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

90 hours lecture. In this composition course for transfer to four-year institutions, students develop composition, analytical, and critical reasoning skills through study of literary works (fiction, poetry, drama, and essay). The course emphasizes critical analysis, principles of logic, use of research, and presentation of carefully-reasoned written arguments while developing students’ close reading skills and promoting an appreciation for the aesthetic qualities of literature. Students write four to five expository essays demonstrating sophisticated application of critical thinking skills to literature (total: 8,000 words). The honors course provides more content and requires greater intensity and depth of study than the non-honors course; the honors course also requires at least one extra paper assignment beyond that required in the non-honors course. Approved for IGETC Area 1B, CSU GE Area A3, Local GE Area 3 or 4.

C-ID: HIST 140 United States History from 1865

Advisory: ENGL C070

54 hours lecture. The course examines the social, political, economic, and cultural history of the United States from Reconstruction to the present. Special attention will be paid to the study of selected topics, such as American institutions, ideologies, and Constitutional development. Approved for IGETC Area 4F & US History, CSU GE Area D6 & US History, Local GE Area 2 or 3.

C-ID: HIST 140 United States History from 1865

Prerequisite: ENGL C070. Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance to the Honors Program or eligibility for this honors course as determined by the instructor.

72 hours lecture. The course examines the social, political, economic, and cultural history of the United States from Reconstruction to the present. Special attention will be paid to the study of selected topics, such as American institutions, ideologies, and Constitutional development. The honors course provides more content and requires greater intensity and depth of study than the non-honors class. Approved for IGETC Area 4F & US History, CSU GE Area D6 & US History, Local GE Area 2 or 3.

C-ID: MATH 110 Introduction to Statistics

Prerequisite: MATH C053 or MATH C055

54 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory. This course covers data analysis using descriptive and inferential statistics. Graphs and computations include measures of central tendency and dispersion, correlation and regression, and presentation of data on a histogram, scatter plot, box plot, and the normal curve. Probability concepts include those for discrete and continuous random variables. Sampling and hypothesis testing are covered for means and variances. Topics from algebra are combined with applications in statistics in the lab portion of the class. This course applies to the degree requirements for students not majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. Approved for IGETC Area 2, CSU GE Area B4, Local GE Area 4.

C-ID: MATH 110 Introduction to Statistics

Prerequisite: MATH C053 or MATH C055. Advisory: ENGL C101 Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance to the Honors Program or eligibility for this honors course as determined by the instructor.

72 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory. This course covers elements of descriptive statistics, measures of central tendency, dispersion and presentation of data. Included are concepts of probability, random variables and normally distributed random variables. Sampling error, sampling processes and the distribution of sample means are applied to real life examples. Students will conduct hypothesis testing of means and proportions for one and two populations and linear regression testing using the least squares criterion. Students use descriptive and inferential methods employing linear regression and study one and two way analysis of variance. The honors section provides more content and requires greater intensity and depth of study than the non-honors class; the honors course also requires at least one extra research assignment. Approved for IGETC Area 2, CSU GE Area B4, Local GE Area 4.

C-ID: POLS 110 Introduction to American Government and Politics

Advisory: ENGL C070

54 hours lecture. The course includes the study of American government with an emphasis on national, state, and local government. In addition, students undertake a comprehensive analysis of government structure, functions, principles, and problems. Approved for IGETC Area 4H & CONSTITUTION AND GOVERNMENT, CSU GE Area D8 & CONSTITUTION AND GOVERNMENT, Local GE Area 2.

C-ID: POLS 110 Introduction to American Government and Politics

Prerequisite: ENGL C070 Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance for the Honors Program or eligibility for this honors course as determined in consultation with the instructor.

72 hours lecture. This course covers the study of American government with an emphasis on national, state, and local government. In addition, students undertake a comprehensive analysis of government structure, functions, principles, and problems. The honors course provides more content and requires greater intensity and depth of study than the non-honors class. Approved for IGETC Area 4H & CONSTITUTION AND GOVERNMENT, CSU GE Area D8 & CONSTITUTION AND GOVERNMENT, Local GE Area 2.

 

[ AREA ?? ] - Select two courses (6 units) from two of the areas listed below. Note: courses must not have been used above.

C-ID: AJ 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice

Advisory: ENGL C070

54 hours lecture. This is a comprehensive course on the Criminal Justice System that includes the history and philosophy of the Administration of Justice in America. The course explores the development of the criminal justice system, including all sub-systems, relationship between the sub-systems and their role expectations, theories on crime, adjudication, punishment, rehabilitation, education and training for the continued professionalism of the entire system. Approved for IGETC Area 4J, CSU GE Area D10, Local GE Area 2.

C-ID: AJ 124 Legal Aspects of Evidence

Advisory: ENGL C070

54 hours lecture. This course is designed to provide a working knowledge of evidence, evidentiary practices and case laws that deal with the admission of evidence. Topics include origin, development and constitutional basis of evidence, constitutional and procedural considerations affecting arrest, search and seizure, kinds of degrees of evidence and the rules that govern the admissibility, judicial decisions interpreting individual rights and case studies.

C-ID: AJ 220 Juvenile Procedures

Advisory: ENGL C070

54 hours lecture. This is a basic course in the sociological study of crime and its causes as it pertains to juvenile procedures and delinquency. Topics include organization, functions, and jurisdiction of juvenile agencies, processing and detention of juveniles, juvenile case disposition, juvenile status and court procedures.

C-ID: SOCI 160 Introduction to Crime

Advisory: ENGL C101, LIBR C100

54 hours lecture. This course provides a sociological analysis of crime, criminal behavior, and the criminal justice system. It explores the history and social construction of crime and criminality and examines the definition of crime and its violations as well as the laws and methods used to control criminal behavior. Students discuss social research of crime and basic theoretical explanations of criminal behavior. Approved for IGETC Area 4J, CSU Area D10, Local GE Area 2 & 6.

C-ID: BUS 125 Business Law

Advisory: ENGL C101

54 hours lecture. This course covers the fundamental legal principles pertaining to business transactions and is an introduction to the legal process. Topics include sources of law and ethics, contracts, torts, agency, criminal law, business organizations, and judicial and administrative processes.

C-ID: ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics

Prerequisite: MATH C050. Advisory: ENGL C070, MATH C055

54 hours lecture. This is an introductory course focusing on aggregate economic analysis. Topics include: market systems, aggregate measures of economic activity, macroeconomic equilibrium, money and financial institutions, monetary and fiscal policy, international economics, and economic growth. Approved for IGETC Area 4B, CSU GE Area D2, Local GE Area 2.

C-ID: ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics

Prerequisite: MATH C050. Advisory: ENGL C070, MATH C055

54 hours lecture. This is an introductory course focusing on choices of individual economic decision-makers. Topics include scarcity, specialization and trade, market equilibrium, elasticity, production and cost theory, market structures, factor markets, and market failure. Approved for IGETC Area 4B, CSU GE Area D2, Local GE Area 2.

C-ID: POLS 120 Introduction to Political Theory and Thought

Advisory: ENGL C070

54 hours lecture. This course is an examination of various theoretical approaches to politics, as well as basic political problems and their proposed solutions. The course also covers analysis of selected political theories and the relevance of theory to contemporary problems. Students are introduced to long standing debates over the nature of justice, the proper use of power, and the meanings of equality and freedom and their implications for the contemporary state and state policies. Approved for IGETC Area 4H, CSU GE Area D8, Local GE Area 2.

C-ID: POLS 130 Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics

Advisory: ENGL C070

54 hours lecture. This course introduces students to the comparative analysis of government and politics. A number of key political concepts are discussed, which include statehood, democracy and democratization, governmental institutions and political systems, and the development of parties and interest groups. Course concepts are applied to a variety of modern nations to illustrate different political systems. Approved for IGETC Area 4H, CSU GE Area D8, Local GE Area 2 & 6.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

54 hours lecture. This course analyzes social and cultural factors of human behavior in the recent past and present. Students compare and contrast cultural traditions, practices and beliefs, and discuss the associated environmental and social factors that shape human cultures. Approved for IGETC Area 4A, CSU GE Area D1, Local GE Area 2 & 6.

C-ID: SOCI 150 Introduction to Race and Ethnicity

Advisory: ENGL C101, LIBR C100

54 hours lecture. In this course, students apply critical reasoning skills to the analysis of race, ethnicity, and racism. The course covers the cultural, political, and economic practices and institutions that support or challenge racism, racial and ethnic inequalities, and the patterns of interaction among various racial and ethnic groups. Through multiple and varied readings and classroom discussion, students discover the interrelatedness of concepts such as race, class, and gender, and the roots and future of our “melting pot” society. This course is cross-listed with ETHN C151. Approved for IGETC Area 4C or 4D, CSU GE Area D3 or D4, Local GE Area 2 or 3, & 6.

C-ID: SOCI 140 Introduction to Gender

Advisory: ENGL C070

54 hours lecture. This course is an examination of sex, gender, and sexuality in the modern world, particularly in the United States, and includes historical, cross-cultural, psychological, sociological, and political aspects. The focus of this course is analysis and discussion of sex and gender relations in the home, family, and the work place, politics, law, the mass media, and health care systems. Approved for IGETC Area 4J, CSU GE Area D4, Local GE Area 2 & 6.

Complete one of the following general education patterns:

Students desiring transfer to the California State University system may conform to either (1) the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or (2) CSU General Education Certification.

Please consult the Transfer Center or Counseling for more information regarding which classes will transfer to a four-year institution.

IGETC is a series of courses that community college students can use to satisfy lower division general education requirements at any CSU or UC campus.

Please consult the Transfer Center or Counseling for more information regarding which classes will transfer to a four-year institution.

Program Pathways

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All classes needed for this degree are available at the following campuses: CC Online Ridgecrest / IWV

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

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

Non-residents

60.0 units

at $329 per unit

Equals $19,740 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $3,600* for books and supplies

Total cost $23,340 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.