Degrees and Certificates

In addition to offering the CSU General Education Breadth, the following degree and certificate pathways are available to ISP students:

A.A.-T Sociology (CSU Transfer Degree)

Sociology is the systematic study of human society and social interactions. Students in this major explore how the interactions between individuals, groups, and the larger society shape and are shaped by social institutions such as the criminal justice system, education, government, economic structures, the media, politics, family, and religion. Using sociological theories and social science research methods, sociology students will examine how socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexualities, etc. affect behavior, interactions, and experiences in diverse societies. With these perspectives and approaches, students will critically examine contemporary social issues and problems.

Program Student Leaning Outcomes 
Upon completion of the courses in this program, students will be able to: 

  1. Analyze the interrelationships of individuals, social groups, social institutions, culture and society.
  2. Use social science research methods and major sociological perspectives to analyze social relationships and social issues.

Certificate of Specialization: Small Business Management

Students can earn this certificate by completing courses that cover topics from accounting, business law, to human relations in business, etc. 

Program Student Leaning Outcomes 
Upon completion of the courses in this program, students will be able to: 

  1. Identify the role of business in society - from the local level to the diverse global economy.
  2. Demonstrate analytical and critical thinking skills involved when making business decisions.
  3. Apply effective interpersonal communication skills to build professional relationships and participate competently in work teams.
  4. Explain the distinct functional areas of business and how they work together to create a sustainable organizational structure.
  5. Employ technology as a tool to increase efficiency and productivity.
  6. Discuss the importance of ethics and social responsibility in a business context


A.A. Liberal Arts: Liberal Arts and Humanities 

This degree is designed for transfer students pursuing an area of study requiring only introductory lower-division major preparation courses within a broader liberal arts breadth pattern. The humanities include, but are not limited to, history; literature; philosophy and ethics; foreign languages and cultures; linguistics; jurisprudence or philosophy of law; archaeology; comparative religion; the history, theory, and criticism of the arts; and those aspects of the social sciences (anthropology, sociology, psychology, political science, government, and economics) that use historical and interpretive rather than quantitative methods. The humanities enable us to reflect upon our lives and ask fundamental questions of value, purpose, and meaning in a rigorous and systematic way.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the courses in this program, students will be able to: 

  1. Identify, describe, and analyze significant works, people, ideas, and events in their cultural contexts. 
  2. Effectively communicate an understanding of culture as expressed in arts and letters in global and comparative perspectives. 
  3. Critically analyze individual belief systems by comparing diverse perspectives and considering cultural and historical complexities.

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