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Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Women and Gender Studies

The Associate in Arts (AA), Emphasis in Women and Gender Studies degree 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

Academic Plan Code: 
8128
Award: 
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Women and Gender Studies
Total credits required: 
60-64
Award notes

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

Program Learning Outcomes
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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, (COM), (CRE), [CS], [FYC], [HU], [MA], [SG], [SQ])
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:3
WST100Introduction to Women`s and Gender Studies3
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:0-29
Complete all courses 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).
Subplan 1: Arizona State University (Tempe), Bachelor of Arts, Women and Gender Studies
Select three (3) credits that transfer to ASU as a direct equivalency or a departmental elective (DEC) in the WST prefix.3
Select 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 course1-3
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
CHI+++ any CHI Chinese course
FRE+++ any FRE French course
GER+++ any GER German course
ITA+++ any ITA Italian course
JPN+++ any JPN Japanese course
SPA+++ any SPA Spanish course
SLG+++ any SLG Sign Language0-20
Subplan 2: Arizona State University (West), Bachelor of Arts, Social and Cultural Analysis (Women and Gender Studies)
Language and Cultures 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. This requirement may also be satisfied after transfer to ASU though various upper division course options. Recommend students satisfy this requirement after transfer to ASU unless proficient at the elementary level (102 or equivalent).
ARB+++ any ARB Arabic course
CHI+++ any CHI Chinese course
FRE+++ any FRE French course
GER+++ any GER German course
ITA+++ any ITA Italian course
JPN+++ any JPN Japanese course
SPA+++ any SPA Spanish course
SLG+++ any SLG Sign Language0-20
Subplan 3: Arizona State University (West), Bachelor of Science, Women and Gender Studies
PSY101Introduction to Psychology3
PSY230Introduction to Statistics3
Language and Cultures 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. This requirement may also be satisfied after transfer to ASU though various upper division course options. Recommend students satisfy this requirement after transfer to ASU unless proficient at the elementary level (102 or equivalent).
ARB+++ any ARB Arabic course
CHI+++ any CHI Chinese course
FRE+++ any FRE French course
GER+++ any GER German course
ITA+++ any ITA Italian course
JPN+++ any JPN Japanese course
SPA+++ any SPA Spanish course
SLG+++ any SLG Sign Language0-20
Subplan 4: Northern Arizona University, Bachelor of Science, Women`s and Gender Studies
Select six (6) credits that transfer to NAU as direct equivalencies or departmental electives in the WGS prefix.6
Select 0 to 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
Subplan 5: University of Arizona, Bachelor of Arts, Women`s Studies
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
HIS201History of Women in America3
REL/WST292Goddess Religions (3) OR
WST244Women in Muslim Societies (3)3
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
CHI+++ any CHI Chinese course
FRE+++ any FRE French course
GER+++ any GER German course
ITA+++ any ITA Italian course
JPN+++ any JPN Japanese course
SPA+++ any SPA Spanish course
SLG+++ any SLG Sign Language0-20
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
AGEC-ACredits: 20-38
A single course with an [HU], [SB], [L], or [SG/SQ] designation may also be used to satisfy the Oral Communication, Critical Reading, or Awareness Area ([C], [G] and/or [H]) requirement(s). See the AGEC Matrix 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: 3
Any approved general education course in the Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L] area.3
 
Mathematics [MA]Credits: 3-6
MAT140College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT141College Mathematics (4) OR
MAT142College Mathematics (3) OR
Any approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area.3-6
 
Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS]Credits: 0-3
Any approved general education course in the Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS] area
OR
Met by PSY230 in Restricted Electives0-3
 
Humanities, Arts and Design [HU]Credits: 0-6
Any approved general education courses in the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area
OR
Met by ENH190, ENH202, ENH/WST284, ENH/WST285, HUM/WST209, or REL/WST290 in Restricted Electives.0-6
 
Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]Credits: 0-3
Met by WST100 in Required Courses
AND
Any approved general education courses in the Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB] area (3) OR
Met by HIS201, PSY101, PSY235, PSY277, SOC212, or WST161 in Restricted Electives.0-3
 
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 Core Requirements.
 
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
OR
Met by ENH190, ENH202, HIS201, REL/WST209, WST160, or WST161 in Restricted Electives.0-3
 
MCCCD Additional Requirements
MCCCD Additional RequirementsCredits: 0-6
Courses in this area may also be applied to the AGEC Core Requirements. To minimize total credits required for degree and maximize transferable credits, it is recommended that courses be selected that meet more than one requirement wherever possible.
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 0-3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)3
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3
General Electives
General Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:0-28
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 the Program Director or an Academic Advisor.
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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