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Women’s Studies

About the Department

Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary field that investigates the evolving experiences and contributions of women and girls within various historical, social, political, personal, and cultural contexts. Drawing upon resources from the humanities, sciences, and social sciences, our department offers a wide range of thought-provoking courses. Students can expect to study topics like gender, feminism, race, age, class, religion, sexual identity, health and wellness, and reproduction through readings, videos, collaborative projects, and independent research.

Women’s Studies provides a supportive environment that encourages women and men to think reflectively and critically, envision constructive new realities, respect human dignity and celebrate diversity, earn a developed understanding of the relationship between personal experience and social conditions, have a sense of humor, and take time for fun. Students who graduate with a Women’s Studies Certificate possess skills that are valuable and marketable to a wide variety of employers.

Students may elect to complete the 12-credit Women’s Studies Certificate. Drawing from the expertise of faculty members in a variety of departments, the program is flexible and designed to help students achieve personal and professional enrichment as well as fulfill MnTC goal requirements.

Department Information

Department Description

Department Description: Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary field that investigates the evolving experiences and contributions of women and girls within various historical, social, political, personal, and cultural contexts. Drawing upon resources from the humanities, sciences, and social sciences, our department offers a wide range of thought-provoking courses. Students can expect to study topics like gender, feminism, race, age, class, religion, sexual identity, health and wellness, and reproduction through readings, videos, collaborative projects, and independent research. Women’s Studies provides a supportive environment that encourages women and men to think reflectively and critically, envision constructive new realities, respect human dignity and celebrate diversity, earn a developed understanding of the relationship between personal experience and social conditions, have a sense of humor, and take time for fun. Students who graduate with a Women’s Studies Certificate possess skills that are valuable and marketable to a wide variety of employers.

Special Department Information

 

Special Department Information:

WOMEN’S STUDIES CERTIFICATE

Program Course Requirements

Required Courses (choose 12 credits from the following list):

BIOL 2411  Biology of Women (3 cr)

ENGL 2451  Women in Literature (3 cr)

HLTH 1531  Women’s Health (3 cr)

HIST 2420  History of Women in the U.S. (3 cr)

WMST 1400  Intro to Women’s Studies (3 cr)

WMST 2402  Gender and Popular Culture (3 cr)

WMST 2420  Women and Religion (3 cr)

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT – 12 CREDITS

Click here to download the Women’s Studies Certificate Program Planning Form (PDF)

Special Program Requirements:

In addition to the program requirements listed above, students must meet the following conditions in order to graduate:

  1. College Cumulative GPA Requirement: The cumulative grade point average (GPA) of credits attempted and completed at CLC must be at least 2.0
  2. Residency Requirement: students must complete one third (4) of their credits at Central Lakes College.

Learning Outcomes

Department Learning Outcomes:

Graduates will be able to:

  • Gain insight into diverse cultures and understand how culture impacts perspectives.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the individual and institutional dynamics of unequal power relations between groups in contemporary society.
  • Develop a foundation of knowledge about women’s roles in and contributions to the economy, politics, the arts, cultures, and society in the United States and around the world.
  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate the analysis of race and ethnicity, class, sexual identities, culture, religion, disabilities, and geography into explanations of power relations in the contemporary world.
  • Examine the diversity of women’s experiences, past and present, using the concept of gender to identify progress and problems.
  • Identify major feminist movements and explain how they shape policies and perspectives in the United States.
  • Demonstrate understanding of reproductive anatomy and the women’s health initiative.

Transfer Opportunities

Transfer Opportunities: This program has a transfer articulation agreement with Minnesota State University – Moorhead.

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities: The Women’s Studies Certificate compliments a wide variety of fields such as human resources, social work, psychology, English, criminal Justice, health, and political science. Students who graduate with this certificate develop skills that are highly valued by employers. These skills include problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, research analysis, and communication.

Instructors

sarahSarah Kath
I received my B.A. and M.A. from St. Cloud State University. While at Central Lakes College I have developed quality courses in philosophy, participated in various CLC faculty committees, and served as the advisor for the CLC Equality Coalition student club. I thoroughly enjoyed philosophizing on a variety of subjects, including: Should I lie to an inquiring murderer? Is ignorance bliss? Does evil exist? Is there a soul or an afterlife? My students have joked about how my eyes light up when a good argument starts. It is exciting to watch students develop as critical thinkers, and it gives me hope to know that there are a few more thoughtful people going out into the world. Email Sarah for more information

sandraSandra Kaplan
Sandra Kaplan has 20+ years of experience teaching students at both public and private colleges. She earned a Master’s degree in Cell Biology and Physiology from Northern Arizona University and successfully completed the requirements for a Bachelor’s degree from Bemidji State University where she double majored in Environmental Studies and Biology. In addition to teaching biology, she has recently pursued training and education to also instruct Health classes and Beginning Yoga. Sandra’s joy is fueled by watching students meet their academic and career goals. She believes in total body wellness and the pursuit of wisdom and knowledge; and thinks that citizens who possess science literacy skills are empowered to make enlightened decisions and meaningful contributions to our global society. Email Sandra for more information

Robert Brekken
Bob Brekken attended CLC as a student, earned his B.A. at Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, and his M.A. in History at the University of Minnesota. In addition, he has completed doctoral course work at the University of Minnesota. Bob has been a history instructor at CLC since 2004 and served as the Honors Coordinator from 2011-2013. In his free time, he enjoys “silent sports”: running, biking, skiing, and kayaking. Email Robert for more information

Anne Radspinner
After 25 years in private sector executive management, Anne Radspinner completed her B.A. and M.A. in Literature and Writing at California State University San Marcos where her research on women and religion in 18th century literature established a foundation for her subsequent work in women’s studies. In the summer of 2014, Ms. Radspinner will receive the graduate certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies from Western Kentucky University. She plans to teach online for the university in the fall of 2014. Radspinner received her Associate of Art degree from Brainerd Community College in 1988 and has been an instructor at CLC since 2010. Teaching has been a life-long dream and women’s studies her passion. Email Anne for more information

Leane Flynn
Leane Flynn earned an M.A. in English from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts and a B.A. in English with a minor in music from the University of Minnesota, Morris. Her professional interests include creative nonfiction, college writing, and mothering studies. In addition to teaching, Leane enjoys spending quality time with family, running 5K races, reading, writing, playing music, volunteering, biking on the Cuyuna LakesTrail, and gardening. Email Leane for more information

Elizabeth Mayers
Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA I moved west after completing a bachelor in science from Villanova University and a Master of Science in Biology from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Working as a bio-technician for the forest service and park service, for several years, I moved from remote areas of Alaska, to Idaho and Montana. I then settled for a few years in Colorado before moving to Minnesota to be closer to my husband’s family. As an instructor in the sciences at a community college I feel that my role is to prepare the students for their future courses in Biology related fields and also for the jobs they will be performing. All Biology courses are interesting for me to teach; however if I were to have to pick favorites I would choose Microbiology and Biology of Women. Outside of work I have a husband and two children that keep me busy. I also like to get outside when I can, and have recently taken up cross-country skiing. During the warmer months our whole family enjoys going fishing, working outside in the yard and garden, and going for hikes together in the nearby Crow Wing State Park. The Brainerd Lakes area is a wonderful place to live work and go to school. Email Elizabeth for more information

Student Testimonials

Ashley

I cannot put into words what Intro to Women’s Studies has done for me. I took this class just to satisfy one of my goal areas, and it has turned out to be the best class I have ever taken (in over 150 credits). I have never felt so moved by a class.

Shawntelle

Going into the social worker field, I feel Intro to Women’s Studies has not only given me strength and courage as a woman in today’s society, but will help me strengthen and give courage to all the women I encounter in my career.

Employment Statistics

For more information regarding employment statistics, career salary information and estimated job growth, follow the resource links below:

https://apps.deed.state.mn.us/lmi/ces/
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/home.htm
http://www.iseek.org/jobs/jobmarket.html

 
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