Courses & Programs

Gender and Women's Studies

The Gender and Women's Studies Option will provide students of any gender the opportunity to think critically about gender as both a construct as well as a lived reality.

Mary Orisich

Chair, Critical Studies

Social Sciences

Donahue 241

413.552.2323 (Tel)


What will you learn?

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.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

Students completing coursework in this degree option will be able to:

  • Critically examine the experiences of women in various social, historical, and cultural contexts.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of gendered experiences in diverse cultures and across time, examining the ways in which race, social class, sexuality, and ethnicity intersect with gender.
  • Understand and apply fundamental concepts in feminist scholarship.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively through writing,analysis, research, leadership and organization.
  • Connect theory to practice through activism, community service learning, and scholarship and enhance their ability to advocate for justice.

What will you do?

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.

60-61 total credits

32-33 credits General Education Requirements + 6 credits Program Requirements

Depending on course selection, 50% of this program can be completed online.



ELECTIVES

21-22 CREDITS

Select six of the following:

ANT 114  |  Understanding Diversity and Valuing Similarities [B]
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: None  

ART 147  |  Women and Art [C]
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 101  

WST 217  |  Women, Crime and Justice [B]
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: SOC 110 or PSY 110 (Same as CRJ 217)  

ENG 230  |  Current Themes in Literature [C]
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: ENG 102, previously or concurrently  

HSV 205  |  Domestic Violence [B]
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 101  

WST 215  |  Women and the Law [B]
Credits: 3  
Prerequisite: None  

PSY 203  |  Human Sexuality [B]
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: PSY 110  

PSY 224  |  Psychology of Women [B]
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: PSY 110  

PSY 225  |  Psychology of Men [B]
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: PSY 110  

SOC 130  |  Intimate Relationships, Marriage and Family [B]
Credits: 3  
Prerequisite: None  

Select from the following:
(Sufficent to complete the 60-credit graduation requirement)

HFN 164  |  Building Self-Esteem for Women
Credits: 1  
Prerequisite: None  

HFN 165  |  Women's Self-Defense
Credits: 1  
Prerequisite: None  

HFN 166  |  Self-Defense 
Credits: 1  
Prerequisite: None  

General Electives
Credits: 1-3
Any course listed in the HCC catalog is acceptable.


Only six non-Arts and Science credits may be taken towards an A.A. degree.

General Elective: Recommended courses: HIS 109, HIS 107, ANT 101