ADT in Social Justice Studies, General

The ADT in Social Justice Studies is intended to meet the lower division requirements for various Social Science majors (or similar majors) at a CSU for students interested in baccalaureate programs in Social Justice, Ethnic Studies, Women or Gender Studies, or programs focused on ethnic groups such as Chicano/Latino Studies, African American Studies, Asian American Studies, or Native American Studies. Social Justice Studies explores the experiences of individuals from different interdisciplinary studies of different groups and the complex relations and phenomena of culture, power, oppression, equity, and equality from the perspective of what is fair and just.

This degree is designed to appeal to the student who is interested in learning about the experiences of marginalized groups and those going into majors such as:  Sociology, History, Political Science, Women’s Studies, Race and Ethnic Studies.

*Students are advised to check with the Counseling Department for the courses accepted into the various majors that fall under the umbrella of “Social Justice” at four-year institutions where they seek transfer.

Students receiving this transfer degree must meet the following requirements:

  1. Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
    1. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General 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.

ADTs also require that students must earn a "C" (or "P") or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. 

Required courses: Select nine (9) units from the following courses:
Introduction to Ethnic Studies3
Race and Ethnicity 3
Introduction to LGBTQ Studies 3
Introduction to Sociology3
Introduction to Sociology - Honors
Introduction to Gender3
List A: Select three (3) courses from at least two (2) of the following areas:
Area 1 - History and Government
History of the African-Americans to 18763
History of the African-Americans since 18763
Latin American Culture and Civilization3
History of Latin America to 18253
History of Modern Latin America3
History of Mexico3
History of Women in the United States3
Area 2 - Arts and Humanities
Chinese I5
Chinese II5
Introduction to Women's Literature3
American Latino Literature3
Introduction to Peace Studies - Saving Civilization3
Spanish Civilization3
Japanese I5
Japanese II5
Spanish I5
Spanish I - Honors
Spanish II5
Spanish II - Honors
Intermediate Spanish for Spanish Speakers I5
Intermediate Spanish for Spanish Speakers II5
Area 3 - Social Science
Sex and Gender in Cross Cultural Perspectives3
Sex and Gender in a Cross Cultural Perspective - Honors
Introduction to Chicano/Latino Studies3
Introduction to Social Psychology3
Psychology of Women3
Area 4 - Quantitative Reasoning and Research Methods - Only one (1) course may be used from this area
Introductory Statistics 14
Statistics for the Social and Behavioral Sciences3
Research Methods in Psychology4
Area 5 - Major Preparation (electives)
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology - Honors
Principles of Macroeconomics3
Principles of Macroeconomics - Honors
Principles of Microeconomics3
Cultural Geography3
Great Religions of the World3
Introduction to Psychology3
Introduction to Psychology - Honors
Total Units18-23

MATH 165 is degree applicable with or without MATH 065. If taken with MATH 065, only the units for MATH 165 will be counted towards the degree.

A.S.-Transfer Degree Level Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Social Justice Studies A.A.-Transfer Degree will:

  1. Students will be able to identify and analyze the causes of race and gender inequality in the United States.
  2. Students will identify and analyze social policies that have the potential to alleviate race and gender inequalities.

Career Opportunities

There are a variety of careers you can do with this major.


To explore more about this major, schedule an appointment with a career counselor.