The Social Justice Studies-Ethnic Studies Program is an academic curriculum composed of courses that critically explore, through interdisciplinary means, the past and present experiences of dis-empowered racial and ethnic minority groups in the United States. In order to recognize the complex aspects of ethnic identity. Our program focuses on five themes: 1) diaspora, 2) colonialism, 3) ethnic relations, 4) dominant-minority relations, and 5) community formation. We explore these and related topics from a variety of perspectives, always conscious of how they intersect with gender, sexuality, class, and nation. Ethnic 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

  • Critically analyze the socio-historical origins, processes, and consequences of dominance and subordination in regards to race, ethnicity, and other underrepresented groups.
  • Compare and assess the socio-historical evolution of major ethnic groups 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



ETH 030

Chicana/o Culture  



ETH 042

Asian Pacific American (APA) Culture and Experience  

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  
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 014

Women in American History 3

HIST 021

African American History 3

HIST 022

Mexican-American History 3
Area 2: Arts and Humanities  
ETH 011 Ethnic Film: Reel Studies 3
Area 3: Social Sciences  

AJ 019

Law Enforcement in Multicultural Communities 3

ETH 020

African American Culture 3

ETH 030

Chicana/o Culture 3

ETH 035

Sociology of the Chicana/o Experience 3

ETH 040

Vietnamese American Culture and Experience 3

ETH 042

Asian Pacific American (APA) Culture and Experience 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 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.

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