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Women, Gender, and Sexuality

Requirements

Requirements for the Major in Women, Gender, and Sexuality

Number of Units
Eight units are required

Required Courses
The following four courses are required of all Women, Gender, and Sexuality majors:
POLS 265 Feminist Political Theories
WGS 101 Women, Gender, and Sexuality
WGS 390 Feminist and Queer Inquiries
WGS 490 Seminar in Women, Gender, and Sexuality

Elective Courses
Four elective courses representing at least two divisions:

Fine Arts
ARTX 290 Art and Gender

Humanities
AFST/HIST 272 Gender Relations in Africa
CLAS/HIST 230 Women in Classical Antiquity
ENGL 224 Early Modern Women's Literature: Shakespeare's Sisters
ENGL 225 19th Century Women's Literature: The Epic Age
HIST 220 American Women's History to 1870
HIST 221 American Women's History Since 1870
HIST 237 Women in Europe
HIST 238 Gender and Sexuality in Pre-Modern Europe
HIST/RELG 267 Women and Judaism
RELG 230 Same-Sex, Gender, and Religion
RELG 235 Sex and the Bible
RELG 259 Feminist Studies in Relation

Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures
JAPN 236 Premodern Japanese Literature in Translation
JAPN 250 Magna/Anime and Gender in Modern Japan

Social Science
ANSO 120 The Family
ANSO 225 Sex and Sexualities
PSYC 270 Feminist Psychology of Women
POLS 310 Women, States, and NGO's

Requirements for the Concentration in Women, Gender, and Sexuality

Number of Units
Six units are required.

Required Courses
The following three courses are required of all Women, Gender, and Sexuality concentrators:
POLS 265 Feminist Political Theories or WGS 395 Feminist and Queer Inquiries
WGS 101 Women, Gender, and Sexuality
WGS 490 Seminar in Women, Gender, and Sexuality

Elective Courses
Three elective courses chosen from the approved list above.

In the major and concentration, required courses are designed to introduce students to fundamental concepts and issues in Women, Gender, and Sexuality through the lens of disciplines representing the arts, the humanities, and the social sciences. Through this core, students should begin to see parallels between disciplines, to develop a basic vocabulary in the field of WGS, and to become familiar with major works, thinkers, and directions in the field.

Other, one-time course offerings may be counted as a core course only with the approval of the director. Courses taken overseas and at other U.S. colleges may meet major or concentration requirements with the approval of the director.

Senior Individualized Project (SIP)

The SIP in Women, Gender, and Sexuality is encouraged but not required. Any faculty member regularly teaching in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality program may direct a SIP in Women, Gender, and Sexuality.

Juniors planning to write a SIP in WGS are required to enroll in WGS 390: Feminist and Queer Inquiries.

Various resources exist to fund SIP research. A couple to consider are Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership Fund and CIP Grants for Student Projects Abroad.

Procedure for Approval

  1. Enroll in WGS 390: Feminist and Queer Inquiries in your Junior Spring term. Discuss your plans to write a SIP in WGS with your proposed SIP advisor or with the WGS program director, who may recommend an appropriate advisor.
  2. Revise your SIP proposal ont he basis of your advisor's recommendations and submit it for signatures by the end of Week Eight of Spring term. The SIP proposal should be signed by the student and advisor and be delivered tothe WGS program director. (Remember you must also register for the SIP with the Registrar).
  3. Keep in mind that this is a provisional plan, and while we expect you to stick to your outline and schedule of research, we do recognize that your hypothesis and sources are a bit tentative. If your research takes a substantially different track than that proposed in your proposal, please contact your advisor immediate to get his or her advice.

Length

A thesis or research SIP might be comprised of 2-4 parts/sections/chapters, an introduction and conclusion, or some organizational equivalent. The student may make use of Internet source materials but not exclusively. The number of required bibliographic citations will be determined by the SIP advisor in consultation with the student.Guidelines: 1 unit: 30-50 pages of writing, excluding bibliographic materials; 2 units: 51-80 pages excluding bibliographical material.

Criteria for evaluation of other kinds of SIPs should be established in advance with the SIP advisor(s) and the WGS director.

Evaluation

The SIP is read and evaluated by the SIP advisor, according to the criteria set and agreed upon by the SIP advisor and the student, and on the basis of the student's success in meeting deadlines, completing revisions, and producing a competent piece of work.

If the SIP advisor would like to recommend the SIP for Honors, another member of the WGS program or occasionally a faculty member outside the program reads it. If that faculty member agrees, then the SIP is awarded Honors. One and two unit SIPs are eligible for consideration for honors.

Submission Requirements

For all SIPs, the final copy (i.e., no more revisions) is due to the SIP advisor no later than Friday of the second week of the term following the SIP quarter. For Summer SIPs, this means the second week of Fall quarter, even though Summer SIPs appear witht he Fall registration. Students are expected to be completely finished with all work associated with the SIP by the time, with the possible exception of departmental symposia in later terms.

The time lag between students turning in complete SIPs and faculty deadlines for turning in grades should not be interpreted as extra time for students to make revisions to the SIP. Work on the SIP in a quarter in which the student is not registered fot he SIP credit is considered an "invisible overload" for the students and is against College Policy.

Experiential Education and Off-Campus Programs

Women, Gender, and Sexuality, as a field, strives to unite the academic and the experiential, so concentrators are strongly encouraged to integrate their academic work in women's studies with their experiences outside the classroom, on and off campus. Internships directly related to women's studies are many and varied: domestic and sexual assault programs, women's health agencies, feminist activist organizations, research libraries on women, etc. The study abroad experience is an invaluable opportunity to study women's lives in a cross-cultural context. Concentrators are encouraged to take every opportunity before departure to educate themselves about the history, culture, and position of women in the country where they will study and to explore, through the individualized cultural research project (ICRP), the experience of women and the dynamics of gender while they are abroad.