Prospective students: Please note that this major has been suspended and that no students will be allowed to declare this major until such time as this note is eliminated from the Undergraduate Catalog as the result of action taken by the UMS Board of Trustees. While the major is suspended, the University is still offering courses and a minor program of study in the area, and courses in this field may be important components of interdisciplinary majors. Please contact the program for further information about opportunities in these areas.
OVERVIEW OF DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Minimum number of credits required to graduate: 120
Minimum Cumulative GPA required to graduate: 2.0
Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward major: None.
Other GPA requirements to graduate: 2.0 for the 36 credits of required and elective courses.
Contact Information: Mazie Hough, Associate Director of the Women in the Curriculum and Women’s Studies Program, 581-1228.
The Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary program offered by the Women in the Curriculum and Women’s Studies Program with faculty on loan from a variety of academic units or hired part time for their particular expertise. Students who major in Women’s Studies are employed in social service work, health services occupations, business, law, education, and government at all levels. They find employment in public policy fields, working with women specifically or with people in general. In the private sector graduates are successful in management positions, especially in those involving work with diverse groups of people.
Women’s Studies majors will gain a more complete understanding of how the social construction of gender has influenced the roles, contributions, and experiences of women in many different cultures, now and in the past. Such awareness can help them better understand our contemporary world with its changing roles for women and men alike. They will bring to the gender analysis of any situation knowledge of the complexity of its interaction with race, social class, sexual orientation, and other forms of diversity. They will be able to recognize the connection between Women’s Studies scholarship and the scholarship of other disciplines. Students will develop an appreciation for the connections between Women’s Studies scholarship, activism, and social change, historically and in the present. They will develop the critical intellectual capacity and necessary communication skills to work to value and improve the position of all women in whatever public or private spheres they choose. The major consists of at least 36 credits structured this way.