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Women’s and Gender Studies, Associate in Arts

Curriculum SOC.WGS.AA (U224A15)

The formation of women’s identity and the construction of gender, past and present, are integral to the courses in this program. This interdisciplinary curriculum includes exciting coursework that explores human experience and identity through the lens of gender. Students investigate and analyze how society, economics, history and culture impact the construction of gender.

Students who enroll in Women’s and Gender Studies will be well-prepared to transfer into a four-year degree program that offers a major or minor in women’s and/or gender studies. Many courses in the Women’s and Gender Studies program also fulfill general education requirements that will easily transfer to four-year colleges and universities, even if a student wishes to major in another area. Appropriate for those planning to study a variety of disciplines, including, but not limited to business, communications, humanities, health and human services. Exploration of the women’s and gender-focused topics in this curriculum also will be useful for those already in professional settings, as it will broaden understanding of current cultural expectations of women and men and support sensitivity to gender issues in the workplace.

The following courses, when designated as women’s and gender studies sections, are recommended to complete the General Education Core requirements and/or fulfill elective requirements. There also will be special topics courses in Women’s and Gender Studies offered in various disciplines that are appropriate to this curriculum.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES:

At the successful completion of the Associate in Arts Degree (Women's and Gender Studies) emphasis, the graduate will be able to:

  • describe how gender works across disciplines by applying theories, concepts and frameworks;
  • explain the social construction of gender and its interactions with other social constructs;
  • explain trends and patterns of gender expression in the context of society and culture;
  • compare the place-specific nature of gender in global, regional and local contexts; and
  • examine gender perspective through the use of data and technology.

General Education Core: 12 to 13 courses (37-40 semester credits)

Communications: three courses (nine semester credits)

RHT 101 #Freshman Rhetoric & Composition I

3 credits

RHT 102 #Freshman Rhetoric & Composition II

3 credits

SPE 101 #Principles of Effective Speaking

3 credits

Note: Grade of "C" or higher is an IAI requirement for RHT 101◊ and RHT 102◊.

Social and Behavioral Sciences: three courses (nine semester credits)

 Courses selected from Social Science and Behavioral Science.

ANT 101Introduction to Anthropology

3 credits

ANT 103Cultural Anthropology

3 credits

ANT 150Cultural Contexts

3 credits

GEO 104Contemporary World Cultures

3 credits

GEO 105Economic Geography

3 credits

GEO 106Regional Geography of Africa and Asia

3 credits

HIS 141World History I

3 credits

HIS 142World History II

3 credits

HIS 151History of the United States to 1877

3 credits

HIS 152History of the United States Since 1877

3 credits

HIS 156African History

3 credits

PSY 201 #Introduction to Social Psychology

3 credits

PSY 216 #Child Psychology

3 credits

SOC 100Introduction to Sociology

3 credits

SOC 120 #Social Patterns of Courtship & Marriage

3 credits

SOC 131Social Problems

3 credits

Humanities and Fine Arts: three courses (nine semester credits)

One course selected from Humanities and one course from Fine Arts.

Fine Arts
ART 111Ancient to Medieval Art

3 credits

ART 112Renaissance to Modern Art

3 credits

MCM 151Cinema Appreciation

3 credits

MCM 152Cinema History

3 credits

MUS 110Listening to Music

3 credits

SPE 130Introduction to Theatre

3 credits

Humanities
ENG 101 #Introduction to Poetry

3 credits

ENG 102 #Literature and Gender: Drama

3 credits

ENG 103 #Introduction to Fiction

3 credits

HUM 151Great Books of the West I

3 credits

HUM 152Great Books of the West II

3 credits

HUM 165Introduction to the Latin American Experience

3 credits

PHL 101Introduction to Philosophy

3 credits

PHL 103Ethics

3 credits

Graduation from an Illinois college or university requires satisfactory completion of one or more courses incorporating Human Diversity which may be taken as a Social Behavioral Science or a Humanities and Fine Arts course.

Mathematics: one course (three semester credits):

MAT 101 #Quantitative Literacy

3 credits

Physical and Life Sciences: two courses (seven to eight semester credits)

Courses selected from Life Sciences and from Physical Sciences, including one laboratory course.

Life Science
BIS 101Human Biology

4 credits

BIS 105Environmental Biology

4 credits

Physical Science: one course (three to five credits)

Recommended Electives:

ART 110Looking at Art

3 credits

CSG 150Career and Life Planning

1 credit

ENG 170 #Introduction to Children's Literature

3 credits

HUM 170 #Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies

3 credits

PSY 250 #Psychology of Gender

3 credits

SPE 141Introduction to Performance Studies

3 credits

SPE 294 #Gender and Communication

3 credits

(Select courses that meet the BA requirements of your transfer college.)

General education requirements:

AA degree

Total Credit Hours:37-40

Women’s and Gender Studies designated courses or other electives for AA degree

Total Credit Hours:20-23

Chairperson: Bill Decker, Ext. 3509