Liberal Arts and Sciences: Women and Gender Studies

Women and Gender Studies is an exciting program that analyzes how the social construction of gender shapes the lives of women and men. It is an interdisciplinary program that examines historical and contemporary issues through the lens of gender, while emphasizing race/ethnicity, class, and sexual identity as categories of analysis. Gendered perceptions of women and men in media, arts and sciences, health fields, and literature are examined. Internships designed to provide students with first-hand experience in public and private agencies and organizations are available.

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While most Women and Gender Studies graduates continue to further their education upon leaving Tompkins Cortland Community College, there are a number of public agencies and private businesses in the community interested in employing students with this degree. Entry-level positions, as well as long-term careers exist in the fields of counseling, social work, education, health care, government bureaus, nonprofit organizations, and private enterprise.

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Program Chair

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Karen Pastorello, Ph.D.

Professor, History

Karen Pastorello currently chairs the Women and Gender Studies Program. She earned a Ph.D. in Modern American History from Binghamton University, 2001; an M.A. in American Labor History from Arizona State University, 1985; and a B.A. in History and Education from St. John Fisher College, 1977.

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Transfer Options

Women and Gender Studies graduates may consider further study in women’s studies, men’s studies, women’s history, and gender or sexuality studies.

Colleges and universities that offer baccalaureate programs include:

  • Binghamton University
  • Buffalo State College
  • SUNY College at Brockport
  • Cornell University
  • SUNY College at Cortland
  • SUNY College at Geneseo
  • SUNY New Paltz
  • SUNY College at Oswego
  • SUNY College at Plattsburgh
  • SUNY College at Purchase
  • Stony Brook University
  • Wells College

Degree Requirements

Fall Term 1

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 15

ENGL100, Academic Writing I, 3 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in ENGL 100. A student exempted from ENGL 100 must substitute a 3-credit Unrestricted Elective. The course should be selected in consultation with the student's advisor.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
PSYC103, Introduction to Psychology, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
SOCI101, Introduction to Sociology, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
WGST100, Perspectives on Women - An Introduction, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
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Spring Term 1

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 15

ENGL101, Academic Writing II, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
WGST200, Images of Women, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
WGST233, Women in U.S. History, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
Choose one from the courses listed below:
Minimum credits required: 3
HSTY201, American History to 1877 Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
HSTY202, American History Since 1877 Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
MATH109, Statistical Literacy, 3 cr.
MATH110, Topics in Mathematics, 3 cr.
MATH120, College Algebra, 4 cr.
MATH122, Technical Mathematics, 3 cr.
MATH138, Precalculus Mathematics, 4 cr.
MATH200, Statistics, 3 cr.
MATH201, Calculus I, 4 cr.
MATH202, Calculus II, 4 cr.
MATH203, Calculus III, 4 cr.
MATH206, Differential Equations, 4 cr.
MATH216, Discrete Mathematics, 4 cr.
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Fall Term 2

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 15

ENGL102, Approaches to Literature, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
WGST120, Women and Health Care, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
WGST125, Women and Work, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
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Spring Term 2

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 15

ENGL201, Fundamentals of Speech, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
Choose one from the courses listed below:
Minimum credits required: 3
HSTY110, World History to 1500 Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
HSTY111, World History Since 1500 Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
HSTY215, History of Latin America Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
HSTY245, Topics in Modern Asia Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
HSTY252, Native American History: Colonial Policies Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
HSTY260, Topics in Modern Latin America Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
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Minimum credits required: 3
ENVS105, Environmental Ethics Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
PHIL101, Introduction to Philosophy Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
PHIL201, Contemporary Moral Issues Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
ASTR@
BIOL@
CHEM@
CSCI160, Computer Science I, 3 cr.
CSCI165, Computer Science II, 3 cr.
CSCI205, Computer Science III-Data Structures, 3 cr.
ENVS101, Introduction to Environmental Science, 3 cr.
ENVS102, Technology and the Environment, 3 cr.
ENVS116, Soil Science, 3 cr.
ENVS141, Agroecology, 3 cr.
ENVS202, Integrated Pest Management, 3 cr.
ENVS295, Global Seminar, 3 cr.
GEOL@
MATH@
METR@
PHSC@
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SUNY General Education & Tompkins Cortland Liberal Arts courses

Note: The @ symbol represents any course number or discipline. For example, BIOL @ means any course with a Biology course prefix. An @ alone means one course in any course discipline with any course number.