Liberal Arts AA – Women's and Gender Studies Option

Code: AA.LA.WMST

The Women’s Studies option 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 - 4-credit Mathematics Elective OR (3-credit Mathematics Elective AND 1-credit INF elective INF-102) 4
COM  Communication Elective: Choose COM-100 or COM-102 3
  Free Elective   3
HIS-105Women in History

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Second Semester

  Humanities Elective** 3
  WMST Elective 3
  History Elective - HIS-116 recommended  3
WRT-201English Composition II

3

SOC-120Sociology of Gender Roles

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Third Semester

  Humanities Electives 6
  WMST Elective 3
  Natural Science Elective 4
  Social Science Elective 3
Total Credit Hours:16

Fourth Semester

  Natural Science Elective 4
  Diversity Elective 3
  Free Elective‡ 3
  WMST Elective  3
CIN-160Women in Cinema

3

PHR-122Women and Religion

3

SOC-121The Changing Roles of Women

3

Total Credit Hours:13

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

Recommended: HIS-116

Required:

HIS-105Women in History

3

Total Credit Hours:6

Humanities Electives**

Required: One WMST course  - choose either CIN-160 or LIT-228

Two 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

Required: SOC-120

Recommended: PSY-101, ANT-101, SOC-101

Total Credit Hours:6

Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Technology

  Mathematics*
4-credit Mathematics Elective OR (3-credit Mathematics Elective AND 1-credit INF);

4
  Natural Science Electives* 8
Total Credit Hours:12

Diversity Course:

Choose either CIN-160 or LIT-228

Total Credit Hours:3

Total Credit Hours: 45

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

Free Electives‡

Recommended: additional WMST course 

Total Credit Hours:6

Total Credit Hours: 15

Total Credit Hours: 60

Specific Program Notes

Students are encouraged to take their courses in semester sequence order.

Please note that required courses may have prerequisites. Click on each course to view details.

*General Education Elective(s).

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

‡Recommended: IST-123 
IST-123 will fulfill 3 credits of Free Electives for students who place into the course