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GENERAL STUDIES

A. A. Degree
The Associate Degree in General Studies provides students with the opportunity to explore diverse methods of inquiry by selecting courses from a cross section of disciplines in an “area of emphasis.” Students will develop critical thinking skills, learn to communicate effectively in writing, acquire an understanding of major concepts to solve problems, and employ methods of scientific inquiry to understand the world around them. Completion of the degree requirements will provide students with the skills and resources needed to make informed academic and career-related decisions. Completion of the General Studies degree does not guarantee acceptance into a four-year
university. Students planning to transfer to a CSU or UC should follow the CSU GE Breadth or IGETC pattern and complete transferable coursework that relates to the major at the CSU or UC campus. For further information and course selection, please consult with an academic counselor.

El Camino College Major Requirements
A. General Education:
choose one of the following patterns
     1. AA General Education Requirements (minimum of 24 units and the math competency)
     2. CSU GE Breadth (39 units) - This general education pattern will fulfill lower-division general education requirements at the CSU campuses.
     3. IGETC (34 units) - This general education pattern will fulfill lower- division requirements at the CSU, UC and some private colleges and universities.
B. Area of Emphasis:
     1. A minimum of 18 units are required in one Area of Emphasis listed below.
     2. A minimum of one course from two different disciplines is required in the emphasis.
     3. The courses selected in the emphasis may also be used to fulfill general education areas on the Associate Degree, CSU GE Breadth, or IGETC.
C. Electives:
     Elective units may be necessary to obtain the 60 degree applicable units that are required for the Associate Degree.
1. Arts and Humanities: These courses emphasize the appreciation of arts and humanities through cultural activities and artistic expression of human beings. Students will evaluate and interpret the ways in which people through the ages in different cultures have responded to themselves and the world around them in artistic and cultural creation. Students interested in transferring to a four-year university will have a basic foundation for further studies in areas such as arts, history, communications, English, foreign language, film studies, literature, history, journalism, or philosophy. This emphasis may
be useful for students interested in possible career paths in fine arts, education, administration, or public service.

Select 18 units with at least one course in Arts and one course in Humanities.
Arts:
Architecture 104;
Art 1, 2, 3, 4, 5A, 5B, 6, 7, 9, 108, 150;
Dance 1, 3, 5; Film/Video 1, 3;
Music 1, 11, 12, 13, 15A, 15B;
Theatre 1, 4, 8
Humanities:
Sign Language/Interpreter Training 15, 16, 17A, 17B;
English 1B, 1C, 10, 11, 12, 15A, 15B, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24A, 24B, 25A, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32abc, 33, 34, 35, 36, 38, 39, 40A, 40B, 41A, 41B, 42, 43, 44, 46, 47;
Film/Video 52, 53, 54abc;
History 101, 102, 105, 106,108, 110, 111, 112, 122, 128, 129, 140, 141, 143, 145, 154, 162, 163, 165, 175, 176, 177, 183, 184; History of Science 11;
Humanities 1;
Journalism 1, 12; 
Chinese 1, 2, 24;
Italian 1, 2, 24;
Japanese 1, 2, 3, 4, 25;
French 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 24, 35;
German 1, 2, 3;
Spanish 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 24, 52A, 52B;
Philosophy 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 23;
Communication Studies 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 12, 14

2. Fine and Applied Arts: These courses will emphasize the nature of artistic activities and expression of art through analysis, examination, performance, and technical development. Students will incorporate techniques, engage in performance, and learn to value aesthetic understanding and integrate these concepts when constructing value judgments. Students transferring to a four-year university will have a basic foundation for further studies in areas such as architecture, art, digital media, creative writing, dance, film, music, performing arts, photography, studio art, or theatre arts. This emphasis may be useful for students interested in possible career paths in design, graphic arts, visual arts, photography, stage technician, musician, education, television, journalism, or acting.

Select 18 units from at least two disciplines.
Architecture, 104, 150A, 150B, 199ab;
Art 1, 2, 3, 4, 5A, 5B, 6, 7, 9, 10ab, 11abcd, 17ab, 18abcd, 19ab, 22ab, 23abcd, 31abcd, 37ab, 41ab, 61ab, 81ab, 82abcd, 141abcd, 142abcd, 143abcd;
Dance 1, 3, 5, 22ab, 23abcd, 32ab, 33abcd, 42ab, 43abcd;
English 24A, 24B, 25A, 32abc, 38;
Film/Video 1, 3, 4, 20, 21, 22, 32ab, 52, 53, 54abc;
Music 1, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 3C, 7, 8A, 8B, 11, 12, 13, 15A, 15B, 18ab, 19abcd, 23abcd, 31A, 31B, 31C, 31D;
Photography 1, 2, 51, 150;
Theatre 1, 4, 8, 14A, 14B, 30, 84, 88, 90, 94

3. Culture and Communication: These courses will emphasize the study of communication, culture, and the skills needed to communicate effectively in oral, written, or visual forms. Students transferring to a four-year university will have a basic foundation for further studies in communication studies, media studies, journalism, English, or modern languages. This emphasis may be useful for students interested in possible career paths in broadcasting, public relations, advertising, journalism, interpreter, photography, technical writing, or radio and television.

Select 18 units from at least two disciplines.
Anthropology 4;
Art 143abcd;
English 1B, 1C, 10, 11, 12, 15A, 15B, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24A, 24B, 25A, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32abc, 33, 34, 35, 36, 38, 39, 40A, 40B, 41A, 41B, 42, 43, 44, 46, 47;
Film/Video 20, 22, 24, 28ab, 32ab, 52, 53, 54abc;
Journalism 1, 12;
Library 1, 10;
Photography 1, 11ab, 51;
Languages:
Sign Language/Interpreter Training 15, 16, 17A, 17B;
Chinese 1, 2, 24;
Italian 1, 2, 24;
Japanese 1, 2, 3, 4, 25;
French 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 24, 35;
German 1, 2, 3;
Spanish 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 24, 52A, 52B;
Communication Studies 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 12, 14

4. Social and Behavioral Sciences:  These courses emphasize an appreciation and understanding of how members of diverse societies operate or have operated as individuals and social groups. Courses in the social and behavioral sciences will help students to develop an awareness of methods of inquiry and stimulate critical thinking about the ways in which people act and interact within social and cultural contexts. Students will study the perspectives, concepts, principles, theories, and methodologies of disciplines within social and behavioral sciences. Students transferring to a four-year university will have a basic foundation for further studies in areas such as American studies, anthropology, criminal justice, child development, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, or sociology. This emphasis may be useful for students interested in possible career paths in education, history, social work, public administration, public service agencies, library science, economics, or social policy.

Select 18 units from at least two disciplines.
Administration of Justice 100, 103, 107, 111, 115;
American Studies 7;
Anthropology 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11;
Child Development 103, 104;
Economics 1, 2, 5;
Education 201;
Geography (excluding physical geography) 2, 5, 7;
History 1101, 102, 105, 106, 108, 110, 111, 112, 122, 128, 129, 140, 141, 143, 145, 154, 162, 163, 165, 175, 176, 183, 184; History of Science 11;
Political Science 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10;
Psychology 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9A, 9B, 10, 12, 15, 16, 21, 22 (same as Physical Education 275);
Sociology 101, 102, 104, 107, 109, 110, 112

5. Biological and Physical Scienc es:  These courses emphasize the physical universe, its life forms, and its natural phenomena. Courses in the sciences will help students develop an understanding of the scientific method and the relationship between science and other human activities. Students transferring to a four-year university will a basic foundation for further studies in areas such as biology (biochemistry, biophysics, molecular and cell biology, marine biology,
microbiology), chemistry, physical and earth sciences (astronomy, geology, physical geography, oceanography), or physics. This emphasis may be useful for students interested in possible career paths in life sciences, physiology, exercise science, physical sciences, or earth sciences.

Select 18 units with at least one course in Biological Science and one course from Physical Science.
Biological Sciences: Anatomy 30, 32;
Anthropology 1, 5;
Biology 8, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 101, 102, 103;
Microbiology 33;
Physiology 31
Physical Sciences: Astronomy 12, 20, 25;
Chemistry 4, 1A, 1B, 7A, 7B, 20, 21A, 21B;
Geography 1, 6, 9;
Geology 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 15, 30, 32, 34, 36;
Oceanography 10;
Physics 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 11, 12;
Physical Science 25

6. Kinesiology and Wellness:  These courses emphasize lifelong understanding and the development of a student's physiological, psychological, and social well-being.  Students transferring to a four year university will have a basic foundation for further studies in areas such as physical education, recreation, nutrition, or allied health fields.  This emphasis may be useful for students interested in possible career paths in athletic training, personal training, management, exercise science, sports nutrition, and education.

Select a total of 18 units from the following disciplines.

6 units from Physical Education:
Physical Education 217, 270, 272, 275, 277, 280, 290

3 units from Science and/or Nutrition:
Anatomy 30, 32
Biology 10, 101, 102
Chemistry 1A, 4, 20, 21A, 21B
Microbiology 33
Nutrition and Foods 11
Physics 11, 2A, 2B
Physiology 31

3 units from Social Sciences and/or Development:
Contemporary Health 1
Human Development 10
Psychology 5
Sociology 101

Elective Courses:
First Aid 1
Fire and Emergency Technology 140, 141
Nutrition and Foods 15
Psychology 2, 12, 16

 

Contact Information:
Dr. Gloria Miranda, Dean
Office: Social Science Building, Room 101
(310) 660-3735
Email: gmiranda@elcamino.edu

 Last Published 4/18/13