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Undergraduate & Graduate Program - Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary program offered by the Women in the Curriculum and Women’s Studies Program with faculty on loan from a variety of academic units or hired part time for their particular expertise.  Students who have majored in Women’s Studies are employed in social service work, health services, business, law, education, and government at all levels.  They find employment in public policy fields and businesses, working with women specifically or with people in general.  In the private sector graduates are successful in management positions, especially those involving work with diverse groups of people.

Women’s Studies majors will gain a more complete understanding of how the social construction of gender has influenced roles, contributions, and experiences of women in many different cultures, now and in the past.  Such awareness can help them better understand our contemporary world with its changing roles for women and men alike.  They will bring to the gender analysis of any situation knowledge of the complexity of its interaction with race, social class, sexual orientation, and other forms of diversity.  They will be able to recognize the connection between Women’s Studies scholarship and the scholarship of other disciplines.  Students will develop an appreciation for the connections between Women’s Studies scholarship, activism, and social change, historically and in the present.  They will develop the critical intellectual capacity and necessary communication skills to work to value and improve the position of all women in whatever public or private spheres they choose.

Mazie Hough
Associate Director and Advisor for Major and Minor
(207) 581-1225
Mazie.Hough@umit.maine.edu

Elizabeth NeimanAssistant Professor & Advisor
(207)581-3811
Elizabeth.Neiman@maine.edu

Julie Riley, Admin. Specialist Contact Person (207) 581-1228 Julie.Riley@umit.maine.edu

The major consists of at least 33 credits structured this way:

The core curriculum consists of 15 student credit hours, plus a 3-credit Practicum/Internship with any designator. Electives will consist of 15 credit hours chosen from a broad list of possible course options, of which at least 6 credit hours need to be at the 300 or 400 level. Honor’s Theses will not count toward the capstone requirement; however, if a student completes an honor’s Thesis on a WGS topic, then 3 credit hours of that will count toward the elective total.
SOC 329 – Sociology of Gender Credits: 3, or SOC 330
WGS 101 – Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Credits: 3
WGS 340 – Transnational Feminisms Credits: 3
WGS 410 – Feminist, Gender and Queer Theory Credits: 3
WGS 480: – Senior Seminar in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Credits: 3

Possible Practicum/Internship Courses:
CHF 401 – Peer Education Credits: 3
CHF 496 – Field Experience in Human Development and Family Studies Credits: 1-6 INT 195 – (University Wide) Community Engagement/Service Learning Credits: 1-3 INT 196 – (University Wide) Academic & Career Exploration Internship Credits: 0-3 WGS 498 – Directed Study in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Credits: Ar

Electives:

  • WGS 201 – Topics in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Credits: 3
  • WGS 230 – Women, Health, and the Environment Credits: 3
  • WGS 235 – Franco American Women’s Experience Credits: 3
  • WGS 250 – Women and Music Credits: 3
  • WGS 270 – Native American Women Credits: 3
  • WGS 301 – Intermediate Topics in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Credits: 3

 

  • WGS 360 – Feminism and Cinema Credits: 3
  • WGS 371 – Immigration, Women and Society Credits: 3
  • WGS 401 – Advanced Topics in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Credits: 3
  • WGS 510 – Advanced Studies in Feminist and Queer Theory Credits: 3
  • WGS 520 – Research Methodologies in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Credits: 3
  • WGS 580 – Feminist Pedagogy and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Practicum Credits: 3
  • ANT 245 – Sex and Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective Credits: 3
  • ANT 328 – S/He: Rituals & Folk Traditions of Gender Credits: 3
  • CHF 351 – Human Sexuality Credits: 3
  • CHF 451 – Family Relationships Credits: 3
  • CHF 452 – Violence in the Family Credits: 3
  • CLA 201 – Women in the Ancient World Credits: 3
  • CLA 401 – Amazons: Myth and Reality Credits: 3
  • CMJ 225 – Sex, Gender and Communication Credits: 3
  • CMJ 405 – Women and Communication Credits: 3
  • CMJ 410 – Social Influence of Mass Communication Credits: 3
  • CMJ 475 – Sexualities in Mass Communication Credits: 3
  • ENG 246 – American Women’s Literature Credits: 3
  • ENG 256 – British Women’s Literature Credits: 3
  • ENG 471 – Literature, Gender, and Gender Theory Credits: 3
  • ENG 481 – Topics in Women’s Literature Credits: 3
  • ENG 549 – Studies in Gender and Literature Credits: 3
  • HTY 332 – Womanhood in America Credits: 3
  • HTY 494 – Women, History and American Society: Selected Topics Credits: 3
  • NUR 420 – Women’s Health Credits: 3
  • PAX 401 – Women Activists: Warriors for Peace and Justice Credits: 3
  • PHI 236 – Feminist Ethical, Social and Political Theory Credits: 3
  • POS 385 – Women and Politics Credits: 3
  • SOC 330 – Perspectives on Women Credits: 3
  • SOC 371 – Immigration, Women and Society Credits: 3
  • SWK 330 – Contemporary Issues in Diversity and Pluralism Credits: 3

    Topics Courses as Electives:

    If the Topic’s courses listed below contain sustained, systematic study and discussion of Women’s, Gender and

Sexuality

issues, they will count as electives.

  • CHF 404 – Selected Topics in Child Development and Family Life Credits: 3
  • EDS 500 – Directed Readings (area) Credits: Ar
  • ENG 129 – Topics in English Credits: 3
  • ENG 229 – Topics in Literature Credits: 3
  • ENG 429 – Topics in Literature Credits: 3
  • ENG 529 – Studies in Literature Credits: 3
  • HED 598 – Special Topics in Higher Education Credits: 1-3
  • SWK 330 – Contemporary Issues in Diversity and Pluralism Credits: 3

 

 

The Minor in Women’s Studies
The minor consists of at least 18 credit hours structured in this way:

Required courses, 2 courses ( 6 credits)

  • WGS 101 Intro to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (Spring, Summer, and Fall)
  • WGS 410 Feminist, Gender & Queer Theory (Fall)

The remaining 12 credits can be taken from among the courses listed above, additional approved departmental electives or Women’s Studies topics courses, internships, independent study courses, or courses taken at other universities in the U.S. or abroad.

*Students can also major in International Affairs with a concentration in Women’s Studies.*

Revised 04/1/14


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