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Major in Women's and Gender Studies

Major in Women's and Gender Studies

Women's studies courses, whether taken as part of the major or to enrich another discipline, invite students to understand past and present experiences in order to prepare for challenges in their careers, families, and communities.

Requirements(Nine Classes):

1. Required Intro Course; select one:

  • WGST 100 Introduction to Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies
  • WGST 111 Introduction to LGBT Studies
  • WGST/ECON 125 Women and Work
  • WGST/ENGL 193 Women in Literature

2. Three Required WGST Courses:

  • WGST 214 Women in the World Economy
  • WGST 204 Roots of Feminism
  • WGST 354 Feminist Theory

3. Required Race/Ethnicity Course; select one:

  • WGST 210 Sisters of the African Diaspora
  • HIST 213 Race and Ethnicity in U.S. History
  • WGST 232 Race, Gender and Health
  • SJ 220 Working for Social Justice
  • SOCI 249 Inequality: Race, Class, and Gender in Comparative Settings

4. Three Required WGST Courses or Electives; see lists

  • A course taken to fulfill the race/ethnicity requirement may not count toward this requirement.
  • WGST majors who are minoring in Social Justice may only count one of the required SJ core courses as an elective toward the WGST major.

5. Advanced Course Work; select one*

  • ENGL 308 The Postcolonial Novel
  • ENGL 398 Feminist Film Studies
  • HIST 360 Seminar in the History of Women and Gender
  • SOCI 311 Critical Race Legal Theory
  • SOCI 348 Re-envisioning the Third World
  • WGST 340 Intimate Family Violence
  • WGST 350 Independent Study
  • WGST 353 Special Topics Seminar
  • WGST 355 Thesis
  • WGST 370 Internship
  • WGST 380 Gender and Queer Theory

* A course taken to fulfill the race/ethnicity requirement may not count toward this requirement.

*Any WGST course numbered 350 and above will satisfy half of the College Independent Learning requirement.  Two such courses will satisfy the entire Independent Learning requirement.

WGST COURSES

  • WGST 100 Introduction to Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies
  • WGST 111 Introduction to LGBT Studies
  • WGST/ECON 125 Women and Work
  • WGST/ENGL 193 Women and Literature
  • WGST 204 Roots of Feminism
  • WGST/AST 210 Sisters of the African Diaspora
  • WGST 211 Gender and Sexuality
  • WGST/ECON 214 Women in the World Economy
  • WGST/AST/SOCI 232 Race, Gender and Health
  • WGST 258 Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies
  • WGST/AST/SOCI 340 Intimate Family Violence: A Multicultural Perspective
  • WGST 350 Independent Study
  • WGST 353 Special Topics Seminar
  • WGST 354 Feminist Theories
  • WGST 355 Thesis
  • WGST 370 Internship
  • WGST/PHIL 380 Gender and Queer Theory 

WGST ELECTIVES

  • AST 300 Seminar in Selected Topics in Africana Studies (as appropriate)
  • ART 248 Women and Art
  • BIOL 109 Biology of Women
  • ENGL 308 The Postcolonial Novel
  • ENGL 320 American Women's Poetry
  • ENGL 354 Studies in Film Genre: The Melodrama
  • ENGL 398 Feminist Film Studies
  • HIST 213 Race and Ethnicity in U.S. History
  • HIST 215 Women and Gender in U.S. History Before 1890
  • HIST 216 Women and Gender in U.S. History Since 1890
  • HIST 219 History of Sexuality and the Family
  • HIST 230 Women and Gender in Europe
  • HIST 360 Seminar in the History of Women and Gender
  • HON 302 Sexuality, Nature and Power   
  • MGMT 224 Socially-Minded Leadership
  • PHIL 390 Seminar (as appropriate)
  • POLS 219 Gender and Politics
  • PSYC 220 The Psychology of Women
  • SJ 220 Working for Social Justice
  • SJ 222 Organizing for Social Change
  • SPAN 336 Latin American Women Writers (offered in Spanish)
  • SOCI 210 Body Politics: A Sociological Perspective
  • SOCI 249 Inequality: Race, Class, and Gender in Comparative Settings
  • SOCI 311 Critical Race Legal Theory
  • SOCI 347 Antiracism and Justice Work
  • SOCI 348 Re-envisioning the Third World