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The Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) in Social Justice Studies, Gender Studies involves the understanding of the history, sociology and politics of women, gender, and sexuality in society. The program examines gender and sexuality-based oppression throughout history, and also the ways in which women have taken power over their lives. Students will better understand the impact of women, gender and sexuality on various cultures at various times and evaluate changing social patterns and the effects of institutions and cultural assumptions. The program can lead to a variety of careers including a community organizer, political lobbyist and political strategist. This degree may also prepare the student for further study at the baccalaureate level.

The Associate in Arts for Transfer is designed to prepare students for transfer into the CSU system to complete a baccalaureate degree in Gender Studies or a similar major. Upon completion of this degree, students will have a strong academic foundation in the field and be prepared for upper division baccalaureate study. Students who have completed the Associate in Arts for Transfer will have satisfied the lower division requirements for transfer into Gender Studies or similar major for many campuses in the California State University system. This degree complies with the Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (California Education Code 66746).

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Social Justice Studies, Gender Studies, Associate Degree for Transfer

Program Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the program, students will demonstrate through oral and written work:

  1. a familiarity with the basic principles from the field of women's, gender and sexuality studies and feminist theories;
  2. an understanding of intersectional perspectives--how identities such as race, sexuality, class and ability inform and intersect with gender; and
  3. a proficiency in the research, analytical, and communication skills necessary to present an analysis of genderbased challenges in the world today and the proposed solutions to these challenges.

Area of Emphasis: (18 units)

Required Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Core Courses: Select 2 courses from the following : (9 units)

SOCIOL 33, Sociology of Sex and Gender(3)
WGS 10,Introduction to Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies (formerly WOM ST 10)(3)
WGS 40,Introduction to LGBTQ Studies(3)

Required Social Justice Studies Core Course:

SOCIOL 34,Racial and Ethnic Relations in American Society(3)

Restricted Electives: Select 3 courses from at least 2 of the following areas:

NOTE: Only 1 course from Area 4 may be used.
Area 1: History or Government
HIST 52,The History of Women in American Culture(3)
Area 2: Arts and Humanities
ENGL 59,Lesbian and Gay Literature(3)
FILM 6,Women in Film(3)
Area 3: Social Sciences
ANTHRO 2,Cultural Anthropology(3)
ANTHRO 14,Sex, Gender, and Culture(3)
COM ST 36,Gender and Communication(3)
COM ST 37,Intercultural Communication(3)
ECON 8,Women in the Economy (same as WGS 8)(3)
MEDIA 10,Media, Gender, and Race(3)
PSYCH 6,Marriage, Family, and Human Intimacy(3)
PSYCH 25,Human Sexuality(3)
SOCIOL 1,Introduction to Sociology(3)
SOCIOL 1s,Introduction to Sociology – Service Learning(3)
SOCIOL 12,Sociology of the Family(3)
WGS 8,Women in Economy (same as ECON 8)(3)
WGS 20,Gender, Feminisms, and Social Movements: A Global Approach (formerly WOM ST 20)(3)
WGS 30,Women, Gender and Sexuality in Popular Culture (formerly WOM ST 30)(3)
Area 4: Quantitative Reasoning and Research Methods
MATH 54,Elementary Statistics(4)
PSYCH 7,Research Methods in Psychology(3)
SOCIOL 4,Sociological Analysis(3)