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.
Associate Director and Advisor for Major and Minor
Elizabeth NeimanAssistant Professor & Advisor
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
Topics Courses as Electives:
If the Topic’s courses listed below contain sustained, systematic study and discussion of Women’s, Gender and
issues, they will count as electives.
Required courses, 2 courses ( 6 credits)
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.*