The A.B. in Women’s Studies will allow students to benefit from systematic, in-depth exposure to the new scholarship on women and gender.
The major will:
1. expose students to interdisciplinary perspectives,
2. enable students to appreciate diversity,
3. expand international awareness,
4. equip students with critical and analytical skills,
5. prepare students for graduate and professional schools, and
6. provide background for working with women in the public and private sectors.
The curriculum calls for courses in a foreign language, statistics and computing, and an introductory Women’s Studies course to be followed by nine courses at the 3000 and 4000 levels. Among the latter are three requirements: Introduction to Feminist Theories, Understanding Research in Women’s Studies, and a Senior Seminar in Women’s Studies - or "capstone course." Electives include options for either an internship or a thesis, and study abroad. Many students elect to double-major. For more detailed information, consult the Women’s Studies Major Handbook.
A grade of "C" or better in each course is required. With the exception of WMST courses, no more than two courses may be taken in the same department (or have the same prefix). No more than two courses may be taken with the same instructor.
Required Courses for the Major (15 hours)
WMST 3010 • WMST 3110 • WMST 4010 • WMST 4011 • WMST 4900
Major Electives (12 hours)
Choose at least two upper-level (3000-5000 level) courses with a WMST prefix (not including the above required courses) and up to two upper-level courses from the list of approved courses below. If students select three to four upper-level courses with a WMST prefix, they will be expected to select zero to one course for the below list respectively.
Students may also choose from the following courses for no more than six hours total credit: WMST 4950, WMST 4960R, WMST 4970R, WMST 4980R, WMST 4990R, WMST 5000. Study abroad options must be handled on an individual basis with the undergraduate coordinator.
In addition to the above courses, women's studies students may take relevant special topics courses in other departments. Some of these special topics courses have been permanently approved (see list), while others must be petitioned for inclusion. Paperwork for petitioning courses can be found on the women's studies website. It is expected that petitioned courses will have significant focus on gender and/or feminist theory.
General Electives (33 hours)
Upper division (12 hours) plus any level (21 hours)
For more information about the Women’s Studies major or to schedule an advising appointment, please contact the Assistant Director of the Institute for Women’s Studies, Dr. Cecilia Herles at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 706/542-0734