Women's and Gender Studies Focus Award


Women’s and Gender Studies employs an interdisciplinary and global perspective to examine gender as it intersects with race, class, ethnicity, sexuality, religion, and ability. Students learn collaboratively to challenge systemic oppression and examine privilege. Women’s and Gender studies courses allow students to develop skills useful in both their studies and their communities as they analyze current problems in areas such as employment, the family, health, and the legal system. The program emphasizes feminist and anti-racist instruction that promotes social justice and change. Since women comprise more than half of the world’s population, an understanding of their experiences, history, needs and abilities is an asset to students considering careers in such fields as education, social service, government, business, law, the ministry, journalism, health occupations and childcare.

All Women’s and Gender studies courses meet Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree (AAOT) requirements. WS 101 may be taken for either arts and letters credit, or social science credit.

The Women’s and Gender Studies Focus Award at PCC prepares students for entry into Women’s and Gender Studies Programs at the bachelor’s degree level. In Oregon, these programs can be found at Portland State University, University of Oregon, Oregon State University, and Lewis & Clark College.

Students must complete 12 credits of Women’s and Gender Studies courses to receive a focus award. Students who have completed the requirements for the Award should apply at www.pcc.edu/programs/womens-studies/womens-studies-focus-award.html. For more information please contact: womens-studies@pcc.edu

Required Course
WS 101Women's Studies4
Plus an additional 8 credits of Women's Studies courses selected for the courses listed below.
Elective Courses
AD 103Women and Addiction3
ART 210Women in Art4
COMM 237Gender and Communication4
EC 216Labor Markets: Economics of Gender, Race, and Work4
ENG 222Images of Women in Literature4
ENG 260Introduction to Women Writers4
HE 212Women's Health4
HST 204History of Women in the U.S.: Pre-colonial to 18774
HST 205History of Women in the U.S.: 1877 to Present4
HST 225History of Global Sexualities and Families4
PSY 231Human Sexuality4
PSY 232Human Sexuality4
SOC 218Sociology of Gender4
SPA 271AReadings in Spanish Literature (Women Writers)3
WS 201Intercultural Women's Studies4
WS 202Women, Activism and Social Change4
WS 210Introduction to Queer Studies4