What will I learn?

The associate in arts in social justice studies for transfer degree provides students with a community-engagement model of learning about inequalities, stigma, prejudice and discrimination and efforts to remediate, heal and overcome them. It offers a wide range of courses in sociology, interdisciplinary social sciences, history, psychology, drama, music, fine arts, and literature. Completion of the degree is valuable in its own right, as it empowers students to be effective agents for social change. This program is also an excellent starting point for students contemplating a career in law, law enforcement, social work, clinical psychology, any social science, health and medical fields, education, public policy, politics, business, music, drama, or fine arts.

The associate in arts in social justice studies for transfer degree is primarily intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree at a California State University (CSU) in areas of study such as African American studies; Africana studies; American Indian studies; American studies; Arabic language, literature and culture; Asian American studies; chicano/chicana studies; ethnic studies; gender studies; labor and employment studies; labor studies; latin american studies; liberal studies w/option in interdisciplinary studies in culture and society; liberal studies - border studies option; mexican-american studies; modern jewish studies; negotiation, conflict resolution and peace building; sociology - concentration in critical race studies; sociology – concentration race, class, and gender; sociology with inequalities and diversity option; social science with emphasis in islamic and arabic studies; women, gender, and sexuality studies; women’s studies. Students completing this degree are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not necessarily to a particular major or campus.

In order to earn the degree, students must:

• Complete 60 CSU-transferable units.

• Complete the California State University-General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE-Breadth); or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern, including the Area 1C requirement for Oral Communication.

• Complete a minimum of 18 units in the major.

• Attain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.

• Earn a grade of “C” or higher in all courses required for the major.

Students completing the program will be able to...

A. demonstrate a basic understanding of social injustices and inequities, and proposed approaches to their remediation and/or resolution, drawn from a variety of historic, cultural and regional settings.

B. analyze the processes through which communities attempt to overcome and heal from problems associated with inequality, stigma, prejudice and discrimination.

C. demonstrate analytical writing ability that effectively integrates theoretical frameworks, research findings and experiential knowledge about social justice.

D. be empowered through their participation in community engagement projects to be civically engaged participants in college and community life.

Which department am I in?

Diablo Valley College

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
US$7,728.00 per year
Tuition and fees based on 12 units

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

Application deadline

Expected July 2021

Start date

25 January 2021

Venue

Diablo Valley College

Pleasant Hill Campus,

321 Golf Club Road,

PLEASANT HILL,

California,

94523, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

A student is eligible for admission if he or she has graduated from a regionally accredited high school, or is 18 years of age or older and is no longer in high school, or has passed the State of California Certificate of Proficiency Test (CHSPE) or the General Educational Development Test (GED).

English proficiency

  • Internet based TOEFL (IBT) - 61
  • Paper based TOEFL (PBT)- 500
  • IELTS - Academic test - 5.5
  • ITEP - 3.5
  • IEC (International Education Center) - Completion of Adv. B level certificate
  • ELS Centers - Completion of EAP Level 109 certificate
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).
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About this uni

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 (60 units)
  • Top international student transfer college to UC Berkeley