Major Requirements

The purpose of the major is to provide students with interdisciplinary breadth; however, we also encourage students to work with their faculty advisors to formulate their coursework around issues or themes of particular interest.

Additional electives are available each semester.

The Women’s and Gender Studies major is thirty-three (33) credits.

Course Requirements for the Major:

1).  Foundation courses (both are required):

WGST 101:  Introduction to Women’s Studies
PHIL 220:  Introduction to Feminism

2).  Methods course (one is required):  In order to provide the necessary methodological background for advanced study, each student will take an approved methods course in a discipline related to her/his interests.

Approved methods courses include:

AMST 201: Introduction to American Studies
ARTH 303 Methods of Art History (Prerequisite: majors, permission of instructor)
ENGL 295 Introduction to Literary Studies
HISP 205 Documentation and Fieldwork (Prerequisite: HISP 101)
HIST 299 Introduction to the Study of History (Prerequisites: majors and 6 credits from one of the survey sequences (HIST 121-122, or HIST 131-32, or HIST 141-42)
PSCI 291 Research and Writing in Political Science (Prerequisites: PSCI 101-102)
PSYC 362 Research Methods for Psychology (Prerequisites: PSYC 100, PSYC 261)
SOCG 364 or 365 Quantitative or Qualitative Methods and Analysis (Prerequisite: Sociology 105 or 155 or permission of the instructor.)

3)  Electives:  Students will take 6 electives from at least 3 different disciplines, reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of Women’s and Gender Studies. One of the electives must emphasize difference in the form of race, class, ethnicity, religion, disability, age, or sexuality.  The permanent list of electives appears below. An additional list of electives will be circulated by the program director each semester. 

To qualify as an elective, the content of a course must be predominately about women and/or gender.  A student may request that a course be approved as an elective for the major by presenting a syllabus and an acknowledgement from the professor that the course meets that standard; however, that request must be made to the program director before the beginning of the semester in which the course is taken. Further instructions are available on this website.

Courses approved as electives for the Women’s and Gender Studies major include:
NP= No prerequisite
ANTH 212 Anthropology of Gender (Prereq: ANTH 101 or 200 or permission of the instructor)
ARTH 460 Women & Western Art (Prereq: Art History 114, 115, 303, and permission of instructor)
CLAS 310 Women in Antiquity  (Prereq: Classics 103 or Classics 105 or Classics 110)

ENGL 243 Women in Literature (NP)
ENGL327 Jane Austen
ENGL 353 Asian American Literature (NP)
ENGL 362 Women of Color (NP)
ENGL 369 Women and Modernism
ENGL 468 Studies in Feminist Literary Theories and Criticism (NP)
HIST 326 History of Manhood in the US
HIST 327 US Women’s History to 1870 (NP)
HIST 328 US Women’s History since 1870 (NP)
HIST 334 Early Modern European Women’s History (NP)
HIST 368 Gender in Chinese History (NP)
HIST 396 History of Sexuality in the US (NP)
HIST 462 Women in Latin America      (Prerequisites: HIST 299 or permission of instructor)
IDIS 203 Introduction to Ethnic Studies (NP)
LING 307 Language and Gender (Prerequisite: LING 101)
PHIL 350 Feminist Theory and Philosophy (Prerequisite: Philosophy 202 or 220)
PSCI 370 Women and Politics (Prerequisites: PSCI 101-102)
PSYC 349 Human Sexuality     (Prerequisite: PSYC 100)
PSYC 350 Psychology of Women (Prerequisite: PSYC 100)
RELG 310 Women and Sexuality in the Western Religious Tradition (Prerequisite: one 100- or 200-level religion course or permission of the instructor)
SOCG 315 Gender and Society (Prerequisite: SOCG 105 or 155 or permission of the instructor)
SOCG 304 Social Stratification (Prerequisite: SOCG 105 or 155 or permission of the instructor)
SOCG   331    The Family (Prerequisite: SOCG 105 or 155 or permission of the instructor)
SOCG  304     Social Stratification
SOCG 400 Sociology of the Body (Prerequisite: SOCG 105 or 155 or permission of the instructor)
SPAN 475 Hispanic Women Writers (Prerequisite: SPAN 312 or permission of instructor)
THEA 310      Fashion History
WGST 102 Perspectives in Sexuality (NP)
WGST 300  Special Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies
WGST 400 Seminar in Women’s and Gender Studies
WGST 491 Independent Study (Prerequisite:  permission of the instructor) No more than two WGST 491s will count towards the major
WGST 499 Internship (NP)

(this list will be updated as new courses are added to the catalog)

4)  Capstone courses (two are required, prerequisite: the approved methods course in the appropriate field of study). One capstone experience is an advanced course in an appropriate field of study from an approved list to be provided each semester in which the student will focus his or her classwork on issues related to the WGST major or an independent study (WGST 491). For the second capstone experience, all WGST majors will design a capstone project (WGST 485) under the supervision of an affiliated faculty member. The student will submit a proposal for a 485 for approval by a committee composed of the program director, the student’s faculty advisor and another member of the WGST advisory committee the semester before it is to be completed. The project provides students with the opportunity to engage in the creation of original material and to apply the methods and approaches that they have acquired in the major.

NOTE: Students are responsible for meeting any departmental prerequisites for all classes.