University of Dayton
Academic Catalog 2014-15

Women's and Gender Studies

Major:

Minor:

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 34 semester hours, including at least ten semester hours in four core WGS courses and 24 semester hours of upper-division courses offered by other departments. For these additional 24 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 15 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), Fischer (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), Rismiller (Women's Center), Watters (Communication)
 

BACHELOR OF ARTS WITH A MAJOR IN WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES (WGS) Minimum 124 Hours

Common Academic Program (CAP)
*credit hours will vary depending on courses selected
First-Year Humanities Commons 112
West and the World
Introduction to Religious and Theological Studies
Intro To Philosophy
Writing Seminar I 2
Second-Year Writing Seminar 30-3
Writing Seminar II
Oral Communication3
Principles of Oral Communication
Mathematics3
Social Science3
Arts3
Natural Sciences 47
Crossing Boundariesvariable credit
Faith Traditions
Practical Ethical Action
Inquiry
Integrative
Advanced Studyvariable credit
Philosophy and/or Religious Studies
Historical Studies
Diversity and Social Justice3
Major Capstone0-3

1

Completed with ASI 110 and ASI 120.

2

Or ENG 100A and ENG 100B, orENG 200H, by placement.

3

Completed with ENG 200H or ASI 120.

4

Must include two different disciplines and accompanying lab.





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

Major Requirements34
(May include CAP Components)
WGS 150Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies 1,23
or WGS 350 Feminist Social Change
WGS 310Feminist Theory & Methodology3
WGS 390Service Learning in Women's & Gender Studies1-3
WGS 490Senior Seminar in Women's & Gender Studies (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 below3
Areas: 4
Literature and Arts
Women & Communication
Images of Women in Literature
African American Literature
Gender in Fiction
Colonial & Postcolonial Literature
Art History & Feminism
History
Sex, Race & Science
Gay & Lesbian U.S. History
American Gender & Women's History
History of the American Family
History of Women in European Societies
History of Women & Gender in the Middle East
Comparative History of Women in the Third World
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Philosophy & Women
Race, Gender & Philosophy
Women & Religion
Ecology & Religion
Women & the Global Church
Social Sciences 3
Culture & Power
Women in Sport
Gender & International Relations
Psychology of Women
Human Sexuality
Sex Roles & Society
Perspectives on Aging
Marriages & Families
Sociology of Women
Sociology of Sexualities
Social Inequality
Structure of Privilege
Child Abuse
Parenting: Social Welfare Role
Perspectives on Aging
Social Welfare Policy
Sexual Diversity
Cultural Diversity Requirement 5
Select one U.S./Europe Multicultural course from:3
African American Literature
American Gender & Women's History
History of Women in European Societies
Race, Gender & Philosophy
Structure of Privilege
Select one Global (non U.S./Europe) course from:3
Culture & Power
Colonial & Postcolonial Literature
History of Women & Gender in the Middle East
Comparative History of Women in the Third World
Gender & International Relations
Women & Religion
Women & the Global Church

Breadth
ASI 150Introduction to the University Experience1
Total hours to total at least124

1

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.

2

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.

3

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.

4

Other courses may be counted toward the major, with approval of the program director, and depending on topic and content during a given semester.

5

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.


 

MINOR IN WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES (WGS)

Women's and Gender Studies 1
WGS 150Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies3
or WGS 310 Feminist Theory & Methodology
or WGS 350 Feminist Social Change
Select twelve semester hours from at least three different academic disciplines (300/400 level) 212
Total Hours15

1

Students who wish to minor in Women's and Gender Studies should contact the director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program.

2

A student may, alternatively, take two of the indicated WGS core courses (WGS 150, WGS 310, WGS 350) and three upper-level courses from three different disciplines.

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ASI 1501CMM 100 (CAP Communication)3
REL 1033SCI 190
  & 190L
4
PSY 1013ENG 100 (CAP Writing Seminar)3
MTH 1143PHL 103 (CAP Humanities)3
HST 1033Language 1414
Language 1014 
 17 17
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
SCI 210 or 2203ENG 2003
SCI 210L or 220L1PSY at 300 or 400 level3
Language contextual course3PSY 4433
WGS 150 or 3503SCI 230 or 2403
Arts Study3Social Science3
Social Science Intro3General elective3
 16 18
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENG 3333ENG 3363
REL 471 (or Adv REL or PHL)3HST 3473
Arts Study3Integrative3
General elective3PHL 307 (or Adv REL or PHL)3
 HST 351 (or Adv HST)3
 12 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Inquiry3WGS 4903
Practical and Ethical Action3CMS 4153
ANT 3063Diversity and Social Justice3
WGS 3103General elective3
WGS 3901General elective3
General Elective3 
 16 15
Total credit hours: 126

Courses

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 310H. 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 477H. Honors Thesis. 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 478H. Honors Thesis. 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.