At Howard Community College, Women’s Studies represents a perspective as well as a body of content. Women's Studies begins with women and examines their lives, using the methods and focuses of other academic disciplines. For instance, Women's History begins with women rather than with existing categories of historical writing. History is traditionally chunked into periods; for Western Civilization these might include the rise of civilizations, the medieval period, the Renaissance and Reformation, the rise of the nation state, etc. Periodization in an American History textbook would include the Colonial Period, the Revolution, the Federal Period, The Civil War, etc. Instead of asking how women fitted into the Renaissance or Revolutionary period, Women's History begins with the lives of actual women and then seeks to discover how these historical subjects shaped and were shaped by the times in which they lived. As an example, historian Joan Kelly-Gadol realized that for wellborn women the Renaissance represented a tightening of restrictions, a narrowing of opportunities and freedom rather than the expansion typically described. Men of their class had a different experience. So, rather than beginning with history, or sociology, or literature, or art, or health, we begin with women. As we examine their experiences, we use the tools of a particular academic discipline to study them.
All of our Women's Studies courses have been articulated with nearby four-year colleges and universities. Some examples of colleges and universities with whom we have existing articulation agreements include: University of Maryland, College Park; University of Maryland Baltimore County; University of Maryland Eastern Shore [UMES]; University of Maryland at Baltimore [UMAB]; University of Maryland, University College; Bowie State University; Coppin State College; Frostburg State University; Goucher College; Hood College; The John's Hopkins University School of Continuing Studies; Morgan State University; College of Notre Dame of Maryland; St. Mary's College of Maryland; Salisbury University; Towson University; University of Baltimore; Stevenson College; Washington College; McDaniel College. It is always strongly recommended that you check with the receiving institution to which you are planning to transfer. Another good resource is ARTSYS, which summarizes the current status of articulation agreements.
If you are pursuing a Women's Studies Degree or Program of Study, here at HCC, you might be interested in going on to major or minor in Women's Studies when you transfer. The following colleges and universities offer such possibilities: