Social Justice Studies-Ethnic Studies: AA-T Degree

The Social Justice Studies-Ethnic Studies: AA-T degree will provide a comprehensive foundation in ethnic studies in preparation for transfer to baccalaureate programs in the California State University system. Students will gain a critical understanding of the complex and diverse experiences and contributions of major ethnic groups in the United States including African Americans, Mexican Americans/Latina(o)-Americans, Asian Pacific Islander Americans, and Native Americans. To fulfill the requirements for this degree, students will complete the required and elective courses listed below and the appropriate general education pattern (CSU GE or IGETC) totaling 60 semester CSU-transferable units. The total units for the Ethnic Studies major is 18.

Career Opportunities

The Social Justice Studies-Ethnic Studies: AA-T degree will prepare students for a major in Ethnic Studies at a four-year institution. With a Bachelor's of the Arts Degree in Ethnic Studies, one can choose to obtain a teacher's credential or pursue a Master's of the Arts Degree or Doctorate in Ethnic Studies or American Studies. One can chose to teach in the areas of humanities, social sciences, and/or English, or specifically ethnic studies or work as a diversity coordinator, cultural center coordinator, or director of equity and inclusivity at the K-12 level, community college, or university level. One could also work for corporations, nonprofit organizations, or government agencies with a mission related to serving underrepresented communities. This critical knowledge can also benefit those in the following professions: law, community organizing, housing development, journalism, radio/television/entertainment, mental health, and medicine.

Program Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the intersection of culture, ethnicity, race, gender, class and sexual orientation within major ethnic groups in the United States.
  2. Critically assess the artistic, religious, philosophical, social, and historical influences of diverse ethnic groups on the development of society in the United States.
  3. Compare and contrast the struggles for social justice of diverse ethnic groups in the United States.
Degree Requirements 
Required Core Courses (9 units)
Complete the following courses;
HUMA-101The American Mind 23
HUMA-151Women's Ethnic Heritage3
HUMA-112Introduction to Africana Studies3
or HUMA-113 Introduction to Mex-American and Chicana(o) Studies
or HUMA-160 Filipina(o)-American Heritage
Restricted Electives
Complete three courses from at least two of the following areas:9
AREA 1: History of Government
History of Modern Latin America
History of Mexico
History of American Women 1600-1900
History of American Women Since 1900
AREA 2: Arts and Humanities
The American Mind 1
Introduction to Africana Studies
Introduction to Mex-American and Chicana(o) Studies
Introduction to Latin American Studies
Filipina(o)-American Heritage
Culture and Gender in Theater
Survey of Native American Literature
Survey of African American Literature
Survey & History of Jazz
AREA 3: Social Science
Anthropology of Sex, Gender and Sexuality
Introduction to Lgbt Studies in the Family, Education and Community
Intercultural Communication
AREA 4: Quantitative Reasons and Research Methods
AREA 5: Major Preparation
The American Mind 1
Introduction to Africana Studies
Introduction to Mex-American and Chicana(o) Studies
Filipina(o)-American Heritage
Total Units18

To receive an Associate Degree for Transfer, students must complete 60 CSU transferable semester units with a grade point average of at least 2.0, and either the California State University General Education (CSU-GE) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern. Consultation with a Counselor is highly encouraged to ensure all requirements are met.