College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Bachelor's Degree Programs

Women's Studies (B.A.)

Admission to the major: Requires good academic standing in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

Minimum hours required for the major: 38 distributed in three fields

Minimum hours required for the minor: 16 distributed in three fields

Awards: WEAL Scholarship

Advising: Director of Women’s Studies, Individual faculty adviser, CLASS Advising , CB 279.

For Information: Contact the Women's Studies Program. Phone: 216-687-4675

For the first time in history, individuals must be prepared to pursue sequential careers. To thrive in the 21st century students need academic credentials, transferable skills, critical & analytical thinking abilities, and the ability to comprehend information from a global perspective. A degree in Women’s Studies prepares women and men for the sequence of careers that will be the hallmark of personal success in the 21st century. Women’s Studies provides academic credentials and transferrable skills that will serve students for a lifetime.

Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary field offering academic preparation in liberal arts and social sciences.Students earn a B.A. having majored, double-majored or minored in WST.Transferable skills enable students to enter the workforce immediately, or to pursue graduate studies in dozens of disciplines.

Transferable Skills: WST students learn the critical writing, speaking & research skills of many academic disciplines. Students identify, find & interpret information from fields as diverse as philosophy, sociology, psychology, religion & anthropology.

Critical & Analytical Thinking: WST teaches students to discover and communicate new knowledge about women. WST students reinterpret existing knowledge about women’s abilities, values and interests. WST students develop balanced interpretations of gender differences & similarities as they arise outside academia. Students learn to evaluate information presented about women in science, literature, art, marketing, politics & other fields. In the WST Practicum students integrate learning with workplace and/or volunteer experience.

Global Perspectives: WST students understand how gender roles shaped human societies. Because gender differences transcend race, religion, nationality & species, WST students recognize gender issues arising in international trade, migration, law & the environment.

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Major-Field Requirements

To earn a Women's Studies major, students must take a minimum of 38 semester hours in Women's Studies courses. Courses are to be distributed over three departments with at least 6 credits in the humanities and 6 credits in the social sciences. Independent study (WST 496) may be included as part of the major. A grade of C or better must be earned in courses used to fulfill requirements for the major. Students are encouraged to use this framework to develop a more specialized Women's Studies curriculum based upon their particular career interests.

Required Courses

Additional Women's Studies Courses

In addition to courses listed below,certain special-topics courses may apply to the major if approved by the Women's Studies Faculty Curriculum Committee. See individual departmental listing for course descriptions and prerequisites.



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Women's Studies Minor

A minor in Women's Studies is an excellent complement to majors in many other disciplines. To earn a Women's Studies minor, students must take a minimum of 16 semester credits in designated Women's Studies courses, 8 credits of which must be at the 300/400 level. Courses must be selected from at least three different academic areas, and include at least one humanities course and one social-science course.

The Advanced Seminar in Women's Studies (WST 495) is required for the minor in Women's Studies.

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