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Requirements for a Major in Women's Studies

For students admitted in Fall 2011 or later continue reading below.

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In addition to meeting the general University degree requirements, the student majoring in women's studies must complete three areas in the program for a total of 56 credits:

  1. Core curriculum of seven courses (28 credits)
  2. Experiential learning program (practicum) (8 credits)
  3. Electives (20 credits)


Women's Studies Core Curriculum (28 credits)

  • WS 101 Introduction to Women's Studies (4 credits)
  • WS 301 Gender and Critical Inquiry (pre-req: WS 101) (4 credits)
  • WS 305 Women of Color Feminisms (pre-req: WS 101) (4 credits)
  • WS 307 Women, Activism, and Social Change (pre-req: WS 101) (4 credits)
  • WS 315 Feminist Analysis (pre-req: WS 301) (4 credits)
  • WS 412/512 Feminist Theory & Methodology (pre-req: WS 315) (4 credits)
  • WS 415 Senior Seminar (pre-req: WS 412) (4 credits)


Experiential Learning (8 credits)

This part of the curriculum provides students with the opportunity to connect knowledge from the classroom to experience in community service activities. Students earn credits by working with community or campus organizations which serve women and/or focus on social justice issues.

  • WS 409 Practicum (6 credits)
  • WS 411 Experiental Learning Seminar (2 credits)

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Electives (20 credits)

16 of these 20 credits must be from upper-division courses. All electives must be approved by an adviser for applicability to the major.


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(Requirements for students admitted to college in Fall 2011 or later)


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