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ASSOCIATE IN ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
PRIOR TO 2008

1. Completion of General Education Requirements by one of the following methods:

Students should consult a GWC counselor in order to select the best pathway to meet their educational goals. For students who intend to transfer, the choice of either B or C will be specific to both the major or area of emphasis and the 4-year institution to which the student will transfer.

2. Completion of a Certificate Program or Area of Concentration - A minimum of 18 units.  (Listed following the General Education Requirements)

3. Completion of a minimum of 60 units.

4. 2.0 overall Grade Point Average for all colleges attended.

5. At least 12 units completed at GWC.

Note: One course may not be used to satisfy more than one general education requirement; however, the same course may be used to satisfy a general education and a major or area of emphasis requirement.

Honor course credit limitation: Duplicate credit will not be awarded for both the honors and regular versions of a course.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS - OPTION 1
(PRIOR TO FALL 2008)

Area A - Communication in the English Language and Critical Thinking

Completion of 3 units from each group.

Group 1 - Student Learning Outcome: Demonstrate spoken communication skills that are appropriate to the audience, context, and goal of the communication situation.

Courses: Communication Studies G100, G108, G110 (or G110H), G112

Group 2 - Student Learning Outcome: Demonstrate the ability to write clear, well-organized papers using documentation and research when appropriate.

Courses: English G100 (or G100H) with a grade of “C” or better.

Group 3 - Student Learning Outcome: Demonstrate the critical thinking skills of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.

Courses: Business Communication G139, Communication Studies G220, English G110 (or G110H), or Philosophy G115

Area B - Physical Universe and Its Life Forms
Completion of 3 units in Group 1 and satisfy Group 2.

Group 1 - Student Learning Outcome: Demonstrate a strong factual framework of knowledge about the natural world and be able to use critical thinking skills to build on that framework; incorporate new observations and use a variety of experimental and analytical techniques, as well as data collection and display methods, to construct
this understanding.

Courses: Anthropology G185, G185L; Astronomy G100, G100L; Biology G100 (or G100H), G104, G104L, G110, G120, G180, G182, G183, G210, G220, G221, G225; Chemistry G110, G130, G180, G185, G220, G225; Geography G180; Geology G105, G106, G110; Physical Science G100 (or G100H); Physics G110, G111, G120, G185; Psychology G250

Group 2 - Student Learning Outcome: Demonstrate the ability to perform basic computations and to successfully apply both critical thinking skills and problem solving skills to practical problems using algebraic methodologies.

Courses: Mathematics competency – Must satisfy one of the following:

  1. A Mathematics competency test placement recommendation of Geometry (Math 020), or higher Math course.
  2. Completion of Intermediate Algebra in high school with a grade of “C” or better.
  3. Completion of one college course in Mathematics:  (Mathematics 010-290).

Area C - Arts, Literature, Philosophy, and Languages other than English
Completion of 3 units

Area C Student Learning Outcome: Demonstrate an ability to understand, evaluate, interpret, and appreciate human creations in philosophy, visual, performing and/or linguistic arts.

Courses: Art G100, G104, G105 (or G105H), G106 (or G106H), G107, G109, G116, G118, G120, G121, G125, G130, G132, G140, G141, G142, G144, G150, G152, G160; Chinese G180, G185, G280; Communication Studies G255; Dance G100, G110, G120, G125; English G110 (or G110H), G112, G114 (or G114H), G143, G150, G155, G156, G160 (or G160H), G161 (or G161H), G181 (or G181H), G270, G275, G280, G281; Farsi G180, G185; French G180, G185, G280, G285; Humanities G100 (or G100H), G101, G102, G103, G104, G108, G110 (or G110H), G120 (or G120H), G122, G126, G130, G132, G135, G137, G139, G143; Journalism G180; Music G101 (or G101H), G103, G104, G105, G106, G108, G109, G110, G115, G120, G121, G122, G126, G132, G139, G141, G142, G143, G145, G146, G147, G150, G165, G209, G210; Philosophy G100, G102, G110, G111, G120, G150; Photography G115, G120, G151, G158, G190; Political Science G150; Portuguese G180; Sign G180, G185, G280, G285; Spanish G160, G165, G180 (or G180H), G185 (or G185H), G280, G285; Theater Arts G100, G101, G102, G104, G106, G108, G120, G142, G146, G151, G160, G161, G171, G172, G175, G176, G177, G178, G210; Vietnamese G180, G185, G280, G285

Area D - Social, Political, and Economic Institutions
Completion of 3 units

Area D Student Learning Outcome: Demonstrate an ability to comprehend and evaluate cultural, social, political, and economic institutions from various perspectives.

Courses: Anthropology G100, G130, G136, G140, G150; Communication Studies G190, G225, G255; Criminal Justice G115, G123, G140, G141, G150; Economics G110, G120, G170, G175; Education G180; Environmental Studies G100; Geography G100, G185, G195; History G110, G120, G121, G132, G135, G136, G150, G161, G162, G170, G175, G180 (or G180H), G185 (or G185H); Peace Studies G100, G110, G225; Political Science G100, G101, G110, G120 (or G120H), G121 (or G121H), G130, G180 (or G180H), G185; Psychology G100, G116, G118, G165, G255; Social Science G133, G134, G135, G136; Sociology G100 (or G100H), G110, G133, G134, G185

Area E - Lifelong Understanding and Self-Development
Completion of 3 units

Area E Student Learning Outcome: Demonstrate an ability to self- assess progress and development in a specific area and to further design and pursue a course of action based on the self-assessment.

Courses: Accounting G100; Automotive Technology G101; Business G121; College G100, G151; Communication Studies G255; Counseling G100, G103, G104, G199; Criminal Justice G107, G130; Dance G100, G105, G106, G110, G112, G115, G120, G125, G130, G135, G136, G145, G150, G155, G160, G200, G215, G220, G225, G230, G235, G240, G245, G250, G260, G270; Ecology G100; Health Education G100, G107, G111, G112, G135; Marketing G121; Physical Education
G103, G105, G106, G107, G108, G109, G110, G111, G114, G130, G132, G134, G136, G137, G139, G149, G150, G158, G159, G164, G166, G167, G168, G169, G172, G173, G176, G178, G180, G181, G186, G189, G192, G194, G195, G196, G201, G202, G203, G204, G207, G209, G240, G244, G246, G250, G252, G256, G258, G260, G272, G273, G274, G275, G277, G278, G280, G283, G285, G286, G287, G288, G290, G298; Psychology G110, G118, G165, G250

NOTES:
Students must file a graduation petition with the Admissions and Records Office to obtain the degree.

These Associate Degree Requirements apply to students entering prior to Fall 2008. Students who enrolled after Fall 2008 must meet the new degree requirements in order to earn their Associate Degree.

All Golden West Courses numbered between G001-G299 are counted toward the 60 units required, except for the following which includes basic skills, non-credit and remedial courses: College G050, G090; Communication Studies G091; English G037, G042, G098, G099; ESL G011, G012, G013,G021, G022, G023, G031,G032, G033, G041, G042, G043, G051, G052, G053, G061, G062, G063, G071, G073, G091; English Reading & Writing Center G001, G002, G003, G011, G012,G013, G014, G015, G020, G021, G022, G023, G024, G025, G030, G031, G032, G034, G035; ESL Writing Center G011, G025, G026, G044, G054, G056; Health Education G851, G852; Learning Skills G005, G921, G922, G927, G928; Mathematics G005, G008, G010; Nursing G091; Theater 821

AREAS OF CONCENTRATION

BUSINESS
Accounting
Business
Computer Business Applications
Management
Marketing
Real Estate

COMMUNICATION
Arabic
Chinese
College
Communication Studies
English
French
German
Interpreting
Italian
Journalism
Korean
Learning Skills
Library
Russian
Sign
Spanish
Special Education
Tutoring Skills
Vietnamese

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

HEALTH SCIENCE
Nursing

HUMANITIES, FINE AND APPLIED ARTS
Art
Broadcast Video Production
Dance
Digital Arts
Floral Design
Humanities
Interdisciplinary Studies
Music
Philosophy
Photography
Theater Arts

MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE
Astronomy
Biology
Chemistry
Computer Science
Ecology
Geology
Mathematics
Physical Science
Physics

PHYSICAL EDUCATION & HEALTH
Health Education
Physical Education
Professional Physical Education

SOCIAL SCIENCE
Anthropology
Economics
Geography
History
Interdisciplinary Studies
Political Science
Psychology
Social Science
Sociology

TECHNOLOGY
Architectural Technology
Automotive Technology
Auto Collision Repair
Diesel Technology
Drafting Technology
Engineering Technology
Environmental Technology
Information Technology
Industrial Design

COSMETOLOGY
Cosmetology
Esthetician

* Similar or related disciplines taught at other accredited colleges will be accepted toward the 18-unit concentration.

If you have questions about your graduation application you may contact the Graduation Clerk, Damien Jordan at djordan@gwc.cccd.edu