Social Justice: Ethnic Studies Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree
The Associate in Arts for Transfer in Social Justice Studies: Ethnic Studies is a transfer degree that prepares students who are interested in pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Ethnic Studies. Students could move on to study majors that may include the following: African American Studies, American Indian Studies, Asian American Studies, Chicano/Chicana Studies, Ethnic Studies, and/or Latin American Studies. Ethnic Studies is an inter-disciplinary study that explores the ways that ethnicity, race, and racism shape the experiences of Black, Indigenous, and people of color in the United States. This discipline draws from the perspectives of other fields, such as Sociology, Anthropology, History, Education, Music, Art, and Literature to offer courses that present a diversity of topics.
This discipline celebrates the uniqueness of each experience, as well as addresses the larger power dynamic which has been maintained as a barrier to social change. These courses identify the “place” where various peoples have come from and the challenges they have faced when told to stay “in their place.” By engaging in topics such as racism and racialization, heteronormativity, ethno-centrism, and white supremacy, students will develop critical thinking skills to challenge these issues in a diverse world. This degree is designed to inspire students to take an active role in bettering our community with the goal of social, economic, legal, and political equality.
Students with a degree in Ethnic Studies move on to become teachers, social workers, professors, lawyers, politicians, community organizers and activists, union organizers, public policy and health officials, and to become critical workers for non-profit and profit organizations.
The Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or the Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing these degrees (AA-T or AS-T) are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. In order to earn this Social Justice: Ethnic Studies AA-T degree, students must:
- completion of the following major requirements with a minimum grade of "C" (or "P");
- completion of a minimum of 60 CSU transferable semester units with a grade point average of at least 2.0; and
- certified completion of the CSU General Education-Breadth (CSU-GE) or Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) for CSU, which requires a minimum of 39 units.
It is highly recommended that students complete courses that satisfy the U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals requirement as part of CSU-GE or IGETC before transferring to a CSU.
Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution and major in Social Justice Studies should consult with a counselor regarding the transfer process and lower division requirements.
|Required Courses: (9 units)|
|ETHS 137||Experiences of Racial and Ethnic Groups in U.S. History||3|
|or HIST 137||Experiences of Racial and Ethnic Groups in U.S. History|
|or ETHS 141||Race and Ethnic Relations|
|or ETHS 141H||Race and Ethnic Relations - Honors|
|or SOC 141||Race and Ethnic Relations|
|or SOC 141H||Race and Ethnic Relations - Honors|
|HIST 185||Women in United States History||3|
|or SOC 145||Sociology of Gender|
|SOC 120||Health and Social Justice||3|
|List A - Three courses from at least two of the following areas: (9 units)|
|Note: only one course from Area 4 may be used.|
|Area 1 - History or Government:|
|ETHS 107||Native American Experiences in U.S. History||3|
|or ETHS 107H||Native American Experiences in U.S. History - Honors|
|or HIST 107||Native American Experiences in U.S. History|
|or HIST 107H||Native American Experiences in U.S. History - Honors|
|ETHS 138||The African American Experience in U.S. History to 1877||3|
|or HIST 138||The African American Experience in U.S. History to 1877|
|ETHS 139||The African American Experience in U.S. History From 1877||3|
|or HIST 139||The African American Experience in U.S. History From 1877|
|ETHS 140||Chicano Experiences in U.S. History||3|
|or HIST 140||Chicano Experiences in U.S. History|
|or ETHS 140H||Chicano Experiences in U.S. History - Honors|
|or HIST 140H||Chicano Experiences in U.S. History - Honors|
|HIST 150||Introduction to Latin American History||3|
|Area 2 - Arts and Humanities:|
|ANTHRO 108||Introduction to Native American Studies||3|
|or ETHS 108||Introduction to Native American Studies|
|ENGL 161||Women Writers||3|
|ENGL 163||Chicana/o Literature||3|
|or ETHS 163||Chicana/o Literature|
|ENGL 165||African-American Literature||3|
|or ETHS 165||African-American Literature|
|MUS 108||History of Hip Hop Music||3|
|Area 3 - Social Sciences:|
|ANTHRO 102||Cultural Anthropology||3|
|or ANTHRO 102H||Cultural Anthropology - Honors|
|ANTHRO 125||Language and Culture||3|
|Area 4 - Quantitative Reasoning and Research Methods:|
|MATH 108||Introduction to Probability and Statistics||4|
|or PSYCH 105||Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences|
|or PSYCH 201||Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences|
|Area 5 - Major Preparation:|
|SOC 100||Introduction to Sociology||3|
|or SOC 100H||Introduction to Sociology - Honors|
|Total Units that may be Double-Counted||15|
|General Education (CSU-GE or IGETC) Units||37-39|
|Elective (CSU Transferable) Units||17-20|
See Section on Degree, Certificate, and Transfer Information for additional information on the Associate Degrees for Transfer.
To earn an SBVC Associate Degree for Transfer (AA-T or AS-T) students must complete one of the following general education patterns:
Program Learning Outcomes
At the completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Critically evaluate the impact of the intersectionality of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality in American society.
- Analyze the impact that Eurocentrism, ethno-centrism, racialization, and white supremacy has had and continues to have on Native Americans, Asian Americans, African Americans, and Chicano/a and Latinx communities.
- Assess the success and identify barriers to resistance movements, self-determination, and traditional cultural movements within non-white communities in the United States.
- Develop strategies and employ plans for empowering people to pursue social justice for all groups that are unfairly oppressed in our current society.