Major in Women's and Gender Studies

Women’s and Gender Studies majors are required to complete 39 units with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher from among the following courses.

Required Courses
WMST 337FEMINIST THEORY3
Select one of the following:3
WOMEN IN PERSPECTIVE
HONORS WOMEN IN PERSPECTIVE
INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES OF WOMEN
Required Culminating Experience
WMST 485SEMINAR IN WOMEN'S STUDIES3
Focus Area
Select a focus area from the four listed below (6 units must be WMST courses)12
Distribution Requirement
Select 6 units in each of the remaining three focus areas other than the one selected.18
Total Units39

Focus Areas

Women, Gender, Culture and Creativity
Select four of the following:12
AMERICAN WOMEN AND POPULAR CULTURE
WOMEN'S CULTURE AND CREATIVITY
WOMEN'S WORDS, WOMEN'S LIVES
TOPICS IN WOMEN'S STUDIES (Women's Spiritual Practices)
THE EROTIC IMAGINATION IN CHRISTIANITY AND HINDUISM
CHRISTIAN SEXUAL ETHICS
MASCULINITIES IN PERSPECTIVE
TOPICS IN AFRICAN AND AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES (Womanism and Black Feminist Thought)
WOMEN IN ART
IDENTITY AND CULTURE (Gender and Media in Global Perspective)
GENDER IN FILM AND MEDIA
HONORS SEMINAR IN LITERATURE (Emily Dickinson)
HONORS SEMINAR IN LITERATURE (Austen and the Brontes)
WORLD LITERATURE WRITTEN IN ENGLISH (African Women Writers)
SPECIAL TOPICS: LITERATURE OF WOMEN
WOMEN WRITERS
VOICES OF MEDIEVAL WOMEN
STUDIES IN ONE OR TWO AUTHORS (Virginia Woolf)
TOPICS IN WORLD LITERATURE (Black Women Writers)
TOPICS IN BRITISH LITERATURE (Unfortunate Women)
TOPICS IN BLACK AMERICAN LITERATURE (African American Women Writers)
WOMEN IN 20TH CENTURY U.S. HISTORY
WOMEN IN WESTERN MUS
RACE, CLASS AND GENDER
PHILOSOPHY OF THE PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX
FEMINIST PHILOSOPHY
HISPANIC POPULAR CULTURES (Mexican Cultural Symbols: La Malinche, LaVirgen de Guadalupe and La Llorona)
SPECIAL TOPICS IN SPANISH (Latin American Women Writers)
Women, Gender, Diversity and Global Contexts
Select four of the following:12
INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES OF WOMEN
B-MORE: BALTIMORE AND URBAN COMMUNITIES
WOMEN, ENVIRONMENT, AND HEALTH
TOPICS IN WOMEN'S STUDIES (Women's Spiritual Practices)
TOPICS IN WOMEN'S STUDIES (Women of Color)
TOPICS IN WOMEN'S STUDIES (Women and Development)
TOPICS IN WOMEN'S STUDIES (Intersectionality and Policy Analysis)
THE EROTIC IMAGINATION IN CHRISTIANITY AND HINDUISM
CHRISTIAN SEXUAL ETHICS
ANIMAL RIGHTS, HUMAN RIGHTS
MASCULINITIES IN PERSPECTIVE
TOPICS IN AFRICAN AND AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES (Womanism and Black Feminist Thought)
ANTHROPOLOGY OF GENDER
LATINAS IN THE AMERICAS
IDENTITY AND CULTURE (Gender and Media in Global Perspective)
WORLD LITERATURE WRITTEN IN ENGLISH (African Women Writers)
TOPICS IN WORLD LITERATURE (African American Writers)
TOPICS IN WORLD LITERATURE (Black Women Writers)
TOPICS IN BLACK AMERICAN LITERATURE (African American Women Writers)
GAYS & LESBIANS IN U.S. HISTORY
HISTORICAL THEMES (African American Women in History)
INTRODUCTION TO LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER STUDIES
PHILOSOPHY OF THE PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX
PSYCHOLOGY OF LESBIAN CULTURE
GENDER IDENTITY IN TRANSITION
WOMEN IN WORLD RELIGIONS
SOCIOLOGY OF RACE, CLASS AND GENDER
HISPANIC POPULAR CULTURES (Mexican American Cultural Symbols: La Malinche, LaVirgen de Guadalupe and LaLlorona)
SPECIAL TOPICS IN SPANISH (Latin American Women Writers)
Women, Gender, Health and Sexuality
Select four of the following:12
AMERICAN WOMEN AND POPULAR CULTURE
WOMEN AND MEDICINE
WOMEN AND SEXUALITY
WOMEN, ENVIRONMENT, AND HEALTH
TOPICS IN WOMEN'S STUDIES (Intersectionality and Policy Analysis)
CHRISTIAN SEXUAL ETHICS
ANIMAL RIGHTS, HUMAN RIGHTS
ISSUES IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER FAMILIES
GAYS & LESBIANS IN U.S. HISTORY
WOMEN'S HEALTH
SEXUALITY IN A DIVERSE SOCIETY
INTRODUCTION TO LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER STUDIES
RACE, CLASS AND GENDER
PHILOSOPHY OF THE PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX
SEX DIFFERENCES: PSYCHOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES
PSYCHOLOGY OF LESBIAN CULTURE
GENDER IDENTITY IN TRANSITION
MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY
Women, Gender, Leadership and Community
Select four of the following:12
WOMEN, WORK, AND FAMILY
WOMEN AND MEDICINE
WOMEN, ENVIRONMENT, AND HEALTH
B-MORE: BALTIMORE AND URBAN COMMUNITIES
TOPICS IN WOMEN'S STUDIES (Women's Spiritual Practices)
TOPICS IN WOMEN'S STUDIES (Women and Development)
TOPICS IN WOMEN'S STUDIES (Intersectionality and Policy Analysis)
THE EROTIC IMAGINATION IN CHRISTIANITY AND HINDUISM
CHRISTIAN SEXUAL ETHICS
ANIMAL RIGHTS, HUMAN RIGHTS
MASCULINITIES IN PERSPECTIVE
TOPICS IN AFRICAN AND AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES
ISSUES IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
WOMEN AND CRIME
ECONOMIC ISSUES OF GENDER
FUNDAMENTALS OF LEADERSHIP IN THE NON-PROFIT SECTOR
WOMEN IN 20TH CENTURY U.S. HISTORY
GAYS & LESBIANS IN U.S. HISTORY
PHILOSOPHY OF THE PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX
COMPARATIVE PUBLIC POLICY
SPEC TOPICS POSC (Women, Public Policy and Social Change)
SEMINAR IN AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC POLICY
SOCIOLOGY OF RACE, CLASS AND GENDER
SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER
WORK AND OCCUPATIONS
ORGANIZATIONS AND SOCIETY

* These courses are offered very infrequently. For information on these or any other courses, contact the chair of Women’s Studies or the department offering the course.

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
WMST 231 or 2323Elective in Women, Gender, Culture and Creativity3
WMST 2333Elective in Women, Gender, Diversity and Global Contexts3
TSEM 102 (Core 1)3ENGL 102 (Core 2)3
Core3Core3
Elective3Core3
 15 15
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
Elective in Women, Gender, Health and Sexuality3Elective in Women, Gender, Culture and Creativity3
Elective in Women, Gender, Leadership and Community3Elective in Women, Gender, Diversity and Global Contexts3
Core3Core3
Core3Core3
Core3Core3
 15 15
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
WMST 3373WMST course in Selected Focus Area3
Core3Elective in Women, Gender, Health and Sexuality3
Core3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
Elective in Women, Gender, Leadership and Community3WMST 4853
WMST course in Selected Focus Area3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Total Units 120

1. Shows ability to use feminist methodologies and theories to analyze women's experience
2. Demonstrates an understanding of the social forces that construct and constrain gender identity
3. Shows the ability to apply gender as an analytical category in order to critique cultural and social institutions
4. Shows understanding of the authority of women's experiences and in women as perceivers and knowers
5. Shows an ability to examine commonalities and diversity among women, across and within culture