Curriculum & Courses

This program aims to immerse students in the interdisciplinary field of women's studies by offering specialized courses in content and theory (corresponding to lower- and upper-division courses, respectively), and to promote projects designed to integrate insights of women's and feminist scholarship into a general curriculum.

Coursework leading up to WS 499. Colloquium in Women’s Studies will concentrate on the following three goals:

  • the study of women's issues,
  • the promotion of interdisciplinary research and critical thinking,
  • raising questions about the exclusionary functions of existing knowledge.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Women's Studies

The following table summarizes all requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in women's studies. To see the description of a particular course, click on its title. Our Course Descriptions page lists all women's studies courses. For one possible breakdown of the major by semester, see the Plan of Study below.

 Requirements  Credits 
 Women's Studies 36
      WS 101. Introduction to Women's Studies
      WS 208/HIST 208. History of American Women
      WS 375/POLS 375. Women and Politics
      WS 499. Colloquium in Women's Studies
      One course chosen from
            WS 325/SPAN 325. Hispanic Women Writers
            WS 323/ARTH 323. Women Artists: Then and Now
            WS 377/ENG 377. Women in Literature
      Seven Women's Studies Electives
3
3
3
3
3



21
 Foreign Language 3
      One course at the 202 level or above* 3
 General Education Requirements 36
    The General Education curriculum, a 37-hour program to help students appreciate a liberal arts education, includes required specific courses as well as selected courses from various distributions. For details, go to General Education Curriculum.

 General Electives 42
 Total 120

* The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.


Comprehensive Note

This requirement may be fulfilled by taking WS 499: Colloquium in Women’s Studies. This is an advanced seminar designed to explore contemporary issues in Women’s Studies through discussions of relevant books, articles, films, other materials and completion of a research project.

Plan of Studies for a B.A. in Women's Studies

Below is a suggested four-year plan of study for earning a Bachelor of Arts in Women's Studies. Changes in the sequence of this plan of study may be desirable. These must be made in consultation with the student's academic adviser. To see the title of a course in the plan of study, simply pass the cursor over the course's number. To see the description of a course, click on its number.

 ◄ FIRST YEAR ►  
 Fall Semester   Credits    Spring Semester  Credits 
WS 101 3 Women's Studies Elective  3
ENG 101 3 ENG 102 3
Language 101*/General Elective 3 Language 102*/General Elective 3
SBU 101 2 SBU 102 1
General Elective 3 FS/THEO 101 3
    General Elective 3
Total 14 Total 16
  
 ◄ SECOND YEAR ►  
 Fall Semester   Credits   Spring Semester  Credits 
PHIL 104 3 General Education Requirement 3
Women's Studies Elective 3 Women's Studies Electives 6
Language 201*/General Elective 3 Language 202* 3
General Education Requirement 3 General Elective 3
General Elective 3    
Total 15 Total 15
 
 ◄ THIRD YEAR ►  
 Fall Semester                          Credits   Spring Semester  Credits 
General Education Requirement  4 General Education Requirement  3
Women's Studies Electives 6 Women's Studies Electives 6
General Education Requirement 3 General Education Requirement  3
General Elective 3 General Elective 3
Total 15 Total 15
 
 ◄ FOURTH YEAR ►  
 Fall Semester   Credits   Spring Semester  Credits 
Women's Studies Electives 6 WS 499 3
General Education Requirements 9 General Electives 11
General Electives  

Total  15 Total  14

* The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.

Requirements for a Minor in Women's Studies

For non-majors, the following courses constitute a minor in women's studies. To see the description of a particular course, click on its title.

To declare a minor, a special form must be filled out and filed with the Records Office by the end of the student's junior year. The appropriate form is available from the student's advisor or from the Office of the Registrar.