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Online Degrees & Certificates

AA in 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.

Online Courses for Women's Studies

The courses listed BELOW are offered as online courses at least once every two years. Please see online Schedule of Classes for verification.

 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 1A Composition & Reading 5
ENGL 1AH Honors Composition & Reading 5
ESLL 26 Advanced Composition & Reading 5
or equivalent    
Mathematics Proficiency:
College-level math course at or above the level of Intermediate Algebra

A minimum of 90 units is required* 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)

*Additional elective course work may be necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement for the associate degree.

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 28 Sociology of Gender 4
WMN 5 Introduction to Women's Studies 4
WMN 11 Women in Global Perspective 4
WMN 21 Psychology of Women: Sex & Gender Differences 4
or PSYC 21 Psychology of Women: Sex & Gender Differences 4

Support Courses (16 units)

Select 16 units from the following:

COMM 10 Gender, Communication & Culture 5
KINS 10 Women in Sports 5
MDIA 8B Women in Film 4
PSYC 14 Child & Adolescent Development 4
PSYC 22 Psychology of Prejudice & Discrimination 4
SOC 30 Social Psychology 4
or PSYC 30 Social Psychology 4
SOC 40 Aspects of Marriage & Family 4
SOSC 20 Cross-Cultural Perspectives for a Multicultural Society 4
 Total Units   32
Note that this is a list of fully online courses that satisfy degree requirements.

For a list of on-campus courses that satisfy degree requirements,  please visit Women's Studies 2023-2024 Degree & Certificates.

Based on the 2023 - 2024 degree program.