Social Justice

Associate in Arts in Social Justice Studies for Transfer Degree 2019-2020

(Major C.7611.AA-T)

The Associate in Arts in Social Justice Studies (General) for Transfer degree is a study in the field of social justice. Whereas sociology is the study of society, the social construction of reality and social interaction with an emphasis on how social structure creates inequality based on group membership, such as ethnicity, class and gender, social justice is an interdisciplinary field of study that permits students to focus on the intersection of gender, ethnicity/race, class, and sexual orientation, as pertaining to issues of politics, economics, environment, and education. Students may study social justice issues in local, national, and international arenas, examining social movements and social changes so that they may become more informed citizens and community leaders.

Major requirements (18 units minimum)
A grade of “C” or better is required in the following courses:

Required Core:
Course Course Description Units C-ID
SOC 2 American Minority Groups 3 SOCI 150
SOC 3 Introduction to Social Justice Studies 3 SJS 110
SOC 11 Sociology of Gender 3 SOCI 140

List A – Select three courses from at least two of the following areas:

*Please note that only one course from AREA 4 may be used.

Area 1: History of the Government:
Course Course Description Units C-ID
HIST 11 History of the United States to 1877 3 HIST 130
HIST 12 or
History of the United States Since 1865 or
Honors History of the United States Since 1865
3 HIST 140
American Government Or
Honors American Government
3 POLS 110
Area 2: Arts and Humanities:
Course Course Description Units C-ID
ART 26 Arts of Africa, Oceania, Indigenous North America, and the Pre-Columbian Americas 3 ARTH 140
ENGL 49 Latino and Chicano Literature 3 N/A
MUS 16 Jazz History and Appreciation 3 N/A
MUS 16A Hip Hop Music and Culture 3 N/A
PHIL 1C or
Ethics or
Honors Ethics
3 PHIL 120
SPAN 2 High-Beginning Spanish 5 SPAN 110
SPAN 3 Intermediate Spanish 5 SPAN 200
Area 3: Social Sciences:
Course Course Description Units C-ID
ANTHRO 2 Cultural Anthropology 3 ANTH 120
COMM 10 Intercultural Communication 3 COMM 150
GEOG 2 Cultural Geography 3 GEOG 120
PSY 5 Social Psychology 3 PSY 170
SOC 1A Introduction to Sociology 3 SOCI 110
SOC 1B Critical Thinking about Social Problems 5 SOCI 115
*Area 4: Quantitative Reasoning and Research Methods:
Course Course Description Units C-ID
MATH 11 or
Elementary Statistics 4 MATH 110
PSY 45 Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology 3 PSY 200

Total units for major does not include required general education or pre-requisite courses.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify and analyze the ways injustices are institutionalized in social, political, and economic structures.
  2. Recognize and connect the ways individuals and institutions may be beneficiaries and/or victims of social injustice.
  3. Identify and practice the methods people use to fight for social justice at local, national, and international levels.

The following are the completion requirements for the Associate in Arts in Social Justice Studies (General) for Transfer:

  1. Completion of 60-semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California StateUniversity, including both of the following:
    1. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State UniversityGeneral Education – Breadth requirements.
    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. Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADTs) also require that students must earn a “C” grade or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. A “P” (Pass) grade is not an acceptable grade for courses in the major.


  • Either certification of the California State University General Education Breadth (CSU GE-Breadth) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC-CSU version) is required.
  • CSU GE - Breadth and IGETC advising sheets are available in Student Services, AC2 #133, or at CCC GE (CSU/UC) GE and Major Sheets.
  • Courses may double count in the major and CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC.

To see what CSU campuses accept this degree go to

Faculty Advisors: Von Torres

2019 - 2020 Associate in Arts in Social Justice Studies for Transfer Degree