Women's and Gender Studies

Located at all Campuses | For more information please contact: womens-studies@pcc.edu

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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.

If you are planning to transfer from PCC and major in Women's and Gender 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 and Gender Studies courses meet AAOT (Associate of Arts, Oregon Transfer Degree) requirements. Also, Women's and Gender 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 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 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!

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.

What's Next?

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  1. Complete the steps for new students
    • The admissions form will ask you what you plan to study. Since we don't offer a degree or certificate in this subject, you should choose Associate of Arts - Oregon Transfer (AAOT) for now.
  2. Plan how you'll pay for college
  3. Plan your transfer