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Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Degree Requirements

NOTE: The degree requirements listed below are applicable to all students entering during academic year 2016-2017. Students who entered during a previous academic year should view the degree requirements in their entering year catalog in the catalog archives. Students who wish to switch to the 2016-17 major and minor requirements should submit a new Declaration of Major or Declaration of Minor form to the M Center.

Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Major  
Women, Leadership, and Social Change Minor
Women's Studies Minor| Queer Studies Minor

Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Major
(a minimum of 34 semester course credits)

Required:

Core Requirements

WGSS 71 Introduction to Women’s Studies (4)

WGSS 72 Introduction to Queer Studies (4)

Research Methodologies:

WGSS 101 Feminist and Queer Research Methodologies (4)

or a relevant research methods course in another department with approval from your adviser

Theories of Gender and Sexuality
Select one of the following:

WGSS 110 Sex, Body, and Gender in Early European Societies (3)  

WGSS 106 Postcolonial Feminist Theory and Literature

WGSS 182 Feminist and Queer Theories (3)

ENG 104 Introduction to Critical Theory (4)

ETHS 150 Black Feminist Theory (3)

Feminist and Queer Social Movements
Select one of the following:

WGSS 105 Sexuality and the City (3)

WGSS 109 Comparative Studies on Women in Religion (3)

WGSS 187 Fieldwork Study (4)

ICL 181 Women’s Civic Leadership Seminar

ETHS 166 Women of Color and Social Movements (3-4)

Senior Requirement

WGSS 192 Senior Project (4)

Concentration

Take four courses totaling at least 12 credits in any one of the below concentrations or design your own four course concentration in consultation with an adviser.

Queer Studies

EDUC 129 Schools, Sexuality, and Gender  (3)

ENG 061R Studies in Lesbian Writing  (4)

ENG 104 Introduction to Critical Theory  (4)

ENG 105 The Queer Premodern  (4)

ETHS 052 African American Women's History  (3)

ETHS 156 Contemporary Queer Writers of Color  (3-4)

WGSS 105 Sexuality and the City (3)

WGSS 135 Race, Sexuality, and the State (3)

WGSS 175 Transnational Sexualities  (3)

WGSS 182 Feminist and Queer Theories  (3)

Women and Religion

ANTH 150 Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion  (3)

ANTH 161 Cross Cultural Studies of Women  (3)

ENG 045 World Roots of Literature  (3)

ENG 074 Bible as Literature  (3)

ETHS 120 Decolonizing Spirituality: Indigenous Religions in the Americas  (4)

REL 040 Introduction to the Study of Religions  (3)

WGSS 109 Comparative Studies on Women in Religion  (3)

WGSS 110 Sex, Body, and Gender in Pre-Modern European Societies  (3)

WGSS 131 Women and Islam  (3)

Transnational Feminisms

ETHS 158 Latino/a Immigration  (3-4)

FREN 168 Francophone Women's Writing from Martinique, Haiti, and Guadeloupe (4)

FREN 170 Orientalism in the Novel (4)

LET 115 African and Caribbean Literatures (3-4)  

LET 142 French and Francophone Women Writers (3-4)  

LET 149 Post-Colonial Conditions: Contemporary Women’s Writing from Africa (3-4)

SOC 149 Sociology of Immigration  (3-4)

WGSS 135 Race, Sexuality and the State  (3)

WGSS 175 Transnational Sexualities  (3)

Women and Politics

ECON 117 Women and the Economy  (4)

ETHS 157 Race, Gender, and Criminal Justice (3-4)

ICL 181 Women’s Civic Leadership Seminar  (4)

ENG 171 Social Action and the Academic Essay (4)

PPOL 118 Women’s Leadership in Politics: Theory and Practice  (3)

PPOL 125 Gender and Public Policy (3)

SOC 103 Women and Work  (3)

SOC 149 Sociology of Immigration  (3-4)

SOC 158 Gender and Society  (3)

SOCSC 120 Women and the Law (3)

WGSS 135 Race, Sexuality, and the State (3)  

Gender and Cultural Politics

ARTH 137 Art of the 20th Century (4)

ARTH 139 History of Performance Art  (4)

ARTH 190 Seminar: Contemporary US Women Artists and the Feminist Art Movement (4)

ARTH 192 Seminar: Gender and the Western Visual Tradition (4)

ENG 105 Topics in Premodern Literature (4)

ENG 117 20th-Century African American Literature (4)

ENG 158 Contemporary Fiction by Women (4)

ENG 171 Social Action and the Academic Essay (4)

ETHS 090 Comparative Ethnic Literature and Cultural Production (3-4)  

ETHS 113 Comics and Politics (3-4)  

ETHS 139 Asian/Pacific American Women Writers (3)  

ETHS 154 Writing the Self: Autobiographies of People of Color (3-4)  

ETHS 156 Contemporary Queer Writers of Color (3-4)

ETHS 188 Film, Color, and Culture: Images of People of Color in Cinema (4)

FREN 162 Aesthetics of the Body in Literature (4)

FREN 168 Francophone Women's Writing from Martinique, Haiti, and Guadeloupe (4)  

FREN 170 Orientalism in the Novel (4)

HIST 160 History of Women in America (3-4)

LET 115 African and Caribbean Literatures  (3-4)

LET 142 French and Francophone Women Writers  (3-4)

LET 149 Post-Colonial Conditions: Contemporary Women's Writings from Africa (3-4)

LET 161 Women Writers of Spain, Latin America, and US Latinas  (3)

LET 168 Hispanic Women’s Cinema  (3)

MUS 016 (116) Women and Creative Music (3)

SOC 146 Sociology of Hip Hop (3-4)

SPAN 172 Voices in Hispanic Poetry (3)

SPAN 175 The 20th-Century Hispanic Novel (3)

WGSS 105 Sexuality and the City  (3)

WGSS 109 Comparative Studies on Women in Religion (3)  

WGSS 110 Sex, Body, and Gender in Pre-Modern European Societies (3)

WGSS 131 Women and Islam (3)

WGSS 175 Transnational Sexualities (3)

Historical Perspectives on Gender and Sexuality

ARTH 139 History of Performance Art  (4)

ARTH 190 Seminar: Contemporary US Women Artists and the Feminist Art Movement  (4)

ENG 105 Topics in Premodern Literature  (4)

ETHS 052 African American Women's History (3)

ETHS 054 American Indian History to 1900  (3)

ETHS 055: Law, Resistance, and Identity  (3)

ETHS 064 Mixed-Race Descent in the Americas (3)

ETHS 159 History of Latinas/os in the US  (3-4)

ETHS 172 American Indian Women in the US  (3-4)

HIST 069 Men, Women, and Travel (3-4)

HIST 160 History of Women in America  (3-4)

WGSS 105 Sexuality and the City (3)

WGSS 110 Sex, Body, and Gender in Pre-Modern European Societies (3)

WGSS 131 Women and Islam (3)

WGSS 135 Race, Sexuality, and the State (3)

Self-Designed Concentrations

Students who choose to design their own concentrations should work with their major adviser to pick four courses for their concentration.  They should develop a title and short rationale for the concentration in consultation with their adviser.  Students may choose courses not on the list of electives with approval from their adviser.

Special topics courses and independent studies may count toward any of the above concentrations with adviser approval.

No courses may meet more than one requirement for the major.  At least six courses in the major must be at the 100 level or above.

Women's Studies Minor
(a minimum of 19 semester course credits)

Required:

WGSS 071 Introduction to Women's Studies (4)

Five additional courses selected from the below list of electives in consultation with an adviser. At least two of the courses must be WGSS courses.

WGSS 071 Introduction to Women's Studies (4)

ANTH 150 Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion  (3)

ANTH 161 Cross Cultural Studies of Women  (3)

ARTH 137 Art of the 20th Century  (4)

ARTH 139 History of Performance Art  (4)

ARTH 190 Seminar: Contemporary US Women Artists and the Feminist Art Movement (4)

ARTH 192 Seminar: Gender and the Western Visual Tradition (4)

ECON 117 Women and the Economy  (4)

EDUC 129 Schools, Sexuality, and Gender  (3)

ENG 061R Studies in Lesbian Writing  (4)

ENG 104 Introduction to Critical Theory  (4)

ENG 105 Topics in Premodern Literature  (4)

ENG 117 20th-Century African American Literature (4)  

ENG 158 Contemporary Fiction by Women (4)

ENG 171 Social Action and the Academic Essay (4)

ETHS 052 African American Women's History  (3)

ETHS 054 American Indian History to 1900  (3)

ETHS 055: Law, Resistance, and Identity (3)

ETHS 064 Mixed-Race Descent in the Americas  (3)

ETHS 090 Comparative Ethnic Literature and Cultural Production (3-4)

ETHS 113 Comics and Politics (3-4)

ETHS 120 Decolonizing Spirituality: Indigenous Religions in the Americas (4)

ETHS 139 Asian/Pacific American Women Writers (3)

ETHS 150: Black Feminist Theory (3)

ETHS 154 Writing the Self: Autobiographies of People of Color (3-4)

ETHS 156 Contemporary Queer Writers of Color (3-4)

ETHS 157: Race, Gender, and Criminal Justice (3-4)

ETHS 158: Latino/a Immigration  (3-4)

ETHS 159 History of Latinas/os in the US  (3-4)

ETHS  166  Women of Color and Social Movements (3-4)

ETHS 172 American Indian Women in the US  (3-4)

ETHS 188 Film, Color, and Culture: Images of People of Color in Cinema (4)

FREN 162 Aesthetics of the Body in Literature (4)

FREN 168 Francophone Women's Writing from Martinique, Haiti, and Guadeloupe (4)

FREN 170 Orientalism in the Novel  (4)

HIST 069 Men, Women, and Travel (3-4)

HIST 160 History of Women in America (3-4)

ICL 181  Women’s Civic Leadership Seminar  

LET 115 African and Caribbean Literatures (3-4)

LET 142 French and Francophone Women Writers  (3-4)

LET 149 Post-Colonial Conditions: Contemporary Women’s Writing from Africa (3-4)

LET 161 Women Writers of Spain, Latin America, and US Latinas (3)

LET 168 Hispanic Women’s Cinema  (3)

MUS 016 (116) Women and Creative Music  (3)  

PPOL 118 Women’s Leadership in Politics: Theory and Practice  (3)

PPOL 125 Gender and Public Policy (3)

REL 40 Introduction to the Study of Religions (3)

SOC 103 Women and Work  (3)

SOC 146 Sociology of Hip Hop  (3-4)

SOC 149 Sociology of Immigration (3-4)

SOC 158 Gender and Society  (3)

SOCSC 120 Women and the Law  (3)

SPAN 172 Voices in Hispanic Poetry (3)

SPAN 175 The 20th-Century Hispanic Novel (3)

WGSS 072 Introduction to Queer Studies (4)

WGSS 101 Feminist and Queer Research Methodologies (4)

WGSS 105 Sexuality and the City  (3)

WGSS 106 Postcolonial Feminist Theory and Literature (4)

WGSS 109  Comparative Studies on Women in Religion (3)

WGSS 110  Sex, Body, and Gender in Early European Societies  (3)

WGSS 131 Women and Islam (3)

WGSS 135 Race, Sexuality, and the State (3)

WGSS 175 Transnational Sexualities  (3)

WGSS 182  Feminist and Queer Theories (3)  

WGSS 187  Fieldwork Study (4)

WGSS 192 Senior Project  (4)

Special topics courses and independent studies may count toward the minor with adviser approval.

At least four of the courses taken for the minor must be upper division.

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Last Updated: 3/1/16