Gender and Women’s Studies

This interdepartmental program provides an option for students interested in the interdisciplinary study of the culture and experiences of women and the ways gender affects social, cultural, political, and economic policies and structures locally, nationally, and globally.

Faculty: Associate Professor Lisberger, director. Professors Beauvais, Brownell, Cappello, Danis, Hughes, Ketrow, Luebke, Mederer, Quina, Reynolds, Rollo-Koster, Roworth, M. Schwartz, K. Stein, and Walton; Associate Professors Derbyshire, de los Heros, Ferguson, Karno, Kirchner, Kusz, Lisberger, K. Owens, Pegueros, Rusnock, Sama, and Torrens; Assistant Professor Xu; Part-time Professors Akanji, Brennan, Caronia, Evans, Hagen, Herron, Kosmider, Labelle, Lee, Longa, Macfarlan, Marshall, Murphy, Nichols, Petronio, Pisa, Riley, Rose, Russell, Rutherford, Ryder, Saunders, and Vaccaro; Lecturer Ryder.

The Major. This program leads to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in gender and women’s studies.

The program requires 30 credits for a major. Five required courses are GWS 150, 300 or 320 or ITR 301/302, 310 or 325, 315, and 400. Five courses needed to complete the concentration, of which one must be a GWS listing, may be selected from: AAF 290, 355; APG 310, 328; ARH 385; BUS 346; COM 221, 322, 326, 441; CPL 202; ECN 386; ENG 260, 317, 385; GEG 202; GWS 220, 301, 305, 306, 317, 325, 350, 351, 360, 365, 370, 386, 387, 401, 402, 490, 500, 501, 502; HDF 205, 230, 291, 298, 430, 432, 433, 434, 437, 505, 559; HIS 118, 145, 146, 308, 350, 351, 352, 355, 376, 387, 391; KIN 475, 555; NUR 150, 343, 459; NVP 200; PHL 210; PSC 441; PSY 430, 466, 480; SOC 212, 242, 350, 413, 420, 430, 437; TMD 224; and WRT 645. In addition to this list, there are special courses offered by various departments each year that may be selected with prior approval of the Gender and Women’s Studies Advisory Committee, and some additional preapproved topics courses not offered on a regular basis. Students must file a program of study with the dean’s office. The Gender and Women’s Studies Advisory Committee also strongly recommends that majors take an additional 18 credits in a specialized area as a minor.

A total of 120 credits is required for graduation. At least 42 of these must be in courses numbered 300 or above. A GPA of at least 2.00 in the major and overall is required to graduate.

The Minor. Students who declare a minor in gender and women’s studies are required to complete 18 credits including GWS 150 and GWS 315, and three credits from any other GWS course. The remaining nine credits may be selected from any GWS course or from the following: AAF 290, 300C; APG 328; ARH 285; BUS 346; COM 322; ECN 386; ENG 260, 317, 385; HDF 230, 298, 430, 432, 433, 437, 505, 559; HIS 118, 146, 308, 352, 391; KIN 475; NUR 150, 459; PHL 210; PSY 430, 466, 480; SOC 212, 242, 413, 420, 430; TMD 224. There may be additional courses offered by various departments each year that may be selected with prior approval of the Gender and Women’s Studies Advisory Committee. A GPA of at least 2.00 is required.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate. Please see Gender and Women’s Studies in Graduate Programs.