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Bachelor of Arts Degree in Women’s Studies

The major in Women's Studies provides students with the opportunity to examine the social, historical, political, and cultural experiences of women and men from an interdisciplinary perspective. Emphasis on cross-disciplinary research methods enables students to pursue a theoretically-informed understanding of women and issues of gender and sexuality in diverse U.S. and global cultures and across time.

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree, including the Core Curriculum requirements, is 120. Thirty-nine of the total semester credit hours required for the degree must be at the upper-division level.

All candidates seeking this degree must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements and the degree requirements, which are listed below.

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)
Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree in Women’s Studies must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements in the same manner as other students. The courses listed below satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements; however, if these courses are taken to satisfy both requirements, then students may need to take additional courses in order to meet the minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree. For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see pages 3-5 of this catalog.

Degree Requirements

  1. 21 semester credit hours:

    1. 15 semester credit hours of required courses:

      WS  2013  Introduction to Women’s Studies
      WS  3613  Feminist Research Methodologies
      WS  4623  Feminist Theories
      WS  4933  Internship in Women’s Studies
      WS  4973  Seminar in Women’s Studies

    2. 3 semester credit hours selected from the Globalization and Borderlands group below

    3. 3 semester credit hours selected from the Culture and Society group below
  2. 24 semester credit hours selected from at least two of the following groups:

    Theory and Methods
    ENG  4393  Feminist Theory of Literature
    POL  3163  Introduction to Feminist Theory
    WS   3953  Special Topics in Women Writers
    WS   4953  Special Topics in Women's Studies

    Globalization and Borderlands
    BBL   2023  Latino Cultural Expressions
    GRG  3653  Geographic Perspectives on Women
    HIS   3133  Themes in the Social History of the United States
    WS    4863  Feminism and Globalization

    Culture and Society
    AMS  3443  Studies in Gender and Sexuality
    ANT  3103  Kinship and Social Organization
    ANT  3603  Sex, Gender, and Culture
    BBL  3023  Mexican American Culture
    BBL  3043  Social Psychological Considerations in Mexican American Communities
    BIO  2003  Biology of Human Reproduction
    CRJ  4463  Gender and Crime
    CRJ  4853  Sex Crimes and the Law
    ENG  3133  Women and Literature
    HIS  3043  History of Women in the United States: Pre-Columbus to 1890
    HIS  3053  History of Women in the United States: Since 1890
    HIS  3963  Women and Gender in India
    HTH  3023  Survey of Human Sexuality
    IDS  2113  Society and Social Issues
    LNG  3843  Gender Issues in Language
    MAS  2013  Introduction to Chicano(a) Studies
    POL  3183  Women in Politics
    PSY  3303  Psychological Perspectives on Gender
    PSY  4193  Relationships
    SOC  3163  Families in Society
    SOC  3263  Latinas in U.S. Society
    SOC  3283  Poverty
    SOC  3293  Sociology of Gender
    SOC  3413  Sociology of the Mexican American Community
    SOC  3513  Children and Society
    WS    4913  Independent Study
    WS    4993  Honors Thesis

  3. 33 semester credit hours of electives, 6 hours of which must be at the upper-division level

B.A. in Women’s Studies — Recommended Four-Year Academic Plan

YEAR 1
Fall Spring
HIS 1043, 1053, or 2053 (core) 3 HIS 1043, 1053, or 2053 (core) 3
POL 1013 (core) 3 POL 1133 or 1213 (core) 3
WRC 1013 (core) 3 WRC 1023 (core) 3
Free elective 3 Free elective 3
Mathematics core 3 Natural Sciences Level I core 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 15
YEAR 2
Fall Spring
ECO 2003, 2013, or 2023 (core) 3 Culture and Society group 3
WS 2013 3 Free elective 3
Free elective 3 Globalization and Borderlands group 3
Literature core 3 Social & Behavioral Science core 3
Natural Sciences Level II core 3 World Society & Issues core 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 15
YEAR 3
Fall Spring
WS 3613 3 WS 4623 3
Free elective 3 Free elective 3
Subject Group elective 3 Subject Group elective 3
Subject Group elective 3 Subject Group elective 3
Visual & Performing Arts core 3 Upper-division free elective 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 15
YEAR 4
Fall Spring
WS 4973 3 WS 4933 3
Free elective 3 Free elective 3
Free elective 3 Subject Group elective 3
Subject Group elective 3 Subject Group elective 3
Subject Group elective 3 Upper-division free elective 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 15

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