Interdisciplinary Studies at College of San Mateo - Associate in Arts Degree: Interdisciplinary - Contemporary Issues
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Interdisciplinary Studies
AAMajor in Interdisciplinary Studies, Option 2: Contemporary Issues

This degree option provides students with both an introduction to the wide range of issues facing contemporary society and the tools to analyze these issues critically. Depending on the student’s focus, this degree offers transfer possibilities into such majors as Communications, Environmental Studies, Ethnic Studies, Sociology, and Social Services. Note: most courses listed in this major can also be used to meet requirements for the California State University General Education or IGETC. 3


Degree Requirements
Complete General Education and other requirements listed for the Associate degree and

Major Requirements: A minimum of 18 semester units

A grade of “C” or higher is required for each course applied to the major.

At least 6 units of courses that introduce students to major disciplines in the social sciences. The 6 units of courses must be selected from the following options and include at least two different discipline areas:

BUS 100 Introduction to Business 3 units
ECON 100 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 units
ECON 102 Principles of Microeconomics 3 units
GEOG 110 Cultural Geography 3 units
PSYC 100 General Psychology 3 units
PSYC 300 Social Psychology 3 units
SOCI 100 Introduction to Sociology 3 units
COMM 110 Public Speaking 3 units

At least 3 units of courses in statistics or critical thinking, selected from the following:

ENGL 165 Composition, Argument, and Critical Thinking 3 units
MATH 200 Elementary Probability and Statistics 4 units
PHIL 103 Critical Thinking 3 units
PSYC 121 Basic Statistical Concepts 3 units

At least 9 units of courses that explore particular issues facing contemporary society. The 9 units of courses must be selected from the following options and include at least two different discipline areas:

ARCH 100 Survey of Contemporary Architectutre 3 units
BIOL 102 Environmental Science and Conservation 3 units
BIOL 195 Biology Field Laboratory 1 unit
DGME 100 Media in Society 3 units
DGME 102 Media Law and Ethics 3 units
PHIL 244 Contempoary Social and Moral Issues 3 units
PLSC 130 International Relations 3 units
PLSC 215 Contemporary Issues in American Politics 3 units
SOCI 105 Social Problems 3 units
SOCI 141 Race and Ethnic Relations 3 units