Associate in Arts
The curriculum in the Gender and Sexuality Studies Associate of Arts program is designed to provide the transfer student with a critical understanding of how gender and sexuality as socially constructed forms of identity, are rooted in belief structures, historical processes, political systems and social and economic institutions. The focus of academic inquiry is on how gender and sexuality interact with other systems of inequality and privilege such as race, class, ethnicity, nationality, religion, and ability to shape the lives of women and men in the United States and around the world. The program offers the opportunity to achieve an Associate of Arts (AA) degree in Gender and Sexuality Studies by providing the necessary breadth in the field, an introduction to the methods used in the study of gender and sexuality, and the ability to complete both major preparatory coursework along with courses required for general education. While a baccalaureate or higher degree is recommended for those considering this major, earning an Associate degree may support entry-level positions as a staff member in human services departments, advocate for victims of domestic violence and hate crimes; and a staff member in a women's health clinic, social service agency, or human rights organization.