of Women's Studies
Teaching Professor Emerita
Fetterley, Ph.D. (Collins Fellow)
W. Frank, Ph.D. (Collins Fellow)
University of Illinois
Acosta-Belén, Ph.D. (Collins Fellow)
Spitze, Ph.D. (Collins Fellow)
University of Illinois
E. Barlow, Ph.D. (Collins Fellow)
University of Pennsylvania
University of Wisconsin
M. Bernstein, Ph.D. (Collins Fellow)
Bose, Ph.D. (Collins Fellow)
John Hopkins University
E. Johnson, B.A.
University of California, Santa Cruz
E. Schulz, Ph.D. (Collins Fellow)
University of Illinois
W. Ng, Ph.D.
University of Hawaii
University of North Carolina
Rensselaer Poly Institute University
C. Hobson, Ph.D.
University of California, Berkeley (Near Eastern
Faculty (estimated): 10
Assistants (estimated): 2
Studies encourages students to reexamine their own lives and the world around
them in relation to gender, race, class, and sexuality. The curriculum reflects
new subjects, theories, and methodologies based on a cross-cultural, multidisciplinary
approach to the study of women. In the creation of new knowledge, Women's
Studies provides a critique of social, cultural, and institutional structures
that include the traditional disciplines. Women's Studies sees itself
as connected to the social and political environment outside the university.
Opportunities are available for internships, independent study, and innovative
teaching for undergraduates. Students may take a major or minor in Women's
Studies or may enroll in individual courses.
concentration in Women's Studies prepares students for graduate and professional
training in a variety of fields. Like other B.A. graduates, Women's Studies
majors may enroll in professional study at the graduate level in law, social
welfare, education, public administration, and health care; they also find employment
and continue on-the-job training in business, social services, public affairs,
publishing, and private nonprofit organizations. Experience in critical thinking
and writing and intensive reflection concerning issues of diversity and multiculturalism
prepare Women's Studies graduates with qualities that employers actively seek.
Some Women's Studies graduates find employment with community agencies (women's
centers, counseling centers, battered women's shelters, rape crisis centers,
women's health centers, women's vocational agencies), in affirmative action
and diversity education (in schools, government agencies, and business), and
with campus-based women's programs.
Requirements for the Major in Women's Studies
Program B.A.: A minimum of 36 credits distributed as follows.
A course may not be used to fulfill more than one requirement:
9 credits introductory course requirement: Both A Wss 220 or
A Wss 220Z and A Wss 240; select 1 additional course from
the following: A Wss 101 or A Wss 101Z, A Wss 109, or
A Wss 202.
3 credits women in historical perspective requirement. One history of
women or history of feminism course selected from among A Wss
260, A Wss 412, A Wss 440, A His 256, A His 293,
or other history course when approved.
3 credits women in a global, international, or cross-cultural context
requirement. Select at least one from among A Wss 308, A Wss
357 , A Wss 381 or 381Z, A Wss 412, A Wss 451, or
other course when approved.
3 credits feminist theory requirement. A Wss 360 is required of
all members of the Women’s Studies Teaching Internship. All
other majors select at least one from A Wss 360, A Wss 465,
or other course when approved.
6 credits feminist research and internship. Two-semester sequence,
usually taken during the fall and spring of the senior year: A Wss
490Z, and A Wss 492.
12 credits of electives, at least 9 or more credits at the 300 level
or above, to be selected from Women’s Studies courses,
cross-listed courses, or courses listed in other departments and
approved by the Women’s Studies Department.
may file an application for admission to the honors program in the
department office in the second semester of the sophomore year or in
the junior year. Junior transfers may apply at the time of their
admission to the University.
minimum requirements for admission include completion of at least 12
credits of course work applicable to the major, a minimum overall
grade point average of 3.25, and a minimum 3.50 grade point average
for all courses applicable toward the major.
in the program are required to complete all of the requirements for
the major in Women's Studies. As part of their elective credits
for the major, students must also complete 3 credits of intensive
work culminating in an independent research or creative honors
project. Typically the project begins as a paper the student writes
for an upper-division Women's Studies course no later than
spring of the junior year. During the senior year, honors students
fulfill the requirements for the honors program by enrolling in AWSS
495 Honors Project during the fall semester concurrently with AWSS
490Z, Research Seminar in Women's Studies. Alternatively,
students who have been admitted into the honors program during their
sophomore year may enroll in AWSS 490Z in the fall semester of their
junior year in preparation for completion of the honors sequence
during the subsequent two semesters.
in the honors program are required to maintain overall grade point
averages of 3.25 or higher during the junior and senior years and
overall grade point averages of 3.50 or higher for all courses
applicable toward the major. Students not meeting the above standards
may be unable to complete the honors program.
completion of the above requirements, the records of the candidate
will be reviewed by the department, which will recommend candidates
for the degree with honors in Women's Studies.
Bachelor's/Master's in Women's Studies
combined B.A./M.A. program provides an opportunity for students with
outstanding academic abilities to receive both a B.A. and an M.A.
degree in five years (ten semesters).
combined program demands a minimum of 142 credits, of which 32 must
be graduate credits. Students must fulfill all university, college,
and department requirements for both the undergraduate major and the
M.A. in Women's Studies.
accepted into the combined B.A./M.A. program apply up to 10 credits of graduate
work toward both their undergraduate and graduate degree requirements. Students
take two 4-credit graduate courses in addition to WSS 510 (2 credits), Advanced
Feminist Pedagogy and Theory; to fulfill this requirement.
students who have completed a minimum of 60 credits with a GPA of 3.2
or above are eligible to apply. Students submit applications for the
B.A./M.A. program in Women's Studies directly to the Office of
Graduate Admissions. Students will be admitted upon the
recommendation of the department's Graduate Admissions
Committee, whose decision will be based on the student's grade
point average, statement of purpose, writing sample, and supportive
letters of recommendation from faculty.