The Women’s Studies Program introduces the past and present achievements and experiences of women from an interdisciplinary and global perspective. The program explores the decisive role that gender has played and continues to play in human societies and contributes to an understanding of women’s lives. Knowledge derived from women’s studies courses will enable people to analyze current problems that women face in the areas of employment, the family, domestic violence, health and the legal system. 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.
Although PCC does not offer a degree in Women's Studies, the classes are lower division collegiate courses that transfer to a four-year college or university. Women's Studies courses may transfer as:
- elective credits
- program requirement credits
- and/or graduation requirements for the receiving institution
If you are planning to transfer from PCC and major in Women's Studies through the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Portland State University (PSU), your PCC credits will meet many requirements at PSU. Please see the PSU women's studies transfer worksheet. Students are always encouraged to check with the receiving institution, your PCC academic advisor and the University Transfer website for the most accurate and timely transfer requirement information.
All women's studies courses meet AAOT (Associate of Arts, Oregon Transfer Degree) requirements. Also, women's studies courses satisfy general education and diversity requirements. Introduction to Women's Studies (WS 101) may be taken for either arts and humanities credit, or social science credit.
Women's Studies Focus Award
The Women's Studies Focus Award at PCC prepares students for entry into other Women's 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 and Clark College.
Students will complete a 12-unit program of study that includes the core course: WS 101, Introduction to Women's Studies plus eight additional credits chosen from the four credit courses listed below. After having completed these courses student should apply for Women's Studies Focus Award!
Click here and choose at least two classes below to take for the Focus Award.
- Art 210 Women in Art
- English 222 Images of Women in Literature
- English 260 Introduction to Women Writers
- History 204, 205 History of Women in the U.S.
- History 225 History of Women, Sex and the Family
- Psychology 231, 232 Human Sexuality
- Sociology 218 Sociology of Gender
- Speech 237 Gender and Communication
- Health Education 212 Women's Health
- Economics 216 Labor Markets: Economics of Gender and Work
- WS 201 Women of the World
- WS 202 Women Working for Change
In addition to the courses listed above, Special Topic courses may fulfill certificate requirements.
Note: This focus award is not a formal, transcripted degree or certificate, but is a recognition of courses taken to supplement the skills you already have. Focus awards may be earned in combination with a certificate and/or degree.