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Undergraduate Catalog 2011-2012 
Undergraduate Catalog 2011-2012 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Women and Gender Studies - BA

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The Women and Gender Studies Program offers a 27-credit major. The 27 required credits are distributed as follows:

Core 12 cr


Students will choose one from among the 6 areas of concentration listed as follows:

I. Feminist Thought and Theory

II.  Sexualities

III. Gender and Public Policy

IV. Gender, Literature and the Arts

V. Labor, Migration and Globalization

VI. Women and Gender across Cultures

Electives - 6 credits

Students will be required to take two elective classes (6 credits). One (3 credits) of the two elective classes MUST be in an alternative Area of Concentration than their primary one. At least one of the classes in the student’s Area of Concetration or elective must be 300 level or above.

Minor in Women and Gender Studies - 12 credits

The Minor in Women and Gender Studies requires students to take 12 credits: Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGS 10000  ), Classics in Feminist Thought (WGS 20100 ) , Transnational Feminisms (WGS 24400  ) and one elective course from one of the six areas of concentration.

WGS 10000 - Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies  , must be completed before WGS 20100 - Classics in Feminist Thought (W)  and WGS 24400 - Transnational Feminisms .


Majors may satisfy the Senior Seminar requirement by interning in organizations that relate to the needs or concerns of women, and by simultaneously enrolling in WGSP 32000  Internship Seminar, where their internship experiences and assigned readings will be discussed. Majors may also take the research seminar at the same time. The internship option is available to minors as well as majors. Interested students should consult with the program director before registering for the internship seminar. Students who wish to undertake an independently arranged internship outside of the formal internship seminar may enroll in WGSI 29800  with the permission of the program director.

Research Seminar

Majors may satisfy the Senior Seminar requirement of the major by enrolling in the Research Seminar (WGS 31000 ), a capstone course in which they will apply feminist theory and methodology to a significant research project resulting in a substantial paper. Students who wish to qualify for honors in Women and Gender Studies must enroll in the research seminar.


In order to graduate with honors in Women and Gender Studies, a student must have a 3.5 GPA in the Women and Gender Studies major and a college-wide cumulative index of at least 3.0. Students should submit a 18-20 page paper written for any Women and Gender Studies 300 level class including but not limited to the Research Seminar (WGS 31000 ). The student must submit the paper by March 15 (for June graduation) and October 15 (for December graduation) to be considered for program honors. The papers will be read by a faculty committee to judge whether it merits honors.

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