The Gender and Women's Studies Option prepares students for jobs in a range of fields, and for transfer to four-year baccalaureate programs. Through an interdisciplinary approach, this option provides students the opportunity to think critically about gender in diverse contexts.
Students completing coursework in this degree option will be able to:
Students develop the skills and knowledge to further their education by completing professional and advanced academic degrees, and may also pursue careers in community development and organizing, law, politics, education, journalism, social service, and other career fields.
A.A. in Arts and Science
Contact: Nicole Hendricks, (413) 552-2175, firstname.lastname@example.org
This course is the first half of the college composition sequence and focuses on expository writing, critical thinking, and research, with emphases on the following: critical reading and interpretation of nonfiction texts; engaging with and analyzing texts; using summary, paraphrase, and quotation; finding, evaluating and documenting sources; and writing with purpose. Students will produce approximately 3000 words of formal written work, including a documented research paper of at least 1250 words. 4 class hours Prerequisite: Appropriate scores on English placement tests or C- or better in ENG 095 or C- or better in ENG 097 and ENG 098, or C- or better in ENG 096 or ENG 099.
This course is the second half of the first-year composition sequence and focuses on comprehending literary works, thinking critically, and writing analytically. The emphasis is on writing critically about fiction, poetry, and drama. Frequent short essays are assigned, amounting to a total of approximately 3000 words. Prerequisite: ENG 101 with a grade of C- or better
Introduction to the study and principles of behavior. Topics include general principles of scientific investigation; physiological bases of behavior including sensation, perception, learning, emotion, and motivation; development; individual differences; attitudes; and group dynamics. Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 101.
A scientific examination of human social phenomena. Major topics include interaction, statuses and roles, groups, social institutions, culture, socialization, social control, conforming and deviant behavior, collective behavior, social inequality, demography, social change, urbanism, industrialism and globalization.Prerequisite: ENG 101 eligible
Introduces students to the necessary elements of informative and persuasive public speaking. The course includes performance analysis of speakers and major historical speeches. Course skills learned are useful in all forms of oral presentation in professional and academic settings. Students are required to attend one outside speaking performance, to deliver several speeches in class, and to participate in group discussion. Please note that this course replaces SPE 120 - Fundamentals of Speech. Students will not receive credit for both SPE 120 and COM 150.
This is a survey of United States Women's History that examines the unique political, social, economic, and cultural issues and experiences of women from the colonial period to the present. While tracing broader trends and themes, we will also consider the lives of specific individuals in order to shed greater light on the diversity of women's experiences. Throughout, we will explore the ways in which notions of gender differences have changed over time and how women both created and responded to shifting and contested cultural, political, and social roles. Some of the major themes may include the differences among women in class, race, ethnicity, and sexuality, the construction of gender, women's roles in family and community, various movements for women's rights, women and reform, and women in the work force.Prerequisite: ENG 101 eligible
Humanities [C] Electives ART 101, ART 110, ART 121, ART 122, ART 123, ART 124, ART 131, ART 132, ART 140, ART 141, ART 276 (formerly 142), ART 145, ART 147, ART 150, ART 151, ART 272 (formerly 156), ART 231, ART 232, ART 235, ART 241, ART 242, ART 250, ART 253, ART 254, ART 255, ART 261, ART 262, ASL 201, ASL 202, ASL 291, ASL 292, COM 116, COM 121, COM 131, COM 150, EMS 111, EMS 112, EMS 118, EMS 124, EMS 218, EMS 225, DFS 101, DFS 103, DFS 104, DFS 108 (formerly 106), DFS 205, ENG 103, ENG 201, ENG 202, ENG 203, ENG 211, ENG 212, ENG 214, ENG 215, ENG 216, ENG 217, ENG 218, ENG 223, ENG 224, ENG 226, ENG 227, ENG 230, ENG 231, ENG 232, ENG 235, ENG 237, ENG 245, ENG 250, FRH 201, FRH 202, FRH 205, FRH 206, FRH 207, GER 205, HIS 101, HIS 102, HIS 103, HIS 104, HIS 105, HIS 107, HIS 109, HIS 108, HIS 111, HIS 112, HIS 121, HIS 130, HIS 150, HIS 220, HIS 250, HIS 260, HON 206, HUM 206, MUS 100, MUS 105, MUS 106, MUS 107, MUS 110, MUS 126, MUS 140, MUS 150, MUS 208, MUS 209, MUS 250, MUS 259, MUS 260, PHI 100, PHI 101, PHI 103, PHI 110, PHI 120, PHI 130, PHI 140, PHI 230, SPA 201, SPA 202, SPA 203, SPA 204, SPA 205, SPA 206, SPA 210, SPA 211, SPA 212, SPA 214, THE 110, THE 124, THE 125, THE 212, THE 213, THE 219, THE 227, THE 235, THE 237
A general introduction to the human body stressing health vs. disease. In addition to an overview of the structure and function of various cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems, many social and ethical issues will be addressed. Each organ system will be examined with an emphasis on the integration of all of the systems. Laboratory exercises supplement the lecture, offering a hands-on approach and some experimentation. The lab includes dissection of (or observation of) preserved animal specimens. This course does not satisfy the requirement of programs requiring a full year of anatomy and physiology.
Laboratory Science [D] ElectivesAST 110, AST 116, AST 140, BIO 100, BIO 101, BIO 103, BIO 106, BIO 107, BIO 108 (formerly 104), BIO 109, BIO 110, BIO 111, BIO 112, BIO 115, BIO 116, BIO 117, BIO 118, BIO 120, BIO 130, BIO 215, BIO 217, BIO 218, BIO 222, BIO 223, BIO 229, BIO 230, BIO 243, CHM 101, CHM 102, CHM 113, CHM 114, CHM 121, CHM 124, CHM 221, CHM 222, CHM 224, EGR 110, EGR 111, ESC 111, ESC 120, ESC 130, ENV 120, ENV 124, ENV 137, ENV 138, ENV 140, ENV 230, ENV 253, FRS 101, FRS 110, FRS 201, HRT 212, PHS 101, PHS 102, PHS 111, PHS 112, PHS 201, PSC 140, PSY 142, SEM 110, SEM 111, SEM 112, SEM 116, SEM 130, SUS 103, SUS 104, SUS 105
Introduction to Women's Studies examines our understanding of the social constructions of gender and their intersections with class, race, region, nationality, ethnicity and sexuality. It emphasizes diversity and multiple perspectives. Topics may include history of women's studies; work; relationships, family and religion; health; politics, law and social policy; violence; sexual orientation and gender identity; medial and cultural images of women; and feminist theories and scholarship. This course emphasizes critical thinking, oral and written communication, and active engagement.Prerequisites: ENG 101
An introduction to sociological perspectives on the complex historical processes that contribute to the social construction of gender. This course examines different theories generated to explain the system of inequalities in the United States. Particular attention will be given to the intersection of gender, sexuality, class ethnicity, and race. Social change and the place of feminism in that change will be a central focus of the course.Prerequisite: SOC 110
This course is an introduction to the variety of cultural, ethnic and racial groups, with the goal of examining stereotypes and developing an appreciation of cultural diversity. Each time the course is offered, the heritage and culture of several distinct groups will be studied in detail, with special emphasis on the groups most common to the Connecticut River Valley. Students will be encouraged to investigate their own cultural heritage, as well as that of other groups.
A survey of women's contributions to the visual arts, from antiquity to the present. Examines women as producers, buyers, and subjects of art, and how these roles have been shaped by prevailing ideas about women and gender. Challenges traditional definitions of art and artists. Considers restrictions and prejudices confronted by women, and women's triumphs in the face of social, political and economic barriers. Prerequisite: Eligible for ENG 101
Even before 1839 women have been working as image makers. This course surveys the historic and contemporary artistic contributions of women in the medium of photography. This is a critical exploration into the working and personal lives of many important female photographers. Crossing cultural boundaries and demographics, we will examine women photographers from around the globe. Students will analyze and discuss photographic images relating to topics covered in class.
An examination of the factors which shape the experiences of women as victims, offenders, and criminal justice practitioners. This course will focus on the pathways to crime among female offenders, the nature of victimization among women, and the challenges that women professionals face. Finally, we will focus on the social construction of gender within the justice system and on the intersection of gender, race, class, and crime.Prerequisites: SOC 110 or PSY 110
Begins with a contemporary work that embodies a theme of current interest, and aims at developing a perspective on that theme as it has been explored in a representative selection of literature. Prerequisite: ENG 102, previously or concurrently
An examination of domestic violence from human services, historical, psychological, cross-cultural, legal, and sociological perspectives. The extent, types, and causes of domestic violence will be analyzed. Prevention and intervention strategies necessary to those working with women, men, and children who have been affected by domestic violence will also be covered. Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 101
This course examines the legal system in the United States and its impact on the lives of women individually and collectively. Topics will include equal protection, Constitutional issues, education, employment, family law, criminal law, reproductive issues and violence against women.
Analyzes sexual patterns and attitudes in contemporary American society. Topics include sex roles and models in contemporary society, male and female anatomy and physiology, sexual response, family planning and birth control, birth, and sexual dysfunction. Prerequisite: PSY 110
An exploration of some of the psychological issues relevant to women. Theories of female psychology and research findings will be considered, as will biological, social and cultural factors that affect females. Topics to be discussed may include female life span development; gender identity; gender differences in mental health and sexuality; sexism; and violence against women. This course is designed for both female and male students who are interested in learning about women's lives from a bio psychosocial perspective. Prerequisite: PSY 110
An exploration of what it means to "be a man" and what society expects of males. Current theories of male psychology and masculinity from multicultural, biological, and psychosocial perspectives will be considered. Topics include: gender identity and gender roles; how boys learn to become men; absent fathers and father-hunger; competition, success and work; violence and aggression; sexuality and homophobia; patriarchy, privilege and power; relationships and intimacy; family roles and fatherhood; physical and mental health issues. The course is designed for both men and women who are interested in learning about men, as well as men's roles in the family, at work, and in society. Prerequisite: PSY 110
Courtship, marriage, and other relationships among husband, wife, and children. Social, economic, and emotional problems in marriage and family life are analyzed. Also surveyed are the social forces operating in mate selection and the social dynamics, structures, functions, and changes of marriage and the family.
A hands-on, experiential course designed to build self-esteem for women. Topics will include self-expression, assertiveness and communication skills, confidence-building, self-acceptance, and stress reduction. Activities will include art and writing projects, adventure learning, group discussions, and role-playing.
Introduces the student to the mental and physical skills needed to deal effectively with any potentially dangerous situations as well as with day to day conflicts.
A course in personal safety that introduces the basic components of conflict management and self defense strategies and skills. This co-ed course will include both theory and practice sessions.
* Only six non-Arts and Science credits may be taken towards an A.A. degree.
Depending on the course selection 50% of this program can be completed online.