The Associate in Arts in Law, Public Policy, and Society for Transfer (AA-T in Law, Public Policy, and Society) is an interdisciplinary major that focuses on the development of communication skills, introduces students to the legal field, and prepares students for further study in a variety of majors deemed “similar” at the California State University (CSU) including but not limited to American Studies, Communications, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Global Intelligence and National Security, International Relations, Philosophy, Political Science, Social and Behavioral Science. For a current list of what majors (and what options or areas of emphasis within those majors) have been designated as “similar” to this degree at each CSU campus, please refer to CSU’s Associate Degree for Transfer Major and Campus Search webpage and seek guidance from an Oxnard College counselor. Students completing this degree are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major.
For students interested in pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in pre-law, California State University, Northridge (CSUN) accepts this degree as similar to their Political Science with an option in Law and Society, Sonoma State University accepts it for their degree in Philosophy with Pre-Law/Applied Ethics, and CSU, Chico accepts it for Political Science with a Legal Studies emphasis.
For students interested in Public Administration, the following CSU’s accept this degree as similar to their Public Administration majors: San Diego State University (SDSU), CSU Chico, and CSU Fullerton.
To earn an AA-T in Law, Public Policy, and Society, students must:
- Complete a minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units including both of the following:
- Certified completion of the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education – Breadth (CSU GE-Breadth) requirements.
- A minimum of 31 semester units in the Law, Public Policy, and Society major as listed in the Oxnard College catalog.
- Obtain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework. While a minimum of 2.0 is required for admission, some majors may require a higher GPA. Please consult with a counselor for more information.
- Obtain a grade of “C” or better or “P” in all courses required in the major. Even though a "pass-no-pass" is allowed (Title 5 § 55063), it is highly recommended that students complete their major courses with a letter grade.
- Complete requirements in residency. For students in the Ventura County Community College District, a minimum of 12 units must be completed in residence at the college granting the degree.
Students transferring to a CSU campus that accepts the Law, Public Policy, and Society AA-T will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree (unless the major is a designated “high-unit” major at a particular campus). This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to a university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements
|Required Core Courses||24|
|Complete the following Law course|
|POLS R102||Introduction to Law and Society||3|
|Complete one Ethics course|
|PHIL R102||Introduction to Ethics||3|
|or PHIL R102H||Honors: Introduction to Ethics|
|Complete one Public Speaking course|
|COMM R101||Introduction to Oral Communication||3|
|COMM R107||Argumentation and Debate||3|
|COMM R110||Small Group Communication||3|
|Complete one Composition course|
|ENGL R101||College Composition||4|
|or ENGL R101H||Honors: College Composition|
|Complete one course in Persuasion|
|COMM R107||Argumentation and Debate 1||3|
|ENGL R128||Composition and Critical Thinking through Non-Fiction||3|
|PHIL R107||Introduction to Logic||3|
|Complete one statistics course|
|MATH R105||Introductory Statistics||4|
|or MATH R105H||Honors: Introductory Statistics|
|PSY R103||Beginning Statistics for Behavioral Science||3|
|SOC R125||Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences||3|
|Complete one U.S. History course|
|HIST R130||History of the United States I||3|
|or HIST R130H||Honors: History of the United States I|
|HIST R140||History of the United States II||3|
|or HIST R140H||Honors: History of the United States II|
|Complete a Government course|
|POLS R101||Government of the United States I: Institutions and Politics||3|
|Complete a total of two courses not already selected from areas listed below|
|Area 1: Administrative Justice/Criminal Justice/Criminology|
|SOC R116||Crime and Society||3|
|Area 2: Business|
|BUS R111||Business Law||3|
|Area 3: Economics|
|ECON R201||Introduction to the Principles of Microeconomics||3|
|or ECON R201H||Honors: Introduction to the Principles of Microeconomics|
|ECON R202||Introduction to the Principles of Macroeconomics||3|
|or ECON R202H||Honors: Introduction to the Principles of Macroeconomics|
|Area 4: Political Science|
|POLS R120||Political Theory||3|
|POLS R108||Comparative Politics||3|
|POLS R104||Introduction to International Relations||3|
|POLS R100||Introduction to Politics||3|
|Area 5: Public Policy|
|GLST R101||Introduction to Global Studies||3|
|GLST R102||Global Issues and Problems||3|
|SJS R110||Introduction to Social Justice Studies||3|
|SOC R102||Social Problems||3|
|Area 6: Diversity|
|ANTH R102||Introduction to Cultural Anthropology||3|
|or ANTH R102H||Honors: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology|
|COMM R113||Intercultural Communication||3|
|GEOG R105||Introduction to Human Geography||3|
|SOC R104/PSY R107||Sex Roles||3|
|SOC R140||Sociology of Gender||3|
|SOC R103||Race and Ethnic Relations||3|
|ANTH/ETHS R107||The Anthropology of Native Americans||3|
|ANTH/ETHS R114||African American Culture and Experience||3|
|CHST R101||Introduction to Chicana/o Studies||3|
|SJS R120||Introduction to Women's Studies||3|
|SJS R130||Introduction to LGBTQ Studies||3|
|SOC/CHST R108||Sociology of the Chicano Community||3|
|Area 7: College Success|
|PG R102||College Success||3|
|Total Units Required Major Units||31-32|
|Double-Counted Units||- 21-27|
|Free Electives Required||10-17|
|Total Units Required for AA-T Degree||60|
|Total Required Major Units||31-32|
|Double-Counted Units||- 21-24|
|Free Electives Required||12-16|
|Total Units Required for AA-T Degree||60|
COMM R107 may only be chosen in this area if not used to complete the public speaking requirement above
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Describe the American legal system including its development, structure, and history.
- Articulate their views on legal and political issues.
- Evaluate diverse viewpoints.
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of research methods and identify research questions, hypothesize and analyze, critique, and integrate source materials.