Major

All Women's and Gender Studies majors will take ten courses and a transcript notation internship. The ten courses must include:

Core courses (all four are required):
WGST 200: Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
WGST 250: Methods in Women's and Gender Studies
WGST 300: Topics in Women's and Gender Studies
WGST 400: Senior Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies

Feminist perspectives (one course required):
WGST 210: Philosophy of Feminism
WGST 220: History of American Feminism
WGST 230: European Feminism
OR, another course approved by the department chair.

Cross Cultural Study of Women and Gender (one course required):
WGST 217: Gender, Culture, and Transnationalism
WGST 218: Biosocial Aspects of Female Sexuality
WGST 219: Gender, Space and Identity
SOCI 224: Political Economy of the Family
OR, another course approved by the department chair.

Electives (four courses required):
Four additional courses in Women's and Gender Studies or courses from a list of approved electives from other departments.

Internship: All majors must successfully complete a transcript notation internship approved by the department chair and the Career Center.

Graduating seniors are asked to write an evaluative essay explaining how the Women's and Gender Studies major has influenced them personally. In this essay, students explain how particular courses or groups of courses have illuminated new issues for them, and they discuss the ways they have participated in feminist activism such as through internships, student groups, extra-curricular activities, class presentations or conferences.

Minor

All Women's and Gender Studies minor students will take six courses and an internship for transcript notation, chosen in consultation with the department chair or minor advisor. The courses must include:

WGST 200: Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies

Feminist Perspectives: (one course required):
WGST 210: Philosophy of Feminism
WGST 220: History of American Feminism
WGST 230: European Feminism
OR, another course approved by department chair

Cross Cultural Studies of Women and Gender (one course required):
WGST 217: Gender, Culture, and Transnationalism
WGST 218: Biosocial Aspects of Female Sexuality
WGST 219: Gender, Space and Identity
SOCI 224: Political Economy of the Family
OR, another course approved by department chair

Electives: Three additional courses in Women's and Gender Studies or courses from a list of approved electives from other departments.

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

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.

Courses

101 Topics in Women's and Gender Studies
This course will focus on specific topics within women's studies in the humanities, such as women and literature; women and the arts; women's voices across culture.
This course fulfills either a DIV I.a. or a DIV I.b. distribution requirement, depending upon topic.

102 Topics in Women's and Gender Studies
This course will focus on specific topics within women's studies in the social sciences, such as girlhood and adolescence, women and popular culture; coming of age from cross-cultural perspectives; women and diversity; women and work.
This course fulfills the DIV II social sciences distribution requirement.

135 Psychology of Women and Gender
See course description with PSYC 135 listing.
This course fulfills the DIV II social sciences distribution requirement and US Diversity graduation requirement.

200 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
This is an interdisciplinary course, integrating literature, economics, sociology, psychology, history, anthropology, and geography. This course will focus on historical and contemporary representations of women. It will also examine the varied experiences of women, with attention to the gendered dynamics of family, work, sexuality, race, religion, socioeconomic class, labor, and feminism.
This course fulfills the DIV II social sciences distribution requirement and US Diversity graduation requirement.

201 Topics in Women's and Gender Studies
This course will focus on specific topics within women's studies in the humanities, such as women and literature, women and the arts, women's voices across culture.
This course fulfills the DIV I.a. distribution requirement.

202 Topics in Women's and Gender Studies
This course will focus on specific topics within women's studies in the social sciences, such as girlhood and adolescence; food, gender, and dieting; women and popular culture; women and diversity; women and work.
This course fulfills the DIV II social sciences distribution requirement.

210 Philosophy of Feminism
See course description with PHIL 210 listing.
This course fulfills the DIV I.a. distribution requirement.

217 Gender, Culture, and Transnationalism
This course draws together three important ideas in anthropology – gender, culture, and transnationalism -- to provide insight into the basis for similarities and variations in gender constructs, roles, and statuses across different cultural, political, and economic landscapes. While the course is comparative, it also examines the margins of populations and more abstract collectivities to analyze how new, hybrid gender identities and imagined cultures are produced and experienced, as people and ideas move around the globe.
This course is cross-listed as ANTH 217. This course fulfills the DIV II social sciences distribution requirement and Comparative Civilizations graduation requirement. Offered every other year.

218 Biosocial Aspects of Female Sexuality
See course description with ANTH 218 listing.
This course fulfills the DIV II social sciences distribution requirement. Offered every other year.

219 Geography of Gender
See course description with ANTH 219 listing.
This course fulfills the DIV II social sciences distribution requirement. Offered every other year.

220 History of American Feminism
This course will emphasize such topics as the 19th century women's movement, the suffrage movement, radical and liberal feminism, and African-American feminism. We will pay particular attention to the diversity of women's experiences in the United States and to women's multiple and often conflicting responses to patriarchy and other forms of oppression.
Prerequisite: One course in WGST or HIST or permission of the instructor.

230 European Feminism
Studies in the history of European feminist movements, their political and cultural expressions, and how they interconnect with other contemporary social and cultural movements in Europe and the U.S.A.
Prerequisite: 200 or permission of the instructor.

250 Methods in Women's and Gender Studies
This course will provide an intensive workshop introducing students to a range of methods and theories drawn from different disciplines for the study of gender and women's lives. Students will return to these methods and theories in greater depth in 400.
Prerequisite (or corequisite): 200. This course fulfills the DIV II social sciences distribution requirement. This course fulfills the WR graduation requirement.

278 European Women's History
This course will explore the lives of European women in the modern period(1789) to the post WWII period). It looks at both rural and urban women, issues of class, family and motherhood as well as demands for social and political rights for women. The readings include primary sources such as housekeeping guides, novels and war propaganda and as well as secondary sources such as biographies and anthropological studies.

300 Topics in Women's and Gender Studies
This course will focus on specialized topics within Women's Studies, such as women and creativity; women and film; health issues for women; global feminism; and feminist theologies.
Prerequisite: one WGST course.

305 Gender and Sexual Identities
See course description with Psychology 435 listing.
Prerequisites: 250 or PSYC 202, or permission of the instructor. This course fulfills the DIV II social sciences distribution requirement and U.S. Diversity graduation requirement.

374 African Women's History
This course examines the role of women in African societies since the nineteenth century. Lectures and readings will be arranged thematically. Themes include sexuality and reproduction, the household, women's economic activity, political power, religion, colonialism, and democracy. After a discussion of gender, we will analyze pre-colonial production and reproduction, family life and religion in the twentieth century, women's roles in nationalist politics, the politics of female genital mutilation, and the lives of two contemporary African women leaders. Readings, including historical studies and novels, songs, and art, will be drawn from across the cultures and languages of Africa.
This course is cross-listed as HIST 374. This course fulfills the DIV II social sciences distribution requirement and Comparative Civilizations graduation requirement. Offered every two years.

377 Consumerism, Nationalism and Gender
This reading seminar examines the development of consumerism and nationalism in Europe and America beginning in the late 18th century and continuing on into the post-WWII era - from American Revolutionary boycotts to French fast food establishments. We will look for overlaps or polarities between the movements and the way gender interacted with both of them. Students may be surprised at the gendered aspects of both movements. We will consider, for example, the historical development of the image of women loving to shop, and we will study propaganda from the two world wars with men in uniform and women on the "home front." Our readings will include both promoters and critics of each movement.
This course is cross-listed as HIST 377. This course fulfills the DIV II social sciences distribution requirement. Offered every two or three years.

378 Society and the Sexes
This is a reading seminar that investigates three separate but interrelated threads - the history of sexuality, the history of the body and the construction of gender - in both pre-industrial and modern Europe. The course explores how definitions of male/female and feminine/masculine have changed over time and how they shaped the life experiences of men and women. Readings will include medical opinions, legal texts, diaries, novels, and political debates.
This course is cross-listed as HIST 378. Offered every two or three years.

400 Senior Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies
All topics will draw upon the knowledge of the history and theories of feminism and will be interdisciplinary in nature.
Prerequisite: 200, or permission of the instructor.