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Women's Studies B.A.

Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2010
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 38
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Women's studies is an interdisciplinary major focusing on three areas of knowledge. * Study of women's lives, experiences, achievements, and expression. * Feminist analysis and transformation of knowledge and society. * Construction and intersection of gender, race, and class. The major emphasizes the diversity of women's lives and provides a historical and contemporary examination of women of different races, ethnicities, nationalities, religions, classes, and sexual orientations. With liberation, justice, and equity issues as central concerns, women's studies provides feminist analyses of the knowledge generated by other academic disciplines and of societal institutions and processes, and it explores the possibilities of feminist transformation of these. Women's studies also examines the construction of gender, its intersections with race and class, and its implications for society. Finally, women's studies actively engages students in the generation of new knowledge and areas of inquiry. The mission of the Department of Women's Studies is to provide a nurturing environment for the whole person--to help each student find her or his own strengths, gifts, and path, as well as to raise awareness about the way that path concerns and connects with others. Within the women's studies major, students are able to plan courses to meet specific career, academic and life goals. In consultation with their adviser students have specialized in some of the following areas: 1) An applied feminism focus that includes coursework paired with internship to prepare them for a career in social services, public policy, government, activism, or graduate program emphasizing these. 2) A transnational focus that includes coursework representing the wide scope of feminism and feminist scholarship around the globe which connects students with a transhistorical and transnational understanding of women's lives, experiences, political situations, and accomplishments. Students who focus their major in this way are prepared for international careers, policy development, and further graduate academic study. 3) A liberal arts focus allows students to diversify their coursework and develop a broad base of understanding and scholarship preparing them for further work in almost any field of work or study. Because women's studies is an interdisciplinary major that builds critical thinking, writing, communication, planning and analysis skills, students are able to easily add a second major or minor in another discipline with the guidance of their adviser that complements women's studies and further broadens career and academic opportunities.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
The Board of Regents, on recommendation of the faculty, grants degrees from the University of Minnesota. Requirements for an undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota Duluth include the following:
  1. Students must meet all course and credit requirements of the departments and colleges or schools in which they are enrolled including an advanced writing course. Students seeking two degrees must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. However, two degrees cannot be awarded for the same major.
  2. Students must complete all requirements of the Liberal Education Program.
  3. Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  4. At least 30 of the last 60 degree credits earned immediately before graduation must be awarded by UMD.
  5. Students must complete at least half of their courses at the 3xxx-level and higher at UMD. Study-abroad credits earned through courses taught by UM faculty and at institutions with which UMD has international exchange programs may be used to fulfill this requirement.
  6. If a minor is required, students must take at least three upper division credits in their minor field from UMD.
  7. The minimum cumulative UM GPA required for graduation will be 2.00 and will include only University of Minnesota coursework. A minimum UM GPA of 2.00 is required in each UMD undergraduate major and minor. No academic unit may impose higher grade point standards to graduate.
  8. Diploma, transcripts, and certification will be withheld until all financial obligations to the University have been met.
Program Requirements
Requirements for the B.A. in women's studies include: * Completion of at least 120 degree credits, including the liberal education program, an approved major for the B.A. * A second field of study (either a minor or another major). * Elective credits. * Degree candidates must complete at least 30 degree credits at UMD. At least 20 of the last 30 degree credits immediately before graduation must be taken at UMD. * A 2.00 cumulative University of Minnesota grade point average (GPA). Transfer grades and credits outside the University of Minnesota system are not calculated into the University GPA; however, transfer credits are counted as degree credits. * A 2.00 cumulative GPA in the major(s) and minor(s). * SSP 1000 - UMD Seminar (1 cr) or CLA 1001 - Learning Community Seminar (1 cr). * Advanced writing requirement: WRIT 31xx (3 cr) to be completed before taking WS 4000. * No more than 6 credits from WS 3897 may be counted towards the WS major * No more than 3 credits from WS 3891 may be counted towards the WS major * Students may apply no more than 9 credits total toward the WS major from the following courses: WS 3891, 3896, 3897, 5897, and 5991.
Women's Studies Core Courses (17 cr)
WS 1000 - Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies [LE CAT7, LECD CAT07, CULT DIV, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
WS 2101 - Women, Race, and Class [LE CAT8, LECD CAT08, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
WS 3000 - Transnational Perspectives on Feminism [SOC SCI, GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
WS 3100 - Feminist Thought [HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY] (4.0 cr)
WS 4000 - Seminar (4.0 cr)
Electives (21 cr)
Take 21 or more credit(s) from the following:
WS Elective Courses
Take 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
· WS 3xxx
· WS 4xxx
· WS 5xxx
· Electives Outside the Department
Up to 12 cr can be included in the 21 cr elective requirement
Take at most 12 credit(s) from the following:
· ANTH 3628 - Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 2815 - Women Artists in History [LE CAT9, LECD CAT09, FINE ARTS] (3.0 cr)
· BIOL 2763 - Biology of Women [LE CAT5, LECD CAT05, NAT SCI, CDIVERSITY] (2.0 cr)
· CRIM 4323 - Women and Justice (3.0 cr)
· CST 1050 - Freshman Seminar: Bodies and Culture Through Film [LE CAT8] (4.0 cr)
· CST 3080 - Cultural Constructions of the Body (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2581 - Women Writers [LE CAT9, LECD CAT09, HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· GEOG 4394 {Inactive} (4.0 cr)
· GER 4302 - German Women Writers and Filmmakers [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 2357 - Women in American History [LE CAT7, LECD CAT07] (3.0 cr)
· HLTH 3118 - Women's Health Issues (3.0 cr)
· POL 3040 - Women and Politics (3.0 cr)
· PSY 2223 - Gender in Society [LE CAT8, LECD CAT08, CDIVERSITY] (4.0 cr)
· PSY 3215 - Topics in Human Sexuality (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3540 - Psychology of Food Abuse (3.0 cr)
· SOC 4925 - Sociology of Rape (3.0 cr)
· SOC 4947 - Sociology of Gender Identities and Systems (3.0 cr)
· SW 5271 - Women and Social Policy (2.0 cr)
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