Women's and Gender Studies

The objectives of the women’s and gender studies major are:
to acquaint students with historical and cultural perspectives on gender roles, particularly as experienced by women, in order to facilitate understanding of complex, interconnected systems of oppression; to investigate and explore the formation of gender/ed identities and the relationships between variously gendered persons within local communities and cross- culturally; to familiarize students with the ways in which women’s and gender studies has incorporated questions of power and gender into the practice of academic scholarship; to inquire about and contribute to the on-going transformations of scholarly methods and approaches; to interrogate the neglect of women by traditional academic disciplines and to advocate for continual interdisciplinary change; and to analyze social and political issues as they pertain to the social construction of difference. The goal of these objectives is to prepare students to become active, affective, and effective agents in the world.
Catalog Requirements Notice

The requirements listed on these pages may change by the year as programs and courses are added or altered. Archived Academic Catalogs for previous years can be viewed in pdf form here. These documents contains the specific academic requirements pertaining to those who entered the College before the 2015-16 year.

Women's and Gender Studies Major

Associate Professor L. Hall, Chair
The total number of courses required for the major is 10 with a minimum of 30 semester hours. At least five of the courses (15 semester hours) taken for the major must be at the 300-level or above.

REQUIRED COURSES

All of the following: (13 sem. hrs.)

WGS 148 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies (3 sem. hrs.)
WGS 301 Feminist Theory (3 sem. hrs.)
WGS 310 Feminist Methodologies: Intersectionalities (3 sem. hrs.)
WGS 401 Senior Project in Women's and Gender Studies (4 sem. hrs.)

Historical Perspectives: At least one of the following: (3 sem. hrs.)

ENGL 214 Women in English Renaissance Literature (3 sem. hrs.)
HIST 210 Women and Gender in Europe, 1550-Present (3 sem. hrs.)
HIST 285 Topics in History (for a total of 3 sem. hrs.)
HIST 360 History of American Feminism (3 sem. hrs.)
HIST 361 Voices of African-American Women (3 sem. hrs.)
HIST 385 Topics in History (for a total of 3 sem. hrs.)
RELG 375 Body and Soul: From Antiquity to Post-Modernity (3 sem. hrs.)
SOC 365 Families and Intimate Relationships (3 sem. hrs.)
SPAN 315 Hispanic Views on Gender & Feminism (3 sem. hrs.)
WGS 285 Topics in Women's and Gender Studies (3 sem. hrs.)

Cultural Contexts: At least one of the following (3 sem. hrs.)

ANTH 345 Maya Ethnography (3 sem. hrs.)
HIST 210 Women and Gender in Europe, 1550-Present (3 sem. hrs.)
HIST 361 Voices of African-American Women (3 sem. hrs.)
HIST 385 Topics in History (for a total of 3 sem. hrs.)
HUM 378 Women and Literature in Latin America (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 330 Indigenous Psychologies (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 385 Topics in Psychology (3 sem. hrs.)
THEA 320 Marginalized Voices: Women Playwrights (3 sem. hrs.)
WGS 245 Body Politics (3 sem. hrs.)
WGS 260 Indigenous Women's Experiences (3 sem. hrs.)

Creativity/Aesthetics: At least one of the following (3 sem. hrs.)

ARTS 310 Women and the Arts (3 sem. hrs.)
CREA 275 Creative Nonfiction (3 sem. hrs.)
CREA 375 Advanced Creative Nonfiction (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 214 Women in English Renaissance Literature (3 sem. hrs.)
FMS 241 Reading Popular Film (3 sem. hrs.)
HIST 385 Topics in History (for a total of 3 sem. hrs.)
HUM 378 Women and Literature in Latin America (3 sem. hrs.)
THEA 320 Marginalized Voices: Women Playwrights (3 sem. hrs.)
WGS 285 Topics in Women's and Gender Studies (3 sem. hrs.)

Embodied Experiences/Embodiment: At least one of the following (3-4 sem. hrs.)

ANTH 270 The Social Science of Food (3 sem. hrs.)
BIOL 114L Anatomy and Physiology I (4 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 214 Women in English Renaissance Literature (3 sem. hrs.)
ENGL 319 Renaissance English Poetry (3 sem. hrs.)
PHIL 342 Sexual and Reproductive Ethics (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 214 The Psychology of Women (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 250 Human Sexuality (3 sem. hrs.)
RELG 375 Body and Soul: From Antiquity to Post-Modernity (3 sem. hrs.)
SOC 315 Men and Masculinities (3 sem. hrs.)
WGS 245 Body Politics (3 sem. hrs.)
WGS 285 Topics in Women's and Gender Studies ( 3 sem. hrs.)
WGS 385 Topics in Women's and Gender Studies (3 sem. hrs.)

Power: At least one of the following (3 sem. hrs.)

INTL 151 Introduction to International Studies ( 3 sem. hrs.)
POLS 155 American Politics ( 3 sem. hrs.)
POLS 285/385 Topic in Public Policy and Politics ( 3 sem. hrs.)
POLS 307 Contemporary Political Ideologies ( 3 sem. hrs.)
POLS 345 Public Opinion ( 3 sem. hrs.)
SOC 277 Social Inequality: Class and Ethnicity (3 sem. hrs.)
SOC 365 Families and Intimate Relationships ( 3 sem. hrs.)

Experiential: At least one of the following (2-15 sem. hrs.)

WGS 290/390 Internship in Women's and Gender Studies (2-4 sem. hrs.)
OCS in any of the programs available that have a focus on women and gender (12-15 sem. hrs.)

Women's and Gender Studies Colloquium:

Members of the Wells community and guest speakers present special topics. The colloquium serves to inform the Wells community about topics relevant to women's and gender studies and also serves as a forum for students in WGS 310 Feminist Methodologies: Intersectionalities, WGS 290/390 Internship in Women's and Gender Studies, WGS 399 Independent Study/Project in Women's and Gender Studies, and WGS 401 Senior Project in Women's and Gender Studies to present their work. The Women's and Gender Studies Colloquium is the responsibility of the Women's and Gender Studies Committee, a faculty, staff and student forum.

Women's and Gender Studies Minor

Associate Professor L. Hall, Coordinator

The women's and gender studies minor is an interdisciplinary minor that will give students insight into issues related to gender and into current scholarship about women.

The total number of courses required for the minor is 6 with a minimum of 18 semester hours.

REQUIRED COURSES

All of the following (6 sem. hrs.)

WGS 148 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies (3 sem. hrs.)
WGS 301 Feminist Theory (3 sem. hrs.)
One course each from four of the seven categories in the Women's and Gender Studies major. (12-13 sem. hrs.)

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