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The newly developed AA-T and AS-T degrees make the transfer to the California State University system smoother and are designed to align your coursework at the community college with courses offered at the CSU.

There are currently many AA-T and AS-T degrees offered and new programs are being added at community colleges and CSUs across the state each term. Both college systems provide complementary degrees in these majors, allowing you to build on your educational experience, while earning both an associate's and a bachelor's degree.

Each college offers a different set of AA-T and AS-T degrees. Explore the majors listed below to find out more about the program of study, potential careers and available campuses. The California State University campuses that are listed under each major are those that currently offer a major that will accept the AA-T or AS-T as similar. The majors listed below are only the degrees that are currently classified as AA-T and AS-T. Community colleges offer many other degrees and major options that are not part of this joint transfer program.

Explore the majors listed below to find out which is right for you.

    • With an AS-T in Administration of Justice, you will be ready to transfer to a CSU campus to finish a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice/Criminology. Depending on the CSU campus, you might specialize in corrections, law enforcement, forensics, criminal justice research/ management, legal studies for prosecutorial or jurist careers, or criminology. A bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice/Criminology may lead to careers with federal, state, or local law enforcement, probation, parole, and correctional institutions, specialized criminal investigations, forensics, criminalistics, or a career in the study of crime causation or victimology.

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    • What rituals do people in other cultures practice? What does the fossil record tell us about how humans evolved? Why were ancient temples and pyramids built by past peoples? These are the kinds of topics that anthropologists explore—what it means to be human. Anthropology covers a lot of topics from culture, language, evolution and archaeology, so if you like a broad perspective on humans around the world, then this is the major for you!

      Anthropology integrates a wide array of subjects into understanding humanity, like biology, anatomy, geology, psychology, geography and history. Students acquire a multi-cultural perspective that gives them the skills to work with people from many backgrounds, while also building a scientific approach to problem-solving. This transfer degree will set students on a path for future careers in business, international relations, medicine and health, service industries, human resources, cultural resource management, and biological sciences.

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    • The Art History major promotes an understanding of art across cultures and geographic boundaries. Using historical art terminology, students are taught to look at a work of art with an appreciation of process, and to speak about historical, social and aesthetic functions.Taking studio courses such as drawing and fundamentals of design will also give you a greater understanding of the work of art. Once you earn a bachelor’s degree in this major, you might go into a career such as museum curator, art critic, writer, or teacher. Most CSU campuses will accept the AA-T in Art History as preparation for a bachelor’s degree in Art History.

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    • An AS-T in Business Administration opens the door to a range of degree options when you transfer to a CSU. Under the umbrella of Business Administration, armed with the skills and knowledge necessary to understand the rapidly changing global business environment, you could specialize in areas such as advertising and marketing, accounting, real estate management, entrepreneurship, and others, depending on the CSU campus to which you are admitted. A business bachelor's degree prepares you to work in any business environment, from a multinational conglomerate to your own company.

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    • Students who earn an AA-T in Communication Studies are introduced to many aspects of communication including public speaking, interpersonal, intercultural, group and mass communication as well as persuasion, argumentation and debate. A communication degree prepares graduates for a communication program at most CSU campuses, and students’ foundational skills prepare them to branch out into an array of upper division or graduate specializations. Some of the career options for students with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies include teaching, broadcasting, journalism, sales, public relations, law, politics, advertising, marketing and business.

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    • The AS-T in Computer Science is your link to an exciting career in computer information and communication technology. Providing the foundational courses needed by the higher level programming and theory courses offered at the CSUs, computer science majors move directly through the industry recognized sequence of courses. Students prepare themselves for highly successful jobs in virtual reality, computer security, embedded applications design, video game design, computers systems applications, cyber security and artificial intelligence. Computer science is not just for geeks, it’s for gamers, designers, thinkers.

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    • With an AS-T in Early Childhood Education, you will be ready to transfer to a CSU campus to complete a bachelor’s degree that will prepare you for many career options. Child development professionals work directly with children as teachers, directors, assistant teachers and aides, home care providers and early childhood mental health specialists. In addition, child development coursework provides the foundation for such diverse career options as pediatric nursing, child psychology, children's librarianship, playground design, early childhood program director, family court child advocate and parent educator.

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    • Earning an AA-T in Elementary Teacher Education will prepare you for transfer to a traditional liberal studies program or a liberal studies integrated teacher preparation program at a CSU campus and finally to a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies. Elementary Teacher Education incorporates subject matter that prepares students to teach elementary education level subjects including science, mathematics, literature, history, geography and the arts. Community college coursework will introduce you to the theory of education, early field experience and child development. Earning this degree puts you well on your way to entering a CSU program that leads to your dream of being a teacher!

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    • Earning an AA-T in English is excellent preparation for upper division studies at a CSU campus. Your degree will provide you with solid writing skills and a background in literature. Classes in the degree may include American, British, or World Literature, Shakespeare, mythology, creative writing, argumentative writing and critical thinking and other topics. Graduates of English bachelor’s degree programs often pursue careers in journalism, law, business, teaching, media, broadcasting, and advertising.

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    • Geography is the study of the earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments. Geography bridges the social sciences (human geography) with the natural sciences (physical geography). It is a unique way of looking at the world and solving problems. The Associate in Arts in Geography for Transfer will allow you to enter into upper division work in Geography or related field at a California State University (CSU). Geographers find rewarding careers in education, business, government agencies and nonprofit organizations. Increased emphasis on global awareness and the use of spatial technologies make Geography a flourishing educational field of study with many career opportunities.

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    • When you complete an AS-T in Geology, you will have a foundational understanding of the scientific method as well as the physical and biological processes that affect and are recorded in rocks and minerals, all of which lead to an understanding of the structure and evolution of our planet. You will be prepared for transfer to a CSU campus, and ready for upper division coursework in majors such as geology and earth science. CSUs offer both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in this major, either of which can lead to careers in environmental and geotechnical firms, oil and mining companies, governmental agencies, and teaching K-12 science.

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    • History is the study of our recorded past, and this major prepares you to collect and analyze historical evidence, interpret historical behavior and apply historical understanding. An AA-T in History prepares you for transfer into upper division work at a CSU campus in history. Because of the broad application of the skills you acquire as a history major, numerous career paths are open to you. These include careers in the fields of communication and writing (journalist, novelist), politics (diplomat/foreign service officer, policy advisor), social and public service (teacher, archivist, social worker, curator, librarian) and business (corporate historian, researcher, paralegal).

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    • Journalism is about storytelling. Journalists gather information from a variety of sources, synthesize or make sense of that information, and prepare or mold that information to share with others using a variety of platforms. This information may be in the form of text, photos, audio, video, social media, or other multimedia formats. The AA-T in Journalism prepares lower division students to step into a baccalaureate journalism and mass communication programs at the California State University with their feet running. While traditional media may be undergoing an evolution today, the skills of the journalist remain in demand, sometimes in non-traditional media formats. A degree in Journalism prepares students as writers, editors, photojournalists, designers, multimedia developers, and public relations practitioners, just to name a few career options. The AA-T in Journalism was designed to work with both accredited and non-accredited CSU programs.

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    • Kinesiology is the study of the movement of the human body, and includes courses in sports, fitness, human anatomy and physiology. Community college courses toward an AA-T in Kinesiology may include aquatics, combatives, team sports, individual sports, fitness and dance, as well as other relevant science courses. The bachelor’s degrees in kinesiology offered at the CSU span a wide range of options such as exercise and human performance, motor learning, biomechanics, sports, dance, physical education – pre physical therapy, physical education – teaching and health and wellness. As a kinesiology graduate, you may find your career in athletic training and coaching, health and fitness businesses, physical education and therapeutic exercise and rehabilitation. Some fields may require additional training.

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    • An AS-T in Mathematics puts you on the path toward a career in science, technology and engineering (STEM careers). Mathematics is used to develop techniques to model real world applications, design efficient methods to solve problems, and create theories for problems we have yet to solve. An AS-T in Mathematics prepares you for entry to upper division CSU coursework in mathematics. Math majors find careers in teaching, finance, computing, biotechnology and actuarial science - and many other areas dependent on the ability to think logically.

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    • When working toward an AA-T in Music, you must learn many facets of music in your courses including music theory, ear training/musicianship, ensemble performance and solo performance (vocal or instrumental). You will also explore music history and music technology as part of this major. Transferring to a CSU campus, you may work toward completing a bachelor’s degree in general music or may choose to branch into other related fields. Music majors vary from campus to campus and your exact path will depend on the offerings at the CSU campus you are admitted to. Although music training develops critical thinking and teamwork skills that would be valuable in any profession, some careers for music graduates are performing, teaching, conducting, music production (recording) and composing/arranging.

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    • If you choose an AS-T in Physics, your foundation in physical science and mathematics will prepare you well for future baccalaureate and graduate studies as well as a career in fields such as engineering, environmental sciences, or green technology. With this degree you will gain the necessary in-depth understanding of calculus and physics needed to transfer to a CSU campus where you will narrow your focus for a bachelor’s degree. Besides a generalized major in physics, some CSU majors include specialized fields such as applied physics, astrophysics and physics education.

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    • The discipline of philosophy focuses upon critical and comprehensive thought and seeks to bring clarity to confusion, identify assumptions, assess importance and test positions by evaluating evidence for conclusions. A bachelor’s degree in Philosophy lends itself to education and publishing, provides valuable skills that employers often seek, as well as serves as an excellent pre-Law degree.

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    • While most people think political science is about the study of governments and public policy, it also includes the study of voting and elections, political parties, campaign financing, interest groups, media, political theory and ideology and international relations. When you complete an AA-T in Political Science, you will be ready for transfer into upper division political science coursework at a CSU campus. A bachelor’s degree in political science can lead to exciting careers in government (at all levels), international organizations, nonprofit associations and organizations, campaign and electoral work, education and journalism.

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    • The AA-T in Psychology is intended to meet the lower division requirements for Psychology majors (or majors that have been deemed similar) at a CSU campus that offers a B.A. in Psychology. This degree is designed for students interested in an introduction to the field of psychology and for students looking to further their understanding of the biological, psychological, and environmental influences on human behavior. An undergraduate degree remains excellent preparation for continued graduate work in psychology or in another field, such as business, medicine, or computer science. Many employers are interested in the skills that psychology majors bring to collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data and their experience with statistics and experimental design. Students with BAs in psychology find jobs in administrative support, public affairs, education, business, sales, service industries, health, the biological sciences and computer programming. They may also work as employment counselors, correction counselor trainees, interviewers, personnel analysts, probation officers and writers.

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    • Sociology is the study of the relationships among individuals, societies and the world. Members of this field look at shared cultural beliefs and the roles that race, class, gender and ethnicity play with regard to privilege, inequality and crime. An AA-T in Sociology will allow you to enter into upper division work in sociology at a CSU. Many CSU campuses offer emphases within their sociology programs, including social service organizations, corrections, education and gerontology. A bachelor’s degree in sociology lends itself to work with groups of people in a variety of settings including education, publishing, corrections, human resources, social work and urban planning.

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    • The Spanish AA-T will provide you with the necessary foundational skills for majoring in Spanish/Spanish Literature. The Spanish major will prepare you for various careers including education, journalism, business, editing, law, and interpreting services. At the completion of obtaining a B.A. in Spanish, students will have the skills to communicate with the Spanish-speaking community from around the world. Spanish has become one of the languages most valued by employers in business and government. The students will also learn about the various Hispanic cultures, a skill that has become essential when communicating with people whose first language is not English.

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    • Students who earn an AA-T in Studio Arts demonstrate knowledge and skill in areas including drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, crafts, or photography. Foundational skills and knowledge of the studio arts are the springboard for an array of careers including professional artist, illustrator, layout artist, graphic designer, animator, advertising artist, art director, art critic, art educator, art therapist, gallery and museum curator, gallery assistant and art restorer. The CSU campuses offer a wide range of specialized bachelor’s degrees, including each of the studio arts as well as art education, art history, photography, digital arts and multimedia, graphic design and arts technology.

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    • Students who earn an AA-T in Theatre Arts have an opportunity to learn about acting, theatrical production, stage and technical theatre design, theatre history, dramatic literature and other specialized aspects of theatre such as costume and make up. As a theatre arts student, you may participate in college productions both on stage and back stage. Once you transfer to the CSU, bachelor’s degree options can include majoring in theatre arts, but at some campuses majors for students with this degree include dance, acting, technical theatre or film. Career opportunities can range from professional theatre, the film industry, regional theatre, television and teaching at all grade levels.

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