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Interdisciplinary Studies

Degrees & Certificates

The following Interdisciplinary Studies degrees and certificates are offered:

DEGREE
AA - Interdisciplinary Studies, Areas of Emphasis: Arts and Humanities, Communication and English, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Math and Science

Required Program Units

A minimum of 18 units from the following:
Choose ONE "Area of Emphasis" below in which to complete a minimum of 18 units. Within the chosen area, select courses from at least three different disciplines. The Math and Science emphasis requires completion of courses from both math and science.

Arts and Humanities:
ART 300, 302, 304, 305, 308, 310, 312, 320, 323, 327, 328, 332, 334, 336, 337, 361, 370, 372, 373, 383, 386, 387, 390, 402, 404, 430
ARTH 300, 303, 304, 306, 307, 309, 311, 312, 313, 314, 318, 324, 326, 328, 330, 332, 333
COMM 305
DANCE 380
ENGCW 400, 410, 420, 430
ENGLT 303, 310, 311, 313, 319, 320, 321, 330, 339, 340, 341, 345, 360, 370, 402
ENGWR 301
FREN 401, 402, 411, 412
HIST 307, 308
HUM 300, 310, 320, 325, 332
MUFHL 300, 310, 311, 321, 330, 400, 401, 410
MUIVI 310, 311, 345, 346, 370, 371
MUP 350, 357
PHIL 300, 310, 330, 331, 350, 352
SILA 305, 306, 315, 316
SPAN 401, 402, 411, 412
TA 300, 302, 303, 304, 310, 314, 315
TAP 300, 301, 302, 303, 310, 311, 312, 313, 320, 321, 322, 323, 330, 331, 332, 333, 340, 341, 342, 343, 350, 351, 352, 353, 360, 361, 362, 363, 370, 371, 372, 373, 380, 381, 382, 383, 390, 391, 392, 393

Communication and English:
COMM 301, 311, 315, 331, 361
ENGRD 310
ENGWR 300, 301, 302
ENGWR 302
PHIL 300, 320, 328

Social and Behavioral Sciences:
ADMJ 300, 302, 320
ANTH 310, 319, 320, 330
BUS 320, 330, 345
COMM 325, 341, 351, 363
ECON 302, 304, 320
ECE 312*, 314, 330, 430
GEOG 310, 322
GERON 300
HIST 307, 308, 312, 313, 314, 319, 331, 344
HSER 331
JOUR 310
NUTRI 310
POLS 301, 302, 310, 320
PSYC 300, 312, 320, 335, 340, 356, 368, 370, 372*, 380
SOC 300, 301, 310, 321

Math and Science:
This emphasis requires completion of courses from both math and science.
ANTH 300, 301
ASTR 300, 400
BIOL 300, 307, 310, 323, 332, 350*, 400, 410, 420, 430, 431, 440, 442
CHEM 305, 306, 400, 401, 410, 420, 421
ENVT 304*
GEOG 300, 301, 306
GEOL 300, 301, 305, 306, 310, 311, 330, 345
MATH 310, 335, 341, 343, 370, 400, 401, 402, 410, 420
PHYS 310, 311, 350, 360, 411, 421, 431
PS 302
PSYC 312, 330
STAT 300

TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED 18

The Interdisciplinary Studies Associate of Arts (AA) Degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total.

Please note: completion of FLC graduation requirements in and of itself will not satisfy transfer general education. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with a counselor to determine appropriate courses that can simultaneously meet FLC graduation requirements and transfer GE patterns such as CSU GE and/or IGETC.

Courses marked with an * are cross listed and have a credit limitation.

The Interdisciplinary Studies degree is designed for students who wish a broad knowledge of arts and sciences plus additional coursework in a prescribed "Area of Emphasis." This program is a good choice for students planning on transferring to the California State University or University of California. The student will be able to satisfy general education requirements, plus focus on transferable course work that relates to a specific major and/or individual interest.

It is highly recommended that students consult a counselor to determine the classes within each area that will best prepare them for their intended transfer major.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • evaluate and interpret the ways in which people throughout the ages in different cultures have responded to themselves and the world around them in artistic and cultural creation and expression (Arts and Humanities).
  • analyze critically, argue persuasively, and communicate clearly (Communication and English).
  • evaluate how societies and social subgroups operate (Social and Behavioral Sciences).
  • reason quantitatively and empirically (Math and Science).


DEGREE

AA - Interdisciplinary Studies, Pre-Law

Required Program Units
A minimum of 12 units from the following: (121)
    ECON 302    Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
    ECON 304    Principles of Microeconomics (3)
    SOC 300    Introductory Sociology (3)
    SOC 301    Social Problems (3)
    SOC 321    Race, Ethnicity and Inequality in the United States (3)
    STAT 300    Introduction to Probability and Statistics (4)
A minimum of 3 units from the following: (32)
    ANTH 310    Cultural Anthropology (3)
    BUS 345    Law and Society (3)
    POLS 301    Introduction to Government: United States (3)
    POLS 302    Introduction to Government: Foreign (3)
    POLS 310    Introduction to International Relations (3)
    POLS 320    Introduction to Political Theory (3)
A minimum of 3 units from the following: (3)
    HIST 308    History of World Civilizations, 1500 to Present (3)
    HIST 312    History of the United States (to 1865) (3)
    HIST 313    History of the United States (1865-1945) (3)
A minimum of 6 units from the following: (6)
    PHIL 300    Introduction to Philosophy (3)
    PHIL 310    Introduction to Ethics (3)
    PHIL 320    Logic and Critical Reasoning (3)
    PHIL 328    Critical Reasoning and Composition (3)
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED 24

1Students transferring to UC Davis should take SOC 300, SOC 301, SOC 321 and STAT 300. Students interested in transferring to UC Berkeley should take ECON 302, ECON 304, STAT 300 and SOC 300.

2Students interested in transferring to UC Berkeley should take POLS 301 or POLS 302.

The Interdisciplinary Studies: Pre-Law Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See FLC graduation requirements.

The Pre-Law Degree Program introduces the student to the field of legal studies along with its relationship with and influence over closely related areas in business and the social sciences. The Pre-Law Degree Program emphasizes not only the nature of law and legal institutions, but the impact these have on government, politics, economics, business, social groups and institutions, and society as a whole. The Pre-Law major leads to an A.A. degree and consists of many of the courses required to transfer into a related major at a four year college. This program provides students with general knowledge of the legal process, legal philosophy, legal reasoning, and legal institutions. This is not a paralegal or a paraprofessional major but will prepare students for careers within the legal profession.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • recognize the impact that law and legal institutions have on political, economic, and social institutions.
  • differentiate various theoretical perspectives on the law and functions law serves in society.
  • develop written and verbal communication skills with particular emphasis on the development of effective and persuasive oral and written arguments in the legal arena.
  • evaluate arguments using evidence-based reasoning.


DEGREE

AA - Interdisciplinary Studies,
Women's Studies

Required Program Units
A minimum of 9 units for the following: (9)
    ENGLT 360    Women in Literature (3)
    HIST 331    Women in American History (3)
    PSYC 360    Psychology of Women (3)
A minimum of 12 units for the following: (12)
    ARTH 312    Women in Art (3)
    TA 304    Women in Theatre (3)
    PSYC 356    Human Sexuality (3)
    PSYC 368    Cross Cultural Psychology (3)
    PSYC 372    Child Development (3)
    SOC 301    Social Problems (3)
    SOC 310    Marriage and the Family (3)
    SOC 321    Race, Ethnicity and Inequality in the United States (3)
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED 21

This AA degree may be obtained by completion of the Required Program, plus General Education Requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total.

The Women's Studies program challenges students to understand the complex and diverse roles of women in their many contexts. This interdisciplinary program explores contributions in history, arts, and literature; stereotypes and oppression; women's roles in social
and political systems; activism, and the diverse roles
of women in different cultures and societies.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the complex and diverse roles of women in different cultures and times.
  • research and examine women's contributions in history, arts, and literature.
  • compare and contrast women's roles in social and political systems.
  • identify and analyze the psychological, biological, and social influences on the behavior of women.


CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT

Heritage Interpretation

Required Program Units
ANTH 300    Physical Anthropology (3)
    or ANTH 310    Cultural Anthropology (3)
    or ANTH 320    Introduction to Archaeology and World Prehistory (3) (3) 
BIOL 307 Biology of Organisms (4)
    or BIOL 323    Plants and People (4)
    or BIOL 332    Introduction to Ornithology (3)
    or BIOL 350    Environmental Biology (3) (3-4)
HIST 319    American Environmental History (3)
    or HIST 344    Survey of California History: A Multicultural Perspective (3) (3)
A minimum of 2 units from the following: (2)
BIOL 388    Natural History Field Studies: River Ecosystems (1)
    or BIOL 389    Natural History Field Studies: Wetland Ecosystems (1)
    or BIOL 390    Natural History Field Study (0.5-4)
    or WEXP 498    Work Experience in (Subject) (1-4)
    or ANTH 498    Work Experience in Anthropology (1-4)
    or HIST 498    Work Experience in History (1-4)
    or BIOL 380    Natural History Field Studies: Coastal Ecosystems (1)
    or BIOL 382    Natural History Field Studies: Desert Ecosystems (1)
    or BIOL 384    Natural History Field Study of Forest Ecosystems (1-4)
    or BIOL 386    Natural History Field Studies: Marine Ecosystems (1)
ANTH 392    Principles of Heritage Interpretation (3)
    or HIST 392    Principles of Heritage Interpretation (3) (3)
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED 14-15

Heritage Interpretation involves conveying meaningful information about historical, cultural, and natural events or sites to a broad audience. One may have encountered interpretive prose in historical site markers, displays at parks or museums, and written park visitor guides. Park rangers, docents, and tour guides use oral and written interpretation skills. More recently, interpretive skills have been expanding into social media. Students completing this proposed certificate of recognition will be prepared to take an exam to be a Certified Interpretive Guide (C.I.G) from the National Association for Interpretation. Courses in this certificate may also be applied towards associate
degree and/or transfer requirements.

Updated 6/15/17

 

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