Highlights of the curriculum
- 120 unit Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts
- Opportunities for reflection and research
- Students select two Areas of Emphasis (15-62 units each)
- Senior year interdisciplinary capstone project with faculty guidance (6 units)
- One upper division Philosophy, one upper division Religious Studies course
- One College level Math course required. Emphases in American studies, Biomedical Sciences, Criminal Justice, Global Studies and Psychology have specific Math requirements.
- Electronic portfolio of work required for graduation
Students combine two Areas of Emphasis out of the following options.
The minimum upper division unit requirements are listed for each emphasis.
|American Studies||24 units total,
at least 15 upper division
|Interdisciplinary focus on United States history and culture. Choice of courses includes US History; Race, Ethnicity and Gender, Religion in America, Music in America, American Novel, Business Government, and society. Food in America; American Philosophy.|
|Arts & Media||24 units total,
9 units of theory, 15 units studio courses
|Flexible exposure to the arts, with a mix of lecture and studio classes ranging from Art History, to Drawing, Design, Digital Media, Music, Film, and Web Design.|
|Behavioral Sciences||15 units total, 3 upper division units||
This emphasis is only available for Biomedical Sciences students.
This emphasis is the study of human behavior for preparation for the MCAT exam and preparation for graduate pre-professional programs in the medical field. The emphasis includes a variety of courses in Psychology, Psychobiology and Sociology.
|Biomedical Sciences||62 units total,
at least 18 upper division
|This pre-professional emphasis provides students with a strong background in the physical and life sciences. Courses include General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics, Calculus, General Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Cell Biology, Genetics, and Molecular Biology. This program it is intended to serve as preparation for graduate study in medical programs and related fields.|
|Business||23-24 units total, at least 9 units upper division||Strong emphasis on fundamental concepts in Accounting and Economics, followed by a flexible choice of upper division Business courses. Choices include Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Management for Sustainability, Communication and Leadership, The Art of Negotiation, California in the Global Economy; and Corporate Finance.|
|Criminal Justice||24 units total, 12 upper division units||Students study and research issues and problems related to Criminal Justice with a view to developing civic understanding and an ethical framework for a life of compassionate service to others and society within this wide-ranging field.|
|Global Studies||24 units total,
at least 15 upper division
|Interdisciplinary approach to develop awareness and understanding of global issues, with courses ranging across cultural Geography; Perspectives on Global Development, World Religions; Folk Roots and World Music, California in the Global Economy and Energy.|
|Music||24 units total, at least 4 upper division units||
The Music emphasis offers students a broad spectrum of academic opportunities in music. Courses are offered in performance, theory, composition, history, ethnomusicology, recording arts, and music business.
|Performing Arts||24 units total, at least 3 upper division units||
The Performing Arts emphasis provides study in dance, music, and theater. Emphasis is on students’ consideration and development of their own personal aesthetic values within an historical and eclectic framework.
|Psychology||24 units total,
at least 9 units upper division,
1 unit internship
|Foundation in the study of human behavior, with courses in a variety of areas including General Psychology, Research Methods, Social Psychology, Psychobiology, Child and Adolescent Development, Organizational Behavior, and Intercultural Psychology.|