Majors and Minors

Requirements for Major

  • Eight units as well as a senior capstone experience (one-half or one unit). The requirements for each track are described below.

Women’s Studies Track

Gender Studies Track

Required courses

Required Courses

WGS 106: Introduction to Women’s
Studies
WGS 360: Feminist Theory    
Capstone Experience: directed study, 
Honors thesis, practicum, or
internship

WGS 116: Introduction to Gender
Studies
WGS 360 or A&S 332 or 333
Capstone Experience: directed study,
Honors thesis, practicum, or
internship

Six different courses, at least one from each of the following emphases. The six courses must be selected in consultation with the program director or the faculty member in the program.

Institutions or Knowledge Systems

This requirement emphasizes the study of the systemic nature of gender or of the critical perspectives brought to a discipline by feminist theory or gender theory.

Anthropology and Sociology 333: The Sociology of Sex and Gender, Melzer (if not taken as the theory requirement)
Anthropology and Sociology 360: Intimate Violence, Melzer
Biology 368, 368L: Behavioral Ecology, McCurdy
Communication Studies 207: Communicating Gender, Erlandson, Young
English 363: Literary Theory, Collar
Religious Studies 320: Gender and Biblical Interpretation, McWhirter
Science 205: Women and Ethnic Minorities in Science, Schmitter

Representations

This requirement emphasizes feminist approaches or gender study approaches to the examination of gender in representations; this requirement also can involve the recovery and examination of representations that previously had been invisible due to gender bias.

Art History 310: Women and Art, Wickre
Anthropology and Sociology 389: The Cultural Politics of Sexuality, Renkin
English 243: Women and Literature, Lamouria
English 330: The Novel and the New: British Fiction, Behn to Bronte, Jordan
English 340: The Twentieth Century in “English” Literature, Collar
English 341: Contemporary Literature, Collar
English 345: Renaissance Women's Writing, MacInnes
English 347: The Age of Satire, Jordan
English 402: Southern Women Writers, Lockyer

Global Perspectives

This requirement emphasizes the importance of gaining knowledge far from one’s own subject position. For this unit, students must choose a course outside their own cultural and geographical experience.

For U.S. students, some options:
Anthropology and Sociology 332: The Anthropology of Sex and Gender, Mullin (if not taken as the theory requirement)
Art History 205: History of African Art, Morrow
History 301: Gender and Sexuality in the Hispanic World, Kanter
History 365: Women and Gender in East Asia, Wu
Spanish 350: Women in Hispanic Literature: Latin American Feminisms, Whitehead

For international students, an option:
History 340: History of Women in the U.S., 1877 to Present, Franzen

Historical Contexts

This requirement emphasizes the study of women or gender in specific and detailed historical context(s) or the study of the methodology of women’s or gender history.

English 220: The Making of Modern Masculinities: British Literature and Manliness,
1660-1914 , Jordan
English 243: Women and Literature, Lockyer
English 285: Gay and Lesbian Literature, Jordan
English 338: Eighteenth-Century Culture Shocks: Race, Class, and Gender in Eighteenth-
Century Britain, Jordan
English 344: Age of Elizabeth, MacInnes
English 345: Renaissance Women's Writing, MacInnes
English 347: The Age of Satire, Jordan
French 320: French Women Writers and Feminist Criticism, Guenin-Lelle
German 350: German Women Writers, Grimm
History 301: Gender and Sexuality in the Hispanic World, Kanter
History 340: History of Women in the U.S., 1877 to Present, Franzen
History 365: Women and Gender in East Asia, Wu
History 390: Modern Germany, Cocks
History 395: The Irrational in History, Cocks
Physical Education 279: Gender and Sport, Egnatuk

Self Making

This requirement emphasizes the feminist and gender studies examinations of processes and narratives that transform beings into gendered humans.

Anthropology and Sociology 230: Men and Masculinities, Melzer
English 220: The Making of Modern Masculinities: British Literature and Manliness,
1660-1914, Jordan
English 246: Immigration and Literature, Collar
Psychology 251: Developmental Psychology, Elischberger, Walter
Women's and Gender Studies 289: Sexuality, History, Identity, Franzen
Women's and Gender Studies 289: The Politics of Motherhood, Ziegler

Requirements for Minor in Gender Studies

  • Five units, including: WGS 116, Introduction to Gender Studies; one from Anthropology and Sociology 332, 333 and WGS 360, Feminist Theory; three additional courses from the electives listed below, at least two of which must be at the 300 level or higher: Anthropology and Sociology 230, 332, 333, 360, Biology 368, Education 225, English 211, 220, 285, 337, 341, 344, 347, 351, 363, 370, History 308, 377, Physical Education 279, Religious Studies 320.
  • Elective courses should be selected in consultation with a women's and gender studies faculty member and reported to the Women's and Gender Studies Program chair.

Requirements for Minor in Women's Studies

  • Five units, including WGS 106, Introduction to Women's Studies, and WGS 360, Feminist Theory; one historical overview course; and two others from the electives listed below, at least one of which must be at the 300 level or higher: Art History 219, 310, 316, Economics 271, English 243, 338, 345, French 320, German 402, Spanish 350, History 240, 370, SCI 205, Theatre 210, 371.
  • Elective courses should be selected in consultation with a women's and gender studies faculty member and reported to the Women's and Gender Studies Program chair.