Social Justice Studies - Ethnic Studies Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer


The Social Justice Studies: Ethnic Studies Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer prepares students to transfer to CSU campuses and/or other colleges/universities that offer bachelor's degrees in Ethnic Studies or other related subfields including Africana Studies, American Studies, American Indian Studies, Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies, and Chicanx/Latinx Studies. The Ethnic Studies AA-T is designed to provide students a holistic and transdisciplinary education with a focus on the historical and contemporary relational experiences of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) in the United States. Ethnic Studies is committed to critical theorizations of race, racism, and white supremacy as foundational elements of modern social formations. Through an intersectional analysis, students examine ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality and interrogate interlocking systems of oppression in order to unsettle and disrupt them. Ethnic Studies cultivates activist-scholars by providing students opportunities to bridge academic study with community engagement. Graduates develop a liberatory vision for social change and acquire skills in community-centered leadership, media literacy, critical and creative thinking, and an ability to advance social justice for BIPOC. Students earning this degree may transfer and pursue bachelor's degrees and career pathways that serve BIPOC populations in areas/fields such as education and research, community advocacy, union organizing, city planning and housing development, health and human services, mediation and conflict resolution, marketing and communications, law and policy, fine and performing arts, multicultural affairs, and more. Ed Code Section 66746-66749 states students earning the Social Justice Studies: Ethnic Studies 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. 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: (a) The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education – Breadth Requirements. (b) 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. This degree requires a total of 18-19 units in the major, in addition to other degree requirements.

REQUIRED CORE: Select three courses (9 units)
Core 1 (3 units):
Select at least one course from the list below.
ETHS 101 FAmerican Ethnic Studies3
or ETHS 101HF Honors American Ethnic Studies
ETHS 235 F Contemporary Social Justice Movements3
or ETHS 235HF Honors Contemporary Social Justice
SOC 290 F Sociology of Race and Ethnicity3
or SOC 290HF Honors Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
Core 2 (3 units): 3
Select at least one course from the list below.
Women of Color in the U.S.3
Introduction to Women's Studies3
Honors Introduction to Women's Studies
Introduction to LGBTQ Studies3
Sociology of Gender3
Honors Sociology of Gender
LIST A (9-10 units): 9-10
Select three courses (9-10 units) from at least two of the following areas. Only one course from Area 4 may be used.
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
Area 2: Arts and Humanities
Area 3: Social Science
Chicana-o and Latina-o Contemporary Issues (formerly ETHS 142 F)3
Honors Chicana-o and Latina-o Contemporary Issues
Race, Ethnicity and Pop Culture3
Area 4: Quantitative Reasoning and Research Methods
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 Psychology3-4
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
Introduction to American Indian Studies3
Introduction to Asian Pacific Islander American Studies3
Total Units21-22

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

Outcome 1: Summarize the key terminology, theoretical orientations, and methods used in the field of Ethnic Studies.

Outcome 2: Outline the historical development of race, racism, and white supremacy as foundational elements of modern social formations.

Outcome 3: Analyze and interpret contemporary issues and topics affecting Black, Indigenous, and people of color in the U.S. utilizing Ethnic Studies frameworks.