Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

What is the Social Justice Focus Award?

PCC’s Social Justice Focus Award develops an interdisciplinary understanding of systems of power, privilege, and domination including the personal, social, cultural, economic, and political consequences on communities, the environment, and society. Students will explore approaches to social change and social movements and engage in practical campus- and community-based experiences with organizations addressing these issues.

Students who complete the Social Justice Focus Award will be able to connect with the University Studies, Sociology, Women’s Studies, Conflict Resolution and the Communities of Practice programs at Portland State University and the Social Justice minor at the University of Portland. Focus Awards are not to be confused with degrees or certificates, are not officially recognized by the state, and do not appear on transcripts. Focus Awards can be used to demonstrate academic and professional interest, critical thinking, and leadership. This award is especially useful for resumes, personal statements, interviews, and applications for internships, scholarships, university admissions and jobs.

Get Involved

For more information, please check the list of courses and email socialjusticeinfo-group@pcc.edu. When you have completed the program of study, apply for the Social Justice Focus Award.

Transferable Credits

Although PCC does not offer a degree in Social Justice, the classes are lower division collegiate courses that transfer to a four-year college or university. Social Justice courses may transfer as:

  • elective credits
  • program requirement credits
  • and/or graduation requirements for the receiving institution

Students are always encouraged to check with the receiving institution, your PCC academic advisor and the University Transfer website for the most accurate and timely transfer requirement information.

What's Next?

  1. Complete the steps for new students
    • The admissions form will ask you what you plan to study. Since we don't offer a degree or certificate in this subject, you should choose Associate of Arts - Oregon Transfer (AAOT) for now.
  2. Plan how you'll pay for college
  3. Plan your transfer