The Women’s Studies option, in general, is an associate’s degree that can be completed in four semesters. Students must complete the 12 hours of required courses composed of:
HIST 2133: Women’s History (offered online also)
HIST 2263: Women’s Studies
POLS 2093: Women and Politics
ENGL 2253: Women in American Literature
Students must complete an additional 12 hours of the support requirements. The student may choose from a wide variety of courses to complete the support requirements. Students select classes to allow them to focus their attention on the specific aspect of Social Sciences they choose to emphasize.
Degree requirements (PDF)
What is required of a student?
As a Women’s Studies major, the student needs to be dedicated to the exploration of issues, theories, and scholarship developed that incorporates women’s lives. This includes issues of politics, legislation on the state and national level, economic equity, family and children, health, gender, education, and social stratification. The field of study is very wide and interdisciplinary so a student needs to know where the focus will be so the support and general education requirements are woven into the program. The student must complete all 4 required classes and complete an additional 12 hours from the support requirements. All students are required to complete the general education requirements in order to qualify for graduation. Since our program is small, the student works closely with the professors in the division and is expected to participate in programs sponsored by the Women’s Studies program such as the Leadership Conference in March and the Domestic Violence Program in October.
What happens after graduation?
The Women’s Studies option is meant to serve as a solid foundation for a four year degree. Students can transfer to a university that offers Women’s Studies as a major or a minor. The University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, and the University of Central Oklahoma offer these options.
Students may choose to follow a degree path to their Bachelor’s degree in a different field where Women’s Studies provides a solid foundation including political science, sociology, family and child development, history, and psychology.
What can you DO with this degree?
The Women’s Studies option in Social Sciences prepares students to develop a deeper understanding of the issues faced by women today. It serves as a liberal arts foundation upon which to complete a traditional four year college degree. A degree in Women’s Studies major can help fuel interest in careers specifically geared to women such as working in the women’s centers, rape crisis facilities, battered women’s shelters. This degree can also provide a foundation in careers such as social worker, police officer, educator, day care worker, health professionals and many other fields that deal with women and families on a regular basis.
Why choose RSC for your Women’s Studies Program?
RSC offers a unique program specifically developed for the community college student. Our program offers a personalized, interdisciplinary program. You may tailor it to your specific discipline within the Social Sciences division, including history, political science, sociology, criminal justice, and family and child development. Our classes are small and are taught by very dedicated professors. The professors who teach the core and support courses are also key faculty members in the Women’s Leadership Program and on the Domestic Violence Committee. Almost all the required and support classes are taught on campus and online.
Our program, added in 2011, is only one of a handful of Women’s Studies programs at the community college level across the country. Some community colleges offer a certificate in Women’s Studies but we are one of the very few that offer students the opportunity to earn an A.A. in Women’s Studies. By incorporating the Women’s Leadership Initiative and the Domestic Violence program, students are able to participate on a very real level in activities that work to empower and educate women. We encourage our students to volunteer or serve in many campus, local, and state activities to promote issues important to women in Oklahoma. Soon RSC will be adding an American Indian Studies program. We hope they will play an important role on our campus and in our program.