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Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Women and Gender Studies

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.

Details

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Field of Interest
Culture and Society
Type
Associate Degree
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Women and Gender Studies (DEG)
Total Credits Required
60-64
Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.
Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course in the program.

What You'll Learn
  • 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)
  • Apply an interdisciplinary perspective to critically evaluate the interrelationship between gender and race, class, and sexual orientation. (WST100, PSY235, SOC212, WST206, WST244, AFR/WST207)
  • 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)
  • Demonstrate how feminist and gender theories and methodologies have local, national, and global applications and consequences. (WST100, REL/WST290, REL/WST292, SOC212, WST244)
  • 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)
  • Critically assess the impact of popular culture in shaping individual and collective gender identities. (WST100, ENH/WST284, ENH/WST285, HUM/WST209, WST160, WST161, HLR/WST286)
  • Communicate using research in varied settings, both orally and in writing, in a culturally responsive manner. (WST100, AFR/WST207, ENH190, ENH202, ENH/WST285, HIS201, HLR/WST286, PSY101, PSY230, PSY277, PSY290AB, PSY290AC, WST+++, [FYC], [CS], [HU], [MA], [SG], [SQ], (CRE), (COM))
Career Opportunities
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:3
WST100Introduction to Women`s and Gender Studies3
Course Sequence by Term
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:0-36
Complete requirements in the transfer option that best aligns with your academic and professional goals. If your intended transfer institution is not listed, then select a combination of courses from the transfer options listed in order to meet the minimum credits required in the Restricted Electives section. Consult with an academic, faculty, or program advisor to prevent exceeding your university transfer program`s maximum transferable credits (typically 64).
Transfer Plan 1: Arizona State University (The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), Bachelor of Arts, Women and Gender Studies
Complete one (1) course for a total of three (3) credits that transfers to ASU as a direct equivalency or a departmental elective (DEC) in the WST prefix. Check the Course Equivalency Guide on aztransfer.com to ensure course transfers as WST prefix at ASU the semester it is taken.
Complete one (1) related Women Studies course for a total of three (3) credits from the following:
ENH/WST28419th Century Women Writers3
ENH/WST285Contemporary Women Writers3
HIS201History of Women in America3
HUM/WST209Women and Films3
PSY235Psychology of Gender3
REL/WST290Women and World Religions3
SOC212Gender and Society3
WST+++ Any WST Women`s studies course3
Foreign Language Credits:0-20
Complete a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
Transfer Plan 2: Arizona State University (New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences), Bachelor of Arts, Social and Cultural Analysis (Women and Gender Studies)
Language and Cultures Credits:0-20
Complete one of the following options before transferring to ASU: Non-English language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV OR two (2) semesters of a current computer language (CSC110 and [CSC200 or CSC205]). Alternatively, students can meet ASU`s Languages and Cultures Requirement after transferring by completing an additional six (6) credits of upper-division Global or Cultural courses once at ASU.
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
Transfer Plan 3: Arizona State University (New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences), Bachelor of Science, Women and Gender Studies
PSY101Introduction to Psychology3
PSY230Introduction to Statistics3
PSY290ABResearch Methods (4) OR
PSY290ACResearch Methods (4)4
Complete two (2) courses for a total of six (6) credits that transfer to ASU as a direct equivalency or a departmental elective (DEC) in the WST prefix. Check the Course Equivalency Guide on aztransfer.com to ensure course transfers as WST prefix at ASU the semester it is taken.
Language and Cultures Credits:0-20
Complete one of the following options before transferring to ASU: Non-English language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV OR two (2) semesters of a current computer language (CSC110 and [CSC200 or CSC205]). Alternatively, students can meet ASU`s Languages and Cultures Requirement after transferring by completing an additional six (6) credits of upper-division Global or Cultural courses once at ASU.
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
Additional courses recommended as lower division electives (if needed to reach minimum total for degree) include ENH285, HIS201, PSY235, REL/WST290, SOC212, WST161, WST200, HUM/WST209, ENH/WST284, and/or WST286.
Transfer Plan 4: Northern Arizona University, Bachelor of Science, Women`s and Gender Studies
Complete six (6) credits that transfer to NAU as a direct equivalencies or departmental electives in the WST prefix.
Complete zero to twelve (0-12) credits from the following:
ENH190Introduction to US Ethnic Literature3
ENH202World Literature After the Renaissance3
ENH/WST285Contemporary Women Writers3
HIS201History of Women in America (3) OR
WST160Women and the Early American Experience (3) OR
WST161American Women Since 1920 (3)3
PSY277Psychology of Human Sexuality3
SOC212Gender and Society3
Recommended for students intending to earn an Academic Certificate (AC) in Women and Gender Studies: ENH/WST285, (HIS201 OR WST160 OR WST161), or SOC212.
Transfer Plan 5: University of Arizona, Bachelor of Arts, Gender and Women`s Studies
HIS201History of Women in America3
REL/WST292Goddess Religions (3) OR
WST244Women in Muslim Societies (3)3
AFR/WST207Black Women (3) OR
HLR/WST286Women and Health: Body/Mind/Spirit/Connection (3) OR
WST160Women and the Early American Experience (3) OR
WST161American Women Since 1920 (3) OR
WST206La Mujer (3)3
Recommended for students intending to earn an Academic Certificate (AC) in Women and Gender Studies: HIS201, HLR/WST286, WST160, or WST161.
Foreign Language Credits:0-20
Complete a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
AGEC-ACredits: 17-38
A single course with an [L], [HU], [SB], [SG], or [SQ] designation may also be used to satisfy the Oral Communication, Critical Reading, and/or Awareness Area ([C], [G] and/or [H]) requirement(s). See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designations.
 
First-Year Composition [FYC]Credits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
 
Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L]Credits: 0-3
Any approved general education course in the Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L] area.3
May be met by PSY290AB or PSY290AC in the Restricted Electives area
 
Mathematics [MA]Credits: 3-6
MAT140College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT141College Mathematics (4) OR
MAT142College Mathematics (3) OR
MAT145College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT146College Mathematics (6) OR
Higher approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area (3-6)3-6
 
Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS]Credits: 0-3
Any approved general education course in the Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS] area3
May be met by PSY230 in the Restricted Electives area
 
Humanities, Arts and Design [HU]Credits: 0-6
Any approved general education courses in the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area6
May be met by ENH190, ENH202, ENH/WST284, ENH/WST285, HUM/WST209, or REL/WST290 in the Restricted Electives area
ASB211recommended for the ASU BA in Women and Gender Studies
 
Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]Credits: 0-3
Met by WST100 in the Required Courses area
AND
Any approved general education courses in the Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB] area3
May be met by HIS201, PSY101, PSY235, PSY277, SOC212, or WST161 in the Restricted Electives area
 
Natural Sciences [SG]/[SQ]Credits: 8
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area (4) AND
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area or the Natural Sciences (General) [SG] area (4).8
 
Awareness AreasCredits: 0-3
These requirements may be shared with other AGEC requirements. See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designations.
 
Cultural Diversity in the US [C]Credits: 0
 
 
Historical/Global Awareness [H]/[G]Credits: 0-3
Any approved general education course with the Historical [H] or Global [G] awareness area designation
May be met by ENH190, ENH202, HIS201, REL/WST209, WST160, or WST161 in the Restricted Electives area
 
MCCCD Additional Requirements
MCCCD Additional RequirementsCredits: 0-6
Some courses in this area have [SB] and [L] designations and may also be applied to the corresponding AGEC requirements. See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designations.
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 0-3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)0-3
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3
Course Area Key
General Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Select additional courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits but no more than a total of 64 semester credits. Consult with a faculty advisor, program director, and/or academic advisor to identify coursework that best aligns with academic and professional goals.
The following courses are recommended for students intending to earn an Academic Certificate (AC) in Women and Gender Studies:
ASB211Women in Other Cultures3
ENH/WST28419th Century Women Writers3
ENH/WST285Contemporary Women Writers3
HIS201History of Women in America3
HLR/WST286Women and Health: Body/Mind/Spirit/Connection3
HUM/WST209Women and Films3
PSY235Psychology of Gender3
REL/WST290Women and World Religion3
SOC212Gender and Society3
WST120Gender, Class, and Race3
WST128Law and Violence Against Women3
WST160Women and the Early American Experience3
WST161American Women Since 19203
WST200Essential Feminist Writing3

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