Social Justice Studies

Associate Degrees for Transfer

A.A.-T. in Social Justice Studies: Race and Ethnicity

The Associate in Arts in Social Justice Studies: Race and Ethnicity for Transfer degree provides students with a major that fulfills the general requirements of the California State University for transfer. Students with this degree will receive priority admission with junior status to the California State University system. The Associate in Arts in Social Justice Studies: Race and Ethnicity for Transfer (AA-T) degree may be obtained by the completion of 60 transferable, semester units with a minimum 2.0 GPA, including (a) the major or area of emphasis described in the Required Program outlined below (earning a C or better in these courses) and (b) either the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education Breadth Requirements.

The Associate in Arts in Social Justice Studies: Race and Ethnicity for Transfer (AA-T) degree provides a curricular track for students who wish to transfer into a variety of CSU majors related to race and ethnicity, such as Ethnic Studies, Chicano Studies, or African American Studies. This Transfer Model Curriculum is an “Area of Emphasis” (AOE), which allows for students to transfer into more than one CSU major related to Race and Ethnicity. Students interested in transferring to a CSU campus to pursue a bachelor’s degree in an Area of Emphasis should meet with a counselor to confirm the courses required for lower division preparation in the major. This degree exposes students to the core principles and practices of the Social Justice Studies field in order to build a foundation for their future personal, academic, or vocational paths.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
SJS 300 Introduction to Social Justice Studies 3
SJS 310 Introduction to LGBTQ Studies 3
SOC 320 Minorities in America 3
A minimum of 9 units from the following: 9
Select three courses from at least two of the following areas:
Area 1: History or Government
HIST 320 History of the United States: African-American Emphasis (3)
HIST 321 History of the United States: African-American Emphasis (3)
HIST 323 History of the United States: The American Indian Experience (3)
HIST 325 History of Asian/Pacific Americans (3)
HIST 327 History of the Chicano/Mexican American (3)
Area 2: Arts and Humanities
ENGLT 335 Latino, Mexican-American, and Chicano Literature (3)
ENGLT 338 Native American Literature (3)
HUM 320 Asian Humanities (3)
Area 3: Social Sciences
ANTH 334 Native Peoples of North America (3)
JOUR 320 Race and Gender in the Media (3)
SOC 342 Gender Relations in American Society (3)
Area 4: Quantitative Reasoning
PSYC 330 Introductory Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (3)
   or STAT 300 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (4)
   or STAT 480 Introduction to Probability and Statistics - Honors (4)
Area 5: Major Preparation
PSYC 480 Honors General Principles (3)
   or PSYC 300 General Principles (3)
SOC 480 Introductory Sociology - Honors (3)
   or SOC 300 Introductory Sociology (3)
Total Units: 18

The Associate in Arts in Social Justice Studies: Race and Ethnicity for Transfer (AA-T) degree may be obtained by completion of 60 transferable, semester units with a minimum 2.0 GPA, including (a) the major or area of emphasis described in the Required Program, and (b) either the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • research how theoretical perspectives and critical theories on social justice inform the social, political, economic, historical, and cultural circumstances surrounding justice as they relate to race and ethnicity as well as other intersectional aspects of life in society.
  • define and analyze power and oppression to better understand how they operate at the individual, cultural, and institutional levels.
  • explain how intersectional formations of social identity reflecting various levels of power and privilege impact social justice at the individual, cultural, and institutional levels.
  • recognize the historical origins and similarities in struggles for social justice among different ethnic and racial groups.
  • assess artistic works that examine oppression, power, and justice as they relate to race and ethnicity.

Career Information

The AA-T degree provides students with a solid foundation in Social Justice Studies as well as prerequisites for upper division coursework leading to the baccalaureate degree in a variety of Areas of Emphasis. The degree gives students a pathway to possibilities, options, and baccalaureate degrees focusing on social justice. In addition, a student can use the AA-T in Social Justice Studies to get into a CSU and then complete a graduate degree in a related field. Students with degrees in this field often assume careers as (or in) the following: activists, community organizers, political campaigners, human rights groups, religious organizations, international agencies, lobbyists, and mediators. This program is also an excellent starting point for students interested in a career in law, law enforcement, social work, clinical psychology, or any social science, politics, business, education, or public policy.


A.A.-T. in Social Justice Studies: Women, Gender, and LGBTQ Studies

The Associate in Arts in Social Justice Studies: Women, Gender, and LGBTQ Studies for Transfer degree provides students with a major that fulfills the general requirements of the California State University for transfer. Students with this degree will receive priority admission with junior status to the California State University system. The Associate in Arts in Social Justice Studies: Women, Gender, and LGBTQ Studies for Transfer (AA-T) degree may be obtained by the completion of 60 transferable, semester units with a minimum 2.0 GPA, including (a) the major or area of emphasis described in the Required Program outlined below (earning a C or better in these courses) and (b) either the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education Breadth Requirements.

The Associate in Arts in Social Justice Studies: Women, Gender, LGBTQ Studies for Transfer (AA-T) degree provides a curricular track for students who wish to transfer into a variety of CSU majors related to Women, Gender, LGBTQ Studies, such as Women’s Studies, Gender Studies, or Queer Studies. This Transfer Model Curriculum is an “Area of Emphasis” (AOE), which allows for students to transfer into more than one CSU major related to Women, Gender, LGBTQ Studies. Students interested in transferring to a CSU campus to pursue a bachelor’s degree in an Area of Emphasis should meet with a counselor to confirm the courses required for lower division preparation in the major. This degree exposes students to the core principles and practices of the Social Justice Studies field in order to build a foundation for their future personal, academic, or vocational paths.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
SJS 300 Introduction to Social Justice Studies 3
SJS 310 Introduction to LGBTQ Studies 3
SOC 342 Gender Relations in American Society 3
A minimum of 9 units from the following: 9
Select three courses from at least two of the following areas:
Area 1: History or Government
HIST 330 Women in American History (3)
POLS 342 Women and Politics from a Global Perspective (3)
Area 2: Arts and Humanities
ENGLT 360 Women in Literature (3)
ENGLT 365 Introduction to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Literature (3)
Area 3: Social Sciences
ANTH 336 Anthropology of Sex, Sexuality and Gender (3)
JOUR 320 Race and Gender in the Media (3)
PSYC 356 Human Sexuality (3)
PSYC 361 Psychology of Women in a Multicultural Society (3)
SOC 320 Minorities in America (3)
Area 4: Quantitative Reasoning
PSYC 330 Introductory Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (3)
   or STAT 300 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (4)
   or STAT 480 Introduction to Probability and Statistics - Honors (4)
Area 5: Major Preparation
HIST 308 History of World Civilizations, 1500 to Present (3)
PSYC 480 Honors General Principles (3)
   or PSYC 300 General Principles (3)
SOC 480 Introductory Sociology - Honors (3)
   or SOC 300 Introductory Sociology (3)
Total Units: 18

The Associate in Arts in Social Justice Studies: Women, Gender, and LGBTQ Studies for Transfer (AA-T) degree may be obtained by completion of 60 transferable, semester units with a minimum 2.0 GPA, including (a) the major or area of emphasis described in the Required Program, and (b) either the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • research how theoretical perspectives and critical theories on social justice inform the social, political, economic, historical, and cultural circumstances surrounding justice as they relate to gender, sexuality, and race as well as other intersectional aspects of life in society.
  • define and analyze power and oppression to better understand how they operate at the individual, cultural, and institutional levels.
  • explain how intersectional formations of social identity reflecting various levels of power and privilege impact social justice at the individual, cultural, and institutional levels.
  • recognize the historical origins and similarities in struggles for social justice among diverse groups.
  • assess artistic works and political achievements that expose oppression and injustice as they relate to women, gender, or the LGBTQ community.

Career Information

The AA-T degree provides students with a solid foundation in Social Justice Studies as well as prerequisites for upper division coursework leading to the baccalaureate degree in a variety of Areas of Emphasis. The degree gives students a pathway to possibilities, options, and baccalaureate degrees focusing on social justice. In addition, a student can use the AA-T in Social Justice Studies to get into a CSU and then complete a graduate degree in a related field. Students with degrees in this field often assume careers as (or in) the following: activists, community organizers, political campaigners, human rights groups, religious organizations, international agencies, lobbyists, and mediators. This program is also an excellent starting point for students interested in a career in law, law enforcement, social work, clinical psychology, or any social science, politics, business, education, or public policy.