BA Requirements

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

Program-specific curriculum:

Required
WGSS 2120Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
or WGSS 2120W Introduction to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
WGSS 2125Varieties of Feminist Theory
or AMST 2125 Varieties of Feminist Theory
WGSS 4199Senior Seminar
One course from each of the following five groups:
Race, ethnicity, and class
AMST 2410Twentieth Century U.S. Immigration
or HIST 2410 Twentieth-Century U.S. Immigration
AMST 3360African American History to 1865
or HIST 3360 African American History to 1865
AMST 3361African American History Since 1865
or HIST 3361 African American History Since 1865
ENGL 1610Introduction to Black American Literature I
or ENGL 1610W Introduction to Black American Literature I
ENGL 1611Introduction to Black American Literature II
or ENGL 1611W Introduction to Black American Literature II
ENGL 3570Nineteenth-Century Black Literature
ENGL 3960Asian American Literature
or ENGL 3960W Asian American Literature
PHIL 2125Philosophy of Race and Gender
or PHIL 2125W Philosophy of Race and Gender
WGSS 3362African American Women's History
or WGSS 3362W African American Women's History
or AMST 3362 African American Women's History
or AMST 3362W African American Women's History
or HIST 3362 African American Women’s History
or HIST 3362W African American Women’s History
Global/transnational
ENGL 1710Introduction to Postcolonial Literature and Film I
or ENGL 1710W Introduction to Postcolonial Literature and Film I
ENGL 1711Introduction to Postcolonial Literature and Film II
or ENGL 1711W Introduction to Postcolonial Literature and Film II
ENGL 3730Topics in Global Postcolonial Literature and Film
or ENGL 3730W Topics in Global Postcolonial Literature and Film
SPAN 3570Women Writers of Spain and Latin America
WGSS 2121The Anthropology of Gender: Cross-Cultural Perspectives
or ANTH 2501 The Anthropology of Gender: Cross-Cultural Perspectives
WGSS 3136Chinese Women in Myth, Literature, and Film
or WGSS 3136W Chinese Women in Myth, Literature, and Film
or CHIN 3136 Chinese Women in Myth, Literature, and Film
or CHIN 3136W Chinese Women in Myth, Literature, and Film
WGSS 3481Women in Islam
or REL 3481 Women in Islam
WGSS 3530Women in Africa
or HIST 3530 Women in Africa
WGSS 3820Global Domestic Labor
WGSS 3845Global Women's Prison
WGSS 3881Women, Gender, and Religion in China
or EALL 3881 Women, Gender, and Religion in China
or REL 3881 Women, Gender, and Religion in China
Sexualities
ENGL 3910Disability Studies
ENGL 3980Queer Studies
or ENGL 3980W Queer Studies
WGSS 2380Sexuality in U.S. History
or HIST 2380 Sexuality in U.S. History
or AMST 2380 Sexuality in U.S. History
WGSS 3410Lesbian History and Culture
WGSS 3435Queer Politics
WGSS 3470Sexuality and the Law
Humanities
ENGL 3730Topics in Global Postcolonial Literature and Film
or ENGL 3730W Topics in Global Postcolonial Literature and Film
ENGL 3840Gender and Literature
or ENGL 3840W Gender and Literature
ENGL 3980Queer Studies
or ENGL 3980W Queer Studies
PHIL 2125Philosophy of Race and Gender
or PHIL 2125W Philosophy of Race and Gender
SPAN 3570Women Writers of Spain and Latin America
WGSS 1020Approaches to Women's History
or HIST 1020 Approaches to Women's History
WGSS 2135A Study of Women and Media
WGSS 2380Sexuality in U.S. History
or AMST 2380 Sexuality in U.S. History
or HIST 2380 Sexuality in U.S. History
WGSS 3136Chinese Women in Myth, Literature, and Film
or WGSS 3136W Chinese Women in Myth, Literature, and Film
or CHIN 3136W Chinese Women in Myth, Literature, and Film
WGSS 3352U.S. Women's History to 1865
or WGSS 3352W U.S. Women's History to 1865
or AMST 3352 U.S. Women's History to 1865
or AMST 3352W U.S. Women's History to 1865
or HIST 3352 U.S. Women's History to 1865
or HIST 3352W U.S. Women's History to 1865
WGSS 3353U.S. Women's History II
or AMST 3353 U.S. Women's History II
or HIST 3353 U.S. Women's History II
WGSS 3362African American Women's History
or WGSS 3362W African American Women's History
or AMST 3362 African American Women's History
or AMST 3362W African American Women's History
or HIST 3362 African American Women’s History
or HIST 3362W African American Women’s History
WGSS 3481Women in Islam
or REL 3481 Women in Islam
WGSS 3530Women in Africa
or HIST 3530 Women in Africa
WGSS 3981Women in Western Religion
or REL 2981 Women in Western Religion
Social science
ANTH 3504Illness, Healing, and Culture
ANTH 3507Kinship, Family, and Community
ANTH 3513Anthropology of Human Rights
or ANTH 3513W Anthropology of Human Rights
PSC 2225Women and Politics
PSYC 2550Psychology of Sex Differences
SOC 2175Sociology of Sex and Gender
or SOC 2175W Sociology of Sex and Gender
WGSS 2121The Anthropology of Gender: Cross-Cultural Perspectives
or ANTH 2501 The Anthropology of Gender: Cross-Cultural Perspectives
WGSS 4183Practicum in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Electives
Three additional courses (9 credits) from any of the above lists, any women's, gender, and sexuality studies (WGSS) course, or courses approved by an advisor.

No one course may count for more than one category.

At least 27 of the required 33 credits must be taken in courses at the 2000 level or above.

Requirements for students who declared prior to Fall 2014

Prerequisite for admission to the major (3 credits) 

WGSS 1020 Approaches to Women's History or an approved equivalent

The Major Requires a total of 30 credits in 1000+ level courses, distributed as follows:

Required 2000-4000 level courses (12 credits):

  • WGSS 2120 Introduction to Women's Studies. 3 credits.   This course provides an introduction to interdisciplinary approaches in Women's Studies.
  • WGSS 2125 Varieties of Feminist Theory. 3 credits.  (Spring) This is the required theory course.
  • WGSS 4199 Capstone senior seminar.  3 credits.  (Fall) The capstone senior seminar will integrate theoretical and methodological questions as well as disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives raised throughout the curriculum.  It will require a major research paper. The course is required for majors and open to minors.

Electives -- 2000-4000-level courses (21 credits): 
A total of 7 additional 2000 (or higher) level courses (21 credits) approved by an advisor in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality.  To ensure breadth of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives, the electives are selected from the following categories.  The Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Program may approve additional courses for each category.

Diversity/multicultural category

AMST/HIST/WGSS 3362 Black Women in U.S. History

PHIL 2125 Philosophy of Race & Gender

HIST 3301W US Black Feminism 1830-1990 (special topics course)

ANTH 2501/WGSS 2121  Anthropology of Gender

CHIN/WGSS 3136  Chinese Women in Myth, Literature & Film

REL/WGSS 3481  Women and Islam

REL/WGSS 3881  Women, Gender, & Religion in China

HIST/WGSS 3530  Women in Africa

ENGL 3730  Topics in Post-colonial literature

SPAN 3570 Latin American Women Writers

WGSS 3170  Global Domestic labor (special topics)

WGSS 3170  Women in and Beyond the Global Prison (special topics)

IAFF 3190 Gender War and Peace (IAFF special topics)

IAFF 3190  Women in World Politics (IAFF special topics) /Women in Global Politics (I think this is the same course)

 

Humanities (including History)

HIST/AMST/WGSS 2380 Sexuality in US History

HIST/AMST/WGSS 3352  Women in the United States Part I

HIST/AMST/WGSS 3353  Women in the United States Part 2

HIST/AMST/WGSS 3362 Black women in U.S. history

HIST/WGSS 3530  Women in Africa

CHIN/WGSS 3136  Chinese Women in Myth, Lit & Film

REL/WGSS 3981  Women in Western Religion

REL 3281 Women in Judaism

REL/WGSS 3481 Women and Islam

ENGL 3980  Queer Studies

ENGL 3840  Gender and literature

ENGL 3730  Topics in Post-colonial literature

PHIL 2125 Philosophy of Race & Gender

SPAN  3570 Latin American Women writers

 

Social Science

SOC 2175 Sociology of Sex and Gender

PSYC 3150  Psychology of Sex Differences

ANTH 2501/WGSS 2121 Anthology of Gender

ANTH 3513  Human Rights & Ethics

ANTH 3504 Illness, Healing, Culture

ANTH 3507 Kinship, Family, Community

PSC 2225  Women and Politics

IAFF 3190  Gender War and Peace (IAFF special topics)

IAFF 3190  Women in World (or Global) Politics (IAFF special topics) 

Any Women's, Gender, and Sexuality course may be used to fulfill your remaining elective requirements.

Special Honors Requirements

In addition to the general requirements stated under University Regulations, in order to be considered for graduation with Special Honors, students must attain a minimum grade-point average of 3.7 in courses counted for the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies major and 3.3 overall; receive a grade of A in WGSS 4199; and submit an honors paper to the Program. Upon faculty review of the honors paper, students may be recommended for graduation with Special Honors.