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Gender and Sexuality Studies - Arts and Sciences Transfer (A.A.)

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Official Title of Major: Arts and Sciences - Gender and Sexuality Studies, A.A.

Award: Associate of Arts degree, A.A.


Total Credit Hours: 60 

About the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program

Purpose: To provide concentrated study of gender and sexuality within a larger liberal arts focus. This option is suitable for students who want to pursue a profession where the demonstration of specialized training in issues related to gender and sexuality is an asset, and/or for students who intend to transfer to a 4-year institution, but who have not decided on a specific major or career path and so prefer a interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary field of study. Because Gender and Sexuality Studies courses teach widely-applicable skills like critical thinking, problem solving, understanding other viewpoints, effective communication, and ethical decision making, this option is strong preparation for many career fields and for students who plan to pursue graduate or professional school degrees. The focus on issues of equity and inclusion make this option particularly useful for those who wish to work on social justice issues.

Honors Program Courses

If you qualify for the Honors Program, you may take honors versions  of some courses (such as ENG 101H , ENG 102H , etc.).

Graduation Requirements

See Academic Regulations for college-wide Graduation Requirements .

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Arts and Sciences Transfer Program Core Course Requirements

The Program Requirements for this degree are simultaneously satisfied by three of the General Education Requirements listed below: (1) the Communication Arts and Humanities general education requirement, (2) the Sophomore Literature Arts and Humanities general education requirement, and (3) one of the History Social and Behavioral Sciences general education requirement courses (HIS 111  or HIS 112  or HIS 211  or HIS 212 ).

General Education Requirements: 34 credits

An approved list of general education courses can be found in the General Education Requirements and degree program required courses section of the catalog. Choose general education courses from the following topics:

English: 6 credits

Arts and Humanities: 6 credits

Biological and Physical Sciences: 7 credits

At least one lab science required. See General Education Biological and Physical Sciences Requirements for a list of approved courses.

Mathematics: 3 credits

Students must choose one Mathematics course from the following:

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 6 credits

Additional General Education Courses: 6 credits

Area of Concentration: 26 credits

Choose one course from the following: 3 credits

Choose one course from the following: 3 credits

GSS Electives: 6 credits

Students should check with GSS Coordinator to determine which course is most appropriate depending on the student’s chosen transfer institution.

Electives: 8 credits

Students should check with GSS Coordinator to determine which course is most appropriate depending on the student’s chosen transfer institution. No more than 3 credits of physical activity courses may be used as electives.

Diversity Requirement

Satisfied by GSS 101  or GSS 102 .

Technology Requirement

All students in associate degree programs must satisfy the Technology Requirement . In many cases, students may satisfy this requirement simultaneously as they satisfy a general education course requirement or with an elective. 

Wellness Requirement

Satisfied by GSS 113 .

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Communicate complex ideas and information through writing, speaking, presenting, and using technology.
  2. Locate, organize, and analyze information from multiple sources in order to develop informed, reasoned, and substantiated arguments.
  3. Apply mathematical skills, critical analysis, and logical thinking to solve problems and interpret quantitative information.
  4. Explain the significance of social diversity and the ways in which cultural values are historically and socially situated.
  5. Explain the ways in which gender and sexuality intersect with race, ethnicity, class, dis/ability, religion, and other variables of identity.
  6. Apply the concepts of structural inequality, power, privilege, and oppression to explain difference.
  7. Explain the role of gender and sexuality in the construction of individual identities, interpersonal relationships, and social institutions.

Transferring Credits to Maryland Public Four-Year Schools

Maryland public four-year colleges and universities accept a minimum of 60 and as many as 70 credits earned toward an associate degree from a Maryland public community college. Students planning to transfer should consult with an AACC academic and transfer advisor; and are advised to obtain permission from the four-year college or university when planning to transfer credits beyond the minimum degree requirements at AACC. More than 70 credits earned at AACC may be transferred if outlined within an established transfer agreement. Current transfer agreements can be found on the AACC Transfer Partners webpage.

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