Social Justice Studies: General Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer

Division: Social Sciences


The Social Justice Studies Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer prepares students to transfer to CSU and other college/university campuses that offer bachelor's degrees in Social Justice Studies; Modern Jewish Studies; Sociology -Concentration in Critical Race Studies; Sociology – Concentration Race, Class, and Gender; Sociology with Inequalities and Diversity Option; Social Science with Emphasis in Islamic and Arabic Studies. Ed Code Section 66746-66749 states students earning the Social Justice Studies: General Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer will be granted priority for admission as a Social Justice Studies major to a local CSU, as determined by the CSU campus to which the student applies. This degree requires students complete 60 CSU transferable units including completion of CSU GE or IGETC and 18-20 units in the major with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better.

The following is required for all AA-T or AS-T degrees, and there are no additional graduation 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 (for admissions to CSU, it is necessary that the students meet the "Oral Communications" requirement when using IGETC for AA-T or AS-T).
    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.
  3. ADTs also require that students must earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. A P (Pass) grade is an acceptable grade for a course in the major only if the P is defined to be equivalent to a C or better.

The Social Justice Studies: General Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer allows students to gain knowledge and experience to work with culturally-diverse populations, and understand how social justice issues affect various communities. An associate's degree is intended to lead to transfer to colleges and universities offering bachelor's degrees in Social Justice Studies. Students earning this degree may transfer and pursue bachelor's degrees and careers in social service,social policy analysis, mediation and intervention, and social justice advocacy. This degree requires a total of 18-20 units.

Required Core Courses - Select three courses from the following (9 units):9
Section 1 - Select one course from the following:
American Ethnic Studies3
Honors American Ethnic Studies
Contemporary Social Justice Movements3
Honors Contemporary Social Justice
Sociology of Race and Ethnicity3
Honors Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
Section 2 - Select one course from the following:
Women of Color in the U.S.3
Sociology of Gender3
Honors Sociology of Gender
Introduction to LGBTQ Studies3
Introduction to Women's Studies3
Honors Introduction to Women's Studies
Selection 3 - Select one course from the following not already selected from the previous sections:
LIST A: Select three courses from at least two of the following areas (9-11 units):9-11
Area 1: History or Government
African-American History I3
African-American History II3
Chicana-o History I (formerly ETHS 141 F)3
Chicana-o History II (formerly ETHS 141 F)3
American Indian History (formerly History of the Native Americans)3
Asian Pacific Islander American History3
Ancient Egypt3
Asian Civilizations I (formerly HIST 160AF)3
Asian Civilizations II (formerly HIST 160BF)3
Introduction to the Middle East3
Honors Introduction to the Middle East
Women in United States History3
Contemporary American Politics3
Honors Contemporary American Politics
Gender and Politics3
Area 2: Arts and Humanities
Women in the Arts3
Social and Political Philosophy3
Women's Issues in Philosophy3
Area 3: Social Science
Cross Cultural Psychology3
Social Problems3
Sociology of Religion3
Honors Sociology of Religion
Area 4: Quantitative Reasoning and Research Methods (MATH 120 F, MATH 120HF, PSY 161 F, PSY 161HF, and SOSC 120 F are equivalent courses; however, SOSC 120 F is recommended for this degree)
Introductory Probability and Statistics4
Honors Introductory Probability and Statistics
Elementary Statistics for Behavioral Science
Honors Elementary Statistics for Behavioral Science
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Research Methods in Psychology4
Honors Research Methods in Psychology
Introduction to Research Methods
Area 5: Major Preparation
Introduction to African-American Studies3
Introduction to Chicana-o Studies (formerly ETHS 140 F)3
Chicana-o and Latina-o Contemporary Issues (formerly ETHS 142 F)3
Honors Chicana-o and Latina-o Contemporary Issues
Introduction to Asian Pacific Islander American Studies3
Introduction to Sociology3
Honors Introduction to Sociology
Total Units18-20

Outcome 1: Analyze the effectiveness of social justice movements in their attempts to challenge racism, sexism, classism, homophobia and other institutional forms of oppression.

Outcome 2: Identify diverse presentations and experiences of gender in society, with special attention to the intersection between gender, race, class and sexuality.

Outcome 3: Identify diverse presentations and experiences of race and ethnicity in society, with special attention to the intersection between race, gender, class and sexuality.