Women's Studies Program (WMS)
College of Arts & Sciences
200 Foust Building
Coordinating Council Members
Jacquelyn W. White, Director, Women's Studies Program, Department of Psychology
Hephzibah Roskelly, Associate Director, Women's Studies Program, Department of English
Bonnie T. Yarbrough, Associate Director, Women's Studies Program, Department of Business Administration
Kenneth L. Caneva, Department of History
Patricia Chamings, School of Nursing
Nan Enstad, Department of History
Kathleen Forbes, Director of Liberal Studies Program, Division of Continual Learning
Mary Ellis Gibson, Department of English
Diane L. Gill, Department of Exercise and Sport Science
Eileen Jackson, Department of Public Health Education
Karen Katula, Department of Biology
Karen Kilcup, Department of English
Bruce Kirchoff, Department of Biology
Martha R. McEnally, Department of Business Administration
Elizabeth J. Natalle, Department of Communication
Ben Ramsey, Department of Religious Studies
Paige Smith, Department of Public Health Education
Faculty members affiliated with the Women's Studies Program are housed in departments throughout the College of Arts and Sciences and the Schools. Interested students should contact the program director, Jacquelyn White.
Required: 122 semester hours, to include at least 36 hours at or above the 300 course level
College of Arts and Sciences Liberal Education Requirements (CLER) (54-55 hours)
All students must meet the All-University Liberal Education Requirements (AULER). The College of Arts and Sciences, however, has established liberal education requirements for its programs which, while including those of AULER, contain additional requirements in several categories. Therefore, students following this program should adhere to the College requirements. Please note that students who satisfy the College Liberal Education Requirements (CLER) will also satisfy the All-University Liberal Education Requirements (AULER). See a complete description of the College area requirements and courses meeting those requirements.
Core Content (18 hours)
Additional Electives (12-18 hours)
Students choose 12-18 additional hours from among the following courses (if not taken to fulfill core requirements):
*Only two Independent Studies equivalent to six credit hours may be taken toward the Women's Studies major.
Required: minimum of 18 semester hours
WMS 250 and 350 are required courses for the minor.
Students take four additional courses distributed across the following categories, so that no more than two courses are taken within any one category. (Substitute courses are permitted with consent of the Director.)
250 An Introduction to Women's Studies: The American Woman (3:3).
A multidisciplinary introduction to the study of images, roles and status of women in American history and culture. Special attention will be paid to the development of sex roles and the social mythology which surrounds them.
333 Women in Non-Western Cultures (3:3).
AULER/CLER: NW, CNW
Explores problems and opportunities for women in non-western cultures, effects of the rapid process of social change, and the oppressive and liberating forces in women's lives.
350 Introduction to Feminist Theories (3:3).
AULER/CLER: AE, CAE
Explores and evaluates feminist theories in a socio-historical context. Raises questions about their implications for different methods of inquiry and about the nature of knowledge and rational thought.
400 Independent Study (1 to 3).
Pr. consent of sponsoring instructor.
Intensive independent study of specialized topics.
450 Topics, Seminar in Women's Studies (3:3).
An in-depth study of a selected topic or topics in Women's Studies involving directed reading and research. Category credit varies.
493 Honors Work (3-6).
Pr. see prerequisites under Honors Program, XXX 493.
Please refer to The Graduate School Bulletin for additional graduate level courses.