About Cannabis Studies 

Are you interested in learning more about the relationship of humans to cannabis in multiple cultural, institutional, and interpersonal contexts?

This major is grounded in Behavioral Sciences and addresses how intersecting identities, geography, and historicity frame the conversations and implications of cannabis and its use. This major incorporates anthropology, biological psychology, and sociology. It provides a unique examination of the constructions of cannabis as a product, a psychoactive substance, a behavior, and a form of deviance, revolution, criminality, spirituality, and ethnomedicine; depending upon cultural standpoint, time and global location. It also uses a social justice framework to analyze public policy, rhetoric, and health.

Cannabis Studies will be a gateway degree for students seeking transfer in related disciplines, specifically Anthropology, Psychology (and neuroscience), Sociology (and Social Work), Public Health, Criminal Justice, and Political Science/Theory.

Cannabis is on a trajectory to be a multi-billion dollar industry before 2030, with San Francisco among the fastest growing regions. An Associate Degree in Cannabis Studies can lead to good jobs in the industry. According to a 2019 Whitney Economics Cannabis Jobs report, the cannabis industry is the largest single job creator in the country. In 2019, the cannabis workforce grew by 44%, creating more than 64,000 jobs in all areas of the industry.

Program starts Spring 2021

Explore Potential Careers

Studying Cannabis Studies can lead to a variety of different jobs or career paths. Below are just some of the many options you will have!


  • Administration
  • Public Relations and Marketing
  • Media
  • Human Resources

Community Services

  • Non-profits
  • Advocacy


  • Law enforcement/Investigations
  • Probation/Parole
  • Criminal Justice
  • Attorneys/Paralegal

Social Service

  • Case Management
  • Social Work
  • Government and Non-Profit Agencies


Program Options 

Click on the degree or certificate you're interested in earning to see a sample map of courses to take to complete your goal from start to finish. 

Please note that the course maps provided are just an example to help you get started. Please meet with a counselor to personalize the plan to you and your Academic goals. 

Associate Arts Degree Description

Semester 1 

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
ENGL 1A + 1AS University-Parallel Reading and Composition + Support 4-6  
SOC 55 Introduction to Cannabis Studies 3  
GE Area A Communication and Analytical Thinking  
Degree Applicable Elective   3  
GE Area G2 Physical Skills Requirement 1-3  

Total Units: 14-18 

Semester 2

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
ANTH 50 Anthropology of Cannabis 3  
MATH 46, MATH 60 or 860, ET 108B, or ET 50, or PSYC 5, or ECON 5, or LALS 5, or PHIL 12A, or FIN 136M or higher math course (or equivalent) Math Graduation Requirement 3-8  
ADMJ 65 or ANTH 8 or LALS 11   3  
Degree Applicable Elective   3  
Degree Applicable Elective   3  

Total Units: 15-20 

Semester 3 (Summer)

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
GE Area E Humanities Requirement 3  

Total Units: 3

Semester 4

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
PSYC 50 Psychology of Psychoactive Drugs 3  
ADMJ 65 or ANTH 8 or HLTH 30 or LALS 11   3  
ADMJ 65 or ANTH 8 or HLTH 30 or LALS 11   3  
GE Area G1 Health Knowledge Requirement 2-3  
GE Area H Ethnic Studies, Women's and Gender Studies and LGBTQ Studies 3  

Total Units: 14-15


Semester 5

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
GE Area F United States History and Government Requirement 3  
Degree Applicable Elective   3  
Degree Applicable Elective   3  
Degree Applicable Elective   3  
Degree Applicable Elective   3  

Total Units: 15

Transfer Options

The program coursework you complete at City College will satisfy lower-division requirements for related majors at several colleges and universities. Have questions about transfer? Visit the Transfer Center for help, transfer information, and/or to speak with college representatives.