Women's and Gender Studies
Women's and gender studies places the experiences and perspectives of women at the center of analysis and also considers how gender intersects with other factors, such as race and class, to shape all of our lives. Interdisciplinary in nature, and founded upon the integration of theory and practice, critique and imagination, women's and gender studies brings approaches from other disciplines and fields into conversation with each other and with critical theories about gender and power to address and improve the lives of women and, by extension, of children and men. Inspired by both feminist and Marianist traditions, the Women's and Gender Studies Program at UD seeks to promote:
- Integration, collaboration, and personal engagement in learning
- The development and dissemination of critical thinking for social justice
- The appreciation and protection of human dignity and diversity
- Leadership through responsibility and service to community
Students majoring in women's and gender studies must complete thirty-four to thirty-nine semester hours, including at least ten semester hours in four core WGS courses and twenty-four semester hours of upper-division courses offered by other departments. For these additional twenty-four semester hours, students must complete nine semester hours in one area of concentration, six semester hours in each of two additional areas, and three semester hours in a fourth area.
The major also has a cultural diversity requirement of six semester hours. (These hours may be from courses that are also used to fulfill the area requirements.) Of the six hours, three must be from a course that emphasizes race, and/or that takes a multicultural approach, within a U.S. or European context; the other three must be from a course that focuses on a non-U.S./European context or that takes a comparative international approach.
Courses taken for the major may also count toward completion of the Liberal Studies Curriculum.
Students minoring in women's and gender studies must complete at least fifteen semester hours, including one interdisciplinary core course (WGS 150, WGS 310 or WGS 350) and twelve hours in approved upper-division courses (300-level or above) from at least three different disciplines. Alternatively, minors may take two of the interdisciplinary core courses, and nine hours in approved upper-division courses from three different disciplines.
Women's and Gender Studies Committee
Rebecca Whisnant (Philosophy), Director
Bennett (Religious Studies), Damasco (Roesch Library), DesAutels (Philosophy), Fleischmann (History), Hudson (Political Science), James (Philosophy), Laufer-Ukeles (Law), Leming (Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work), Merithew (History), Picca (Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work), Potter (English), Rismiller (Women's Center), Watters (Communication)
|Common Academic Program (CAP)|
|*credit hours will vary depending on courses selected|
|First-Year Humanities Commons 1||12|
|West and World|
|Int Rel&Theo Studies|
|Intro To Philosophy|
|Writing Seminar I 2|
|Second-Year Writing Seminar 3||0-3|
|Writing Seminar II|
|Princ of Oral Comm|
|Crossing Boundaries||variable credit|
Practical Ethical Action
|Advanced Study||variable credit|
Philosophy and/or Religious Studies
|Diversity and Social Justice||3|
Completed with ASI 110 and ASI 120.
Or ENG 100A and ENG 100B, or ENG 200H, by placement.
Completed with ENG 200H or ASI 120.
|Liberal Studies Curriculum|
|Creative and Performing Arts (May include CAP Arts)||3|
|L2 Proficiency (Proficiency in a language other than English)||0-11|
|Literature (May include CAP Components)||3|
|Mathematics, excluding MTH 205 (Satisfies CAP Mathematics)||3|
|Natural Sciences (Satisfies CAP Natural Science)||11|
|Social Sciences (Includes CAP Social Science)||12|
(May include CAP Components)
|WGS 150||Intro Wm&Gndr Stdies 1,2||3|
|or WGS 350||Fem Social Change|
|WGS 310||Fem Thry & Mthd||3|
|WGS 390||Service Lrng in WGS||1-3|
|WGS 490||Senior Sem in WGS (Satisfies CAP Major Capstone)||3|
|First area courses:|
|Select nine semester hours from one area below||9|
|Second area courses:|
|Select six semester hours from a second area below||6|
|Third area courses:|
|Select six semester hours from a third area below||6|
|Fourth area courses: 3|
|Select three semester hours from the final area below||3|
|Literature and Arts|
|Women & Communication|
|Images-Women in Lit|
|African Amer Lit|
|Gender in Fiction|
|Philosophy and Religious Studies|
|Philosophy and Women|
|Women and Religion|
|Ecology & Religion|
|Social Sciences 3|
|Culture and Power|
|Women in Sport|
|Psychology of Women|
|Sex Roles & Society|
|Marriage & Family|
|Sociology of Women|
|Soc of Sexualities|
|Struct of Privlege|
|Perspectives on Aging|
|Social Welfare Policy|
|Cultural Diversity Requirement 5|
|Select one U.S./Europe Multicultural course from:||3|
|African Amer Lit|
|Women Gender Am|
|Hst-Wom in Eurp Soc|
|Struct of Privlege|
|Select one Global (non U.S./Europe) course from:||3|
|Culture and Power|
|Hst-Women Mid East|
|Women in Third World|
|Women and Religion|
|ASI 150||Intr to the Univ Exp||1|
|Total hours to total at least||124|
Restricted to students with no more than six semester hours applicable to a WGS major or minor. This course counts toward the WGS major only if taken before any other WGS core course.
A major who has taken WGS 150 may also take WGS 350 in lieu of one of the required disciplinary courses. WGS 350 will be counted toward the area requirement that most reflects the course's content during the relevant term.
In order to achieve some balance in approach, students must complete at least six semester hours each in both social sciences (anthropology, political science, psychology, sociology, and social work) and humanities (literature, arts, history, philosophy, and religious studies) courses. For this reason, social sciences must normally serve as the first, second, or third area, and not as the fourth.
Other courses may be counted toward the major, with approval of the program director, and depending on topic and content during a given semester.
This requirement may be satisfied with courses that are also used to fulfill the area requirements. Of the six semester hours, three must be from a course that emphasizes race, and/or that takes a multicultural approach, within a U.S. or European context; the other three must be from a course that focuses on a non-U.S./European context or that takes a comparative international approach.
|Women's and Gender Studies 1|
|WGS 150||Intro Wm&Gndr Stdies||3|
|or WGS 310||Fem Thry & Mthd|
|or WGS 350||Fem Social Change|
|Select twelve semester hours from at least three different academic disciplines (300/400 level) 2||12|
Students who wish to minor in Women's and Gender Studies should contact the director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program.
WGS 150. Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies. 3 Hours
Introduction to history, methods, and key debates in Women's and Gender Studies. Intersectional (studying gender as it intersects with other social identity categories such as race, class, and sexuality), multi- or interdisciplinary (drawing from the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences), and multicultural in approach. Prerequisite(s): Restricted to students with no more than six semester hours applicable to a WGS major or minor.
WGS 310. Feminist Theory & Methodology. 3 Hours
Exploration of the intersections of feminist epistemology, methodology, politics, and ethics. Consideration and comparison of a range of theories about gender, power, and knowledge that have shaped the development of feminist and womanist thought, research, practice, and movement in the U.S. and in other parts of the world.
Prerequisite(s): WGS 150 or six semester hours prior WGS credit.
WGS 350. Feminist Social Change. 3 Hours
Exploration of the methods and priorities of feminist social change efforts in varying national, cultural, and/or religious contexts, including outside of the U.S. and Europe. Investigation of the nature, possibilities, and challenges of global/transnational feminist movement(s). Prerequisite(s): WGS 150 or six semester hours prior WGS credit.
WGS 380. Special Topics in Women's & Gender Studies. 1-3 Hours
Intensive examination of current thematic, theoretical, or methodological issues in the field of Women's and Gender Studies. Consult composite for topics. May be repeated as topic changes.
Prerequisite(s): WGS 150 or WGS 310 or WGS 350 or six semester hours prior WGS credit.
WGS 390. Service Learning in Women's & Gender Studies. 1-3 Hours
Individualized placements in community organizations that enable students to apply and enrich their formal studies by engaging in service work that addresses women's needs and/or advances social justice in relation to gender. May be done as an independent or group study under the direction of a WGS faculty member. May also be done in conjunction with another course. May be repeated up to a maximum of three semester hours.
Prerequisite(s): WGS 150 or WGS 310 or WGS 350; permission of program director.
WGS 477. Honors Thesis Project. 3 Hours
First of two courses leading to the selection, design, investigation, and completion of an independent, original Honors Thesis project under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Restricted to students in the University Honors Program with permission of the program director and departmental chairperson. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary thesis topic may register for three semester hours each in two separate disciplines in consultation with the department chairpersons. Prerequisite(s): Approval of University Honors Program.
WGS 478. Honors Thesis Project. 3 Hours
Second of two courses leading to the selection, design, investigation, and completion of an independent, original Honors Thesis project under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Restricted to students in the University Honors Program with permission of the program director and departmental chairperson. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary thesis topic may register for three semester hours each in two separate disciplines in consultation with the department chairpersons. Prerequisite(s): Approved 477 and approval of University Honors Program.
WGS 480. Independent Study in Women's & Gender Studies. 3 Hours
Individual investigations of special topics in the field of Women's and Gender Studies under faculty direction. May be repeated under special circumstances. No more than six semester hours of WGS 480 may count toward the major.
Prerequisite(s): WGS 150 or WGS 310 or WGS 350; approval of program director.
WGS 490. Senior Seminar in Women's & Gender Studies. 3 Hours
Concentration on a particular topic or problem in Women's and Gender Studies, with focus on critical theories, methodologies, ethics and practices appropriate for advanced feminist research. Emphasis on integration (e.g. of feminist theory, methods, and practice) and interdisciplinarity. May require students either to work collaboratively on a single research project or to apply certain theories or methods central to the seminar in their exploration of individual projects. May be repeated as topics change.
Prerequisite(s): WGS 150 or WGS 350, WGS 310.