Social Justice Studies

“Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.” – César Chávez

Social Justice Studies is an interdisciplinary program with a focus on equity and social change. The Associate in Arts in Social Justice Studies for Transfer (AA-T) degree at Woodland Community College prepares students for seamless transfer into Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies, Social Justice Studies, and related majors in the CSU system.

Students who choose to major in Social Justice Studies and related fields have a wide range of career options: activists, community organizers, public policy analysts, conflict resolution specialists, human relations workers, NGO workers, human rights groups, political campaigners, workers in environmental organizations, alternative media, human rights groups, political campaigns, religious organizations, international agencies, mediators, rights advocates, journalists, lobbyists, and community organizers. Most careers require more than an Associate degree.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  2. Identify and analyze the ways injustices are institutionalized in social, political, and economic structures.
  3. Recognize and connect the ways individuals and institutions may be beneficiaries and/or victims of social injustice.
  4. Identify and practice the methods people use to fight for social justice at local, national, and international levels.

Degree Requirements (18 units)

Required Courses (12 units)
  • ETHN 11               Introduction to Ethnic Studies (3 units)
  • SOCIL 5                 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity (3 units)
  • SOCIL 6                 Sociology of Sex and Gender (3 units)
  • SOCIL 8                 Social Science Research Methods (3 units)
Electives (choose 2 courses – 6 units)
  • EDUC 15               Educational Inequities in the U.S. School System (3 units)
  • ETHN 1                  Introduction To Chicano Studies (3 units)
  • ETHN 2                  Introduction to Native American Studies                (3 units)
  • ETHN 5                  Introduction to Chicana/o Culture (3 units)
  • ETHN 6                  History of Race and Ethnicity in America (3 units)
  • ETHN 15               Mexican-American History (3 units)
  • ETHN 21               Chicana/o and Latina/o Health Care Issues (3 units)
  • ETHN 30               Survey of Chicana/o Art (3 units)
  • SPECH 8                Intercultural Communication (3 units)
  • SPECH 16             Gender, Sexual Identity, and Communication (3 units)
Additional degree requirements:
  • Minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units.
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU transferable coursework. While a minimum of 2.0 is required for admission, some majors may require a higher GPA. Please consult with a counselor for more information.
  • Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units in an “AA-T” or AS-T” major as detailed in the transfer section of the catalog. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of C or better or a “P” if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis.
  • Certified completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE Breadth); OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.