Program Coordinator: Christine Eubank
Phone: (201) 493-3548
Department Secretary: Maureen Mitchell
Phone: (201) 447-7133
In the Women and Gender Studies program, students explore and critique the social construction of categories such as gender, sexuality, race, and class both historically and in contemporary societies. Using an interdisciplinary approach that is historical, global, and multicultural, our program strives to offer courses which consider the complexity and diversity of men’s and women’s lived experiences in the United States and globally.
The Women and Gender Studies program introduces students to material and methodologies designed to develop and hone critical thinking and analytical talents. Women and Gender Studies coursework is varied, rigorous, and challenging. Students will learn to identify and interrogate the formation and perpetuation of social, economic, and political hierarchies that have their roots in gender, sexuality, class, ethnicity, and nationality.
As an interdisciplinary major, Women and Gender Studies examines women’s roles and achievements locally and globally. In earning an Associate of Arts degree in Women and Gender Studies, students will meet the general criteria of the liberal arts degree and complete two (2) electives in Women and Gender Studies. Various perspectives are presented through such courses as Women in History, Sociology of Gender Roles, Women in Literature, Women and Religion, Sociology of Gender Roles, Changing Roles of Women, and Introduction to LBGTQ Cultures.
The liberal arts Associate of Arts degree (A.A.)- Women and Gender Studies option is designed to provide students with the coursework needed to transfer to a four-year institution and pursue a bachelor’s degree in women’s and gender studies and a variety of bachelor’s degrees in the social sciences. The curriculum provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a pathway to careers including women’s studies, sociology, psychology, philosophy, education, law, history, politics, literature, English, social work, and humanities. Students can take coursework and concentrated options in women’s studies. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with Bergen Community College faculty and Career Services as they begin to explore career options. Students can also utilize Career Coach, a resource provided by Bergen, to explore degree programs and corresponding careers https://bergen.emsicc.com.
Students pursuing the Associates of Arts degree (A.A.)- Women and Gender Studies option can transfer into majors, such as women’s studies, sociology, psychology, philosophy, education, law, history, politics, literature, English, social work, and humanities. Many four-year colleges require coursework in sociology, psychology, philosophy, history, literature, English, social work, and humanities. Students are encouraged to work closely with Bergen Community College faculty and Advising Transfer Services. Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution in NJ can explore the “Transfer Programs” feature on NJ Transfer https://njtransfer.org.