What will I learn?

The Associate in Arts in Social Justice Studies: African American Studies for Transfer Degree at Los Medanos College will grant students with the opportunity to examine, analyze, and explore African Americans historically, socially, and politically. By employing a cross-disciplinary approach, this course shall allow students to thoroughly consider theoretical frameworks that have impacted the lives of African people in the United States. These theoretical infrastructures primarily include race, gender, and sexuality. Moreover, this course will expose students to the expanse of the African Diaspora, allowing students to recognize connections between African Americans and African people who lived and are living in the Caribbean, Latin America, and Europe. Via the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, the Associate in Arts in Social Justice Studies for Transfer Degree: African American Studies will offer students

the chance to study African Americans in courses such as history, psychology, politics, literature, film, art, ethnic studies, gender studies, child development and health. The degree requires a minimum of 18 units lower division work in African American Studies and related disciplines and is combined with the California State General Education Pattern to prepare students to take upper division courses at a California State University.

To earn the Associate Degree for Transfer::

1. Complete the CSU General Education Breadth (CSU GE Breadth) or the Inter-segmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) requirements.

2. Complete the required major requirements listed below. 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.

3. Complete 60 CSU transferable units (including the General Education and major requirements).

Program Student Learning Outcomes

1. Read, write and discuss orally a variety of primary and secondary texts about African people in the United States and the African Diaspora.

2. Use art, film, music, and literature to critically examine and explore the history and struggle of African people in the United States and the African Diaspora.

3. Analyze the histories and experiences of African people and the contributions they have made to social justice and the fight for equality in the United States and the African Diaspora.

4. Examine the ethical and moral implications inherent in the experiences of African people in the United States and throughout the African Diaspora in their quest for social, moral and economic justice.

5. Compare and contrast the African American experience with other experiences that are a part of the African Diaspora.

Which department am I in?

Los Medanos College

Study options

Full Time (60 units)

Tuition fees
US$8,304.00 per year
USD $290 per unit

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

24 January 2022


Los Medanos College

2700 East Leland Rd,

Room SS-301,



94565, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must also maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher

For international students

Admission to Los Medanos College is open to the following:

1. Graduates of a regionally accredited high school,

2. Applicants who are 18 years of age or older.

In order to qualify for admission, the following is required:

  • TOEFL iBT - 61, iTP Institutional TOEFL only accepted for study abroad students from partner institutions - 500
  • IELTS 5.5 (minimum band score of 4.5)
  • Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) - 160
  • iTEP Academic - 3.5
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) - 45
  • Duolingo - Test score of 90

Note from client: this is just for Fall 2020, but at least students will know they can still apply (in fact even a bit later probably).


About Colleges of Contra Costa

Academic programs lead to university transfers where students can earn a bachelor’s degree at a top U.S. university.

  • Three community colleges and an intensive English program
  • San Francisco Bay Area location
  • Tuition is approximately USD 20,000 for two years
  • Top international student transfer college to UC Berkeley

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