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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Women's Studies

University Park, College of the Liberal Arts (WS BS)

PROFESSOR CAROLYN SACHS, Department Head

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.

Students may choose either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science Program. The B.A. degree in Women’s Studies is a traditional Women’s Studies degree. The B.S. degree is intended for students with strong interest in quantitative skills, women’s health and sexuality, and/or women and science, or who wish to pursue a multiple major program with other B.S. degree programs.

For the B.S. degree in Women's Studies, a minimum of 120 credits is required.

Per Senate Policy 83-80.5, the college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. For more information, check the Recommended Academic Plan for your intended program.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(3-12 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 21-30 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 57 credits[1]
(This includes 3-12 credits of General Education courses: 3-6 credits of GQ courses, 0-3 credits of GH courses, and 0-3 credits of GS courses.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (6 credits)
WMNST 301 GH(3) (Sem: 1-4)
WMNST 492W(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (36 credits)
Select 3 credits from WMNST 100 GS;US;IL(3) or WMNST 106 GS;US;IL(3) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3 credits from WMNST 400 US;IL(3) or WMNST 401(3) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 3 credits from WMNST 494(3), WMNST 495(3), or WMNST 496(3) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 27 credits in Women's Studies from the program-approved lists. At least 9 credits must be at the 400 level. The same course may be used to fulfill more than one requirement within Additional Courses. (Sem: 1-8).
a. 6 credits of arts and humanities courses:  WMNST 083S GH(3), WMNST 101 GH(3), WMNST 102 GH(3), WMNST 104(3), WMNST 106 GH(3), WMNST 117 GH(3), WMNST 137 GH;US;IL(3), WMNST 194 GH(3), WMNST 407(3), WMNST 419 US;IL(3), WMNST 421 IL(3), WMNST 438(3), WMNST 457(3), WMNST 462(3), WMNST 466(3), WMNST 490(3) (Sem: 1-8)
b. 9 credits of natural or social sciences courses: WMNST 100 GS(3), WMNST 103(3), WMNST 110 GS(3), WMNST 116 GS(3), WMNST 136 GS(3), WMNST 157(3), WMNST 202 GS(3), WMNST 205(3), WMNST 410(3), WMNST 412(3), WMNST 415W(3), WMNST 420(3), WMNST 423(3), WMNST 424 US(3), WMNST 428(3), WMNST 452(3), WMNST 453(3), WMNST 455(3), WMNST 456(3), WMNST 458 GS(3), WMNST 471(3), WMNST 476W(3) (Sem: 1-8)
c. at least 6 credits that focus on women’s health and sexuality or women in science and technology: WMNST 005(3), WMNST 205(3), WMNST 452(3), WMNST 457(3), WMNST 458(3) (Sem: 1-8)
d. at least 3 credits that focus on non-Western women: WMNST 102 GH(3), WMNST 202 GS(3), WMNST 420(3), WMNST 476W(3) (Sem: 1-8)
e. at least 3 credits that focus on women of color in the United States: WMNST 101 GH(3), WMNST 103(3), WMNST 136 GS(3), WMNST 205(3), WMNST 410(3) (Sem: 1-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (15 credits)
Select 15 credits total from groups a, b, and c, with at least 3 credits from each group.
a. Quantification (GQ) and Research Methods (Sem: 1-8)
b. Values, Ethics, and Scientific Inquiry (Sem: 1-8)
c. Social and behavioral sciences, health sciences, or natural sciences (Sem: 1-8)

 

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2004

Blue Sheet Item #: 32-01-081

Review Date: 9/2/03

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