Womens Studies (AA.LA.WMST)
Bergen Community College
Bergen Community College offers an Associate of Art degree in Women’s Studies for students who are interested in understanding the role of women in history, in culture, and in society. Students will study issues relating to the equal rights and social issues of women, including psychology, feminism, women’s suffrage, and the advocacy of social and economic equality. In addition, students will develop a historical perspective of women’s rights issues and how they have changed over time.
The program consists of classroom courses which emphasize real-world education through examination of cases and education which will be applicable on the job. Those classes include women in history, women in American history, introduction to psychology, introduction to philosophy, psychology of sexuality, cross-cultural psychology, psychology of women, social psychology, sociology of gender roles, changing roles of women, ethnic and minority group relations, American government, introduction to politics, developmental psychology, sociology of the family, and women in literature.
Through completion of the program, students will have demonstrated the professionalism and skill necessary to earn the degree. The qualifications demonstrate that the student has been able to apply the principles they have learned in the program into their eventual development as a functional affective professional in their field. These qualifications include but are not limited to: the ability to demonstrate acquired knowledge in women’s studies as part of the history and issues involving the rights of women, to demonstrate basic knowledge in topics of general education which will provide the basis for further study, to demonstrate a basic knowledge in several areas of liberal studies, science, and math, and to develop a broad foundation for advanced studies.
Degree Level: Associate
Delivery Format: 100% Online
Accreditation & Licensing
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
In the 1960s, community members of Bergen County, New Jersey, worked to establish a higher learning facility to serve the needs of local students. In 1965, Bergen Community College was officially established and construction began. The first students enrolled in the fall of 1968. Since its founding, Bergen Community College continues to accommodate growing educational needs of the region. Today, Bergen Community College maintains the main campus at Paramus, along with additional branches at Hackensack and Lyndhurst.
Bergen Community College awards associate’s degrees and certificate programs. The associate's degrees provide students with the opportunity to transfer into four-year institutions. In order to meet the needs of students with multiple demands and time constraints, Bergen Community College offers distance learning. Classes are conducted online or through a hybrid format, and students have access to support services, such as online tutoring and the online library database. All classes meet the same standards as on-campus counterparts. Online classes feature asynchronous learning complete with tests, writing assignments, reading, discussions and other homework. At times, students may be required to complete proctored exams. Bergen Community College also offers complete online degree and certificate programs.
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