Women's Studies Program



The Women’s Studies Certificate of Performance is awarded to students who successfully have completed an interdisciplinary curriculum designed to explore the past, present and future of women from a multi-cultural perspective. The courses in this concentration will explore how women’s lives have been affected by society’s values, traditions, and institutions and how language, belief systems, political structures and economic systems shape the status of women, as well as men, in society and culture.

Statement of Goals

This Certificate of Performance provides an interdisciplinary curriculum of courses that emphasize women’s issues and fulfill General Education, American Institutions and multicultural requirements for the District and transfer institutions.

Award Type Units
Certificate of Performance:
Women's Studies 15

Program Emphasis

The courses taken to achieve the Certificate of Performance fulfill general education, American Institutions, and multi-cultural requirements for the Associate of Arts degree and for university transfer programs. Courses can also be used as preparation for a transfer major or minor in Women’s Studies. Students who gain a Certificate in Women’s Studies may combine their interest in Women’s Studies with another major, and their broad interdisciplinary background makes them attractive candidates for graduate schools.

Career Options

A Women’s Studies Certificate also prepares students for careers in non-profit organizations, government and public policy, education, health fields, business, the creative arts, journalism, publishing, law, science, the social sciences, and social work. For example, social work and counseling professionals as well as health professionals of all types, including physicians, nurses, physical therapists, and occupational therapists, often focus on issues of concern solely to women or more likely to be faced by women. Manufacturers, retailers, advertising agencies and marketing firms analyze the purchasing patterns and preferences of female consumers and retirement concerns of woman are a growing part of the finance industry. Lawyers often specialize in family law, gender discrimination, sexual harassment, or other issues of special concern to women.

program learning outcomes

Students who complete the Women’s Studies Program will be able to:

  • Analyze how women’s lives have been affected by society’s values, traditions, and institutions.
  • Delineate the literary, artistic, scientific and political contributions of women throughout history
  • Explain or analyze how women’s diverse experiences are affected by ethnicity, class, nationality, religion, and sexual orientation.
  • Develop arguments, weigh evidence, and derive conclusions in the area of Women’s Studies.

Students will be assessed through a combination of performance evaluations, written assignments, and written tests and quizzes.

Certificate of Performance:

Women’s Studies*

Courses: Units
PHIL 125 Philosophy of Women 3
PHIL 126 Introduction to Philosophy of Contemporary Gender Issues or
PSYC 133* Psychology of Women 3
Select three additional courses from:
BLAS 150 Black Women in Literature, Film and the Media 3
BLAS 175 Psycho-History of Racism and Sexism 3
CHIC 170 La Chicana 3
HIST 141 Women in United States History I 3
HIST 142 Women in United States History II 3
PHIL 126 Introduction to Philosophy of Contemporary Gender Issues 3
PSYC 133* Psychology of Women 3
Total Units = 15

*Completion of Psychology 133, Psychology of Women, may only be counted once toward the 15 units required for the certificate of performance.

A Certificate of Performance is a departmental award that does not appear on the student’s transcript. All courses must be completed within the San Diego Community College District.

Also see " Associate of Arts Degree: Liberal Arts and Sciences with an Emphasis in Social and Behavioral Sciences—Women’s Studies .”