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12/7/2021 12:33:36 PM

Women’s and Gender Studies, Associate in Arts

Curriculum Code: SOC.WGS.AA (U224A15)

(Total Program Credits: 60)

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:

Upon 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.

Placement Measures

Program Map for Full-Time Students

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

Course NumberTitleCredits

Communications: three courses (nine semester credits)

Course NumberTitleCredits
RHT 101Freshman Rhetoric & Composition I #

3

RHT 102Freshman Rhetoric & Composition II #

3

SPE 101Principles of Effective Speaking #

3

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.

Course NumberTitleCredits
ANT 101Introduction to Anthropology

3

ANT 103Cultural Anthropology

3

GEO 104Contemporary World Cultures

3

GEO 105Economic Geography

3

GEO 106Regional Geography of Africa and Asia

3

HIS 141World History to 1500

3

HIS 142World History From 1500

3

HIS 151History of the United States to 1877

3

HIS 152History of the United States Since 1877

3

HIS 156African History

3

PSY 201Introduction to Social Psychology #

3

PSY 216Child Psychology #

3

SOC 100Introduction to Sociology

3

SOC 120Marriage, Family and Relationships

3

SOC 131Social Problems

3

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

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

Course NumberTitleCredits
Fine Arts
Course NumberTitleCredits
ART 111Ancient to Medieval Art

3

ART 112Renaissance to Modern Art

3

MCM 151Cinema Appreciation

3

MCM 152Cinema History

3

MUS 110Listening to Music

3

SPE 130Introduction to Theatre

3

Humanities
Course NumberTitleCredits
HUM 151Great Books of the West I

3

HUM 152Great Books of the West II

3

HUM 165Introduction to the Latino and Latin American Studies

3

PHL 101Introduction to Philosophy

3

PHL 103Ethics

3

LIT 101Introduction to Poetry #

3

LIT 103Introduction to Fiction #

3

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):

Course NumberTitleCredits
MAT 101Quantitative Literacy #

3

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

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

Course NumberTitleCredits
Life Science
Course NumberTitleCredits
BIS 101Human Biology

4

BIS 105Environmental Biology

4

Physical Science: one course (three to five credits)
Course NumberTitleCredits

Recommended Electives:

Course NumberTitleCredits
ART 110Looking at Art

3

CSG 150Career and Life Planning

1

HUM 170Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies #

3

LIT 170Introduction to Children's Literature #

3

PSY 250Psychology of Gender #

3

SPE 141Introduction to Performance Studies

3

SPE 294Gender and Communication #

3

(Select courses that meet the BA requirements of your transfer college. Foreign Language encouraged if transferring.)

See Associate in Arts Graduation Requirements: http://triton.smartcatalogiq.com/2021-2022/Triton-College-Catalog/Arts-and-Sciences-Programs/Associate-in-Arts/Associate-in-Arts-Degree-Requirements

Chairperson: Bill Decker, Ext. 3509