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Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Women and Gender Studies
Major: 8128
Effective Term: 2023 Fall   
Award Type: AA

CIP Code: 24.0101
Program Availability: CG   EM   GC   GW   MC   PC   PV   RS   SC   SM  
Instructional Council: Women and Gender Studies
Total Credits: 60-64
GPA: 2.00
SOC Code: Upon completion of this degree, students may pursue a career as:
13-1071.00 Human Resources Specialists
29-2099.08 Patient Representatives
19-4061.00 Social Science Research Assistants

Upon completion of a bachelor`s degree, students may pursue a career as:
21-1021.00 Child, Family, and School Social Workers
13-1041.03 Equal Opportunity Representatives and Officers
27-3031.00 Public Relations Specialists
11-9151.00 Social and Community Service Managers

Upon completion of a graduate degree, students may pursue a career as:
25-1062.00 Area Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary
21-1022.00 Healthcare Social Workers
23-1011.00 Lawyers
25-1199.00 Postsecondary Teachers, All Other

Description: The Associate in Arts (AA), Emphasis in Women and Gender Studies is an intensive interdisciplinary liberal arts program, which provides students with tools and opportunities to discuss and critique historical and contemporary theories and practices of feminism(s) and gender identities. The curriculum enables students to think critically, analyze problems, and communicate effectively. Using women`s experiences and perspectives, students explore cultural and global issues by completing a variety of courses focusing on gender, history, culture, class, race, ethnicity, and sexuality to foster equality and understanding. Students completing this associate of arts degree will be prepared to transfer to a four-year program.

Program Learning Outcomes
1. Analyze historic, contemporary, and recurring issues in society through the perspectives of feminist and gender theories. (WST100, ENH/WST285, HIS201, REL/WST290, REL/WST292, SOC212, WST160, WST161)
2. Apply an interdisciplinary perspective to critically evaluate the interrelationship between gender and race, class, and sexual orientation. (WST100, PSY235, SOC212, WST206, WST244, AFR/WST207)
3. Evaluate how gender identity was and is portrayed in various social and cultural perspectives through the lens of feminist and gender theories. (WST100, ENH/WST285, REL/WST290, REL/WST292, WST206, WST244, AFR/WST207, HUM/WST209)
4. Demonstrate how feminist and gender theories and methodologies have local, national, and global applications and consequences. (WST100, REL/WST290, REL/WST292, SOC212, WST244)
5. Evaluate and implement strategies to address societal and power inequities to improve women`s status and promote social justice and human rights for all genders. (WST100, PSY235, REL/WST290, SOC212)
6. Critically assess the impact of popular culture in shaping individual and collective gender identities. (WST100, ENH/WST284, ENH/WST285, HUM/WST209, WST160, WST161, WST286)
7. Communicate using research in varied settings, both orally and in writing, in a culturally responsive manner. (WST100, AFR/WST207, ENH190, ENH202, ENH/WST285, HIS201, WST286, PSY101, PSY230, PSY230WL, PSY231, PSY277, PSY290AB, PSY290AC, WST+++, [FYC], [CS], [HU], [MA], [SG], [SQ], (CRE), (COM))
8. Apply relevant knowledge, skills, and habits of mind to seek career opportunities in the field. (FYE101, FYE103)
Required Courses
FYE101 Introduction to College, Career and Personal Success (1) OR
FYE103 Exploration of College, Career and Personal Success (3) 1-3

WST100 Introduction to Women`s and Gender Studies 3
Credits: 4-6

+ indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites.
++ indicates that any suffixed course may be selected.
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: June 27, 2023

All information published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.