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Social Justice Studies for Transfer: LGBTQ Studies

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The Associate in Arts in Social Justice: LGBTQ Studies for Transfer Degree Program at Los Medanos College offers students a multidisciplinary approach to the study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer identities, culture, art, literature politics, history and society in the United States and across cultures. Through the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, students will incorporate queer theory, theories of race and ethnicity, and feminist theory, to examine, analyze and compare social and political movement, and consider the ways that we currently understand and have historically understood various constructions of sexuality, gender identity and behavior depending upon historic time and global location. To support this multidisciplinary approach, students in the Associate in Arts in Social Justice: LGBTQ Studies for Transfer Degree Program may take courses in 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 LGBTQ 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.

Statement of Program Goals and Objectives (PSLOs):
Students who completed this degree will be able to:

  1. Read critically a variety of primary and secondary, interdisciplinary, multicultural "texts" 
    (essays, literature, visual art, film, music) about LGBTQ history, politics, literature, arts 
    and media, and think critically and creatively about these works.
  2. Summarize the histories and experiences LGBTQ people, as well as other oppressed 
    ethnic, class, and gender minority groups in the United States, and discuss their 
    contributions to the development of American society.
  3. Analyze the social and political construction of sexual orientation and gender identity, as 
    well as that of race, ethnicity, class, and gender and sexual orientation, and articulate how these concepts operate across social and cultural institutions.
  4. Evaluate the ethical implications of the patterns of social and political power that affect 
    sexual and gender minorities, as well as racial, ethnic, class minorities in the United States.
  5. Analyze and evaluate the history of American social movements that have sought justice 
    for oppressed sexual and gender minorities, as well as racial, ethnic, and class minority 
  6. Compare and contrast the American experience of oppression and liberation with that of 
    other selected nations and cultures.


Please note the following completion requirements:
(1) Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
(A) The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education – Breadth Requirements.
(B) A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
(2) Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

Students choosing to transfer are strongly encouraged to see an LMC Counselor since four year college requirements vary widely and are subject to change.


Required core courses (9 units total):

SOCSC-110 Introduction to Social Justice Studies 3
ENGL/SOCSC -135 Introduction to LGBTQ Studies 3
ENGL/SOCSC -136 Introduction to Gender Studies 3

LIST A: Select three courses from at least two of the following areas: (9 units):

Area 1 HIST-055  History of Sexuality in North America


Area 2 ENGL-050 LGBT Literature  3
Area 3 CHDEV-050 Teaching in a Diverse Society  3
  PSYCH-014  Psychology of Human Sexuality 3


Total Units for Major: 18
Total Units for Degree: 60


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