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Gender and Women's Studies

The Departments of Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice and Speech, Communications, and Theatre Arts offer an interdisciplinary major in Gender and Women's Studies leading to an Associate in Arts degree.  This major focuses on gender as the object of analysis and addresses the many issues, inequalities, social constructions, and realities that gender presents in our contemporary society and throughout history. It draws on theories and methods from the humanities and social sciences to place women and other marginalized groups at the center of learning and to critically analyze the ways in which gender intersects with race, ethnicity, nationality, class, sexuality, sexual identity, disability, and other social categories.  This program has articulation agreements with Brooklyn College and John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

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Required Common Core

English Composition 6
Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning1 3
Life and Physical Sciences1 3
Total Required Common Core 12


Flexible Core2

Creative Expression 6
Individual and Society 3
Scientific World1 3
U.S. Experience in its Diversity 3
World Culture & Global Issues 3
Total Flexible Core 18
Total Common Core 30


Curriculum Requirements

GWS 100 Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies 3
GWS 300 Capstone in Gender and Women’s Studies 3
COM 265 Gender and Communication 3
SOC 210 Gender and Society 3
Liberal Arts Electives 3
General Electives 6
Choose 9 credits from the following:  
AFN 128 Black Women in the Americas and the Caribbean 3
AFN 129 The Black Man in Contemporary Society 3
ANT 210 The Roles of Women in a Changing World 3
COM 245 The Mass Media3 3
COM 255 Intercultural Communication3 3
ECO 230 Feminist Economics 3
ENG 346 Queer Literature 3
ENG 353 Women in Literature 3
GWS xxx Gender and Women’s Studies Electives 3
HED 225 Health Concerns of Women 3
HIS 225 History of Women 3
POL 120 Gender and Politics 3
PSY 245 Psychology of Women 3
SPN 400 Latin American Women Writers 3
THE 305 Women in US-American Theatre 3
Total Curriculum Credits 30
Total Program Credits 60

1 These credits can be satisfied by taking STEM variants in the Common Core.
2 No more than two courses in any discipline or interdisciplinary field can be used to satisfy Flexible Core requirements.
3 Students must select specific sections of this course.

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