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Gender and Sexuality, African American, and American Studies

In our department, we draw from more than one discipline to study a particular aspect or group of society. We include perspectives from fields such as history, literature, philosophy, art, science, psychology, health, criminal justice, sociology and legal studies. We examine the role these things play in the development of individual identities, relationships and social institutions. Through this process, our students develop critical thinking skills.

Students interested in Gender and Sexuality and African American studies often express an interest in social justice causes and activism. Many students come to college wanting to change the world and make a difference in their communities. Students often pursue careers in social work, policy, nonprofit advocacy, law and other related fields where they can have a positive impact locally, nationally and globally.

Majors and Offerings

Our department offers both a degree and credit certificate concentrating in Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Learn about majoring in Gender and Sexuality Studies.

If you intend to transfer to a four-year school with a degree in American or African American studies as your end goal, our Transfer Studies Associate of Arts is for you. 

AACC is proud to offer this unique Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree that allows you to customize your program to pursue your interests or meet the requirements of a specific school to which you hope to transfer. Meet with an advisor as soon as possible to build a Custom Transfer program that will meet your personal, professional and academic goals.

Learn about Transfer Studies.

Faculty and Staff

Heather Rellihan, professor and program coordinator
CRSC 136

Keke Doy
Social Sciences, Philosophy, Interdisciplinary Studies and Transfer Studies Support Coordinator
CRSC 133

Resources for Students


The Gay Straight Alliance educates the LGBTQ community and its allies about queer history and queer cultures. It also works to foster an affirming, supportive campus community for LGBTQ students and their straight allies.

Learn more about the Gay Straight Alliance.

Rainbow Network

The AACC Rainbow Network (ARN) is a community of administrators, faculty and staff who actively advocate for LGBTQ equity and fight homophobia on campus.

Learn more about the Rainbow Network.


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School of Liberal Arts,
Interdisciplinary Studies

Heather Rellihan, professor


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Lori K. Perez, Ed.D.
Assistant Dean