Are you interested in systems of power, privilege and structural inequality? Do you want to engage in social justice issues? If so, Anne Arundel Community College’s unique and well-developed Gender and Sexuality Studies Program might be a perfect fit. Our interdisciplinary program will enable you to study Gender and Sexuality through the lenses of biology, history, sociology and other fields. You’ll develop skills sought after by employers and graduate schools, such as critical thinking, creative problem-solving and ethical-decision making, among others. Many of our students pair a certificate or degree from Gender and Sexuality Studies with another discipline to demonstrate specialized expertise within a larger field.
The Department of Gender & Sexuality is proud to offer the following Associate of Arts (A.A.) in this area of study. As an additional transfer option, AACC has the unique, Transfer Studies degree. Both degrees will prepare you to transfer to a four-year institution. Whichever path you choose, we strongly encourage you to meet with an advisor to structure your AACC studies to meet your specific transfer goals.
You’ll learn about the significance of gender in all people’s live and examine how cultural concepts of femininity, masculinity and gender are shaped by gender socialization and bias. You’ll also analyze the ways race, class, disability and sexual orientation intersect with gender.
The Transfer Studies, A.A. allows you to explore different subjects or concentrate on a specific course plan that will best meet your in-state (and even some out-of-state) transfer goals. This option is particularly good if you are undecided in your ultimate career direction, not sure where you'd like to eventually transfer or just looking to complete general education requirements while "testing the waters" of a particular major. No matter what brings you to Transfer Studies, the result is a well-rounded associate degree preparing you for further studies and successful career.
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The following certificate offers concentrated study for career purposes or personal enrichment. It also feeds into the A.A. degree, if desired.
This program focuses on the role of gender and sexuality in the construction of individual identities, interpersonal relationships and social institutions. You’ll learn about power and privilege in a social context. You’ll also develop critical-thinking skills by analyzing the ways in which gender and sexuality intersect with other social variables.
Gender and Sexuality Studies provides critical and broad-based skills that are relevant to a number of career paths—social work, policy, politics, law, nonprofit advocacy and others—after you complete your bachelor’s degree. And with four-year transfer agreements with dozens of colleges and universities in Maryland and beyond, a degree from AACC has never been a better investment. For outlook information about specific careers, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook.