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General Studies: Social & Behavioral Sciences (AA)


Please note:  These requirements are based on 2021-2022 LAVC Catalog.

Complete a minimum of 60 transferrable semester units consisting of required courses for major, general education and elective courses as needed.  Some major courses may double count for general education.  Each major course must be completed with a grade of C or higher. To explore career and academic pathway options, visit the LAVC Program Mapper.

Students who plan to graduate and/or transfer should first meet with a Counselor to review and submit a Petition for Graduation early in the semester before they are expected to complete their requirements. Online Graduation  Petitions that are submitted without a counselor’s approval will require a counselor's review and approval in order for it to be processed. For the latest degree requirements, check the LAVC catalog.

Complete at least four of the following courses

Course Course Title UNITS
ANTHRO 102 Human Ways of Life: Cultural Anthropology 3
ANTHRO 103 Archeology: Reconstructing the Human Past 3
ANTHRO 104 Human Language and Communication 3
BRDCSTG 001 Fundamentals of Television and Radio Broadcasting 3
CHICANO 007 The Mexican-American in the History of the United States I 3
CH DEV 001* Child Growth and Development 3
CH DEV 042 Teaching in a Diverse Society 3
COMM 122 Intercultural Communication 3
ECON 001* Principles of Economics I 3
ECON 002* Principles of Economics II 3
ECON 030 Comparative Economic Systems 3
ECON 040 History of Economic Thought 3
ECON 060 Economics and the Environment 3
ENVSTDS 101 Introduction to Environmental Studies 3
GEOG 002 Cultural Elements of Geography 3
GEOG 009 People and the Earth's Ecosystem 3
GEOG 014 Geography of California 3
GEOG 045 Food and Culture 3
HISTORY 001 Introduction to Western Civilization I 3
HISTORY 002 Introduction to Western Civilization II 3
HISTORY 086 Introduction to World Civilization I 3
HUMAN 006 Great People, Great Ages 3
HUMAN 008 Great Women in the Humanities 3
JEWISH 025 The Hisory of the Jewish People 3
JOURNAL 105 Mass Communications 3
LAW 003 Civil Rights and the Law 3
POL SCI 002 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
POL SCI 005 The History of Western Political Thought 3
POL SCI 007 Contemporary World Affairs 3
PSYCH 001 General Psychology I 3
PSYCH 011* Child Psychology 3
PSYCH 012* Adolescent Psychology  3
PSYCH 013* Social Psychology 3
PSYCH 014* Abnormal Psychology 3
PSYCH 041* Life-Span Pscychology: From Infancy to Old Age 3
SOC 001 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC 002 American Social Problems 3
SOC 003 Crime and Delinquency 3
SOC 004 Sociological Analysis 3
SOC 011 Race and Ethnic Relations 3
SOC 012 Marriage and Family Life 3
SOC 021 Human Sexuality 3
SOC 025  Drugs and Culture 3
SOC 031 Sociology of Gender 3

Complete at least one course from the following courses

Course Course Title UNITS
AFRO AM 004 The African American in the History of the U.S. I 3
AFRO AM 005 The African American in the History of the U.S. II 3
CHICANO 008 The Mexican-Americaan in the History of the Uniied States II 3
ECON 010 Economic History of the United States 3
HISTORY 005 History of the Americas I 3
HISTORY 006 History of the Americas II 3
HISTORY 011 Political and Social History of the United States to 1877 3
HISTORY 012 Political and Social History of the United States from 1865 3
HISTORY 020 History of California and the Pacific Coast 3
POL SCI 001 The Government of the United States 3


Total units required for major: 18

Follow Associate Degree General Education Requirements – LACCD Plan to meet general education unit requirements.

Required general education units: 21

Required degree applicable elective units: 21

Total units required: 60

*This course has a prerequisite or a corequisite.
#Cross-referenced course.