Women's and Gender Studies Program

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

The Women's and Gender Studies major is a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary complementary major.  classConferral 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 -- four (4) semester hours
  • Two courses each from the Women/Feminism approved program core course list -- eight (8) semester hours
  • Two courses each from the Gender/Sexuality approved program core course list -- eight (8) semester hours
  • Two elective courses approved by the WMGS program chair or from the list of approved WMGS courses
  • Completion of the Women's and Gender Studies and Vocation Capstone Exprience (WMGS 495 or WMGS 491 -- four (4) semester hours)
  • Students are required to complete a minimum of four upper-division courses in the program core and electives.
A. WMGS 201: Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies -- four (4) semester hours

B. Program Core Courses -- sixteen (16) semester hours
Students must take one class each from the following four areas (one each from Group A and Group B under both Women & Feminism and Gender & Sexuality):

 


Women & Feminism

             Group A:
            
Women's Literature (4) .................................... ENGL 232
            
Feminist Approaches to Literature (4) .......... ENGL 341
            
Feminist & Womanist Theologies (4) ........... RELI 368

             Group B:
            
History of Women in the U.S. (4) .................... HIST 359
            
Women and Philosophy (4) ............................. PHIL 220
            
Psychology of Women (4) ................................ PSYC 375

Gender & Sexuality

             Group C:
            
Women & Men in World Cultures (4) ............ ANTH 350
            
Gender and Sexuality (4) ................................. PSYC 370
            
Sex, Gender & Society (4) ............................... SOCI 440

             Group D:  
            
Gender & Communication (4) ........................ COMA 303
            
Gender, Sexuality & Culture (4) ....................... IHON 253
            
Body Image (4) .................................................. PHED 315

C. Electives
-- eight (8) semester hours

Students must complete two additional courses beyond the core courses required.  These may be selected from:

  1. Additional WMGS core courses not taken to satisfy the Program Core Courses requirement
  2. Courses from an approved list published in the Women's and Gender Studies section in class schedules
  3. Courses from any discipline for which at least 60 percent 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 explicitly 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 will be required to submit the syllabus and relevant assignments to the Women's and Gender Studies Executive Committee for approval on completion on the course.
 


D. Capstone Experience:  Women's and Gender Studies and Vocation -- four (4) semester hours

This requirement can be satisfied in three ways:

1. WMGS Service Learning -- four (4) semester hours total of WMGS 491: Independent Study: Service Learning- SR

Service learning refers to those broad or introductory experiences with groups, in agencies or organizations that enable the student to gain awareness, to develop ideas, and to pursue social justice.  Students identify a faculty sponsor approved by WMGS, arrange for a service learning experience through the Center for Public Service or directly with the site of the service, then develop, with the approval of the WMGS sponsor, a learning contact that includes learning objectives specific to women, feminism, or gender.  Service learning contracts also require the approval of the agency or ogranization supervisor.

2a. WMGS Internship -- four (4) semester hours total of WMGS 495: Internship- SR

Internships are pragmatic, employer based experiences in which students apply knowledge they've already acquired, build competence, and test values in settings like those in which they may seek employment.  Students identify a faculty member approved by WMGS, arrange for an internship through the Center for Public Service or directly with the site of the service, then, with the approval of the WMGS sponsor, develop a learning contract that includes learning objectives specific to women, feminism, or gender.  Internship learning contracts also require the approval of the agency or organization supervisor.

2b. WMGS Intership concurrent with another, non-WMGS internship -- Two (2) semester hours of WMGS 495, plus at least two internship semester hours from another discipline.

Some fields of study allow or require students to complete an internship in which they integrate knowledge, demonstrate skills and act upon values learned in the classroom with current practice in an agency or organizational setting.  For such an internship to count toward the WMGS major, students must select a faculty member approved by WMGS and develop a learning contract that pertains to the internship in the other major but reflects WMGS skills, knowledge, and applications.  The student must then arrange for two additional internship credits in WMGS 495 with the sponsoring WMGS faculty member.  Internship learning contracts also require the approval of the agency or organization supervisor and the PLU faculty member supervising the internship within the discipline.  Earning credits from both WMGS and another department may not always require additional hours at the site, but the learning contract will require additional research, reading and writing to incorporate content specific to women, feminism, or gender.

Requests for credit towards the Women's and Gender Studies major and minor from transfer courses must be approved by the Women's and Gender Studies Executive Committee.  Submit syllabus and course assignments to the Women's and Gender Studies chair.  At least 17 hours of the major and 10 hours of the minor must be completed at PLU.