Liberal Arts: Women's Studies

Transfer Major

Department of Language and Literature
Penn 105 • Phone (215) 968-8150
Curriculum code No. 1160

This major is designed for the student who seeks a general education by broadly exploring the liberal arts course areas while also focusing on the study of women in society, the contributions of women to all cultures,and the issues raised by contemporary changes in women's lives. Women's studies programs are vital to women and men in the fields of counseling, education, social work, health and medicine, business, family life, and law; in addition, upper level programs in Women's Studies are successfully offered in more than 600 colleges and universities across the nation.

Liberal Arts: Women's Studies Emphasis is for Students Who

  • intend to transfer to four-year colleges and major in Women's Studies, counseling, social work, health and medicine, business, family life, nursing, and law;
  • desire to supplement their future major in non-traditional fields of study;
  • seek experience in service-learning with on-site experience and mentoring in a chosen field; and
  • need or want to maximize acceptance of general education courses by transfer colleges.

This program of study includes a variety of disciplines as well as offering introductory courses in Women's Studies itself. An elective cooperative education internship provides a way for students to perform service-learning while receiving on-site experience and mentoring in a chosen field. Other course designations reflect those courses that include a Core sub-category on women and minorities. Changing attitudes in society and recent legislation have provided more choices and increasing opportunities for women in non-traditional fields. This program, therefore, provides an introduction to Women's Studies for students who wish to transfer in that particular field or for students who wish to use this major as a transfer to other career areas.

Liberal Arts: Women's Studies Emphasis Program of Study Learning Outcomes:

Graduates of this program are able to

  • demonstrate the competencies described in the BCCC Core Curriculum;
  • identify influences that affect women's lives;
  • describe ways to effect change in their lives, their communities, and the world;
  • analyze the social institutions that contribute to the construction of gender; and
  • theorize the intersections of gender, knowledge, and academic disciplines.

Degree Course Requirements

Course Credits
VACV141
The Art of Independent Cinema
3
OR
VACV142
The Art of Theatrical Cinema
3
COMM110
Effective Speaking J,3
3
COMP110
English Composition I A,J,1
3
COMP111
English Composition II J,2
3
HLTH200
Intro. to Women's Health Issues
3
SOCI130
Contemporary Social Problems
3
WMST110
Introduction to Women's Studies B,J
3
College-Level Mathematics A,1 3
Cultural Perspectives C 3
Electives D,I 12
Foreign Language 6
INTG285
Integration of Knowledge E,J,4
3
Literature F 6
Psychology G 3
Science H 3
Total Credit Hours 60

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

Course Credits
COMM110
Effective Speaking J,3
3
COMP1190
English Composition I A,J,1
3
WMST110
Introduction to Women's Studies B,J
3
Elective D,I 3
Foreign Language 3
Total Credit Hours 15

Second Semester

Course Credits
COMP111
English Composition II J,2
3
HLTH200
Intro. to Women's Health Issues
3
College-Level Mathematics A 3
Foreign Language 3
ElectiveD,I 3
Total Credit Hours 15

Third Semester

Course Credits
VACV141
Introduction to Theatrical Cinema
3
OR
VACV142
Introduction to Independent Cinema
3
SOCI130
Contemporary Social Problems
3
ElectiveD,I 3
Literature F 3
Psychology G 3
Total Credit Hours 15

Fourth Semester

Course Credits
Cultural Perspectives C 3
Elective D,I 3
INTG285
Integration of Knowledge E,J,4
3
Literature F 3
Science H 3
Total Credit Hours 15

A Placement testing required
B Satisfies Social Perspectives
C Choose from the following courses: VAFA193, VAFA194, FCUL110, MUSC105, PHIL125
D WMST280 is recommended for 3 elective credits
E Any INTG course may be chosen
F Choose from LITR234, LITR235, LITR246, LITR261, LITR275, LITR278
G Choose from PSYC100, PSYC125, PSYC190, or PSYC200
H Any BIOL, CHEM, PHYS, SCIE course may be chosen.
I Pre-college level courses do not meet this requirement.
J Course requires prerequisite.

1 Satisfies College Writing Level I
2 Satisfies College Writing Level II
3 Satisfies Creative Expression
4 Satisfies Writing Intensive requirement