Women's and Gender Studies Program

What Does A Women's And Gender Studies Major Require?

classThe Women’s and Gender Studies major is a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary complementary major. Conferral of a baccalaureate degree with a major in Women’s and Gender Studies requires completion of a second major from any discipline in the university. Students are encouraged to declare both majors simultaneously and to plan a program aware of the possibilities for applying individual courses to both majors. The Women’s and Gender Studies major allows application of courses from the second major and for general university requirements to the Women’s and Gender Studies major.

32 semester hours, including:

  • WMGS 201 (4 semester hours, offered every semester)

  • WMGS 301: Feminist and Gender Theories (4 semester hours, offered every Fall Semester)

  • WMGS 499: Women's and Gender Studies Senior Capstone (4 semester hours, offered every Spring Semester)

  • 20 additional semester hours

    • must be selected from approved list of WMGS courses (see list below);
    • must be selected from at least four disciplines, and from two different divisions or schools;
    • only one course may be at the 100-level; and
    • at least three of these courses must be at 300 or 400-level.
    • Courses from any discipline for which at least 60% of the assignments center on women, feminism, gender, and/or sexuality. This allows the integration of Women's and Gender Studies perspectives into courses that are not explicity or entirely structured around those perspectives. Consent of the instructor is required. Students should consult the Women's and Gender Studies chair about this option before the course begins (when possible) and provide syllabi and assignments to the Women's and Gender Studies Executive Committee for approval upon completion of the course.

WMGS APPROVED COURSES

Division of Humanies

  • ENGL 213: Five Feminist Classics

  • ENGL 213: Masculinity and Violence

  • ENGL 217: Gay and Lesbian Literature

  • ENGL 217: Poetry by Women

  • ENGL 232: Women's Literature

  • ENGL 341: Feminist Approaches to Literature

  • HISP 433: Female-Authored Memory and Fiction in the Southern COne

  • PHIL 220: Philosophy of Women

  • PHIL 239: Philosophy of Love and Sex

  • RELI 247: Women, Nature, and the Sacred

  • RELI 351: Religion and Gender in American History

  • RELI 330: Sex and the Bible

  • RELI 361: Church History Studies: Women Reformers

  • RELI 364: Women and Evil

  • RELI 368: Feminist and Womanist Theologies

  • SCAN 321: Gender and Equality in Scandinavia

Division of Social Sciences

  • ANTH 350: Women and Men in World Cultures

  • ANTH 352: Anthropology and Age

  • HIST 359: History of Women in the U.S.

  • PSYC 370: Gender and Sexuality

  • PSYC 375: Psychology of Women

  • SOCI 394: Gender and Violence

  • SOCI 440: Gender and Society

School of Arts and Communication

  • ARTD 490: Gender and Art

  • COMA 303: Gender and Communication

School of Education and Kinesiology

  • KINS 315: Body Image

Women's and Gender Studies (WMGS) Undergraduate-Level Courses

WMGS 190: FYEP190: Inquiry Seminar

A four-credit seminar to introduce students to the methods and topics of study within a particular academic discipline or field. Students practice the academic skills that are at the center of the General Education Program. (4)

WMGS 201: Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies - A

An interdisciplinary introduction to the themes, issues, and methodological approaches that are central to the study of women, feminism, gender construction, and sexuality. Open to all students: required for WMGS majors and minors. (4)

WMGS 287: Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies

To provide undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit. (1 to 4)

WMGS 288: Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies

To provide undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit. (1 to 4)

WMGS 289: Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies

To provide undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit. (1 to 4)

WMGS 301: Feminist and Gender Theories

This course for majors and minors explores feminist and gender theories from global and diverse perspectives. Activities and assignments enable students to develop interdisciplinary research and practice within social justice frameworks. Prerequisites: WMGS 201, major/minor status, or permission of instructor. (4)

WMGS 387: Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies

To provide undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit. (1 to 4)

WMGS 388: Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies

To provide undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit. (1 to 4)

WMGS 389: Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies

To provide undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit. (1 to 4)

WMGS 487: Special Topics in Women's and Genderal Studies

To provide undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit. (1 to 4)

WMGS 488: Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies

To provide undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit. (1 to 4)

WMGS 489: Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies

To provide undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit. (1 to 4)

WMGS 491: Independent Study: Service Learning

Readings, research projects, or service learning projects in areas or issues of Women's and Gender Studies, under the supervision of a faculty member. (1 to 4)

WMGS 495: Internship

A pragmatic, employer-based experience in which students apply knowledge already acquired, build competence, and test values in setting like those in which they may seek employment. Internships require the approval of a WMGS faculty member who will supervise the work of the agency or organization supervisor who will directly supervise the student. (2 or 4)

WMGS 499: Senior Capstone - SR

As the culminating experience in the Women's and Gender Studies major, student will (1) participate in a seminar and (2) complete an academic project based on an internship and/or service learning experience. Students will work with faculty mentors to apply WMGS theories and methods to their academic projects. Prerequisites: WMGS 201 and at least 20 hours toward the WMGS major. (4)