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Bachelor of Arts in Women's and Gender Studies

Women's and Gender Studies offers students an interdisciplinary examination of women's roles, contributions, history and experiences as well as a critical study of gender structures in societies and cultures in the U.S. and the world. It utilizes gender, along with race and class, as a category of analysis, helping students investigate the role that gender plays in our history, literature, art, politics, education, sports, health and family. The integrated B.A. degree program is comprised of courses from a broad array of disciplines in five different colleges, and provides a strong foundation in the humanities and social sciences.

What will I study?

All Women's and Gender Studies majors must meet the university general education requirements and graduation requirements expected for students to complete a B.A. in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The 45-52 credit B.A. in Women's and Gender Studies is structured so that students will have a solid core of courses in feminist scholarship and gender studies, with flexibility to pursue their specific interests and career goals through a sufficient number of electives and the completion of a minor or certificate. Women's Studies offers over 35 courses, most of which are cross-listed with other departments. Our courses offer a deeper insight to issues of oppression and create awareness to sexist, racist and other biases. Teaching students to expand their way of thinking, broaden their perspective, analyze difficult material, build convincing arguments and how gender interactions affect the business environment, as well as the cultural, emotional, familial, institutional and political impact.

Requirements (45-52 credits)

NOTE: Two years of a single high school foreign language or one year of a single foreign language at college level is required for this major.

Introductory Courses (4-5 credits)

Choose ONE of the following:

WMST/HUMN 101 Introduction to Women's Studies (5)

WMST/HUMN 310 Issues in Women's Studies (4) [This course is also offered Online]

Foundation Courses (4-5 credits)

Choose ONE of the following:

CSBS 310 Foundations of Social and Behavioral Sciences Theory (5)                                                        

CSBS 320 Introductory Statistics for the Social Sciences (5)                                                                 

CSBS 330 Integrated Social Science Methods (5)

CSBS 331 Documents-Based Research Methods (5)

DSCI 245 Data Analysis for Business (4)

 

Core Courses (8 credits)

WMST/HUMN 410 Feminist Theory (4)

WMST 490 Senior Capstone Seminar (4)

Experiential Learning Requirement: 

Choose ONE of the following (4 credits)

WMST 495 Internship (4)

WMST 495 Internship (2) PLUS WMST 499 Related Paper (2)

WMST 495 Research Paper (4)

Electives/Breadth Courses: (23-25 credits)

 Students will select 23-25 credits from the Women's & Gender Studies Course Distribution List to meet the minimum of 45 credits for the Major. The courses must cross-list with at least three different disciplines.

Women's & Gender Studies Course Distribution List:

Applied Emphasis
WMST/SOCI 377 Alternatives to Domestic Violence (2)

WMST/MGMT 424 Equity and Equality in the Workplace (3)

WMST/SOWK 448 Gay and Lesbian Issues for the Social Work Practitioner (3)

WMST/SOWK 450 Women and Social Reform (3)

WMST/SOWK 452 Gender and Sexual Assault (4)

WMST 495 Internship or Practicum Experience (1 - 5)

Applied/Theoretical Emphasis

WMST/CMST 314 Gender and Communication  (5)

WMST/BIOL 318 Biology of Women (3)

WMST/SOCI 321 Sex and Gender (5)

WMST/PSYC 331 Psychology of Women (4)

WMST/BIOL 338 Discovering Women in Science (1)

WMST/HIST 351 Gender in the Century of Total War (5)

WMST/CRIM 360 Women in Prison (5)

WMST/HLED 366 Women's Health Issues (4)

WMST/SOCI 370 Sociology of the Family (5)

WMST/AAST 371 Cultural Study: African American Women and Hair (2)

WMST/ENGL 389 Women, Literature and Social Change (5)

WMST/HIST 394 Women in American History (4)

WMST 400 - 409 Summer Workshops (1)

         NOTE: No more than THREE credits of summer workshops may be counted toward the major or minor. Summer Workshops: Several of these workshops are offered each summer to help students integrate knowledge of scholarship on women into traditional academic work in various disciplines.

       WMST/ENGL 400 Women and Men in Literature (1)

       WMST/BIOL 401 Women and Men in Science (1)

       WMST 402/ECON 426 Women and Men in the U.S. Economy (1)

       WMST/PSYC 403 Women and Men in Psychology (1)

       WMST/CMST 404 Women and Men in Communication (1)

       WMST/HIST 405 Women and Men in History (1)

       WMST/GEOG 406 Women and Men in Cultural Landscape (1)

       WMST/ART 409 Women and Men in Art (1)

       -End of Summer Workshop

WMST/CMST 416 Gender and Media (5)

WMST/CMST 419 Sex, Sexuality, and Communication (5)

WMST 426/ECON/AAST 424 Economics of Poverty and Discrimination (5)

WMST/ECON 427 The Economics of Women and Work (5)

WMST/AAST 430 From Mammies to Jemimas: The Black Women's Struggle (5)

WMST/ANTH 432 Anthropology of Gender (4)

WMST/ANTH/GEOG/HIST 437 Women and Islam (5)

WMST/HIST 468 History of Modern American Women (4)

WMST/SOWK 471 Human Rights and Women's Rights (4)

WMST/IDST 477 Contemporary Indigenous Women (5)

WMST/SOCI 483 Sociology of Children (5)

WMST 490 Senior Capstone Seminar (4)

WMST 497 Workshop (Summers) (1-2)

WMST 498 Seminar approved by Women's Studies Director (4 - 5)

Theoretical Emphasis

WMST/HIST 392 Women in the American West (4)

WMST/HUMN 410 Feminist Theory (4)

WMST/HUMN 415 Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies (5)

WMST/PHIL 440 Women and Philosophy (5)

WMST/SPAN 475 Women's Writing in Latin America (4)

Women's and Gender Studies Prior Learning Option (49-56 credits) Same as the Women's and Gender Studies major above, with an added four credits for the Portfolio Development course (ITDS 300).

The prior learning options provides the adult learner, who has acquired specialized professional or paraprofessional experience, the opportunity to have his or her experiential learning evaluated for a block of elective credit. The credit awarded cannot exceed 45 credits and can only be utilized in the prior learning. The block of elective credit will count toward the 180 credits needed for the baccalaureate degree, but not toward university requirements or the major. Documenting prior learning requires the Portfolio Development course (ITDS 300) to guide the student in preparation of a portfolio that articulates and validates learning. The portfolio completed in the course can be submitted for evaluation by an Eastern Washington University faculty who determines the credit award. The Prior Learning Option can be taken in conjunction with the 45-credit major listed above. The ITDS 300 Portfolio Development course is 4 credits.

This major requires the completion of a minor certificate approved by a Women's and Gender Studies advisor or a second major.

Students must complete at least 25 credits of this major at Eastern Washington University.

Emphases / Concentrations:

  • demonstrate knowledge of historical perspectives on feminist thought and feminism as a movement;
  • analyze connections among societal structures such as gender, race, class, age and sexuality that contribute to women’s oppressions;
  • demonstrate knowledge of global perspectives on gender and/or women’s issues;
  • demonstrate knowledge of women’s individual and collective cultural contributions;
  • analyze the role of language in producing and perpetuating cultural attitudes;
  • demonstrate familiarity with the multiplicity of views within feminist scholarship.

What could I do with my degree?

  • Women's and Gender Studies courses provide graduates with opportunities for employment with various types of organizations–public, private, government and non-profit. Women's and Gender Studies graduates can enter such fields as law, politics, the arts, education, communications, health care, counseling, business and sports.
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