The Social Justice Studies-African American Studies is an academic program composed of courses that critically explore, through interdisciplinary means, the past and present experiences of African American minority groups in the United States. African American Studies program supports students in developing a critical consciousness and an understanding of social, political, cultural, and economic forces that have shaped the histories and current day realities of African Americans. The curriculum is grounded in the principles of social justice and self-determination of oppressed communities. This program centralizes the knowledge, epistemologies and critical thinking produced by racially and sexually oppressed subjects, and we endeavor to examine the entangled intersectionality of racialized sexuality, gender, and class in complex socio-historical processes.  African American Studies students have followed many career paths that include:  Education, Law, Social Work, Immigrant Rights, Administration of Justice, Civil Rights, Politics, Government, Community and Housing Development, Community Organizing and more.

To be awarded the Associate Degree for Transfer, students must have the following:
  • Completion of 60 CSU transferable semester units.
  • A minimum of at least 2.0 GPA in CSU transferable courses (note that a higher GPA may be required in some institutions).
  • Completion of at least 18 units in the major 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.
  • Certified completion of the CSU General Education-Breadth (CSU GE-Breadth) requirements, or completion of the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) for CSU requirements.

Please Note: No more than 60 semester units are required for this degree and no additional requirements will be imposed by Evergreen Valley College.

Program Learning Outcomes

  Program Learning Outcomes

  • Critically analyze the socio-historical origins, processes, and consequences of dominance and subordination in regards to African Americans.

  • Compare and assess the socio-historical evolution of African Americans in the United States and test the validity of various integration theories.

  • Assess the racial history of the United States using relevant sociological terminology.

Required Courses

Major Requirements

Course Title Units
Core Requirements  
ETH 010 Introduction to Ethnic Studies 3
ETH 020 African American Culture 3
WOMS 010 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies 3
List A: Select 3 courses (9 units) from at least 2 of the following areas 9
Courses must be related to social justice, gender/women, or ethnicity/race. Only one course from Area 4 may be used  
Area 1: History and Government  
HIST 021 African American History 3
Area 2: Arts and Humanities  
ENGL 082A African-American Literature 3
Area 3: Social Sciences  
AJ 019 Law Enforcement in Multicultural Communities 3
ANTH 063 Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology 3
COMS 035 Intercultural Communication 3
PSYCH 051 Introduction to Cross-Cultural Psychology 3
SOC 010 Introduction to Sociology 3
Area 4: Quantitative Reasoning and Research Methods  
BUS 060 Fundamentals of Business Statistics 3



MATH 063

Elementary Statistics  




Introduction to Research Methods  

Total Requirements

Course Title Units
Major Requirements 18
CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC for CSU 1 37-39
Transferable electives (as needed to reach 60 units)  
Total Units 60

Some GE courses may be double-counted within the major and will reduce the number of units. General electives may be needed to reach 60 units. Please consult with a counselor to determine which courses are applicable.

What is a Program Map?

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What is a Major Sheet?

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