Begin Date: Summer Session 1991
End Date: Spring Semester 1999
PROFESSOR STEPHANIE A. SHIELDS, Interim Director
This interdisciplinary major is designed to develop a broad understanding of the study of women and women's perspectives in all areas of academic scholarship. The focus is on feminist analyses of women's lives, of women's social, cultural, and scientific contributions, and of the structure of sex/gender systems. The interdisciplinary and inclusive nature of the field is reflected in a curricular structure that includes courses cross-listed with a wide variety of departments, courses that deal with aspects of women's lives throughout history, and courses that recognize the diversities of culture, race, religion, ethnicity, age, disability, and sexual orientation.
For the B.A. degree in Women's Studies, a minimum of 124 credits is required.
WOMEN'S STUDIES MINOR: Students must take WMNST 001 GS;DF(3), 301(3), and 400W DF(3); select 9 additional credits (at least 3 credits at the 400 level) in Women's Studies or from program-approved list, for a total of 18 credits. (The 9 credits must include at least 3 credits in the arts or humanities, at least 3 credits in the natural or social sciences, and at least 3 credits focusing on non-Western women or on women of color in the United States.)
Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem:1-2)
GENERAL EDUCATION: 46 credits
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)
ELECTIVES: 18 credits
BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in front of Bulletin.)
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 36 credits
PRESCRIBED COURSE (15 credits)
WMNST 001 GS;DF(3), 301(3) (Sem: 1-4)
WMNST 400W DF(3), 401(3) (Sem: 5-8)
WMNST 492(3) (Sem: 7-8)
SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (21 credits)
Select 18 credits in Women's Studies or from program-approved list (include at least 6 credits focusing on women in the arts or humanities, at least 6 credits focusing on women in the natural or social sciences, at least 3 credits focusing on non-Western women, at least 3 credits focusing on women of color in the United States) (Sem: 1-8)
Select 3 credits in consultation with adviser (Sem: 1-8)
 A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
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The University reserves the right to change the requirements and regulations listed here and to determine whether a student has satisfactorily met its requirements for admission or graduation, and to reject any applicant for any reason the University determines to be material to the applicant's qualifications to pursue higher education. Nothing in this material should be considered a guarantee that completion of a program and graduation from the University will result in employment.
Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 1991
Blue Sheet Item #: 19-03-005
Review Date: 6/2/99 (General Education Update)