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News: PCC to Offer Communications, Math, Psychology and Sociology Degrees

Pasadena City College will now be able to offer students degrees in communications, mathematics, psychology, and sociology as part of a pathway to the California State University system (CSU).

The new degrees were created as a result of the Student Transfer Agreement Reform Act (SB 1440 – Padilla). The legislation enables the California Community Colleges and California State University to collaborate on the creation of associate in arts degree and associate in science degree transfer programs. The new law requires community colleges to grant an associate degree for transfer to a student once he/she has met specified general education and major requirements for the degree. Upon completion of the associate degree, the student is eligible for transfer with junior standing into the CSU system.

Students who complete the degree are given guaranteed admission into the CSU system, and further are given priority consideration when applying to a particular program that is similar to the student’s community college major.

The communications degree is intended to align with preparation for transfer to universities in such majors as art, communication, English, journalism, television and radio, theatre arts, and other similar fields of study.

The degree in mathematics prepares a student for transfer to a four-year institution for further study in pure or applied mathematics. Students who earn a four-year degree in mathematics enable them to go into fields such as science, technology, engineering, medicine, and business.

In pursuing a psychology degree, students acquire skills in research, information gathering, and analytic thinking. As psychology majors, students also have learning opportunities that are relevant to many types of careers, including business, education, government and nonprofit organizations.

Students who earn a four-year degree in sociology enable them to pursue careers in fields such as international relations, health care, social work, law, education, and child welfare.

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Release Date: 11/29/2011
Contact: Juan F. Gutierrez , Director, Public Relations
Phone: (626) 585-7315

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