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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. If courses are taken to satisfy both degree and Core Curriculum 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  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, depending on the student’s course selections in Section B. Students are advised to consult with their Major Advisor to verify that they will meet the 39 upper-division hours required for the Bachelor's degree in Women's Studies.

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

First Year
Fall Credit Hours
AIS 1203 Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
HIS 1043, HIS 1053, or HIS 2053 United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era (core) 3
POL 1013 Introduction to American Politics (core) 3
WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I (core) 3
Mathematics core   3
Spring
HIS 1043, HIS 1053, or HIS 2053 United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era 3
POL 1133 Texas Politics and Society (core) 3
WRC 1023 Freshman Composition II (core) 3
Free elective   3
Life & Physical Sciences core   3
Second Year
Fall
WS 2013 Introduction to Women’s Studies 3
Free elective   3
Free elective   3
Language, Philosophy & Culture core   3
Life & Physical Sciences core   3
Spring
Culture and Society group   3
Free elective   3
Globalization and Borderlands group   3
Social & Behavioral Sciences core   3
Component Area Option core   3
Third Year
Fall
WS 3613 Feminist Research Methodologies 3
Free elective   3
Subject Group elective   3
Subject Group elective   3
Creative Arts core   3
Spring
WS 4623 Feminist Theories 3
Free elective   3
Subject Group elective   3
Subject Group elective   3
Upper-division free elective   3
Fourth Year
Fall
WS 4973 Seminar in Women’s Studies 3
Free elective   3
Free elective   3
Subject Group elective   3
Subject Group elective   3
Spring
WS 4933 Internship in Women’s Studies 3
Free elective   3
Subject Group elective   3
Subject Group elective   3
Upper-division free elective   3
  Total Credit Hours: 120.0

 

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