Program Description

Social Justice Studies is an expanding interdisciplinary field encompassing the study of race relations, feminist studies, LGBTQIA+ studies, and the like. The field explores and analyzes history, culture, and contemporary issues through the intersecting perspectives of race/ethnicity, gender, and economic inequality. Social Justice Studies explores how societies can better define and achieve equity, fairness, and justice.​

 Associate Degree for Transfer Requirements

  • 60 semester or 90 quarter CSU-transferable units.
  • the California State University-General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE-Breadth); OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.
  • a minimum of 18 semester or 27 quarter units in the major or area of emphasis as determined by the community college district.
  • obtainment of a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.
  • earn a grade of C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

PLEASE NOTE: The courses that universities and colleges require for transfer vary.  When selecting courses for transfer purposes, students should consult with Counseling Services to determine the particular transfer requirements of specific institutions.

Program Outcomes

  1. In written or oral work, analyze the impact of race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and economic inequality in historical periods.
  2. Critique varied theoretical frameworks in debates on race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and economic inequality.
  3. Assess the importance of major eras, political figures, legislative acts, social trends, and economic policy on racial/ethnic, gender, economic, and other minority groups.
  4. Compare and contrast the experiences of marginalized groups with that of dominant groups, including concerns of race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and gender identity.
  5. Critique ongoing social debates on race relations, gender relations, and the like.

Course Requirements

REQUIRED CORE COURSES (9 units)

  • SOC 014 - Introduction to Ethnic Studies (3)
  • SOC 030 - Introduction to Gender (3)

One of the following:

  • ANTH 002 - Cultural Anthropology (3)
  • ENGL 047 - Mexican and Chicano Literature (3)
  • ENGL 050 - Afro-American Literature (3)
  • ENGL 052 - Asian American Literature (3)
  • GEOG 002 - Cultural Geography (3)
  • HIST 012 - The North American Indian (3)
  • HIST 025B - Women in American Society (3)
  • HIST 029A - African American History to 1865 (3)
  • HIST 029B - African American History from 1865 (3)
  • HIST 031 - History of Mexican Americans in the United States (3)
  • HIST 041 - History of Asian Pacific Americans (3)
  • PSYC 029 - Psychology of the Afro-American (3)
  • SOC 029 - Sociology of the African-American (3)
  • SOC 031 - Chicano Sociology (3)
  • SOC 041 - Sociology of the Asian American (3)

LIST A: Select three courses from at least two of the following areas (courses not already used) (9 units)

Area 1: History or Government

  • HIST 012 - The North American Indian (3)
  • HIST 025B - Women in American Society (3)
  • HIST 029A - African American History to 1865 (3)
  • HIST 025B - African American from 1865 (3)
  • HIST 031 - History of Mexican Americans in the United States (3)
  • HIST 041 - History of Asian Pacific Americans (3)
  • POLS 021 - Introduction to Political Economy (3)

Area 2: Arts and Humanities

  • ART 008 - History of Mexican and Chicano Art (3)
  • ENGL 012 - Intercultural Communication (3)
    or LING 012 - Intercultural Communication (3)
  • ENGL 047 - Mexican and Chicano Literature (3)
  • ENGL 050 - Afro-American Literature (3)
  • ENGL 051 - Native American Mythology and Literature (3)
  • ENGL 052 - Asian American Literature (3)
  • ENGL 058 - Queer Studies in Literature (3)
  • HUM 001 - Introduction to Humanities (3)
  • HUM 002 - Humanities, Science and Technology (3)
  • HUM 003 - Humanities and the Social Sciences (3)
  • HUM 004 - Humanities through the Arts (3)
  • MUSC 025 - African-American Music (3)

Area 3: Social Science

  • ANTH 012 - American Indian Cultures (3)
  • ANTH 031 - Mexican and Chicano Culture (3)
  • PSYC 029 - Psychology of the Afro-American (3)
  • PSYC 031 - Studies in Chicano Behavior (3)
  • PSYC 041 - Psychology of the Asian American (3)
  • SOC 029 - Sociology of the African-American (3)
  • SOC 031 - Chicano Sociology (3)
  • SOC 041 - Sociology of the Asian American (3)

Area 4: Quantitative Reasoning and Research Methods

  • PSYC 005 - Research Methods in Psychology (3)
  • SOSC 017 - Introduction to Research Methods in Social Sciences (3)
  • STAT 015 - Statistics for Business and Economics (4)
    or STAT 018 - Statistics for Behavioral and Social Sciences (4)
    or STAT 050 - Elementary Statistics (4)
    or STAT 050H - Honors Elementary Statistics (4)

Area 5: Major Preparation

  • Any of the above listed courses not already used

Unit Requirements

  • Required Subtotal: 18-20 units
  • CSU General Education or CSU IGETC Pattern: 37-39 units
  • DEGREE TOTAL: 60 units