Introduction

Women’s and Gender Studies is an academic department that fosters innovative teaching and cutting-edge research by focusing on how relations of gender, intersecting with race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, nation and other differences, affect every aspect of society. With a core faculty of three professors and more than 15 contributing faculty, our department is truly interdisciplinary in its scope, breadth and depth. We offer courses that explore women’s and men’s historical lives and contemporary experiences around the world, cross-cultural analyses of gender, gendered economies around the world, women’s and men’s roles in religion, same-sex sexualities, and theories of gender, sexualities and intersectionality.

Courses appropriate for prospective majors

WGST 135: Psychology of Women and Gender

WGST 200:  Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies

WGST 201: Gender and Sexuality in Modern American Art

WGST 202:  Black Feminist Thoughts

WGST 202: Gender in Africa

WGST 202: Sex, Gender and Religion

WGST 278: Gender and European History

All WGST majors will take ten courses and must successfully complete a transcript notation internship.

For course descriptions and requirements for the major, refer to the Academic Bulletin: Women's and Gender Studies.

Courses that fulfill distribution requirements

Division Ia and Ic:

WGST 201: Gender and Sexuality in Modern American Art
 

Division II:

WGST 135: Psychology of Women and Gender
WGST 200, Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies

WGST 202: Black Feminist Thoughts

WGST 202: Gender in Africa

WGST 202: Sex, Gender and Religion
WGST 250-01, Methods in Women’s and Gender Studies

WGST 278: Gender in European History

WGST 300: Toni Morrison

WGST 300: Gender and Health
 

US Diversity:

WGST 135: Psychology of Women and Gender

WGST 200-01, Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies

WGST 202: Black Feminist Thoughts

WGST 305: Gender and Sexual Identities
 

Writing Intensive:
WGST 250-01, Methods in Women’s and Gender Studies

Suggested curricular flow through the major

The WGST Department encourages study abroad. Early planning makes this possible. The internship may be done while abroad.

The guidelines are written for the entering student who knows he or she wants to major in WGST. Rather than specify the courses that you “must” have in a given semester, the following are general guidelines regarding courses that we suggest you take during each year. You should think of these guidelines as giving you a fast track into the major – this provides maximum flexibility in your junior and senior year.

First and Sophomore Years
WGST 200
WGST 250
One course on feminist perspectives
One course on cross-cultural study of women and gender
One or two electives

Junior Year
WGST 300
One or two electives
Possible internship
Possible study abroad

Senior Year
WGST 400 (fall semester)
Internship and/or elective as needed

Honors

A student pursuing honors must enroll for a one semester, independent study that will culminate in a well-researched, sophisticated, and clearly written thesis ranging from 50-75 pages. Students can self-nominate, but will be officially selected based on performance in the Senior Seminar, especially the research paper, which must show strong potential for further development toward a thesis. The selection is also based on the department faculty's assessment of the student's academic ability and potential for successfully completing the project. Once accepted, the student will work closely with one advisor but will receive guidance and resources from other members of the department. The project must be completed by two weeks prior to the last class day in the spring semester of the senior year, so that the professor and students have time to prepare for an oral defense. The committee will be comprised of two department faculty members and a third faculty member who contributes to Women's and Gender Studies. Only the best projects will be granted Honors, but any student who completes the project will receive credit for the one semester of independent study.

If a student is pursuing honors in two majors through an interdisciplinary thesis, the project must be of a significant length and scope to qualify for honors in two departments. The specific criteria must be established and mutually agreed upon by the student and the advisors of both departments.

Internships

All students must successfully complete an internship for transcript notation approved by the department chair and the internship office.