BA in Interdisciplinary with Emphasis in Women's and Gender Studies
Degree Program Description
Women’s and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary field that establishes gender, sexuality, race, class, and dis/ability as fundamental categories for understanding social structures, cultural norms, and power dynamics. Combining research methods from the humanities and social sciences, the WGST major strengthens critical thinking, writing and research skills; highlights multiple forms of knowledge; and encourages students to think of themselves and others as citizens of a diverse world. WGST scholars produce a wide-variety of analytical, creative, and activist works, investigating intersecting forms of inequalities and oppressions in local and global contexts.
When students graduate with a 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 power
- Think critically: i.e. consider an issue from multiple perspectives; locate, evaluate and interpret diverse sources; 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
This major can be combined with other programs to create a double major or a dual degree. The flexibility and expansiveness of the degree enables our graduates to work in a wide variety of fields, including education, law, public policy, health sciences, human resources, business management, social work, arts, non-profit organizations, NGO’s, advertising and market research, communication, and journalism.
Major Program Requirements
This major can be combined with other programs to create a double major or a dual degree. Within the College of Arts and Science, students can pair it with a major like BA in English, Sociology, Psychology or History, for example, without taking courses beyond the required 120 credits. Students seeking a Bachelor Degree in Journalism or a Public Health degree can earn a second degree, a BA in Interdisciplinary with Emphasis in Women’s and Gender Studies. Required WGST courses for many dual degrees also fit within the 120 credit graduation plan, although 132 total credits are generally required for a dual degree.
The curriculum includes Women's and Gender Studies core courses as well as cross-listed courses from several departments throughout the University.
|Required Core Courses||9|
|WGST 2020||Feminist Theory||3|
|WGST 4990||Research Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies||3|
|WGST 3450W||Feminist Methodologies - Writing Intensive||3|
|4940 Internship can be substituted for 4990 Seminar|
|An additional 21 credits (WGST or cross-listed courses) are required. A minimum of 12 credits must come from WGST core courses (courses taught by WGST faculty and instructors), in addition, 9 credits must be 3000 level or higher. See the WGST website for current course offerings.|
|ENGLSH 1000||3||Foreign Language||5|
|Social Science (MO State Law)||3||WGST 2020||3|
|Foreign Language||5||MATH 1100||3|
|WGST Major Course||3||General Elective||3|
|Science with a Lab||5||Minor||3|
|Foreign Language||3||WGST Major Course||3|
|Behavioral Science||3||Humanities/Fine Arts (Writing Intensive)||3|
|Social Science||3||Behavioral Science||3|
|WGST Major Course||3||WGST Major Course||3|
|Science (Math Reasoning Proficiency)||3||Humanities/Fine Arts||3|
|General Elective||3||Social Science||3|
|WGST Major Course||3||General Elective||3|
|WGST Major Course||3||WGST 4990 (or 4940 Internship)||3|
|WGST Major Course||3||Minor||3|
|Humanities/Fine Arts||3||General Elective||3|
|General Elective||3||General Elective||3|
|Total Credits: 120|
Women's and Gender Studies, Department in the College of Arts and Science
Linda Reeder, Chair
Julie Elman, Director of Undergraduate Studies
325 Strickland Hall
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