Academic Programs Catalog

College of Arts and Letters

Program in Women, Gender, and Social Justice

Undergraduate Programs
Women's and Gender Studies

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Women's and Gender Studies

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Women's and Gender Studies.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Women's and Gender Studies major is met by completing Women's Studies 492. That course is referenced in item 3. a. below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Arts and Letters for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
  3. The following requirements for the major (33 to 35 credits). A student with a major in Women's and Gender Studies must earn a minimum grade–point average of 2.00 in the courses listed in items 3.a. below.
                   
    a. All of the following courses (15 to 17 credits):  
      WS 201 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies 3
      WS 202 Introduction to Contemporary Feminisms and Gender Theories 3
      WS 203 Introduction to Methods for Women's and Gender Studies Research 3
      WS 492 Advanced Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies (W) 4
      WS 493 Internship   2 to 4
      The completion of Women's Studies 492 satisfies the capstone course requirement for the major in Women's and Gender Studies.  
    b. Complete a minimum of 6 credits of courses listed below that explore gender in global perspective. Courses used to fulfill this requirement may not be used to fulfill requirement 3. c. below. Additional courses may be available to meet this requirement. Students should consult with their academic advisor.  
      ANP 220 Gender Relations in Comparative Perspective 3
      ANP 270 Women and Health: Anthropological and International Perspectives 3
      ANP 431 Gender, Environment and Development 3
      FW 211 Introduction to Gender and Environmental Issues 3
      HST 413 Families in Historical Perspective 3
      HST 420 History of Sexuality since the 18th Century 3
      HST 421 Women and Gender in Africa 3
      LIN 225 Language and Gender 3
      MC 386 Women and Power in Comparative Perspective 4
      MC 482 Gender and Violent Conflict 4
      PHL 358 Philosophy, Gender, and Global Development 3
      REL 331 Islam and Gender 3
      WS 403 Women and Change in Developing Countries 3
    c. Complete a minimum of 12 credits of courses from one of the four interdisciplinary areas listed below. Courses used to fulfill this requirement may not be used to fulfill any other requirement in the major. Additional courses may be available to meet this requirement. Students should consult with their academic advisor.  
      Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and History  
      ANP 330 Race, Ethnicity, and Nation: Anthropological Approaches to Collective Identity 3
      ANP 432 American Indian Women 3
      ANP 433 Contemporary American Indian Communities 3
      ENG 350 Readings in African, African-American, or African Diaspora Literature 3
      ENG 351 Readings in Chicano and Latino Literatures 3
      ENG 354 Readings in Native American Literature 3
      GEO 418 The Ghetto 3
      HST 310 African American History to 1876 3
      HST 311 African American History since 1876 3
      HST 312 African American Women 3
      HST 313 Women in the United States to 1869 3
      HST 314 Women in the United States since 1869 3
      HST 317 American Jewish History 3
      HST 324 History of Sport in America 3
      HST 327 History of Mexican Americans in the United States 3
      HST 378 Native Americans in North American History to 1830 3
      HST 379 Native Americans in North American History from 1830 3
      HST 410 History of North American Urbanization 3
      HST 412 Women in Modern European History 3
      HST 413 Families in Historical Perspective 3
      HST 420 History of Sexuality since the 18th Century 3
      MC 325 State and Society in Comparative Perspective 4
      MC 386 Women and Power in Comparative Perspective 4
      MC 388 Sexual Politics: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives 4
      MC 395 Cultural Dimensions of Public Affairs 4
      SOC 215 Race and Ethnicity 3
      SOC 216 Sex and Gender 3
      SOC 315 Family and Society 3
      SOC 322 Sociology of Work 3
      SOC 361 Contemporary Communities 3
      WS 302 Jewish Women’s Experiences and Writings 3
      Sexuality and Conflict/Violence  
      ANP 220 Gender Relations in Comparative Perspective 3
      CJ 425 Women and Criminal Justice 3
      COM 391 Topics in Verbal, Intercultural, or Gender Communications 4
      GEO 413 Urban Geography 3
      HDFS 145 The Individual, Couples and Family 3
      HDFS 445 Human Sexuality 3
      HST 420 History of Sexuality since the 18th Century 3
      LB 336 Gender, Sexuality, Science, Technology (W) 4
      MC 325 State and Society in Comparative Perspective 4
      MC 386 Women and Power in Comparative Perspective 4
      MC 388 Sexual Politics: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives 4
      MC 395 Cultural Dimensions of Public Affairs 4
      NEU 310 Psychology and Biology of Human Sexuality 3
      PSY 339 Psychology of Women 3
      SOC 215 Race and Ethnicity 3
      SOC 216 Sex and Gender 3
      WS 304 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ): Sexuality Studies 3
      WS 301 Sexual Violence Against Women and Children: Theory and Response 3
      WS 404 Women and the Law in the United States 3
      Students who select COM 391 must obtain approval from the academic advisor to ensure content is appropriate.  
      Gender and the Arts and Humanities  
      ENG 130 Film and Society 4
      ENG 153 Introduction to Women Authors 4
      ENG 350 Readings in African, African-American, or African Diaspora Literature 3
      ENG 351 Readings in Chicano and Latino Literatures 3
      ENG 353 Readings in Women Writers 3
      ENG 354 Readings in Native American Literature 3
      ENG 482 Seminar in Feminist Literary and Cultural Theory 3
      HST 310 African American History to 1876 3
      HST 311 African American History since 1876 3
      HST 312 African American Women 3
      HST 313 Women in the United States  to 1869 3
      HST 314 Women in the United States since 1869 3
      HST 324 History of Sport in America 3
      HST 317 American Jewish History 3
      HST 327 History of Mexican Americans in the United States 3
      HST 378 Native Americans in North American History to 1830 3
      HST 379 Native Americans in North American History from 1830 3
      HST 412 Women in Modern European History 3
      HST 413 Families in Historical Perspective 3
      HST 420 History of Sexuality since the 18th Century 3
      MC 395 Cultural Dimensions of Public Affairs 4
      PHL 356 Philosophical Aspects of Feminism 4
      PHL 456 Topics in Feminist Philosophy 4
      REL 331 Islam and Gender 3
      WRA 140 Writing: Women in America 4
      WS 302 Jewish Women’s Experiences and Writings 3
      Students who select ENG 130, ENG 350, ENG 351, or ENG 354 must obtain approval from the academic advisor to ensure content is appropriate.  
      Gender Applied: Health, Urban, and Public Policy  
      ANP 270 Women and Health:  Anthropological and International Perspectives 3
      ANP 370 Culture, Health, and Illness 3
      ANP 436 Globalization and Justice:  Issues in Political and Legal Anthropology 3
      ANP 439 Human Rights:  Anthropological Perspectives 3
      CJ 425 Women and Criminal Justice 3
      EEP 453 Women and Work: Issues and Policy Analysis 3
      EPI 390 Disease in Society: Introduction to Epidemiology and Public Health 4
      GEO 413 Urban Geography 3
      GEO 418 The Ghetto 3
     
    HDFS
    405 Work and Family 3
     
    HDFS
    448 Child and Family Policy 3
      HST 410 History of North American Urbanization 3
      MC 380 Social Policy 4
      MC 386 Women and Power in Comparative Perspective 4
      NEU 310 Psychology and Biology of Human Sexuality 3
      PSY 339 Psychology of Women 3
      PSY 320 Health Psychology 3
      SOC 361 Contemporary Communities 3
      SOC 375 Urban Sociology 3
      SOC 475 Health and Society 3
      WS 404 Women and the Law in the United States 3