Liberal Arts Curriculum

Curriculum Highlights

  • 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.

Biology 26 units total, 6 upper division units The biology emphasis provides solid foundations for students seeking to pursue further professional studies in the health sciences or preparing for a career as a physician’s assistant. Coursework includes Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Immunology, Techniques in Biology Laboratory, and Medical Terminology.
Biomedical Sciences 64 units total,
at least 26 upper division
This pre-professional emphasis provides students with a strong background in the physical and life sciences. Required ccourses include General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics, Calculus, General Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, 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.
Human Performance 26 units total, at least 6 upper division The Human Performance emphasis is designed for students interested in coaching, athletic training, health education, wellness and related careers. Coursework includes Anatomy, Physiology, Human Performance, Nutrition, Exercise Physiology and Ergogenic Aids.
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 25 units total,
at least 9 units upper division
Foundation in the study of human behavior, with courses in a variety of areas including General Psychology, Research Methods, Social Psychology, Physiological Psychology, Child and Adolescent Development, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and Intercultural Psychology.

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