ADT in Law, Public Policy, and Society

This degree emphasizes the development of communication skills, introduces students to the legal field and prepares students for further studies in a variety of majors.   Students who opt to pursue this course of study are encouraged to engage in further exploration of one or more specific majors as they select electives for degree completion at the transfer institution.

A.A.-Transfer Degree Level Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Law, Public Policy, and Society A.A.-Transfer Degree will:

  1. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the field of law and the various classifications of the law, including being able to distinguish among the various parts of a contract.
  2. Students will demonstrate the ability to identify and explain the ideas and institutions that make up the American political system, including the legal field, to describe the evolution of civil liberties and rights in the United States and apply this knowledge to current events and legal issues, and to recognize the role of public opinion, interest groups, ethics and political parties regarding the electoral process, law, and public policy in society.
  3. Students will develop communication skills and demonstrate the ability to effectively write and speak to persuade a diversity of audiences. The development of communication skills will also include demonstration of the ability to analyze, criticize, and advocate for ideas, to communicate for a variety of purposes, to read and comprehend a diversity of texts, and to think critically. Additionally, students will demonstrate the ability to develop awareness of society and its historical roots, as well as to appreciate diversity and to be sensitive to the impact of race, sex, and class on the American experience. Through this program, students will demonstrate the ability to organize information, to engage in argumentation to support a position, to evaluate and cite sources, to explain the historical development of American institutions in law and society, to demonstrate facility with numbers, and to conduct research.

Students receiving this transfer degree must meet the following requirements:

  1. Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
    1. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education - Breadth Requirements.
    2. A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
  2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

ADTs also require that students must earn a "C" (or "P") or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. 

Required courses:
Select one (1) course from each of the following areas: (28-29 units)
Understanding the Law
Introduction to the Administration of Justice3
Concepts of Criminal Law3
Criminal Court Process3
Business Law and the Legal Environment I3
Philosophy - Ethics3
Oral Communications
Public Address3
Argumentation and Debate3
Written Communication
Reading and Composition4
Critical Thinking
Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking3
Quantitative Reasoning
Introductory Statistics 14
Statistics for the Social and Behavioral Sciences3
US History
History of the United States before 18773
History of the United States before 1877 - Honors3
History of the United States since 18773
History of the United States since 1877 - Honors3
Intro to American Government
American Government and Politics3
American Government and Politics - Honors3
Principles of Microeconomics3
Select one (1) course from one (1) of the areas listed below: (3 units)
Administration of Justice/Criminal Justice/Criminology
Introduction to the Administration of Justice3
Concepts of Criminal Law3
Legal Aspects of Evidence3
Juvenile Procedures3
Criminal Court Process3
Community and the Justice System3
Introduction to Corrections3
Principles of Macroeconomics3
Principles of Macroeconomics - Honors3
Political Science
Political Theory3
International Relations3
Public Policy
Public Relations3
Introduction to Global Studies3
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
Race and Ethnicity 3
Introduction to Gender3
Intercultural Communication3
College Success
Career/Life Planning3
Strategies for College Success3
Total Units31-32

MATH 165 is degree applicable with or without MATH 065. If taken with MATH 065, only the units for MATH 165 will be counted towards the degree.

Career Opportunities

There are a variety of careers you can do with this major.

To explore more about this major, schedule an appointment with a career counselor.