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Requirements

There are other courses that may count towards the Social Science Core & Elective, Humanities Core & Elective and Theory options.

You are encouraged to call Undergraduate Services in 109 Strong, 864-3500, and request to meet with the WGSS Undergraduate Advising Specialist as early as possible.

Major/Major and Major/Minor course overlaps

  • Double majors: the College stipulates that 15 credit hours must be unique to each program.
  • Major & minor: the College allows only 3 credit hours to satisfy requirements in both a major and a minor.
  • Women's Studies Major Requirements (30 hours)

1. WGSS 101, 102, 201 or 202 Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Introduction (3)

2. WGSS 301 Research Methods (3)

3. One Core Social Science Course (3) Any course focusing on women, gender and/or sexuality from a social science (Poli Sci, Psy, Soc, Coms., etc.) perspective (May come from a discipline other than WGSS).

  • WGSS 389/ANTH 389 Anthropology of Gender: Female, Male and Beyond (3) (Int)
  • WGSS 468/PSYC 468 Psychology of Women (3) S.
  • WGSS 521 Women and Violence (3) S.
  • WGSS 530 Sex and Gender in New Media (3) S.
  • WGSS 562/POLS 562 Women and Politics (3) S (Int)
  • WGSS 653/POLS 653 Gender, War, and Peace (3) S. (Int)
  • WGSS 640/ANTH 640 Human Reproduction: Culture, Power, and Politics (3) S. (Int)

3. One Core Humanities Course (3) Any course focusing on women, gender and/or sexuality from a humanities (Phil, Hist., Rel.) perspective (May come from a discipline other than WGSS).

  • WGSS 310/AAAS 310 Women of Africa Today (3) (Int)
  • WGSS 320/HIST 320 From Goddesses to Witches: Women in Premodern Europe (3) (Int)
  • WGSS 321/HIST 321 From Mystics to Feminists: Women's History in Europe, 1600 to the Present (3) (Int)
  • WGSS 324/HIST 324 History of Women and the Body (3)
  • WGSS 330/AAAS 340 Women in Contemporary African Literature (3) (Int)
  • WGSS 327 Perspectives in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies (3)
  • WGSS 430 Skin, Sex and Disease (3)
  • WGSS 510/AMS 510/HIST 530 History of American Women: Colonial Times to 1870 (3)
  • WGSS 511/AMS 511/HIST 531 History of American Women: 1870 to Present (3)
  • WGSS 563 Gender, Sexuality and the Law (3)

4. One Theory Course(3) selected from the Following:   (Any course focusing on theories based in women, gender and/or sexualtiy). i.e.: WGSS 530, WGSS 600, WGSS 381, or equivalent.

  • WGSS 381/Phil 381 Feminism and Philosophy (3)
  • WGSS 549/Hist 649 History of Feminist Theory (3)
  • WGSS 560/AAAS 560 Race, Gender, and Post-Colonial Discourse (3) (Int)
  • WGSS 580/ANTH 580 Feminism and Anthropology
  • WGSS 600/POLS 600 Contemporary Feminist Political Theory (3)
  • SOC 601 Introduction to Feminist Social Theory (3)

5. One Core Course (3) with International Content, any course above designated with "Int" not already used.  (Any course focusing on women, gender and/or sexuality outside of the U.S.). May come from a discipline outside of WGSS.

6. WGSS 601 Seminar in Women's Studies (3) to be taken in the spring of the senior year.

7. One Social Science Elective (3), any of the core social science courses not already used, or any of the following:

  • WGSS 521 Women and Violence (3)
  • WGSS 580/ANTH 580 Feminism and Anthropology (3) (if not already used for theory requirement)
  • WGSS 600/POLS 600 Contemporary Feminist Political Theory (3)(if not already used for theory requirement)
  • WGSS 665/ANTH 665/LAA 665 Women, Health and Healing in Latin America (3) (Int)
  • WGSS 651/POLS 651 Women and Politics in Latin America (3) (Int)
  • WGSS 789/ANTH 789 Anthropology of Gender: Advanced Seminar in the Four Fields (3)
  • AAAS 315 Women and Islam in Africa (3)
  • AAAS 388 The Black Woman (3)
  • COMS 440 Communication and Gender (3)
  • COMS 552 Rhetoric of Women's Rights (3)
  • HSCA 620/SOC 617 Women and Health Care (3)
  • PSYC 465 Stereotyping and Prejudice Across Cultures (3)
  • SOC 273 Women in Society (3)
  • SOC 352 Sociology of Sex Roles (3)
  • SOC 601 Introduction to Feminist Social Theory (3) (if not already used for theory requirement)
  • SOC 617 Women and Health Care (3)
  • SOC 780 Women and Work (3)

8. One Humanities Elective (3), any of the core humanities courses not already used, or any of the following:

  • WGSS 333 The Politics of Physical Appearance (3)
  • WGSS 512/AMS 512/HIST 532 History of Women and Work in Comparative Perspective (3)
  • WGSS 513 Modern American Women in Film and Literature (3)
  • WGSS 549/HIST 649 History of Feminist Theory (3) (if not already used for theory requirement)
  • WGSS 560/AAAS 560 Race, Gender, and Post-Colonial Discourse (3) (Int) (if not already used for theory requirement)
  • WGSS 646 Witches in European History and Historiography (3)
  • AAAS 434 African Women Writers (3)
  • CLSX 315 Women in Ancient Art and Society (3)
  • EALC 575 Love, Sexuality and Gender in Japanese Literature (3)
  • ENGL 572 Women and Literature (3)
  • PHIL 381 Feminism and Philosophy (3) (if not already used for theory requirement)
  • REL 477 Women and Religion (3)
  • REL 672 Mother as Religious Metaphor (3)
  • REL 677 Women in Christianity (3)

9. Two WGSS Electives (6), the remaining 6 credit hours may be taken in any women's studies (WGSS numbered or cross-referenced) course. No more than three credits may be taken in any course, including the following:

  • *WGSS 498 Independent Study
  • *WGSS 650 Service Learning in Women's Studies
  • *WGSS 797 Directed Reading

Courses designated with an * may be used as Social Science or Humanities Electives, by petition.

  • *WGSS 396 Studies in _____ (3)
  • WGSS 498 Independent Study (3)
  • WGSS 499 Honors in Women's Studies (3)
  • *WGSS 696 Studies in _____ (3)
  • *WGSS 701 Seminar in _____ (3)

Any of the following if relevant or by petition.

  • ENGL 203 Literature of Love and Marriage (3)
  • ENGL 203 Women's Writing and Autobiography (3)
  • ENGL 203 Major Women Writers (3)
  • ENGL 570 Topics in American Literature (3)
  • HA 505 Special Study: Women/Modern Art
  • HIST 319 History, Women, and Diversity in the U.S. (3)
  • HIST 606 Childhood and Youth in America (3)
  • HIST 607 The Family in History: Comparative Perspectives (3)
  • PSYC 502 Human Sexuality (3)
  • REL 374 Religious Perspectives on Selfhood and Sexuality (3)
  • SOC 220 Sociology of Families (3)
  • SOC 628 Sociology of Family (3)
  • SOC 808 Feminist Theories (3)

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