Academic Catalog

Women's Studies

Program Description

The Women's Studies major offers both male and female students opportunities to study the experiences, history, contributions and cultural images of women domestically and internationally, with a strong emphasis on global understanding and multicultural contributions. Courses from a variety of traditional disciplines, including sociology, history, psychology, communication and art, are included within the major.

Learn more about the program from the Women's Studies website.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • The student will be able to identify connections between specific people, groups, events and ideas and larger sociological, psychological, historical and gender studies specific themes, developments and topics.
  • The student will be able to critically analyze a variety of primary and secondary sources and draw valid sociological, psychological, historical, and gender studies interpretations from them.

Career Opportunities

A major in women's studies provides students with a unique contextual validation for today's woman, and prepares students who wish to enter fields such as law, medicine, and business. The major also allows students to pursue careers in health, teaching, government, counseling and community work. Through the women's studies major, students will gain knowledge regarding women's issues and will therefore be better prepared to work with both the general and the female population in a variety of areas.

Award Type(s)

  • AA = Associate in Arts Degree

Units Required

  • Major: 32

Additional Information

Note: Students having difficulty attaining an associate degree because of timing or availability of classes should consult with a counselor to submit a petition for course substitution.

Associate Degree Requirements

English Proficiency
Select one of the following:
ENGL 1ACOMPOSITION & READING5
ENGL 1AHHONORS COMPOSITION & READING5
ENGL 1S
ENGL 1T
INTEGRATED COMPOSITION & READING
and INTEGRATED COMPOSITION & READING
8
or equivalent
Mathematics Proficiency
Select one of the following:
MATH 105INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA5
MATH 180QUANTITATIVE REASONING5
or any MATH course approved for Foothill GE Area V, Communication & Analytical Thinking

A minimum of 90 units is required1 to include:

  • Completion of one of the following general education patterns: Foothill General Education, CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
  • Core courses (16 units)
  • Support courses (16 units)


Note: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade. In addition, a grade of "C" or better is required for all core and support courses used for the degree.

Core and Support Courses

Core Courses
SOC 28SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER4
WMN 5INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN'S STUDIES4
WMN 11WOMEN IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE4
WMN 21PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN: SEX & GENDER DIFFERENCES4
or PSYC 21 PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN: SEX & GENDER DIFFERENCES
Support Courses
Select 16 units from the following:16
GENDER, COMMUNICATION & CULTURE
WOMEN IN SPORTS
WOMEN IN FILM
CHILD & ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT
PSYCHOLOGY OF PREJUDICE & DISCRIMINATION
SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
ASPECTS OF MARRIAGE & FAMILY
CROSS-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES FOR A MULTICULTURAL SOCIETY
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN WOMEN'S STUDIES
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN WOMEN'S STUDIES
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN WOMEN'S STUDIES
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN WOMEN'S STUDIES
Total Units32