Women's and Gender Studies (AA) Humanities, and Religious Studies Total Units: 22.0

Term Effective: Fall 2010

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2016

Associate Degree Requirements:

The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:

For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter, a grade of "C" or better, or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis, is required for each course applied toward the major.

Previous Versions:

Women's and Gender Studies - effective Fall 2005


Students completing the Women's and Gender Studies program will be provided with a framework for examining women and gender in a relation to race, class, sexuality, colonialism, multiculturalism and globalization. Students will examine the ways in which women and men are gendered in diverse societies and discuss their lives, roles and contributions. The major will prepare students for transfer to a university in this interdisciplinary field or will provide the foundation for lifelong learning.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this major, the student will be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast the current and historical gender roles of a variety of ethnic and global groups;
  2. write clearly, concisely, and persuasively about significant events and issues relating to gender;
  3. analyze the biological and cultural aspects that contribute to gender identity;
  4. identify and analyze cultural and religious value systems that contribute to prejudice including bias, stereotyping, sexism, and homophobia; and
  5. analyze and interpret significant texts, images and traditions related to gender across cultures and time periods.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please view the recommended course sequence.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Women's and Gender Studies program are:

  • Complete 22.0 units from
    • Women's and Gender Studies Major Requirements
    • Information Learning Resources Requirement

Women's and Gender Studies Major Requirements - complete 21.00 units
COUN 20Sex and Gender3.00
MEDIA 4Introduction to Mass Communication3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 6.00 units from the following:
HIST 18.1History of Women in the United States to 18773.00
HIST 18.2History of Women in the United States Since 18773.00
HIST 21Race, Ethnicity and Gender in American Culture3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
CHLD 10Developmental Stages of Childhood3.00
CHLD 68Issues in Diversity3.00
PSYCH 4Child and Adolescent Psychology3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
PSYCH 3Human Sexuality3.00
PSYCH 34The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination3.00
PSYCH 40Psychological Perspectives on Gender3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
ANTHRO 2Cultural Anthropology3.00
ANTHRO 30Global Culture and Traditional Peoples3.00
ANTHRO 32Native Cultures of North America3.00
ANTHRO 34Native Cultures of California3.00
Information Learning Resources Requirement - complete 1.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 1.00 units from the following:
LIR 10Introduction to Information Literacy1.00
LIR 30Introduction to Information Literacy for Research Projects1.00

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

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