Liberal Arts & Sciences Major

City College of San Francisco
Curriculum Committee

Resolution Regarding Ensuring the Assessment, Maintenance, and Currency of the Liberal Arts and Sciences with Area of Emphasis Major

December 2, 2015

Whereas the majority of majors received at CCSF are the Liberal Arts and Sciences with area of emphasis major, and these majors currently exist outside the college’s current department structure and responsibility is widespread,

And whereas Accreditation Standard II.A.16 states, “The institution regularly evaluates and improves the quality and currency of all instructional programs offered in the name of the institution…”

Be it resolved that the SLO Coordinators and the GE Workgroups be responsible for assessing the major (as part of ongoing GE assessment) and updating the catalog annually to ensure it contains all current GELOs for the major emphasis.”

Be it further resolved that the Articulation Officer of the college be responsible for putting the major through the Curriculum Committee once every six years (minimum) to maintain its currency and updating the catalog annually to ensure it contains all eligible courses based on CSU Transfer GE approvals.

Be it finally resolved that the catalog listing for the 2016‐2017 Academic Year be as follows:

MAJORS: Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Liberal Arts and Sciences degree is designed for students who wish to have a broad knowledge of arts and sciences plus additional knowledge in an “Area of Emphasis.” This degree can be a good option for students planning to transfer to a university as it provides the flexibility for students to satisfy both general education and lower division major requirements for specific universities while meeting associate degree requirements at the same time. For more detailed information on transfer requirements, students should speak with a counselor and refer to www.ASSIST.org.

To complete the requirements for the Associate in Arts or Associate in Science for this degree, a student must: 

  • Complete the CCSF General Education requirement (18‐24 units). 
  • Complete 18 units in one “Area of Emphasis” from those outlined below. Each course used to meet this “area of emphasis” requirement must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher (or “Credit” or “Pass” if the course was taken on a “credit/no credit” or “pass/no pass” basis). Where appropriate, courses in the “area of emphasis” may also be counted for a General Education area. 
  • Complete all other CCSF graduation requirements (i.e., math, GPA, residency, and unit requirements). 

AREAS OF EMPHASIS Arts and Humanities Emphasis (AA) – Associate in Arts in Arts and Humanities 

  • These courses emphasize the study of cultural, literary, humanistic activities and artistic expression of human beings. 
  • Learning Outcomes = Upon completion of this degree, students will achieve all CCSF GE Area Outcomes with an emphasis on those from Area E: 
    • Exhibit an understanding of the ways in which people in diverse cultures and eras have produced culturally significant works.   
    • Communicate effectively the meanings and intentions of creative expression.   
    • Use analytical techniques to assess the value of human creations in meaningful ways.   
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the human condition through language, reasoning, or artistic creation. 
  • Within the 18 units of Area E emphasis, at least one course must be from the arts and at least one course from humanities. Students should meet with a counselor to select appropriate courses. 
  • Courses are those that meet CSU GE Area C: *list follows*   

Communication Emphasis (AA) – Associate in Arts in Communication 

  • These courses emphasize the content of communication as well as the form and should provide an understanding of the psychological basis and social significance of communication. 
  • Learning Outcomes = Upon completion of this degree, students will achieve all CCSF GE Area Outcomes with an emphasis on those from Area A: 
    • Use the principles and application of language toward logical thought. 
    • Demonstrate clear and precise expression,
    • Critically evaluate communications in whatever symbol system the student uses. 
  • Within the 18 units of Area A emphasis, students should meet with a counselor to select appropriate courses.  
  • Courses are those that meet CSU GE Area A. *list follows* 

Science and Mathematics Emphasis (AS) – Associate in Science in Science and Mathematics 

  • These courses emphasize the natural sciences which examine the physical universe, its life forms and its natural phenomena. Courses in Math emphasize the development of mathematical and quantitative reasoning skills beyond the level of intermediate algebra. 
  • Learning Outcomes = Upon completion of this degree, students will achieve all CCSF GE Area Outcomes with an emphasis on those from Area C and Math Graduation Requirement: 
    • Apply scientific inquiry and investigation of evidence to critically evaluate scientific arguments. 
    • Communicate scientific ideas and theories effectively. 
    • Apply scientific principles, theories, or models to explain the behavior of natural phenomena. 
    • Apply scientific knowledge and reasoning to human interaction with the natural world and issues impacting society. 
    • Apply mathematical concepts through numerical, symbolic, graphical, and verbal methods to interpret quantitative information, solve problems, and communicate results. 
  • Within the 18 units of Area C and Math emphasis, at least one course must be from the science and at least one course from math. Students should meet with a counselor to select appropriate courses. 
  • Courses are those that meet CSU GE Area B. *list follows* 

Social and Behavioral Sciences Emphasis (AS) – Associate in Science in Social and Behavioral Sciences   

  • These courses emphasize the perspective, concepts, theories and methodologies of the disciplines typically found in the vast variety of disciplines that comprise study in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (see below). 
  • Learning Outcomes = Upon completion of this degree, students will achieve all CCSF GE Area Outcomes with an emphasis on those from Area D: 
    • Exhibit an understanding of the methods of inquiry used by the social and behavioral sciences.   
    • Critically evaluate the ways people act, think, and feel in response to their societies or cultures.   
    • Analyze how societies and/or social subgroups operate. 
  • Within the 18 units of Area D emphasis, students must take at least one course in the social sciences and at least one course in the behavioral sciences. Students should meet with a counselor to select appropriate courses. 
  • Courses are those that meet CSU GE Area D. *list follows*