AA in General Education

In this general education degree, you'll be introduced to a broad range of subjects, including written and oral communication, liberal studies, mathematics, history, art, philosophy, social sciences and natural sciences. 

General Education Degree Overview

The Associate of Arts (A.A.) in General Education Degree provides you with a foundation for further undergraduate study at the bachelor’s level. You will graduate with a general understanding of written and oral communication, liberal studies, mathematics, history, art, philosophy, social sciences and natural sciences.

As a general education degree student, you will:

  • Compose written arguments that are coherent, grammatically correct, and rhetorically aware.
  • Present effective, audience-appropriate oral presentations that develop and support a point.
  • Explain how accurate calculations and symbolic operations are used in interpreting social and economic trends.
  • Evaluate a scenario in which academic knowledge and skills could be applied to a work or community issue.
  • Discuss a novel or unique idea, question, format or product.
  • Explain how knowledge from diverse cultural perspectives would affect one’s interpretation of prominent problems in politics, society, the arts, and/or global relations.
  • Evaluate and cite various information resources necessary to complete an academic research essay.


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Fall II (Oct 24, 2022)

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Walnut Creek Campus
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Modesto Campus
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Riverside Campus
3550 Vine Street, Suite 200, Riverside, CA 92507
Whidbey Island NAS Campus
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Bangor Naval Base Kitsap
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Irvine Campus
16355 Laguna Canyon Road, 1st Floor, Irvine, CA 92618
Travis AFB Campus
530 Hickam Avenue, Bldg 249, Suite 10, Travis AFB, CA 94535
Lemoore NAS Campus
Bldg. 824, Suite 101, Hancock Circle, NAS Lemoore, CA 93246

Admission Requirements

Applicants for this program must complete the formal application process and submit required documents. Documents required vary based on the number of transferable credits and include:


  • High school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Official high school transcript indicating the date of graduation


    • Provide official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended
    • No admission exam or high school transcript are required

    Only credits from regionally accredited institutions may be accepted in transfer. Failure to report any previous academic work at another college or university may be considered a violation of academic integrity.

    Active Military?

    Admissibility and minimum transfer credit awarded will be determined based on the Community College of the Air Force, SMART, AARTS or JST transcripts.


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AA in General Education Program Curriculum

  • Basic Skills


    ENGU 103  Written Communication I: Writing and Rhetoric


    ENGU 104  Written Communication II: Writing About Literature


    MATU 103  Quantitative Fluency: Applied Mathematics 3
    COMU 101  Oral Communication: Public Speaking I 3
    Breadth Requirements


    Humanities Select 9 credits from 3 different areas: Communications, English, Fine Arts, Foreign Languages, Humanities, Liberal Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies


    Natural Sciences  


    Social Sciences Select 9 credits from 3 different areas: Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Economics, History, Marketing, Organizational Leadership, Political Science/Legal Studies, Psychology, Social Science, Social Work, Sociology 9
    Liberal Education Foundations 6
    LBSU 100  Student Success Strategies


    LBSU 105  Academic Foundations




    Select 18 credits for electives
    Total Credits



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