The Women’s Studies program exists to offer students a different perspective for understanding their disciplines, themselves, and others. Based on feminist theory, this perspective incorporates issues of race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and other dimensions of human diversity.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to:
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of women’s participation in, contribution to, and transformation of areas of social life including culture, society, politics, economics, and religion.
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of institutionalized discrimination and violence based on gender.
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of gender from national and global perspectives.
- Demonstrate and apply the basic concepts, theories and methods in gender studies in national and global contexts.
Outcome Assessment Activities
An annual review of student capstone projects is conducted to evaluate the program’s goals and student learning outcomes.
Specific Requirements for the Women’s Studies Minor
Grades below a C will not be accepted in classes counting toward the minor.
|WS/ANTH/PSYC/SOC 105||UNDERSTANDING HUMAN DIVERSITY||3|
|WS/PSYC 211||WOMEN AND SOCIETY||3|
|WS/PSYC 212||PSYCHOLOGY OF DIVERSITY||3|
|WS/NSG 230||WOMEN, HEALTH AND SOCIETY||3|
|WS/PSYC/SOC 231||MARRIAGE AND FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS||3|
|WS/MC 235||WOMEN AND MEDIA||3|
|WS/ENG 241||WOMEN IN LITERATURE||3|
|WS/SOC 305||WOMEN & CRIME||3|
|WS/CS 306||LA CHICANA||3|
|WS 308||GLOBAL FEMINISMS||3|
|WS/MC 330||GENDER AND FILM||3|
|WS/ENG/COMR 335||GENDER AND COMMUNICATION||3|
|WS/CS 401||THIRD WORLD FEMINISMS||3|
|WS/CRIM 407||FAMILY VIOLENCE||3|
|WS/HIST/SOC 428||WOMEN & WORK||3|
|WS/CRIM 455||HATE CRIMES||3|
|WS 490||SPECIAL PROJECTS (CREDITS VARY)||1-3|
|WS 291/491||SPECIAL TOPICS (topics vary)||1-3|
|WS 492||RESEARCH (CREDITS VARY)||1-3|
|WS 494||FIELD EXPERIENCE (CREDITS VARY)||2-6|
|WS 498||INTERNSHIP (CREDITS VARY)||2-6|
|WS 100||INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN'S STUDIES||3|
|WS 301||THEORIES OF INTERSECTIONALITY||3|
|WS/CS 306||LA CHICANA||3|
|or WS 308||GLOBAL FEMINISMS|
|Senior Capstone Experience Courses|
|Select three credits from the following:||3|
|Select 6 credits in Women’s Studies Electives||6|
Most Women’s Studies courses are cross-listed, meaning that the courses can be found in the course listings of both the Women’s Studies program and one or more other academic departments. This is indicated above, for example as WS 428 WOMEN & WORK (3.00 c.h.) /HIST 428 WOMEN & WORK (3.00 c.h.)/SOC 428 WOMEN & WORK (3.00 c.h.), indicating that the course is listed as a Women’s Studies course, a History course, and a Sociology course. Students can take the courses by enrolling in a Women’s Studies section (call number) or in another department’s call number. To encourage breadth in their Women’s Studies Minor, students are required to choose electives in different cross-listed disciplines. Students registering for a course for the minor should enroll in the Women’s Studies section (call number). A course taken for the Senior Capstone Experience cannot be cross-listed.
Senior Capstone Experience
The Senior Capstone Experience allows the student to bring together women’s studies disciplinary knowledge with:
- the major;
- some other disciplinary perspective; or
- a practical problem relevant to women’s life experiences.
The expectation is that in taking WS 490 SPECIAL PROJECTS (1.00 c.h.) the student will apply women’s studies in a community-based setting. WS 492 RESEARCH (1.00 c.h.), can also be approved for the Senior Capstone Experience, but only with the condition that the student presents the research in a public forum to meet the practical application component.
Senior Capstone Experience Prerequisites
The Senior Capstone Experience will be open to students who have declared a WS Minor and have completed all the core requirements, i.e., WS 100 Introduction to Women's Studies (3 c.h.), WS 301 Theories of Intersectionality (3 c.h.) and either WS 306 La Chicana (3 c.h.)/CS 306 La Chicana (3 c.h.) OR WS 308 Global Feminisms (3 c.h.).
Student should contact the Women’s Studies Coordinator by calling (719) 549-2979 or (719) 549-2143.