Cerro Coso Community College

Liberal Arts: Arts and Humanities

Liberal Arts: Arts and Humanities AA

The Liberal Arts: Arts and Humanities AA Degree

  • Is set up to satisfy general education requirements for transfer students.
  • Emphasizes the study of cultural, literary, humanistic activities, and artistic expression of human beings

You can use this to:

  • Earn a two-year Associates Degree
  • Transfer to a 4-year degree program
  • To describe how people throughout the ages and in different cultures have responded to themselves and the world around them in artistic and cultural creation.
  • To evaluate the significance of artistic and cultural constructions.

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.

This course provides a general introduction to art that offers a look at works of art through the study of theory, terminology, themes, design principles, media, techniques, with an introduction to the visual arts across time and diverse cultures. In addition, the student is given studio art experiences dealing with various studio media in order to reinforce the concepts presented. $10 Material Fee. 27 hours lecture/81 hours laboratory.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course provides an overview of western art and architecture from prehistory through the Middle Ages. 54 hours lecture.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course provides an overview of art and architecture from the Renaissance to the Contemporary period. (ART C105 is not a prerequisite for ART C106.) 54 hours lecture.

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

This course provides an overview of art and architecture from the Renaissance to the Contemporary period. The honors section provides more content and requires greater intensity and depth of study than the non-honors class. (ART C105 is not a prerequisite for ART C106H.) 72 hours lecture.

This course provides an introduction to the concepts, applications, and historical references related to twodimensional art and composition, including the study of the basic principles and elements of line, shape, texture, value, color, and spatial illusion. A combined lecture and studio approach provides students with the opportunity to develop a visual vocabulary for creative expression. $10 Material Fee. 27 hours lecture/81 hours laboratory.

This course is an introduction to the concepts, applications, and historical references related to three-dimensional design and spatial composition, including the study of the elements and organizing principles of design as they apply to three-dimensional space and form. A combined lecture and studio approach provides the student with the opportunity to develop a visual vocabulary for creative expression. The course uses appropriate materials for representational and nonrepresentational three-dimensional studio projects. $20 Material Fee. 27 hours lecture/81 hours laboratory.

This is a studio course that introduces the principles, elements, and practices of drawing, employing a range of subject matter and drawing media. A strong focus is placed on perceptually based drawing, observational skills, technical abilities, and creative responses to materials and subject matter. $10 Material fee. 27 hours lecture/81 hours laboratory.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course is a beginning level studio arts course introducing the materials, methods, and techniques of painting as a means of creating two dimensional art images. The course focuses on exploration of painting materials, perceptual skills and color theory, paint mixing and technique, as well as creative responses to materials and subject matter. $10 material fee. 27 hours lecture/81 hours laboratory.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course introduces students to ceramics materials, concepts, and processes including basic design principles, creative development, hand-building, throwing, glaze techniques, firing and ceramic terminology. The course covers aesthetics and creative development of clay objects examining historical, contemporary, and personal modes of expression across cultures. $10 material fee. 27 hours lecture/81 hours laboratory.

This course introduces sculptural principles, concepts, processes and techniques. Modern materials and their relationship to design, form, and three-dimensional space are examined. A combined lecture and studio approach provides students with the opportunity to develop perceptual skills that enable them to create sculptures for personal artistic expression. $20 material fee. 27 hours lecture/81 hours laboratory.

This course is about studying American Deaf culture; its historical and cultural characteristics, values, and dynamics; its psychological and social impacts upon the lives of Deaf people; Deaf education; and mod¬ern-day perspectives. The focus is on the cultural diversity of the Deaf community within the context of personal and social development, and how this culture has been influenced by forces such as population, resources, social organization, technology, and ideology. 54 hours lecture.

This course is an introduction to American Sign Language (ASL), a visual-gesture language used by the Deaf community in theed States and some parts of Canada. Students develop basic conversation skills used within the Deaf community and knowledge of Deaf culture and history. 72 hours lecture.

Prerequisite: ASL C101

In this follow-up to ASL C101, students continue to develop and enhance their proficiency in American Sign Language (ASL) usage and knowledge of Deaf history and culture. This course encourages students’ communicative competency with emphasis on vocabulary and expressive skills through in-class and out-of-class requirements. 72 hours lecture.

Prerequisite: ENGL C101

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). 72 lecture hours.

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

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. 90 hours lecture.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course introduces students to the analysis and interpretation of imaginative literature, develops their comprehension of structure, theme, and artistic purpose in works of poetry, drama, and fiction, and promotes appreciation and critical understanding of the cultural, historical, and aesthetic qualities of literature. 54 hours lecture.

Prerequisite: ENGL C070

This course introduces students to the study and craft of creative writing. Participants practice writing in various genres such as fiction and poetry, analyze the works of established and student writers, and participate in peerreview within the workshop environment. 54 hours lecture.

Prerequisite: ENGL C070

This course is a comparative study of selected works, in translation and in English, of literature from around the world, including Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and other areas, from antiquity to the mid or late seventeenth century. 54 hours lecture.

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

This course is a comparative study of selected works, in translation and in English, of literature from around the world, including Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and other areas, from antiquity to the mid or late seventeenth century. 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 research assignment. 72 hours lecture.

Prerequisite: ENGL C070

This course is a comparative study of selected works, in translation and in English, of literature from around the world, including Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and other areas, from the mid or late seventeenth century to the present. 54 hours lecture.

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

This course is a comparative study of selected works, in translation and in English, of literature from around the world, including Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and other areas, from the mid or late seventeenth century to the present. 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 research assignment. 72 hours lecture.

Prerequisite: ENGL C070

This course studies English literature from Anglo-Saxon times to the end of the Eighteenth Century. 54 lecture hours.

Prerequisite: ENGL C070

This course studies British literature from the Romantic Period to the present. 54 lecture hours.

Prerequisite: ENGL C070.

This course provides an introduction to Shakespeare's works, including discussion and analysis of selected plays (tragedies, comedies, and histories) and non-dramatic poetry. Some attention may be given to the historical, artistic, literary, theatrical, and social influences of Renaissance England contributing to the development of Shakespeare's literary achievements. 54 hours lecture.

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

This course provides an introduction to Shakespeare's works, including discussion and analysis of selected plays (tragedies, comedies, and histories) and non-dramatic poetry. Some attention may be given to the historical, artistic, literary, theatrical, and social influences of Renaissance England contributing to the development of Shakespeare's literary achievements. 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 research assignment. 72 hours lecture.

Prerequisite: ENGL C070

This literature course introduces students to American authors from the Colonial Period to the beginning of the twentieth century. The course emphasizes analyzing texts and studying the intellectual, social, and cultural history of Americans. 54 hours lecture.

Prerequisite: ENGL C070

This literature course introduces students to American authors from the 1865 to the present. The course emphasizes analyzing texts and studying the intellectual, social, and cultural history of Americans. 54 hours lecture.

Prerequisite: ENGL C070

This course studies the literary achievements of women writers and examines the extent to which literature mirrors or shapes historical and social attitudes with particular emphasis on the roles, images, and concerns of women as expressed in literature. 54 hours lecture.

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

This course studies the literary achievements of women writers and examines the extent to which literature mirrors or shapes historical and social attitudes with particular emphasis on the roles, images, and concerns of women as expressed in literature. The honors course 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. 72 hours lecture.

Prerequisite: ENGL C070

This course studies the contributions to American literature by African Americans, Latino Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, and other ethnic minorities and examines the extent to which literature mirrors or shapes historical and social attitudes with particular emphasis on the roles, images, and concerns of ethnic groups as expressed in literature. 54 lecture hours.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This class studies Hispanic civilization and culture through films, videos and documentaries, as well as varied readings. There is analysis, discussion, and written critique of selected films from Spain, Latin America and theed States. The class covers a variety of cultural issues such as the art, music, history and politics of the Hispanic world. There is an emphasis on issues of multiculturalism and diversity as illustrated by the films and readings on issues such as race, class, gender and immigration issues. Films are subtitled; no knowledge of Spanish is required. 54 hours lecture.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This is an introductory course in which students learn basic grammar and vocabulary for speaking, reading, understanding, and writing at the beginning level as well as the culture and civilization of the French-speaking world. 90 hours lecture.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course covers the growth of European civilization. Social, political, and cultural developments are integrated with the introduction of ideas and institutions basic to the understanding of one's own heritage. This course also covers the development of Western Civilization from the earliest times to the close of the Middle Ages. 54 hours lecture.

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

This course covers the growth of European civilization. Social, political, and cultural developments are integrated with the introduction of ideas and institutions basic to the understanding of one's own heritage. This course also covers the development of Western Civilization from the earliest times to the close of the Middle Ages. The honors course provides more content and requires greater intensity and depth of study than the non-honors class. 72 hours lecture.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course covers the growth and development of European Civilization from the Renaissance to the present, integrating social, political, and cultural developments of European and the Western heritage. 54 hours lecture.

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

This course covers the growth and development of European Civilization from the Renaissance to the present, integrating social, political, and cultural developments of European and the Western heritage. Honors students meet one extra hour weekly to discuss and evaluate selected primary source materials.72 hours lecture.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course covers the basic structures and vocabulary for understanding reading, writing, and speaking Latin. The class covers pronunciation, comprehension, and structure of the language. 72 hours lecture.

Prerequisite: LATN C101

This course continues coverage of the basic structures and vocabulary for understanding reading, writing and speaking Latin. 72 hours lecture.

Prerequisite: LATN C102

This course covers intermediate level structures and vocabulary development for reading, writing, and speaking Latin. 72 hours lecture.

Prerequisite: LATN C201

This course conducts a detailed and intensive reading of books I, II, IV and VI of the Aeneid. A running review of basic grammar structures is also a part of the class. 72 hours lecture

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course is a survey of art music in Western civilization, tracing the development of Western music from approximately 450 A.D. to the present. Topics studied include the elements of music, basic musical forms, music style periods, and the role of music and musicians within the Western world. Musical examples used in class are drawn from a variety of musical styles. Concert attendance is required. 54 hours lecture.

Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance to the Honors Program or eligibility for this honors course as determined by the instructor. Prerequisite: ENGL C070. Advisory: ENGL C101.

This course is a survey of art music in Western civilization, tracing the development of Western music from approximately 450 A.D. to the present. Topics studied include the elements of music, basic musical forms, music style periods, and the role of music and musicians within the Western world. Musical examples used in class are drawn from a variety of musical styles. 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. Concert attendance is required. 72 hours lecture.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course is an introduction to the historical and stylistic developments of American popular music, with an emphasis on its cultural, social, economic and political consequences. This course studies the development of Anglo-American folk music, African-American music, Latin music, musical theatre, and various rock styles. Concert attendance required. 54 hours lecture.

This is a beginning-level guitar course designed to familiarize students with the techniques and repertoire of the guitar. Guitar techniques and repertoire include both classical and popular styles. Students learn to play the instrument through the use of technical exercises and reading music notation. Students learn to play simple chord progressions on the guitar using both strumming and finger-style techniques. Students must provide their own guitar. 27 hours lecture/27 hours laboratory.

This course includes the preparation and performance of basic to advanced orchestral works. Participation in a public performance is required. Students are expected to be able to read standard music notation. 54 hours activity.

This course includes the preparation and performance of basic to advanced concert band and wind ensemble works. Students are expected to be able to read standard music notation. 54 hours activity.

This course includes the preparation and performance of basic to advanced choral works, including one masterwork yearly. Participation in a public performance is required. Students are expected to be able to read standard music notation. 54 hours activity.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This is a survey of 20th Century jazz styles and performers with a historical background of the antecedents of jazz. This course traces the musical and cultural contributions of diverse racial and ethnic groups that lead to the development of jazz, from its roots in West African music and the slave culture in theed States through the blues, Ragtime, Dixieland, Swing, Bop, Cool, Hard Bop, Free jazz and Fusion styles. Concert attendance required. 54 hours lecture.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course introduces philosophical ideas and methods concerning knowledge, reality and values. Topics of instruction include the sources and limits of knowledge, and the nature of reality. The course also covers the philosophical perspective of the nature of the self, truth, ethics, religion, science, language, beauty and art, political theory, and mind. 54 hours lecture.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course introduces students to the principles of inductive and deductive inference and their practical applications in everyday situations, such as problem solving and evaluation of arguments. The course examines the uses of language, formal and informal fallacies, syllogistic argument forms, and scientific method. This course also develops the ability to integrate the principles of critical thinking with the techniques of effective written argument. 54 hours lecture.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

Students learn a variety of philosophical approaches to moral reasoning and decision making in different cultural and historical contents. Students analyze how philosophers throughout history have considered ethical issues and they apply philosophical reasoning to contemporary issues related to ethical problems. 54 hours lecture.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course explores and explains the historical role of religion in human life across cultures and examines the place of religion in the global culture of the 21st century. 54 hours lecture.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

In this class, students apply critical reasoning skills to the analysis of race, ethnicity, and racism. The class 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. 54 hours lecture.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

Through the use of films, documentaries and analytical essays students use critical reasoning skills to discover how the structures of race, class, gender and similar constructs have shaped and formed our society and our culture. There is analysis, discussion, and written critique of selected films and readings. 54 hours lecture.

This course is designed to help students begin speaking Spanish confidently at a basic level. SPAN C100 emphasizes oral practice, pronunciation, and vocabulary building. The class develops the students' speaking skills and understanding of Spanish for practical use in everyday situations. This course is neither a prerequisite nor equivalent to SPAN C101 and can be taken concurrently with SPAN C101. 54 hours lecture.

This is an introductory course in which students learn basic grammar and vocabulary for speaking, reading, listening, and writing at the beginning level as well as the culture and civilization of the Spanish-speaking world. This class has an online component that requires the student to access the electronic book on a weekly basis. 90 hours lecture.

Prerequisite: SPAN C101 with a grade of “C” or better or two years of high school Spanish

This course is a continuation of the introduction to the Spanish language presented in Spanish C101. Students will continue to focus on the grammar and vocabulary necessary for speaking, reading, listening, and writing at the high-beginner level as well as learning about the culture, and civilization of the Spanish-speaking world. This class has an online component that requires the student to access the electronic book on a weekly basis. 90 hours lecture.

Advisory: SPAN C102.

This course improves the student's ability to communicate in Spanish through vocabulary building, reading, and classroom conversation at a mid to highintermediate level. Through an interactive classroom approach, students have the opportunity to enhance their oral proficiency as they apply the language to a variety of situations. There is thorough review of grammar concepts for non-native speakers. 54 hours lecture.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course is designed for native Spanish speakers, who already speak, read and write the language but wish to develop their fluency further through vocabulary building, spelling and accentuation rules, cognates, grammatical structures and composition. Cultural topics will also be in order for students to have a deeper understanding and awareness of their cultural heritage. This course is taught in Spanish. 54 hours lecture.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This class studies Hispanic civilization and culture through films, videos and documentaries, as well as varied readings. There is analysis, discussion, and written critique of selected films from Spain, Latin America and the United States. The class covers a variety of cultural issues such as the art, music, history and politics of the Hispanic world. There is an emphasis on issues of multiculturalism and diversity as illustrated by the films and readings on issues such as race, class, gender and immigration issues. Films are subtitled; no knowledge of Spanish is required. This course is cross listed with FILM C211. 54 hours lecture.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

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. 54 hours lecture.

Complete one of the following general education patterns:

The awarding of an Associate Degree at Cerro Coso Community College is intended to represent more than an accumulation of units. It is intended to lead students through patterns of learning experiences designed to develop certain capabilities and insights.

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

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.

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.

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 $258 per unit

Equals $15,480 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $3,600* for books and supplies

Total cost $19,080 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.

For general questions, contact:

Matthew Crow
English and Foreign Languages
Phone: (760) 384-6163
Email: mcrow@cerrocoso.edu

Counseling can provide specific help with enrolling and completing this major.

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