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Women and Gender Studies

This award is not eligible for Financial Aid

The Academic Certificate (AC) in Women and Gender Studies is an intensive interdisciplinary liberal arts certificate program, which provides students with tools and opportunities to discuss and critique historical and contemporary theories and practices of feminism(s) and gender identities. The curriculum enables students to think critically, analyze problems, and communicate effectively. Using women's experiences and perspectives, students explore cultural and global issues by completing a variety of courses focusing on gender, history, culture, class, race, ethnicity, and sexuality to foster equality and understanding.

Details

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Field of Interest
Culture and Society
Type
Certificate
Academic Plan
Women and Gender Studies (CER)
Academic Plan Code
6225N
Total Credits Required
15
Catalog Year
2020-2021
What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Analyze historic, contemporary, and recurring issues in society through the perspectives of feminist and gender theories.
  2. Apply an interdisciplinary perspective to critically evaluate the interrelationship between gender and race, class, and sexual orientation.
  3. Evaluate how gender identity was and is portrayed in various social and cultural perspectives through the lens of feminist and gender theories.
  4. Demonstrate how feminist and gender theories and methodologies have local, national, and global applications and consequences.
  5. Evaluate and implement strategies to address societal and power inequities to improve women's status and promote social justice and human rights for all genders.
  6. Critically assess the impact of popular culture in shaping individual and collective gender identities.
  7. Communicate using research in varied settings, both orally and in writing, in a culturally responsive manner.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary

$73,980

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
WST100 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies Critical course Gateway course C, SB 3
RE Restricted Electives 3
RE Restricted Electives 3
RE Restricted Electives 3
RE Restricted Electives 3

Restricted Electives 

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ASB211 Women in Other Cultures G, HU, SB 3
ENH/WST284 19th Century Women Writers C, HU 3
ENH/WST285 Contemporary Women Writers C, HU 3
HIS201 History of Women in America C, H, SB 3
HLR/WST286 Women and Health: Body/Mind/Spirit/Connection 3
HUM/WST209 Women and Films C, HU 3
PSY235 Psychology of Gender C, SB 3
REL/WST290 Women and World Religions G, HU 3
SOC212 Gender and Society C, SB 3
WST120 Gender, Class, and Race C 3
WST128 Law and Violence Against Women 3
WST160 Women and the Early American Experience H 3
WST161 American Women Since 1920 C, H, SB 3
WST200 Essential Feminist Writing C, H 3

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
WST100 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies Critical course Gateway course C, SB 3
RE Restricted Electives 3
RE Restricted Electives 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
RE Restricted Electives 3
RE Restricted Electives 3

Restricted Electives 

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ASB211 Women in Other Cultures G, HU, SB 3
ENH/WST284 19th Century Women Writers C, HU 3
ENH/WST285 Contemporary Women Writers C, HU 3
HIS201 History of Women in America C, H, SB 3
HLR/WST286 Women and Health: Body/Mind/Spirit/Connection 3
HUM/WST209 Women and Films C, HU 3
PSY235 Psychology of Gender C, SB 3
REL/WST290 Women and World Religions G, HU 3
SOC212 Gender and Society C, SB 3
WST120 Gender, Class, and Race C 3
WST128 Law and Violence Against Women 3
WST160 Women and the Early American Experience H 3
WST161 American Women Since 1920 C, H, SB 3
WST200 Essential Feminist Writing C, H 3
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

This certificate is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Academic Certificate in Women and Gender Studies (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=143358).


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