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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2014-2015

College of Liberal Arts


Women's Studies Major and Minor

The Women’s Studies Program provides students with an understanding of the status of women and gender roles in various cultures and historical eras. Students learn the use of gender as a category of analysis, and increase their knowledge of women’s contributions to many fields and the roles gender plays in them. Women’s studies courses offer students critical perspectives on such basic questions of the social order as assumptions about gender roles and gender identity and the ways cross-cutting phenomena such as racism, heterosexim, religion, ablism, and ageism are a part of them.

A major or minor in women’s studies prepares students for careers where the changing roles of women, and gender more broadly, have a perceptible impact. Many women’s studies graduates go on to law school and graduate school in a variety of disciplines. With a women's studies degree, students often take positions with social change or family service agencies, and in fields such as politics, communications, community organizing, education, affirmative action, healthcare, and human resources.

To learn more about the women's studies major, see the Women's Studies Program.

The women’s studies minor offers students an interdisciplinary introduction to the status and contributions of gender and women in their diversity in various cultures and historical eras. 

For the women’s studies minor, students must complete 20 credits of women’s studies courses with a grade of C- or better. Courses taken pass/fail may not be used toward the minor. No more than eight credits used to satisfy the requirements for another major or minor may be used for the women’s studies minor. Students electing the women’s studies minor must complete WS 401, Introduction to Women’s Studies, or WS 405, Gender, Power, and Privilege, and WS 798, Colloquium in Women’s Studies, normally taken at the beginning and end of the course sequence, respectively. It may be possible to substitute WS 795, WS 797, Internships, or WS 796 and WS 799, Capstone Experiences, for WS 798, Colloquium, with permission from a women's studies adviser. Additionally, students must complete three other women’s studies courses, either program courses or those that are cross-counted with other departments.

WS topic courses include WS 444s, WS 505s and WS 798s:

444 Inquiry Courses
WS 444, Trans/forming Gender
WS 444a, Race Matters
WS 444b, Score: Gender & Diversity in Sports
WS 444c, On the Roads to Equality
WS 444d Cyborgs, Avatars, and Feminists: Gender in the Virtual World

505 Surveys
How Do We Look? Gender, Race & Sexuality in Visual Culture
Sustainability & Spirituality
Feminist Activism
Race, Class, and Gender in the Media
19th Century Black Women in New England
Fashion This!
Global Sex Industry
Race, Gender and Environmental Justice

798 Colloquiums
Feminist Studies in Film
Women’s Fiber Arts Traditions
Feminism and Queer Theory
Conflicts within Feminism
The Body
Jewish Feminism, Politics & Culture
Feminist Autobiography
Global Feminist Issues
Women, Work and Policy
Black Women in America
Black Feminist Thought
Queers & Kin
Women in Prison
Contemporary American Memoir: Autobiography/Theory
Dreamgirls: Dancing on the Pages of Diva (Auto)biographies
Transgender Feminism
Theater as a Provocative Act

For a list of currently-approved cross-counted offerings from other departments, please check the department website.

Students who wish to major or minor in women’s studies should consult with the coordinator or Academic/Student Services assistant, 203 Huddleston Hall, (603) 862-2194.