Degree Requirements

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The Women's Studies Program offers both a Major and a Minor that allow for the study of all areas of the gender, race, and sexuality from antiquity to the present time. The requirements for both the Women's Studies Major and Minor are listed below. To check your progress in the program, use the Women's Studies Degree Checklist (.doc)!

 

Women's Studies Majors and Minors

A MAJOR in Women's Studies consists of 11 courses.

  • WMST 101 (Introduction to Women's Studies)
  • 1 Historical Course (WMST/HIST 250, ARTH/CLAS 219, ARTH 240, RELS 271, RELS 275)
  • 1 Theoretical Course (PHIL 308, WMST 308, ENGL 381, SOC 340)
  • 1 Experiential Course (WMST 301, WMST 455, WMST 450)
  • WMST 300 (Capstone)
  • 4 Core Topics Courses (Core Courses)
  • 2 Elective Courses (Elective Courses; 2 Core Topics Courses may be substituted for Electives)
 

A MINOR in Women's Studies consists of 5 courses.

  • WMST 101 (Introduction to Women's Studies)
  • 1 Theoretical Course (PHIL 308, WMST 308, ENGL 381, SOC 340)
  • 2 Core Topics Courses (Core Courses)
  • 1 Elective Courses (Elective Courses; a Core Topics Course may be substituted for Elective)
 

Double majors may elect to substitute a capstone outside of WMST for the WMST capstone.

Education minors may elect to substitute three hours of student teaching for the WMST capstone. In both cases, students must take WMST 300 and complete any additional hours towards the 30-31 hours for the major. Additional hours towards this amount must be WMST courses above the 200 level.

 

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Core Topics Courses

  • ARTH 219 - Images of Women in Ancient Art
  • ARTH 240 - Women in the Arts
  • BIOL 136 - Discovering Women in the Biological Sciences
  • ENGL 271 - Writing Women's Lives
  • ENGL 450 - Commonwealth Women Writers
  • FLET 205 - Women in Antiquity
  • FLET 271 - Women in French Literature: 17th to 20th Centuries
  • FLET 272 - Women in French Film
  • PHIL 225 - Women's Nature
  • PHIL 308 - Feminist Theory
  • PSYC 135 - Psychology of Gender
  • RELS 271 - Women and Religion
  • RELS 273 - Women in the Bible
  • RELS 274 - Women and Christianity
  • SOCI 340 - Gender, Sex, and Society
  • WMST 202 - Sex and Culture
  • WMST 250 - Women in European History
  • WMST 282 - Women and Development
  • WMST 300 - Topics in Women's Studies Research
  • WMST 301 - Women's Studies Research Project
  • WMST 308 - Comparative Feminist Theories
  • WMST 326 - Gender & Change in the Maya Diaspora
  • WMST 347 - Women and Film
  • WMST 361 - Gender Issues in Communication
  • WMST 450 - Field Studies in Women's Studies
  • WMST 455 - Internship in Women's Studies

Elective Courses

  • COMM 362 Media Diversity
  • ENGL 308 The Late Middle Ages
  • ENGL 337 Introduction to African-American Literature
  • ENGL 367 Post-1950 Canadian & Australian Literature
  • ENGL 368 Post-1950 African & Caribbean Literature
  • FLET 227 The New German Cinema
  • PHIL 280 Philosophy of Science
  • PHIL 305 Philosophy of Emotion
  • PHIL 412 20th Century European Philosophy
  • PSYC 180 Prejudice, Privilege, and Social Transformations in South Africa
  • RELS 275 Liberation Theology
  • RELS 375 Christianity and Sexuality
  • SOCI 212 Sociology of the Family
  • SOCI 241 Racial and Ethnic Relations
  • SOCI 260 Health, Healing and Gender in Ghana

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