BA in Women's Studies

The major in women’s studies consists of 30 hours:

Course Title Hours
Required Core
WOMS 190Diverse Women in Popular Culture3
WOMS 287Women in Society: Social Issues3
WOMS 387Women in Society: Cultural Images3
WOMS 587Theories of Feminism3
Core Area
Select 9 credit hours (three courses) taken within a core area listed below 9
Electives
Select 9 credit hours (three courses) in any of the four core areas, taken in any combination9
Total Credit Hours30

One course must be a diversity course such as:

Course Title Hours
WOMS 370Women in World Religions3
WOMS 385Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Studies3
WOMS 513Issues and Perspectives on African Women and Globalism3
WOMS 514Women in the Middle East3
WOMS 532Women in Ethnic America3
WOMS 542Women in Other Cultures3
WOMS 579Asian Women in Modern History3
WOMS 588Gender, Race and the West/East Divide3

Of the 30 credit hours, no more than 3 hours in courses numbered 100–199 may be counted toward the major except WOMS 190, REL 110 and REL 115. Students are strongly encouraged to take WOMS 190 and WOMS 287 as early as possible in the major.

Core Areas

Some courses may appear in two core areas if course content is appropriate.

Core Area I: Global and International Studies

Course Title Hours
WOMS/REL 370Women in World Religions3
WOMS 391Women's Global Issues3
WOMS 513Issues and Perspectives on African Women and Globalism3
WOMS 514Women in the Middle East3
WOMS/HIST 532Women in Ethnic America3
WOMS/ANTH 542Women in Other Cultures3
WOMS/HIST/ETHS 579Asian Women in Modern History3
WOMS 588Gender, Race and the West/East Divide3

Core Area II: Popular Culture, Literary and Media Representations

Course Title Hours
WOMS 330Women's Personal Narrative3
WOMS 365Gender and Digital Culture3
WOMS 382Feminism and Girl Culture3
WOMS 380GGender and Popular Music3
WOMS 385Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Studies3
WOMS 510Hollywood Melodrama: The Woman's Film3
WOMS 523Feminist Film Criticism3
WOMS/ENGL 536Writing By Women3
WOMS 580ZDangerous Women in Film3

Core Area III: Social Issues and Social Inequalities

Course Title Hours
WOMS/SOC 306Introduction to Gender Studies3
WOMS/SOC 316Men and Masculinities3
WOMS/POLS 325Women in the Political System3
WOMS/SCWK 340Human Sexuality3
WOMS 345Gender, Alcohol and Addictions3
WOMS 361Women and Work3
WOMS 365Gender and Digital Culture3
WOMS 380Special Topics1-3
WOMS 380AFDiversity, Human Rights and the Law3
WOMS 380QWomen and Animal Rights3
WOMS 385Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Studies3
WOMS 389Gender, Science and Technology3
WOMS/ETHS 399Asian American Women & Men (Asian American Women and Men)3
WOMS/HIST 532Women in Ethnic America3
WOMS/PSY 534Psychology of Women3
WOMS/SCWK 541Women, Children and Poverty3
WOMS 701BWomen and the Environment3

Core Area IV: Religion and Diversity of Thought

Course Title Hours
REL 110Old Testament3
REL 115New Testament3
PHIL 345Philosophy of Sex & Love3
WOMS/PHIL 338Philosophy of Feminism3
WOMS/REL 370Women in World Religions3
REL 384Paul3
WOMS/REL 420Women and the Bible3
WOMS 588Gender, Race and the West/East Divide3