Program Overview

An Associate in Arts in Social Justice Studies for Transfer (AA-T) from Skyline College is intended for students who are interested in transferring to a California State University (CSU) campus with a major in Social Justice Studies, or similar major. Social Justice Studies is an examination of racism, classism, patriarchy, and other forms of oppression from interdisciplinary perspectives of ethnic studies, gender and queer studies, labor studies, and law. This program is designed for students who are interested in examining the structure of oppression, the impact of marginalization on social identity and community history, and the art and mechanics of social movements. Our Social Justice Studies program provides students with an opportunity to engage in critical service-learning, in which students join in collective actions to address social problems in their own community.

Students completing an AA-T degree are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Students transferring to a CSU campus that accepts the AA-T will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor's degree. This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or university or a college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a Skyline College counselor for further information on university admissions and transfer requirements. A grade of "C" or better, or "Pass" if the course is taken on a Pass/No Pass basis, is required for each course applied to the major. Major course requirements may also be applied to meet general education requirements.

To earn an AA-T degree, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete a minimum of 60 CSU transferable units;
  2. Earn a minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least a 2.0 in all CSU transferable coursework;
  3. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. A "P" (Pass) grade is also an acceptable grade for courses in the major if the course is taken on a Pass/No Pass basis. Students should consult with their counselor before enrolling in a major course on a Pass/No Pass basis, as some CSUs may have limitations on which major courses can be taken on a Pass/No Pass basis.
  4. Certified completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth (CSU GE Breadth) or the Intersegmental General Education Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.

Advising Note: Students planning to transfer to a CSU (California State University) campus MUST complete an Oral Communication (COMM) course (CSU Minimum Admissions Requirement). Oral Communication courses are noted in the following GE areas: CSU GE (Area A1) or IGETC (Area 1A).

Note: Students do not need to complete the Skyline College Associate Degree requirements. For further information, please consult a Skyline College counselor.

Program Requirements

Required Core Courses (9 units) Units
SJS 110 Introduction to Social Justice Studies 3 units
SOCI 141 Race and Ethnicity 3 units
SOCI 160 Sociology of Sex and Gender 3 units
OR
SJS 130 Introduction to LGBTQ Studies 3 units
List A- Select three courses from at least two of the following areas (9 - 10 units) Units
Area 1: History or Government Units
HIST 235 History of Ethnic Groups in the United States 3 units
HIST 240 History of Ethnic Groups in California 3 units
HIST 248 Women and The American Experience 3 units
HIST 244 African American History 3 units
HIST 436 Filipinos in America 3 units
HIST 435 History of the Philippines 3 units
Area 2: Arts and Humanities Units
LIT. 266 Black Literature 3 units
LIT. 267 Filipino American Literature 3 units
LIT. 370 Readings in Literature of the Latino in the United States 3 units
LIT. 251 Women in Literature 3 units
COMM 160 Gender and Communication 3 units
MUS. 275 History of Jazz 3 units
MUS. 277 African American Music 3 units
MUS. 276 Hip Hop: Culture and Politics 3 units
Area 3: Social Sciences Units
PSYC 268 Black Psychology 3 units
SOCI 160 Sociology of Sex and Gender 3 units
SOCI 105 Contemporary Social Issues 3 units
SJS 130 Introduction to LGBTQ Studies 3 units
SOSC 270 The Civil Rights Movement 3 units
ANTH 165 Sex and Gender: Cross-Cultural Perspectives 3 units
Area 4 : Quantitative Reasoning and Research Methods Units
SOCI 129 Introduction to Research Methods 3 units
MATH 200 Elementary Probability & Statistics 4 units
OR
PSYC 171 Quantitative Reasoning in Psychology 3 units
Total Required Major Units: 18 - 19

*SOCI 160 can be used in List A only if not already used above in the Required Core.


General Education - certified completion of one of the following:

  • California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE Breadth),

OR

  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern

Advising Note: Students planning to transfer to a CSU (California State University) campus MUST complete an Oral Communication (COMM) course (CSU Minimum Admissions Requirement). Oral communication courses are noted in the following GE areas: CSU GE (Area A1) or IGETC (Area 1A).

Up to (9 - 18) major course units may be double counted to apply to meet general education requirements. This degree does not require the Skyline College Associate Degree requirements.

Elective courses: If applicable, additional courses to meet the minimum 60 CSU transferable units requirement.

Please refer to Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Requirements for more information.