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LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES: Women's and Gender Studies Emphasis / A.A. Degree

Hegis Code: 5622

Program Learning OutcomesCurriculum Code: LAWS-AA

     This interdisciplinary program is designed for students interested in learning about the various aspects of sex and gender, gender roles, and gender identity; the achievements of women in the past and present; the history of the Women’s Movement; and the representations of women and men as conveyed in language, the arts, philosophy, religion, and science. The program responds to the needs of women in the twenty-first century and places special emphasis on the ideas that encompass our society’s rapidly changing expectations for women and men, nationally and globally. Drawing on a rich body of critical scholarship and cultural texts from diverse academic areas as well as students’ personal experiences, the program addresses issues and questions often overlooked in other disciplines.

     In addition to providing a general education, the program offers a set of analytical tools which will serve as a valuable stepping stone for a variety of four-year degrees (including a degree in Women’s Studies) and which will assist students in embarking on a wide range of careers, such as, law, law enforcement, social work, psychology, medical fields, education, communications, journalism, or business.

     Students are encouraged to discuss their educational and career plans with a designated counselor or faculty advisor.

FIRST SEMESTER: 17.5-18.5 credits Credits
  COM101: Introduction to Human Communication
or COM102: Interpersonal Communication
or COM105: Public Speaking
  ENG101: Standard Freshman Composition 3
WST116/HUM116: Gender and the Humanities 3
  IND101:Civilization: The Human Experience I
or HIS101: Western Civilization
  Mathematics Elective 3-4
  Physical Education 1
WST112:Women's Seminar 1.5
SECOND SEMESTER: 17 credits  
  ENG102: Introduction to Literature 3
  IND102: Civilization: The Human Experience II
or HIS102: Western Civilization II
  Laboratory Science Elective 4
PHL113: Philosophy of Human Liberation 3
  Physical Education 1
  Social Sciences Elective 3
THIRD SEMESTER: 15-16 credits  
  ART/CIN/MUS/THR/ Elective 3
  Mathematics/Science Elective 3-4
*♦ Restricted Women’s and Gender Studies Elective 3
** Restricted Social Sciences Elective 3
  Unrestricted Elective 3
FOURTH SEMESTER: 13 credits  
  English Elective 3
  Humanities Elective 3
  Mathematics/Science Elective 4
***♦ SOC215: Sociology of Gender
or HIS105: Women's Role in American History
or PSY212: Psychology of Gender

* Elective must be selected from the following: HUM114, WST122/HUM122, WST124/HUM124, WST130/HUM130, WST149/HUM149.

** A social science elective that deals with Other World Civilizations, to be chosen from the following: ANT101, ANT105, ANT203, ANT205, ANT211, GEO102, GEO103, HIS107, HIS109, HIS118, HIS120, POL107.

*** SOC101 is a prerequisite for SOC215. Students who plan to take SOC215 should also plan to take SOC101 in one of the preceding semesters. SOC101 could be taken as the social sciences elective in the second semester or as the unrestricted elective in the third semester.

PSY101 is a prerequisite for PSY212. Students who plan to take PSY212 should also plan to take PSY101 in one of the preceding semesters. PSY101 could be taken as the social sciences elective in the second semester or as the unrestricted elective in the third semester.

♦These courses constitute the major courses in this curriculum.

NOTE: Students planning to transfer to SUNY four-year institution should check the SUNY core General Education Requirements in the college catalog for information on selection of elective courses.
2) See Transfer Opportunities for articulation agreements with four-year colleges and universities.

English 9 credits
Social Sciences 15 credits
Women's and Gender Studies 7.5 credits
Mathematics / Science 14-16 credits
Communications 3 credits
Art / CIN / Music / Theater 3 credits
Humanities 6 credits
Unrestricted Electives 3 credits
Physical Education 2 credits