International Women's Day March

An FRCC professor gives us the scoop on these enriching course offerings.

About 52% of the world’s population are women. And yet the experiences of women are often undervalued and overlooked.

In the United States, working women earn about 83.7% of what men make, according to the Department of Labor. (The numbers get even more abysmal when race is factored in: Women of color make significantly less than white men.)

Women make up a little more than ¼ of our federal legislators, according to the Center for American Women in Politics. And women run just 10% of Fortune 500 companies.

Slow Progress

International Women's Day graphic with calendar (March 8)

While numbers are slowly improving, women are still significantly underrepresented in the halls of power, whether it’s politics or business. And yet, women are now entering college at higher rates than men and are more likely to complete their degrees.

While we need to take steps to ensure that men do not fall behind, equal representation means that around 51% of employees and representatives should be women. (We also want to see equality across racial lines and other sexualized identities.)

What Do Women and Gender Studies Have to Do With All of This?

It’s important to understand history. It’s important to recognize dynamics at play in our personal and professional lives.

Every single person on earth is either a woman or works and interacts with women. No matter what our futures hold, having opportunities to learn about the experiences of over half of the world’s population will only help us as we navigate our personal and professional lives.

International Women's Day March

What Women and Gender Studies Class Is Right for Me?

Front Range Community College offers four women and gender studies classes that are guaranteed to transfer to all public universities in the state. These courses are offered face-to-face, or through real-time remote and online options. Find your best options in FRCC’s class search!

WST 2000: Introduction to Women and Gender Studies

This class is an overview of how major social institutions—like politics, health care, marriage and family law, religion, race and class—impact women and people who identify as women.

It’s a great introduction to the subject and provides an historic overview. This course is good for anyone interested in learning more.

WST 2100: Women and Social Action

This class is perfect for anyone fascinated by social movements. Not only does it provide in-depth analysis of major women’s movements—from suffrage to #metoo—but the course also invites students to engage in activist projects of their choice.

This class is great for anyone interested in working in the nonprofit sector, politics or the legal field.

WST 2200: Goddesses and Women of the Ancient World

Think gods are male? Think again!

Ever wonder where male domination of society originated? Learn the reasons for the existence of patriarchy. This class explores the earliest origins of the human species to discover powerful female imagery from across the globe from the very earliest artistic representations.

This is a terrific class for anyone interested in history, culture and religion.

WST 2300: Women’s Sexuality

We live in a society that does not educate people about sexuality, leaving many people to rely on rumors and misinformation about an important aspect of physical and mental health. In addition to unpacking how we define “sex” and “woman,” the class focuses on how society sends message about sexuality and how those messages impact us.

This class is perfect for anyone interested in counseling, social work, medicine or psychology.

How to Get Started

You can find all of these women and gender studies classes—as well as others—when you sign up for classes in FRCC’s Navigate system. Want more information? Contact the women and gender studies lead on your campus!

Boulder County Campus: Dr. Catlyn Keenan –

Larimer Campus: Professor Kalynn Amundson –

Westminster Campus: Dr. Cecilia Gowdy-Wygant –

Ready to sign up? See your academic advisor and sign up today!

Contact FRCC’s Advising Team

Schedule an Appointment:

Boulder County Campus

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Larimer Campus

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Westminster Campus

303-404-5300 | Email

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