2014-2015 Catalog

Women and Gender Studies (WGS)

http://www.arts-sciences.und.edu/women-and-gender-studies

Women and Gender Studies at the University of North Dakota is an interdisciplinary academic program which includes courses from the traditional disciplines, as well as an introductory course in gender studies, a course in women studies, a theory course, and a senior study offered through the College of Arts and Sciences.

Women and Gender Studies examines the complex interaction of gender with other features of human difference, particularly those that result in social inequality. Topics of study include women’s achievements and their contributions to history; the performance of femininity and masculinity; the influence of gender in the shaping of identity, the family, public institutions, and human symbol systems, generally.

The program at UND was established in 1982 under the name of Women Studies, and a minor was approved by the Board of Higher Education in 1984. Students planning careers in law, business, communication, medicine, education, service, and the sciences find a minor in Women and Gender Studies to be a useful complement. Other students choose Women and Gender Studies courses to provide coherence in their Essential Studies Requirements. The Interdisciplinary Studies Program includes an option for a major in Women and Gender Studies.

 

 

College of Arts and Sciences

 

Major in Interdisciplinary Studies: Women and Gender Studies

I. Essential Studies Requirements (see University ES listing).

II. Interdisciplinary Studies Program Requirements:

A minimum of 36 credits, including:

IDS 280Learning Across Disciplines3
IDS 491Capstone Interdisciplinary Seminar (not repeatable)1-3
IDS 498Senior Project (repeatable to 6)3

In addition, students prepare a program of study listing the courses to be used to complete major requirements, which must be approved by an IDS adviser and the IDS Executive Committee before no more than a third of the courses have been completed.

III. Women and Gender Studies Requirements (21 credits min.):

WGS 200Introduction to Gender Studies3
WGS 225The Study of Women3
WGS 480Feminist Theory3
ENGL 357Women Writers and Readers (repeatable when topics vary)3
PSYC 365Psychology of Women3
HIST 333Women in American History since 18653
RELS 216Women and Religion3
SOC 340Sociology of Gender and Sex Roles2-4
CJ 302Women, Crime, and Criminal Justice3

The following courses are commonly included in students’ programs as well as other courses in various departments cross-listed each semester in the Time Schedule of Classes.

WGS 492Senior Study: Women and Gender Studies1-4
COMM 310Media and Diversity3
CJ 361Victimology3
IS 346American Indian Women3
SOC 335The Family3

 

Minor in Women and Gender Studies

Twenty credits of courses in Women and Gender Studies completed with a GPA of at least 2.0 are required for the minor.

I. Required courses (total credits 9): 

WGS 200Introduction to Gender Studies3
WGS 225The Study of Women3
WGS 480Feminist Theory3

 II. At least three of the following (total credits 11): 

ENGL 357Women Writers and Readers ((may be repeated once when topics vary)3
PSYC 365Psychology of Women3
HIST 333Women in American History since 18653
RELS 216Women and Religion3
SOC 340Sociology of Gender and Sex Roles3
COMM 310Media and Diversity3
CJ 361Victimology3
IS 346American Indian Women3
SOC 335The Family3
POLS 351Women and Politics3
WGS 492Senior Study: Women and Gender Studies1-4

Students may declare a major or minor through the College of Arts and Sciences and should also contact the Director of Women and Gender Studies to design a program of study.

Courses

WGS 200. Introduction to Gender Studies. 3 Credits.

An introduction to the social construction of gender, a concept that underlies research in women studies and the new masculinity studies-indeed, of much work in the humanities and social sciences, generally. Topics may include the role of gender in the formation of human symbol systems and institutions worldwide, as well its capacity to shape individual bodies, identities, and kinship relations. F,S.

WGS 225. The Study of Women. 3 Credits.

An introduction to the study of women as subjects of scholarly inquiry, with emphasis on assessments of women's contributions to Western culture. The course will provide an interdisciplinary focus on the central issues and questions posed by the new scholarship on women, and introduce students to the perspectives and methodologies of a variety of disciplines. F,S.

WGS 480. Feminist Theory. 3 Credits.

Feminist theory examines the foundations of American feminism from enlightenment liberal to postmodern and standpoint theories. The course first develops then critiques these fundamental approaches. Opportunities are provided to integrate mainstream and marginal experiences of feminist theory and its practice. Prerequisites: WGS 200 or WGS 225. On demand.

WGS 492. Senior Study: Women and Gender Studies. 1-4 Credits.

Supervised independent study involving a theory paper, practicum experience, or a combination of the two. Prerequisites: WGS 200 or WGS 225. On demand.

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