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Associate Professors C.E. Harrison, C. Deitch, D. Moshenberg (Director), A. Zucker, R. Riedner, K. Pemberton

Assistant Professor J. Nash

Adjunct Professors B. Morris, T. Ramlow

Professorial Lecturer M. Frost

Committee on Women’s Studies

N. Cahn, E. Chacko, L. Chang, K. Daiya, C. Deitch, C. Gamber, B. Gault, C.E. Harrison, H. Hartmann, L. Jacobson, D. Moshenberg, J. Nash, B. Obler, K. Pemberton, R. Riedner, G. Weiss, S. Wolchik, A. Zucker

Bachelor of Arts with a major in women’s studies—The following requirements must be fulfilled:

1. The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.

2. Prerequisite course—WStu 1020.

3. Required—30 credit hours consisting of WStu 2120, 2125, 4199 , plus seven courses from the four groups that follow, with a minimum of one course chosen from each group. A given course can fulfill only one group requirement. With approval of the program advisor, courses with appropriate subject matter may be substituted for those specified.

Women’s studies—WStu 3170, 4183, 3195.

Diversity/cross-cultural studies—AmSt/Hist 3362/WStu 3362; Anth 2121/WStu 2121; Chin 3136/WStu 3136; Engl 1611; Phil 2125; Span 3570.

Humanities—AmSt/Hist 2380/WStu 2380, 3352-53, 3362; Chin 3136/WStu 3136; Engl 1611, 3560, 3840; Hist 2410; Phil 2125; Rel 3281/WStu 3281, 3981; Span 3570.

Social science—Anth 2121/WStu 2121; Anth 3513, 3504, 3507; Psyc 3150; Psyc 3152/WStu 3152; Soc 2166, 2175.

Combined Bachelor of Arts with a major in women’s studies and Master of Arts in the field of women’s studies or in the field of public policy with a concentration in women’s studies—Students interested in either of these combined degree programs should consult the Women’s Studies Program office for requirements by the beginning of their junior year.

Special Honors—For Special Honors in women’s studies, a major must meet the general requirements stated under University Regulations, attain a grade-point average of at least 3.7 in courses counted for the women’s studies major and 3.3 overall, receive a grade of A in WStu 4199, and submit an honors paper to the Women’s Studies Program. Upon faculty review of the honors paper, the student may be recommended for graduation with Special Honors.

Minor in women’s studies—18 credit hours, including WStu 2120 and 2125, plus four elective courses approved by the advisor. Elective courses that are typically approved are listed under the women’s studies major, above. Pertinent courses are frequently taught as departmental topics courses.

Minor in LGBT and sexuality studies—18 credit hours selected from a list of designated courses. See

1020 Women in Western Civilization (3) Morris and Staff
  Exploration of critical periods of intellectual and cultural change in Western societies as influenced by and affecting women. Examination of images of women and of changing ideal types of femininity and masculinity. Aspects of law, religion, art, culture, work, and politics in relation to these topics. Same as Hist 1020. (Fall)
2120 Introduction to Women’s Studies (3) Moshenberg and Staff
  A multidisciplinary examination of historical conditions, cultural norms, and social institutions that define women’s status in Western culture. Experiences of girls and women in various racial–ethnic, class, and age groups. Alternative visions for women’s (and, by implication, men’s) roles and status. Sophomore standing required. (Fall and spring)
2121 The Anthropology of Gender: Cross-Cultural Perspectives (3) Staff
  Anthropological representations of gender relations in “other” cultures have provided important case material for feminist theorizing of sex differences and gender roles and statuses. How a cross-cultural approach can inform our understanding of gender. Same as Anth 2501. (Spring)
2125 Varieties of Feminist Theory (3) Deitch, Nash
  Classical and contemporary texts on feminist explanations of women’s status. Relationships within the sex/gender system and arrangements based on class and race. Evaluation, through the lens of feminist theory, of several academic disciplines in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Prerequisite: WStu 1020 or 2120 or permission of instructor. (Spring)
2135 A Study of Women and Media (3) Gamber and Staff
  The role media plays in women’s lives. The limits and effects of a “dominant” media; representations of women in print media and television, especially advertising, and in books and film. How women have attempted to articulate a culture that serves their personal, political, and social interests. (Summer)
2380 Sexuality in U.S. History (3) Staff
  Same as AmSt 2380/Hist 2380.
3136 Chinese Women in Myth, Literature, and Film (3) Frost
  Same as Chin 3136.
3152 Women and Psychology (3) Zucker
  Same as Psyc 3152.
3170 Selected Topics (3) Staff
  Examination and analysis of central issues in women’s studies, such as women and difference, women in media, women and violence, athletics and gender. Topic changes each semester; may be repeated for credit. (Fall and spring)
3195 Undergraduate Research (1 to 3) Staff
  A written proposal approved by the member of the faculty who will supervise the research is required prior to registration.
3281 Women in Judaism (3) Staff
  Same as Rel 3281.
3352-53 Women in the United States (3-3) Murphy, Harrison
  Same as Hist 3352/AmSt 3352-53.
3362 Black Women in U.S. History (3) Chapman
  Same as AmSt 3362/Hist 3362.
3481 Women in Islam (3) Pemberton
  Same as Rel 3481.
3530 Women in Africa (3) Staff
  Same as Hist 3530.
3881 Women, Gender, and Religion in China (3) Staff
  Same as Rel 3881.
3981 Women in Western Religion (3) Pemberton
  Same as Rel 3981.
4183 Practicum in Women’s Studies (3) Deitch
  Study of the changing status of women through supervised assignment to public and private agencies engaged in policymaking, education, political action, and research. Usually for seniors. Placement arrangements must be made the semester prior to registration; departmental permission is required. (Spring)
4199 Senior Seminar (3) Staff
  For students completing a major or minor in women’s studies. Writings of contemporary scholars and writers whose work provides critical frameworks for feminist scholarship and research. Individual or collaborative research projects are presented and submitted as written papers. (Fall)

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