Associate Degree in Liberal Arts

West Hills College - Coalinga

Program Description

Associate Degree in Liberal Arts

West Hills College - Coalinga

The Liberal Arts degree will afford students an opportunity to earn an Associate of Arts degree in one of five Areas of Emphasis: English and Communication, Math and Science, Arts and Humanities, Social and Behavioral Science, and Social Work. These degrees are designed for both the transfer student and the student not planning to transfer but seeking a degree in a particular area of study.

Liberal Arts AA Degree Area of Emphasis English and Communication

The English and Communication Area of Emphasis is designed to provide the student with foundational knowledge and skills in the following areas: the relationship of language to logic, as well as how to analyze, criticize, and advocate ideas, to reason deductively and inductively, and to reach conclusions. Courses fulfilling this requirement provide an understanding of the psychological and social significance of the communication principles of voice and speech, discovery of critical evaluation and reporting of information, reading, listening, speaking, writing effectively, and provide active participation and practice in written and oral communication. This area of emphasis prepares students for baccalaureate majors including but not limited to: speech and communications.

Program student learning outcomes

  • Student will identify an author’s main idea.
  • Student will utilize research material.
  • Students will speak in an understandable and organized fashion to explain their ideas and express their feelings.
  • Students will listen actively and respectfully to analyze the substance of others comments.
  • Students will utilize research materials.

Liberal Arts AA Degree Area of Emphasis Math and Science

The Math and Science area of emphasis is designed to provide the student with foundational knowledge and skills in the following areas: the natural sciences, the physical universe, its life forms and natural phenomena. Students will be provided the opportunity to develop mathematical and quantitative reasoning skills and demonstrate understanding of the methodologies of science as investigative tools and to understand the influence scientific knowledge has on society. This area of emphasis prepares students for baccalaureate majors including but not limited to: agriculture, computer science, engineering, enology, geology, geography, genetics, health science, kinesiology, and pre-nursing.

Program student learning outcomes

  • Students will use mathematical models and/or concepts to solve real-world applications.
  • Students will be able to label and identify prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell parts and describe their function.
  • Students should be able to describe the processes of nutrient catabolism in human body cells.
  • Students should be able to differentiate between human tissue types and their respective functions.
  • Students should be able to describe the transcription and translation of a human gene.
  • Students will use molecular models to interpret chemical systems.
  • Students will use graphing software to interpret data.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information from a spatial perspective.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of how physical systems affect human systems and of how human actions affect physical systems.
  • Students will understand the Earth as a system with many separate but interacting parts.
  • Students will understand the relationship between people and the natural environment and will understand how the discipline of geology can be used to solve problems that arise from these interactions.
  • Students will understand how scientific hypotheses are formulated and tested in general and will specifically understand the evolution and development of major geological science theories.

Liberal Arts AA Degree Area of Emphasis Arts and Humanities

The Arts and Humanities area of emphasis is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to understand emotional and intellectual responses, increase awareness and appreciation of the traditional humanistic disciplines such as art, drama, literature, music, philosophy, and foreign language in addition to introducing and understanding of the interrelationships between these disciplines. This area of emphasis prepares students for baccalaureate majors including but not limited to: art, foreign language, history, philosophy and performing arts.

Program student learning outcomes

  • Student will compose a technically correct essay.
  • Students will create a visually balanced artwork using the art elements and design principles.
  • Students will produce sustained and developed artworks for inclusion in an artistic portfolio.
  • Students will create artworks demonstrating proficiency with basic color theory and color mixing.
  • Students will write a personal and individual critique and artist statement describing her/his series of artworks.
  • Students will understand visual art concepts and terminology relating to art history and art disciplines, media, materials, and techniques.
  • Students will analyze, critique, and respond orally and in writing to a variety of artistic movements throughout European and Non-European history.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics, distribution, and complexity of Earth’s cultural mosaic.
  • Analyze and/or critique the aesthetics of a live theatrical performance or film in typed written form with supporting MLA bibliography.

Liberal Arts AA Degree Area of Emphasis Social and Behavioral Science

The Social and Behavioral Science area of emphasis allows students to take courses that prepare them for possible majors within the fields of criminology, business, economics, geography, psychology, history, sociology, political science, and related disciplines. The student is provided the opportunity to learn a variety of theories and perspectives, behavioral and sociological concepts, historical context with respect to particular times, places, events and significant figures, production and distribution analysis, and American and comparative government. This area of emphasis prepares students for baccalaureate majors including but not limited to: Chicano studies, child development, criminology, economics, geography, history, mass communication and journalism, political science, psychology, and sociology and social work.

Program student learning outcomes

  • Students will be able to understand the global significance of past political, cultural, and economic issues and how they have impacted contemporary events.
  • Students will recognize social issues from an economic perspective.
  • Students will analyze and differentiate between different economic solutions to social issues.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of how physical systems affect human systems and of how human actions affect physical systems.
  • Students will state different types of governments and explain their historical developments and political processes within a given country.
  • Students will identify different theories on personality development.
  • Students will be able to recognize the various types of sources used within the social science discipline, including primary and secondary sources.
  • Students will be able to analyze the legitimacy and validity of the various sources used within the social science discipline, including discerning facts from opinions, biases, the validity of data collection, and public opinion polls.
This school offers programs in:
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Last updated September 19, 2016
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This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2016
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Full time
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46 USD
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