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The following Interdisciplinary Studies degrees and certificates are offered:

 

DEGREE
A.A. — Interdisciplinary Studies, Areas of Emphasis: Arts and Humanities, Communication and English, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Math and Science, Understanding and Self-Development

Required Program (18 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, 322, 323, 327, 328, 330, 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, 330, 321, 339, 340, 341, 345, 360, 370, 402
ENGWR 301
FRENCH 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, 370, 371
MUP 350, 357
PHIL 300, 304, 310, 330, 331, 338, 350, 352, 356, 360
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
PHIL 300, 320, 328

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 
ANTH 310, 319, 320, 330
BUS 330, 345
CMED 300
COMM 325, 341, 351, 363
ECON 302, 304
ECE 312*, 314*, 430
GEOG 310, 322
GERON 300
HIST 307, 308, 312, 313, 314, 319, 331, 344
JOUR 310
NUTRI 310
PHIL 360
POLS 301, 302, 310, 320
PSYC 300, 312, 320, 335, 340, 356, 368, 370, 372*
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, 321, 322, 400, 401, 410, 420, 421
ENVT 304*
GEOG 300, 301, 306
GEOL 300, 301, 305, 306, 310, 311, 330, 342, 345
MATH 310, 335, 341, 343, 370, 400, 401, 402, 410, 420
NATR 302, 304, 320
PHYS 310, 311, 350, 360, 411, 421, 431
PS 302
PSYC 312, 330
STAT 300

Understanding and Self Development:
One-unit maximum from any 300-level or 400-level DANCE, FITNS, PACT, or SPORT course. 
COMM 321
ECE 314
ENGED 320
GERON 300
HEED 300, 351
HCD 310, 335
HSER 302
INDIS 360
KINES 300, 416
NUTRI 300, 302, 308, 324
PSYC 340, 354, 356, 360, 370
SOC 310
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED 18

The Interdisciplinary Studies Associate in 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).
- evaluate personal choices regarding disease prevention, healthy living, and making positive life choices (Understanding and Self Development).


DEGREE
A.A. — Interdisciplinary Studies, American Studies

Required Program (Units)
A minimum of 15 units for the following: 151
  HUM 332    American Humanities (3)
  POLS 301    Intro to Government: United States (3)
  PSYC 360    Psychology of Women (3)
  ENGLT 320    American Literature (3)
    or ENGLT 321    American Literature (3)
  HIST 312    History of the United States (to 1865) (3)
    or HIST 313    History of the United States (1865-1945) (3)
    or HIST 314    Recent United States History (3)
    or HIST 331    Women in American History (3)
  SOC 300 Introductory Sociology (3)
    or SOC 301    Social Problems (3)
    or SOC 321    Race, Ethnicity and Inequality in the United States (3)
A minimum of 6 units from the following: 62
  BUS 300    Introduction to Business (3)
  HUM 310    Modern Humanities (3)
  PHIL 300    Introduction to Philosophy (3)
    or PHIL 338    Contemporary Philosophy (3)
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED 21

1No more than one course from each group (e.g. no more than one History course).

2No more than one course from each group (e.g. no more than one Philosophy course).

This 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.

The American Studies program at Folsom Lake College provides students with an interdisciplinary survey of the historical, institutional, political, philosophical, cultural, and social achievements of America and its people. The program focuses on extending students' breadth of knowledge, challenging their assumptions and preconceived notions, and preparing them for transfer to the university.

Program Student learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of indigenous ways in America before and after European colonization.
- trace and analyze the chronology of events that make up America's past to understand change and/or continuity and cause and/or effect in history.
- evaluate the artistic and cultural achievements of a particular era by comparing and contrasting them to the achievements of previous and/or subsequent periods.
- utilize research skills to write papers that examine the basic human values exemplified in American history, politics, art, literature, and/or philosophy.
- investigate and evaluate historical data to determine the contributions, sacrifices, and experiences of diverse groups who have been significant in the development of the United States in a given period.


DEGREE
A.A. — Interdisciplinary Studies, Humanities

Required Program (Units)
HUM 300    Classical Humanities (3) 
HUM 310    Modern Humanities (3)
PHIL 300    Introduction to Philosophy (3)
A minimum of 12 units from the following: 12
  ARTH 333    Introduction to Islamic Art (3)
     or ARTH 300    Introduction to Art (3)
  ENGLT 345    Mythologies of the World (3)
     or ENGLT 340    World Literature (3)
  HUM 332    American Humanities (3)
    or HUM 320    Asian Humanities (3)
  MUFHL 300    Introduction to Music (3)
  PHIL 352    Introduction to World Religions (3)
  TA 300    Introduction to the Theatre (3)
  TA 315    History of Film: 1950's to Present (3)
    or TA 314    History of Film: 1880's through 1950's (3)
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED 21

This 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.

The Humanities program at Folsom Lake College offers students the opportunity to develop a breadth of interdisciplinary knowledge, enhance their appreciation of the arts, and sharpen their critical thinking skills. Students who major in this program will gain a well-rounded world view which will prepare them for success at the university, in the workplace, and in the community.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:
-  investigate the fundamental questions people have pondered over the past 2500 years.
-  evaluate philosophical problems in order to develop and defend a position.
-  examine the relationships among the "letters" (philosophical treatises and literary works) and "arts" (music, architecture, theater, and visual arts) during particular epochs of cultural development.
-  evaluate the artistic and cultural achievements of a particular period by comparing and contrasting them to the achievements of previous and subsequent periods.
-  support the development of community and cultural awareness by attending cultural events and evaluating their relevance.
-  research topics and write academic papers that examine the basic human values exemplified in the arts, literature, and/or philosophy of particular eras in history.
-  formulate arguments using inductive or deductive reasoning techniques to challenge or defend assertions.

DEGREE
AA - Interdisciplinary Studies: Pre-Law

Required programs (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)
PHIL 360 Social/Political Philosophy (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 in 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
A.A. — 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 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.

This program is designed for both men and women, focusing on women and their: Achievements; Behavior, Feelings, and Experience; Historical Significance; Cultural and Social Contributions; Roles in Society and the Political System; Literary Significance; and Positions in the Business World. The program seeks to broaden students' knowledge of women's achievements, challenge lingering stereotypes of women, and expand perceptions of women's roles in society.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of the contributions of Colonial and Native American women during colonization in the U.S.
- utilize research skills to write papers that examine the roles and responsibilities of women during the labor, abolition, or women's rights movements of the 19th and 20th centuries.
- evaluate the artistic and/or literary achievements of women of a particular era by comparing and contrasting them to those of previous and/or subsequent periods.
- investigate and evaluate the contributions, sacrifices, and experiences of women historically given the political, moral, and cultural constraints of a particular era.
- identify and analyze the psychological, biological, and social influences on the behavior of women in a given era of history.

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