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Requirements

Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

NEW REQUIREMENTS

At the beginning of 2011-2012, the department adopted a new name and developed a new curriculum to reflect the changes in the material and intellectual conditions of the world we live in.  This curriculum is mandatory for students who declare their majors or minors in Fall 2011 and after.  Students who declared in Spring 2011 can choose between the new requirements and the old in consultation with their advisers.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR

1. One Introductory Courses; choose one out of three theoretical emphases:

WMST V 1001 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies or SOCI W 3302 Sociology of Gender
CSER Critical Studies of Race and Ethnicity (new course)
WMST BC 3125y Pleasures and Power: An Introduction to Sexuality Studies or SOCI V 3318 Sociology of Sexuality

2. WMST 2140 Critical Approches in Social and Cultural Theory

3. WMST V 3311y Colloquium in Feminist Theory                   

4. WMST BC 3514 Historical Approaches to Feminist Questions

5. WMST W3915 Gender and Power in Transnational Perspective or one course from a list of courses in transnational gender/feminist studies

6-10. Electives (5 electives; at least 2 of these electives should be at an advanced level and require a research paper assignment; one of the advanced electives may be the Advanced Writing-Intensive Research Seminar (Honors Thesis).

11. WMST BC 3521 Senior Seminar: Knowledge, Practice, Power (Offered Fall; restricted to Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Seniors)

The final requirement of the Senior Seminar is a 25-page Paper (may be followed by a 50-page research writing project to be undertaken in the Advanced Writing-Intensive Research Seminar (Honors Thesis) in the Spring of the final year; participation in the Advanced Writing-Intensive Research Seminar requires a grade of B+ or higher in Knowledge, Practice, Power or the recommendation of the Seminar Instructor)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE COMBINED MAJOR

The NEW requirements for the Combined Major, applicable to sophomores who declare the major in 2010-2011, are as follows:

1. WMST 2140 Critical Approaches in Social and Cultural Theory

2. WMST V 3311y Colloquium in Feminist Theory   

3. WMST BC 3514 Historical Approaches to Feminist Questions

4. WMST W3915 Gender and Power in Transnational Perspective OR one course from a list of courses in transnational gender/ feminist studies

5-7. Electives (at least of 2 of these electives should be at an advanced level and require a research paper assignment)

8. One semester of Senior Seminar, taken either through Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies or the other department or program.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINOR

The NEW requirements for the Minor, applicable to sophomores who declare the major in 2010-2011, are as follows:

1. WMST BC2140 Critical Approaches in Social and Cultural Theory

2. WMST V3311 Colloquium in Feminist Theory   

3. WMST BC3514 Historical Approaches to Feminist Questions

4. WMST W3915 Gender and Power in Transnational Perspective OR one course from a list of courses in transnational gender/ feminist studies

5. One other Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Course

OLD REQUIREMENTS

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR

Majors in the department are trained in interdisciplinary research skills and will focus their studies around a thematic or discipline-based concentration. The requirements for the major are the following 13 courses:

1. WMST V 3111 Feminist Texts I
2. WMST V 3112 Feminist Texts II
3-4. Two semesters of a junior-level course to be chosen from among:

  • WMST V 3311 Colloquium in Feminist Theory
  • WMST V 3312 Theorizing Women's Activism
  • WMST V 3313 Colloquium on Feminist Inquiry

5-6. Two semesters of Senior Thesis Seminar, WMST V 3521-3522
7. One course in Women's History (from a list specified by the department)
8. One course with a focus on comparative studies of women and gender (from a list specified by the department)
9-13.Five other courses devoting at least half of their content to issues of gender. At least three of these courses will have either a disciplinary focus or a thematic focus. Selection of these courses will be with the guidance and approval of student's adviser in the department.

Three thematic clusters are currently offered in the department: Gender and Representation; Gender, Science, and Health; Gender and Sexualities. Students can develop other thematic concentrations with the department's approval.

The thesis, Women's Studies V 3521-3522, provides an opportunity for senior majors to engage in original interdisciplinary research and to bring to bear the theoretical emphasis of feminist scholarship on a particular area of investigation. Further, in the senior seminar, majors have the opportunity to discuss methodological issues and problems of research in a directed and supportive environment.

Special projects using the city's resources may be developed into term papers or incorporated into the senior essay. An extensive project under the sponsorship of a faculty member may be offered for course credits as Women's Studies BC 3599 Independent Research.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE COMBINED MAJOR

The requirements for the combined major are as follows:

1. WMST V 3111 Feminist Texts I
2. WMST V 3112 Feminist Texts II
3-4. Two semesters of a junior-level course to be chosen from among:

  • WMST V 3311 Colloquium in Feminist Theory
  • WMST V 3312 Theorizing Women's Activism
  • WMST V 3313 Colloquium on Feminist Inquiry

5-7.    Three other courses devoting at least half of their content to issues of gender, one of which should be in a distribution field other than that of the combining major.

Two semesters of Senior Thesis Seminar to be taken either through Women's Studies or the other department or program. The senior essay shall integrate the two fields of inquiry.

The requisite number of courses in the combining field, to be determined by the chair of the department or program.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINOR

A minor in Women's Studies consists of the following five courses:

1. WMST V 3111 Feminist Texts I
2. WMST V 3112 Feminist Texts II
3. One of the three junior-level courses to be chosen from:

  • WMST V 3311 Colloquium in Feminist Theory
  • WMST V 3312 Theorizing Women's Activism
  • WMST V 3313 Colloquium on Feminist Inquiry

4-5.     Two other women’s studies courses.