Liberal Arts AA – Women's Studies Option

Code: AA.LA.WMST

The Women’s Studies program is an interdisciplinary major which examines women’s roles and achievements locally and globally. Various perspectives are presented through such courses as Women in History, Sociology of Gender Roles, Women in Literature, and Women and Religion.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct interdisciplinary feminist analysis.
  • Examine and critique ideological assumptions underlying social institutions and systems of representation, including but not limited to assumptions regarding gender, race, class, nationality, disability, age, and sexual orientation.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of women's historical and contemporary agency, and how it has shaped women's lives in various geographical settings.

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

MAT  Mathematics Elective*† 3-4 
HIS-105Women in History

3

COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

ANT-101Cultural Anthropology

3

-or

SOC-101Sociology

3

Total Credit Hours:15-16

Second Semester

MAT/CIS/INF  Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology Elective*† 3-4
  or  
  Free Elective† 3
  Humanities Elective** 3
HIS-116Women in American History

3

PSY-101General Psychology

3

SOC-120Sociology of Gender Roles

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:18-19

Third Semester

  Humanities Electives** 6
  Natural Science Elective* 4
LIT-228Women in Literature

3

PSY-207Psychology of Women

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Fourth Semester

  Natural Science Elective* 4
  Free Elective‡ 2-4
CIN-160Women in Cinema

3

PHR-122Women and Religion

3

SOC-121The Changing Roles of Women

3

Total Credit Hours:15-17

CIN-160: Spring offering only

General Education Requirements

Communication

COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:9

History

HIS-105Women in History

3

HIS-116Women in American History

3

Total Credit Hours:6

Humanities Electives**

Three general education courses selected from the following fields, with no more than two courses in any one field: Arts (Art [ART], Music [MUS], Theatre Arts [THR], Cinema Studies [CIN]); Literature (LIT); Philosophy and Religion (PHR); World Languages and Cultures (LAN).

Total Credit Hours:9

Social Sciences

PSY-101General Psychology

3

ANT-101Cultural Anthropology

3

-or

SOC-101Sociology

3

Total Credit Hours:6

Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Technology

  Mathematics* 3-4
  Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology* 0-3
  Natural Science Electives* 8
Total Credit Hours:12-14

Diversity Course:

CIN-160Women in Cinema

3

Total Credit Hours:3

Total Credit Hours: 45-47

Program Requirements

LIT-228Women in Literature

3

PHR-122Women and Religion

3

PSY-207Psychology of Women

3

SOC-121The Changing Roles of Women

3

SOC-120Sociology of Gender Roles

3

Total Credit Hours: 15

Free Electives‡

Total Credit Hours: 2-6

Total Credit Hours: 64-66

Specific Program Notes

*General Education Elective(s).

**General Education Electives in Arts (ART, MUS,THR, CIN); Literature (LIT); Philosophy & Religion (PHR); or World Languages & Cultures (LAN).

†If a student's first-semester Mathematics elective is a 3-credit course, then s/he is required to select a second 3- or 4-credit elective in the second semester in Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology; and if a student's first-semester Mathematics elective is a 4-credit course, then s/he is required to take a 3-credit Free Elective in the second semester (which may be a second Mathematics elective).

‡Recommended: IST-123 Success 101.