The minimal degree requirements for students majoring in WGS consist of ten full courses and a comprehensive examination to be taken in the senior year. Of the 10 courses taken for the major, three courses are required: an introductory course (WMST 100), a senior research seminar (WMST 400) to be taken in the fall of the senior year, and a senior capstone seminar (WMST 448) to be taken in the spring of the senior year. The remaining courses are 7 distributed electives, one of which will be a feminist methods and theory course to be chosen from an approved list. No more than four of the seven electives may be taken in any single department/program outside of WGS. Students may take no more than three courses for the major at the 100 level.
Generally, majors should complete WMST 100 by the end of the sophomore year and the Feminist Methods and Theory course by the end of the junior year.
Feminist Methods and Theory Course: Majors must complete at least ONE course from the following approved list. This course introduces students to feminist methods and theoretical frameworks as they have been employed in specific time periods and in local, national, and/or transnational contexts. Students will interrogate the ways in which feminist theorists in the past and present have challenged and subverted knowledge in the traditional disciplines as well as how they have critically engaged and shaped a variety of political, social, and analytical categories of thought. The courses in this category focus on how theory emerges from and informs practice.
Feminist Methods and Theory Courses:
ANTH 290: Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective (Staff)
ANTH 311: Gender and Class in Latin America (Staff)
ENGL 390: Modern Drama (Staff)
GRMN 357: German Queer Cinema (Staff)
HIST 203: Criminal or Hero? The Outlaw in American Culture (Staff)
HIST 237: Women in U.S. History, 1600-1870 (Staff)
HIST 238: Women in U.S. History, 1870 to the Present (Staff)
HIST 270: European Women in War, Revolution, and Terrorism (Staff)
HIST 313: Youth and Families in Early Modern Europe (Staff)
HIST 378: Sexuality and the Self in Modern Europe (Staff)
HIST 472: Marriage and Imagined Families in the Modern World (Staff)
POLS 319: Global Gender Issues (Staff)
POLS 341: Gender, Violence and Power (Staff)
RELG 222: Gender and Sex in the New Testament (Staff)
WMST 111: Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies (Staff)
Senior Capstone: In addition to completing WMST 448 in the spring of the senior year, majors are required to enroll in a research seminar, WMST 400, in the fall of the senior year. In WMST 400, students write an interdisciplinary research paper of 20-25 pages that is informed by feminist methods and theory. This project will be developed in close consultation with both a WGS-affiliated faculty member of the student's choice and the WGS Program Chair, who will serve as either the primary or secondary reader of the paper. Students are required to meet with the WGS Program Chair and their thesis advisor before entering their senior year, and will be asked to submit a short project proposal to these two faculty members for their approval in April of their junior year. Grades will be determined by the two faculty readers.
Majors take a comprehensive examination in the second semester of their senior year. This exam consists of both the student's research paper completed in WMST 400 and an oral presentation and defense of this paper to the faculty of the Women's & Gender Studies Steering Committee. In order to advance to the oral component of the comprehensive exam, a student must have achieved a grade of C or higher on the senior research paper. Students may achieve grades of pass, fail, or distinction on the oral presentation and defense portion of the comprehensive exam. These grades will be determined by the WGS Steering Committee.
Students who meet the following conditions receive honors in the major: 1) a grade point average of at least 3.5 in the major; 2) a grade of at least B+ on the senior seminar research paper; and 3) distinction on the comprehensive examination.