Women's and Gender Studies

Bachelor of Arts
School of Sciences and Social Sciences

Women's and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary field that examines feminist and queer theoretical perspectives on the intersections of race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, nationality, religion, and other identities. This major teaches students to think critically about the social construction of identity and the politics of knowledge production. Students will use these critical-thinking skills to understand people's lives within a global context and analyze the systems of oppression that contribute to continuing economic, political, and cultural inequalities. Women's and Gender Studies majors will be encouraged to apply theoretical knowledge and work toward social justice by engaging in a number of experiential educational opportunities.

The Women's and Gender Studies Department offers students an interdisciplinary liberal arts education that prepares them for a variety of careers, including, but not limited to, education, health, media, public relations and human resources, social and governmental service, policy work, and political advocacy. A student with a bachelor's degree in Women's and Gender Studies will be well prepared for graduate studies as well as other post-graduate work, such as law or social work. Working closely with an advisor who is a core faculty member in Women's and Gender Studies, students design their course of study around three core courses, an individualized set of interdisciplinary topics and theory courses, and a set of disciplinary courses. The Women's and Gender Studies major allows students to engage with theoretical and experiential knowledge that ranges between and across the academic disciplines.

INTEGRATIVE STUDIES REQUIREMENTS

40 credits minimum

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

36 credits

Core Courses

12 credits

IIWGS 101 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
WGS 201 Feminist Practices
WGS 495 Capstone in Women's and Gender Studies

WGS Interdisciplinary Topics (8 credits)

Select two of the following:

  • IIWGS 210 Abortion
  • IIWGS 220 Starved or Stuffed
  • IIWGS 230 Spirituality and Sexuality
  • IIWGS 240 Gender and Media
  • IIWGS 254/IIHGS 254 Women in the Holocaust
  • IIWGS 290 Topics in Women's and Gender Studies
  • IIWGS 300 Women of Color
  • WGS 291 Topics in Women's and Gender Studies
  • WGS 298 Independent Study

WGS Interdisciplinary Theory (8 credits)

Select two of the following:

  • WGS 301 Feminist Theories
  • WGS 302 Queer Theory
  • WGS 303 Borderlands: Latina Feminist Theories
  • WGS 490 Advanced Topics in Women's and Gender Studies
  • WGS 498 Advanced Independent Study

Other Disciplinary Electives (8 credits)

Select two of the following:

  • ANTH 315 Gender and Culture
  • ENG 203 Women's Writing
  • ENG 381 Women Writers
  • FILM 495 Feminist Film Theories (specified in title)
  • IAMU 115 Women in Music
  • IHFILM 310 Women and Cinema
  • II 310 Love and Existentialism
  • IIECON 320 Gender and Economic Development in a Globalizing World
  • IIEDUC 306 Women and Education
  • IIHLSC 350 Women and Health: Witches, Harlots, and Healers
  • PHIL 240 Skin, Sex, and Genes
  • PHIL 260 Theories of the Body
  • PSYC 425 Psychology of Women
  • SOC 320 Women, Gender, and Society
  • SOC 345 Sociology of Families
  • SOC 455 The Body and Sexuality in Society

ELECTIVES

Select courses to reach a total of 120 credits for the degree.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

120 credits