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Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of General Studies in Women's Studies

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First- and Second-Year Preparation

It is recommended that students complete WGSS 201, the introductory course, and consult the program director.

Requirements for the B.A. or B.G.S. Major

6 core courses 18 hours

The designation (INT) indicates core courses with international content.

  • WGSS 201 Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Introduction (3)
  • WGSS 601 Seminar in Women’s Studies (to be taken in the spring of the senior year) (3)
  • 1 core course with international content:
    (any course designated INT above not already used) (3)
1 Social Science Elective 3 hours

Any core social science course not already used or any of the following:

1 Humanities Elective 3 hours

Any core humanities course not already used or any of the following:

Other Electives 6 hours

The remaining 6 credit hours may be taken in any women’s studies (WGSS numbered or cross-referenced) course. No more than 3 hours may be taken in any course, including the following:

*Courses designated with an asterisk may be used as social sciences or humanities electives by petition.

Any of the following if relevant or by petition:

  • ENGL 203 Topics in Literature of Love and Marriage (3)
  • ENGL 203 Topics in Women’s Writing and Autobiography (3)
  • ENGL 203 Topics in Major Women Writers (3)
  • ENGL 570 Topics in American Literature: _____ (3)
  • HA 505 Special Study: Women/Modern Art (3)
  • HIST 319 History, Women, and Diversity in the U.S. (3)
  • HIST 606 Childhood and Youth in America (3)
  • HIST 607 The Family in History: Comparative Perspectives (3)
  • PSYC 502 Human Sexuality (3)
  • REL 374 Religious Perspectives on Selfhood and Sexuality (3)
  • SOC 220 Sociology of Families (3)
  • SOC 628 Sociology of the Family (3)
  • SOC 808 Feminist Theories (3)

18 of the 30 hours required for the major must be in courses numbered 300 or above. Before preregistration each semester, the program distributes a list of cross-listed courses — a list of courses offered by other departments and programs that fulfill requirements for the major, the minor, and the human sexuality minor. Courses offered each semester are published in the Schedule of Classes.

Courses with a blank (_____) at the end of their titles are typically topics or seminar courses that may be repeated for credit. Usually these courses offer different topics each time they are taught. Students should check with the course instructor about the requirements to take the course and what the topic will be when it is offered.

Double Majors

A major in women’s studies can be combined with a complementary second major in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences. Students in the professional schools also may integrate women’s studies with their programs.

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