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Bachelor of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies

Director: Holly Laird, English

Frances W O’Hornett Chair of Literature

The program in Women’s and Gender Studies considers how gender and other intersecting factors, such as race, class, culture, sexuality and age, have worked to shape the life experiences of women and men from diverse backgrounds. The program analyzes the contemporary and historical factors that underlie the current statuses of women and men from all parts of the world and explores the various means by which people have sought to achieve equality.

The program’s dual emphases on interdisciplinary and intersectionality offer students analytical frameworks and methodological tools with which to understand people’s life experiences, human interactions and economic and social institutions.

By promoting awareness and knowledge of status-based oppression; of people’s inter-relationships; and of the ways in which civil rights movements throughout history have struggled for equity, the program seeks to contribute to changing attitudes and practices that tend to silence people’s voices or that work to devalue, marginalize or subordinate women and men’s choices and life experiences. The B.A. degree is offered in this area.

The Women’s and Gender Studies major requires a minimum of 30 hours of course work, 6 hours in the Women’s and Gender Studies core and 24 hours in Women’s and Gender Studies electives. Courses from at least three disciplines must be included in the elective credits, and twenty-one hours must be seven courses at or above the 3000 level. Special topics courses and other variable content courses may be counted toward elective course requirements with the approval of the Women’s and Gender Studies Governing Board.

The Women’s and Gender Studies minor requires a minimum of 12 hours of course work. Students must complete WS 2013, WS 3113, and 6 hours in Women’s and Gender Studies electives. Courses from two disciplines must be included in the elective credits, and three hours must be at or above the 3000 level. Special topics courses and other variable content courses may be counted toward elective course requirements with the approval of the Women’s and Gender Studies Governing Board.

For degree requirements, see the academic bulletins.