Women’s Studies Option, Liberal Arts A.A.


Do you have an interest in the social and cultural influences that have shaped the lives and roles of women?

If you have an interest in how gender impacts a diverse number of fields including law, public policy, communications, academia, business, management and the health industry, the Women's Studies Option, Liberal Arts A.A. degree is worth exploring.  This program will prepare you for the future in the best tradition of the liberal arts - by emphasizing the critical thinking skills. With your Associate in Arts degree from Gulf Coast, you can transfer to a four-year institution to complete your bachelor's degree.  And did you know you don't have to be a woman to be a women's studies major?  You don't!

Who is hiring Women's Studies graduates?  According to an article published by, job options are available in areas such as administration, advocacy, social work, sociology, public health and public policy to graduates with Women's Studies degrees.  In addition, legal services, healthcare groups and government organization are often looking for employees with a deeper understanding and awareness of gender issues.

Whatever career(s) you decide to pursue, you can apply what you’ve learned from Women’s Studies to any situation. It’s not so much a career choice as it is a life choice; you’re adopting a new perspective that you can use in every relationship, every job, and every circumstance.


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 program Requirements

Communications Area  CH
 •+*ENC1101, English I 3
 +*ENC1102, English II 3
Humanities Area
Visual and Performing Arts See General Education Requirement 3
Philosophy/Religion See General Education Requirement 3
Literature See General Education Requirement 3
Mathematics Area
See General Education Requirement 6
Natural Sciences Area
Physical Science See General Education Requirement 3
Biological Science See General Education Requirement 3
Social Sciences Area
Behavioral Sciences See General Education Requirement 3
History See General Education Requirement 3
Government See General Education Requirement 3
Additional Common Prerequisites
 Electives 24



Recommended electives: 

+*PHI2600, Ethics, 3 crs. (Meets Area II Humanities requirement for AA)

+*LIT2040, World Drama, 3 crs. (Meets Area III Humanities requirement for AA)

SPC1608, Intro to Public Speaking, 3 crs.

DEP2004, Developmental Psychology, 3 crs.

•EVR1001, Environmental Science, 3 crs.

•ANT2000, Anthropology, 3 crs.

EUH1001, Western Civilization, 3 crs.

WST2010, Intro to Women’s Studies, 3 crs.

•SYG2000, Sociology, 3 crs.

+*LIT2380, Women in Literature, 3 crs. (Meets Area III Humanities requirement for A.A.)

• General Education Core. Students must complete at least one identified core course in each area of study—Communications, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences—as part of the general education course requirements.

+ Prerequisites  and/or corequisites required.  See course descriptions.

* Minimum grade of "C" required.



A significant number of graduates with degrees in women's studies choose occupations in the community and social service fields. The Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) indicates that the median salary for social workers with a bachelor's degree in 2016 was $46,890.00 annually.  The OOH lists median salaries for community and social service occupations in 2016 at $42,990, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations.

Many career options are available to you including attorney, case manager, college professor, community health outreach, director of counseling services, domestic violence victim counselor, editor, human resource manager, office manager, police officer and social work.


My Academic Plan (MAP)

Be in charge of your academic plan!  Refer to My Academic Plan (MAP-AA/Liberal Arts (WOM-AA)) for a recommended path and timetable, from start to graduation, for obtaining your degree or certification.

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Learn More

Ready to apply?  You'll need to complete the general admission application to Gulf Coast State College.  Visit Gulf Coast State's Admissions page to learn more about the application process.

 Consult the Gulf Coast State College catalog for specific program and course information.



Cindy Boshelle
Counselor, Student Affairs
Phone:  850-769-1551 X2829

Jennifer Linn Hamilton
Associate Professor, Social Sciences Division
Phone:  850-769-1551, extension 5850

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Division Chair

Wes Keene, MS
Chair, Social Sciences Division
Phone:  850-769-1551 extension 3826; 850-872-3826

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