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Women’s Studies is an international discipline that focuses on gender, race, class, sexuality, ability, nation, and language as a means of understanding social systems and making meaningful contributions to a range of fields. Through a feminist perspective, women’s studies looks at how gender organizes and divides the world, and how individuals can make a difference for women and girls, and wider human rights and environmental causes. This discipline may be combined with a range of related fields at the undergraduate and graduate levels, to allow students to demonstrate a refined focus and complementary specializations.
This linked program allows students to propel graduate studies with select courses in distinct areas of study
Women’s Studies graduates have specialized in international development, media studies, environmental studies, and social work, to name just a few
Our students who go on to graduate work have become advocates for human rights, professional writers, educators, and law/policy experts
For students interested in connecting the value of social equality to a range of expressions, this linked program offers an accelerated path to a range of fields
Our courses, mentorship, and professional opportunities build upon a solid critical thinking foundation and the capacity to link the field of women’s studies to action, across a range of contexts
A study of the renaissance in feminist thought since the 1960s through close readings of key documents and texts. The course covers a variety of feminist perspectives as expressed in both theory and practice. This is a writing intensive course. Prerequisites: WMST 201S or WMST 302W and a grade of C or better in ENGL 211C or ENGL 221C or ENGL 231C.
This course examines media-based sites of knowledge production using a feminist approach, in order to imagine new and more complex ways to think about media rhetorics; celebrity culture; digital media; and the politics of representation. Key questions will be: What roles do media play in shaping social movements? What are the promises and pitfalls of activist interventions in the realm of commercial culture? In what ways might we complicate narratives of co-optation or selling out? The class explores these questions using an intersectional lens attentive to the complex interconnections of race, class, gender, and sexuality. Case studies will include national, international, and transnational media events. Prerequisite: WMST 201S, WMST 390T, or instructor approval.
An analysis of the global forces that impact women?s lives throughout the world. Particular emphasis is placed on the status of women in the developing world, international institutions that protect women?s rights, and efforts to promote gender equality worldwide. (This is a writing intensive course.)
Students entering the Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's of Art Program program in Women's Studies and Humanities should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)
To declare a Women's Studies major, students must see an advisor in the Women's Studies Department. All Women's Studies majors are required to have a conference with their advisor before each semester (preferably during preregistration).
The linked program in Women's Studies and Humanities makes it possible for exceptional Women's Studies majors to count up to 12 hours of graduate courses toward both an undergraduate and graduate degree. Students must earn a minimum of 150 credit hours (120 discrete credit hours for the undergraduate degree and 30 discrete credit hours for the graduate degree).
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