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Women's Studies

The Women's Studies Program offers systematic attention to gender and women's experience in all aspects of life. The curriculum focus is on the scholarly understanding of difference and diversity through interdisciplinary courses that lead to an undergraduate major and minor as well as to a graduate minor. The program re-examines the traditional disciplines and explores complex bodies of knowledge. Courses address the intersection of gender with factors such as race, ethnicity, class, sexuality and nationality in United States and global contexts.

The undergraduate major in Women's Studies consists of 30 hours of courses, which must include WOST 28000, 38000 and 48000. Nine additional hours are to be selected from a list of approved courses, and 12 additional hours are to be selected from a list of approved courses in gender studies offered through various departments.

The undergraduate minor in Women's Studies consists of 15 hours of courses, which must include WOST 28000 and one 40000-level WOST course. At least three other courses are required and must be selected from a list of approved Women's Studies courses in humanities and social science.

Suggested Arrangement of Courses

Freshman Year

First SemesterSecond Semester
(3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication)* (3) Liberal Arts Women’s Studies requirement. Note A
(4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition) or 
(3) ENGL 10800 (Accelerated First-Year Composition)
(3) Mathematics and Statistics*
(3) WOST 28000 (Women’s Studies: An Introduction) (3) Western Heritage*
(3) Mathematics and Statistics* (3) Elective
(3) Other Languages 20200 (Level IV)* † (3) Elective
(15-16) (15)


Sophomore Year

Third SemesterFourth Semester
(3) WOST 38000 (Gender and Multiculturalism) (3) WOST 48000 (Feminist Theory)
(3) Aesthetic Awareness* (3) Other Cultures*
(3) Individual and Society* (3) Racial and Ethnic Diversity*
(3) Natural Sciences* (3) United States Tradition*
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(15)   (15)  


Junior Year

Fifth SemesterSixth Semester
(3) Global Perspective* (3) Liberal Arts Women’s Studies requirement, 30000 level or above, Note A
(3) Liberal Arts Women’s Studies requirement, Note A (3) Women’s Studies WOST course requirement, Note A
(3) Natural Sciences* (3) Elective
(3) Women’s Studies WOST course requirement, Note A (3) Elective
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(18)   (18)  


Senior Year

Seventh SemesterEighth Semester
(3) Liberal Arts Women’s Studies requirement, 30000 level or above, Note A (3) Elective
(3) Women’s Studies WOST course requirement, Note A (3) Elective
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(15)   (15)  

 

Women's Studies Notes

* See "Core."

† Some students may need to begin language courses at a lower level. Admission by passing prerequisite course, placement exam or by other means acceptable to the department.

A. Contact an advisor for the Women's Studies Program about the list of available courses to meet this requirement.