Local Determination of Degree Emphasis and Titles for ADT Social Justice Studies: General

Resolution Number
Assigned to
C-ID Leadership
Consultation with the Chancellor's Office

Whereas, The Social Justice Studies “Area of Emphasis” (AOE) Transfer Model Curriculum (TMC) was developed by an intersegmental Faculty Discipline Review Group, vetted by California State University (CSU) and California Community College (CCC) faculty and other interested parties, approved, and posted as final to the C-ID website on September 28, 2015;

Whereas, The Social Justice Studies TMC includes the following stipulation: “Local associate degrees for transfer (ADTs) based on this AOE TMC may have more specific titles that reflect the orientation of the local ADT or ADTs. A given CCC can offer, for example, “‘Social Justice Studies: Africana Studies’” and/or “‘Social Justice Studies: LGBT Studies’”;

Whereas, Per the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office’s memo entitled “Associate Degree for Transfer Advisory” dated March 26, 2018[1], the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office has responded to the field’s advocacy and established a Taxonomy of Programs (TOP) code for locally developed "general" Social Justice Studies ADTs—and clarified that colleges are allowed to submit more than one degree in this category—along with discrete TOP codes for Social Justice Studies ADTs with concentrations in Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies, Chicano Studies, LGBTQ Studies, African American Studies, Asian American Studies, and Native American Studies; and

Whereas, The established TOP codes and corresponding titles still do not reflect the full range of Social Justice Studies concentrations that the California community colleges are prepared to offer, and the designation “General” is an inadequate descriptor of the orientation of these degrees;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work with the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office to permit California community colleges to develop and offer, under the general Social Justice Studies TOP Code, multiple Social Justice Studies degrees with specific emphases and appropriate titles as determined by local colleges.


1. https://asccc.org/sites/default/files/AA18-10_ADT_Advisory.pdf