BA in Interdisciplinary with Emphasis in Women's and Gender Studies
Degree Program Description
Women's and Gender Studies is the interdisciplinary, feminist study of the social, cultural, and historical processes that effect gender human identity. The BA in Interdisciplinary with an emphasis in Women’s and Gender Studies combines a broad range of approaches and methods with innovative classroom experiences and teaching. Students learn to integrate women's, gender, and/or queer studies with analyses of race, ethnicity, religion, spirituality, nationality, and class, and to think critically and synthetically about the multiple axes of power through which sexual and gendered identities are constructed. Courses encourage students to analyze the world in which they live, in order that they might act to transform it. An emphasis in Women's and Gender Studies prepares students for many different employment opportunities. Some fields include arts, business, education, healthcare, media, politics, law, social work and social services.
Major Program Requirements
Department in the College of Arts and Science
Linda Reeder, Chair
Srirupa Prasad, Director of Undergraduate Studies
325 Strickland Hall
Students may earn a Bachelor of Arts in the College of Arts and Science with an Interdisciplinary Studies major and an emphasis in Women’s and Gender Studies. A minor is also available as are departmental honors. Please consult the Women's and Gender Studies department for more information.
Advising of students and assistance in designing student-tailored academic plans is available from the Women’s and Gender Studies department office.
The curriculum includes Women's and Gender Studies core courses as well as cross-listed courses from several departments throughout the University. These courses assume that knowledge cannot be separated from the study of women and gender, and that gender and sexuality are fundamental categories of analysis in all disciplines. The department stresses interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching that are broadly comparative and range across multiple cultures, national and transnational contexts, and historical periods. Its faculty employ a broad range of theoretical approaches and methods.
When students graduate with an emphasis in Women's and Gender Studies, they should be able to:
- Apply cross-cultural and global awareness to "big questions" about women and gender
- Have a comprehensive grasp of intersectionality and matrices of domination
- Think critically: i.e. consider an issue from multiple perspectives; locate, evaluate and interpret diverse sources, including statistics; engage in critical self-reflection
- Construct arguments with evidence obtained from research
- Work collaboratively
- Recognize sexist/racist writing and thinking
- Connect knowledge and experience, theory and activism, Women's and Gender Studies materials with other courses
- Communicate effectively in writing and speech
- Apply knowledge for social transformation, citizenship
- Use gender (and other identity categories) as a category/ies for analysis
An emphasis in Women's and Gender Studies prepares students for many different employment opportunities. Some fields include arts, business, education, healthcare, policy, media, politics, law, social work and social services. Because of the diversity of Women's and Gender Studies, the WGST emphasis can be combined with a number of other potential majors to create a dual degree. Many students choose to combine two areas of study, such as Women's and Gender Studies and Sociology, or Women's and Gender Studies and Journalism. This results in a student receiving one degree with two areas of specialization that reflect the student's unique academic interests and his/her individually-designed course of study.
|Required Core Courses||15|
|WGST 1120||Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies||3|
|WGST 2010||Gender and Identity: Understanding Intersectionality||3|
|WGST 2020||Feminist Theory||3|
|WGST 3450||Feminist Methodologies||3|
|WGST 4990||Capstone: Senior Research Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies||3|
|Students take an additional 15 hours selected from the lists of courses below. Students are encouraged to select the bulk of their elective coursework from the first list, Emphasis Core Courses, and must take a minimum of 9 hours from this list. Courses from the third list, Special Semester Topics Courses, may be either Emphasis Core Courses or Cross-listed Courses. Please seek advise from the department on which requirement these courses fulfill. 12 hours must be at 2000 level or above.|
|Emphasis Core Courses|
|WGST 2040||Perspectives on Empowerment||3|
|WGST 2050||Gender Perspectives: Issues in Public Health||3|
|WGST 2080||Perspectives on Sexual and Gender Diversity||3|
|WGST 2250||Perspectives on Gender, Race, Class and Sexuality in the Americas||3|
|WGST 2260||Perspectives on Mass Media: Constructions of Gender, Race and Sexuality||3|
|WGST 2340||Perspectives on Gender and Popular Culture||3|
|WGST 2960||Sexual Health Advocacy and Service Learning||3|
|WGST 3080||Sexuality and Gender Theory||3|
|WGST 3370||Themes in Gender and Religion||3|
|WGST 3480||Themes in Sexuality and Literature||3|
|WGST 3560||Themes in Gender and Immigration||3|
|WGST 3670||Themes in Gender and Globalization||3|
|WGST 3850||Themes in Gender and the Politics of Representation||3|
|WGST 3960||Strategies for Effective Peer Education||1|
|WGST 4020||Studies in Feminist Thought||3|
|WGST 4110||Feminist Research and Criticism||3|
|WGST 4230||Women, Development, and Globalization||3|
|WGST 4420||Studies in Gender, Culture, and Politics||3|
|WGST 4550||Gender and Human Rights in Cross Cultural Perspective||3|
|WGST 4600||Studies in Women and Health||3|
|WGST 4640||Studies in Gender and Performance||3|
|WGST 4940||Internship in Women's and Gender Studies||1-12|
|WGST 4965||Special Readings in Women's and Gender Studies||1-6|
|AR_H_A 4120||Gender and the Arts||3|
|ANTHRO 4370||Anthropology of Gender||3|
|ENGLSH 2200H||Studies in British Literature - Honors||3|
|ENGLSH 3180||Survey of Women Writers||3|
|ENGLSH 4780||Women's Folklore and Feminist Theory||3|
|HIST 2400||Social History of U.S. Women||3|
|HIST 2410||African American Women in History||3|
|HIST 3220||U.S. Women's Political History, 1880-Present||3|
|HIST 3570||European Women in the 19th Century||3|
|HIST 4310||Adoption, Child Welfare and the Family, 1850-Present||3|
|JOURN 4716||Women and the Media||3|
|PHIL 2500||Philosophy and Gender||3|
|POL_SC 4730||Women and Politics||3|
|REL_ST 4750||Women, Religion and Culture||3|
|SOC_WK 4400||Domestic Violence||3|
|SOCIOL 1360||The Female Experience: Body, Identity, Culture||3|
|SOCIOL 3300||Queer Theories/Identities||3|
|SOCIOL 3320||Sociology of Gender||3|
|Special Semester Topics Courses|
|WGST 1004||Topics in Women's and Gender Studies-Social Science||1-3|
|WGST 1005||Topics in Women's and Gender Studies-Humanities||1-3|
|WGST 2003||Topics in Women's and Gender Studies-Behavioral||1-3|
|WGST 2005||Topics in Women's and Gender Studies-Humanities||1-3|
|WGST 3003||Topics in Women's and Gender Studies-Behavioral Sciences||1-3|
|WGST 3004||Topics in Women's and Gender Studies-Social Sciences||1-3|
|WGST 3005||Topics in Women's and Gender Studies-Humanities||1-3|
|WGST 4001||Topics in Women's and Gender Studies-General||1-3|
|WGST 4003||Topics in Women's and Gender Studies-Behavioral Sciences||1-3|
|WGST 4005||Topics in Women's and Gender Studies-Humanities||1-3|
|WGST 4873||Women's and Gender Studies Abroad - Behavioral Science||3|
|WGST 4874||Women's and Gender Studies Abroad - Social Science||3|
|WGST 4875||Women's and Gender Studies Abroad - Humanities||3|
|WGST 1120 (Diversity Intensive Designation)||3||WGST 2010 (Diversity Intensive Designation)||3|
|ENGLSH 1000||3||Foreign Language||5|
|Social Science (MO State Law)||3||MATH 1100||3|
|Foreign Language||5||General Elective||3|
|WGST Major Course||3||WGST 2020||3|
|Science with a Lab||5||Minor||3|
|Foreign Language||3||Humanities/Fine Arts (Writing Intensive)||3|
|Behavioral Science||3||Behavioral Science||3|
|WGST 3450||3||WGST Major Course||3|
|WGST Major Course||3||Minor||3|
|Science (Math Reasoning Proficiency)||3||Social Science||3|
|General Elective||3||General Elective||3|
|WGST Major Course||3||WGST 4990||3|
|WGST Major Course||3||Minor||3|
|Humanities/Fine Arts||3||General Elective||3|
|General Elective||3||General Elective||3|
|Total Credits: 120|
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