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B.A. in Women's & Gender Studies

Contact Person:
Christine M. Doran, Women’s & Gender Studies
103A Morey Hall, (315) 267-3354, dorancm@potsdam.edu

Women’s and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary program that examines the historical construction and perpetuation of asymmetrical sex and gender systems, and their relationship to other systems of power. It
also explores the ways in which gender intersects with personal identities, social arrangements, economic and political systems, and ways of knowing and understanding the world.

Women’s and Gender Studies offers a major with course offerings from fifteen departments in the School of Arts and Sciences, Crane School of Music, and the School of Education and Professional Studies. It also
offers a Women’s and Gender Studies minor.

Women’s & Gender Studies Major Requirements:
The Women’s and Gender Studies major has four core requirements:

  1. Introductory Course 3. Feminist Theory
  2. Research Methods
  3. Feminist Theory
  4. Senior Seminar

In addition, students take at least one course from each four different disciplinary perspectives:
a. Historical c. Artistic-Literary
b. Social-Political
c. Artistic-Literary
d. Science-Health

Two additional W&GS electives are required as well. This interdisciplinary approach provides students with knowledge of key academic debates across the disciplines that frame the field of Women’s and Gender Studies.

All courses are 3 credits unless noted. Credits are divided as follows:

Required Courses (Credits 11-12)
WMST 100 Women’s & Gender Studies 1 (3-4)
WMST 360 Feminist Research Methods (4)
WMST 462 Research Seminar (4)

Feminist Theory Course (Credits 3-4)
One of the following:
POLS 353 Feminist Political Thought (4)
PHIL 372 Feminism and Philosophy

Multidisciplinary Perspectives Courses (Credits 12-13)
One course from each of the following four perspectives:
Historical Perspective
HIST 230 Intro to Africa
HIST 304 History of American Women I
HIST 305 Modern American Women
HIST 450 Modern American Oral History
HIST 451 Witchcraft in Early America
ANTH 331 Women in Native America
COMM 416 Voices of American Women

Social-Political Perspective
ANTH 340 Anthropology of Gender
ANTH 342 Language and Gender
POLS 332 Women and Politics (4)
POLS 323 Politics of Social Welfare (4)
PSYC 363 Psychology of Women
SOCI 365 Sociology of Gender
SOCI 375 Women and Work
SOCI 376 Women and Crime

Artistic-Literary Perspective
DRAM 313 History of Theatre 2
DRAM 414 Contemporary Theatre Topics
LITR 355 Gender and Literature
LITR 445 American Women Writers
LITR 446 African American Writers
SPAN 461 Seminar
SPAN 462 Seminar
MUAH 350 Women in Music

Science-Health Perspective
ANTH 321 Cross-Cultural Aspects of Women’s Health
ANTH 346 Human Sexuality 2: Evolving Sex Roles
ANTH 421 Cross Cultural Aspects of Women’s Health
PSYC 363 Psychology of Women
HLTH 341 Issues in Sexual Health
HLTH 345 Issues in Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual Health
HLTH 495 Women’s Health

Electives (Credits 6-8)
Choose any two additional Women’s and Gender Studies courses from the list below.
ANTH 150 Human Sexuality
ANTH 321 Cross-cultural Aspects of Women’s Health
ANTH 342 Language and Gender
ANTH 412 Seminar in Women’s Sexuality (4)
ANTH 495 Gender Through the Ages
COMM 201 Mass Media and Society
COMM 372 Rhetoric of the Black Church
COMM 390 Topics in Communication
COMM 416 Voices of American Women
DANC 220 Caribfunk 1
DRAM 210 Interpretation and Analysis of Plays
DRAM 313 History of Theatre II
DRAM 414 Contemporary Theatre Topics
FREN 350 North African Literatures and Cultures
FREN 450 The Image of Women in Francophone Cinemas
GRED 595S Social Justice & Human Rights
HIST 304 The History of American Women I
HIST 305 Modern American Women
HIST 315 Modern Japanese Women’s History
HIST 451 Witchcraft in Early America
HLTH 165 Health: A Lifestyle Approach
HLTH 341 Sexual Health
HLTH 342 Women’s Health
HLTH 344 Issues in Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Health
LANG 292 Languages, Cultures, Differences
LITR 322 Children’s Literature
LITR 323 Young Adult Literature
LITR 355 Gender and Literature
LITR 359 Literary Themes
LITR 520 Special Topics
MUAH 350 Women in Music
POLS 323 Welfare Policy Research (4)
POLS 332 Women and Politics (4)
POLS 338 International Human Rights (4)
POLS 415 Civil Liberties I: Race, Sex & Privacy (4)
SOCI 305 Sociology of the Family
SOCI 310 Racial and Ethnic Relations
SOCI 313 Global Cultures
SOCI 320 Work and Complex Organizations
SOCI 375 Women and Work
SOCI 376 Women and Crime
SOCI 380 Family Violence
SOCI 385 The Sociology of Troubled Youth
SOCI 395 Global Family Issues
SPAN 306 Readings in Hispanic Literature

Notes

  1. Some courses have prerequisites in addition to WMST 100. See catalog or instructors for other prerequisites.
  2. POLS 125 and SOCI 150 is the same as WMST 100.
  3. A minimum grade of 2.0 is required for all courses in the major.
  4. No course may double count for any of the above requirements.
  5. No more than two courses may double count with any other SUNY Potsdam major or minor.

 

Two additional W&GS electives are required as well. This interdisciplinary approach provides students with knowledge of key academic debates across the disciplines that frame the field of Women?s and Gender Studies.

All courses are 3 credits unless noted. Credits are divided as follows:

    Credits
Required Courses   11-12
WMST 100 Women?s & Gender Studies 1 (3-4 credits)
WMST 360 Feminist Research Methods (4 credits)  
WMST 462 Research Seminar (4 credits)  
Feminist Theory Course 3-4
One of the following:    
POLS 353 Feminist Political Thought (4 credits)
PHIL 372 Feminism and Philosophy
Multidisciplinary Perspectives Courses 12-13
One course from each of the following four perspectives
Historical Perspective  
HIST 304 History of American Women I  
HIST 305 Modern American Women  
HIST 450 Modern American Oral History  
HIST 451 Witchcraft in Early America  
ANTC 331 Women in Native America  
COMM 416 Voices of American Women  
Social-Political Perspective  
ANTC 340 Anthropology of Gender  
ANTL 342 Language and Gender  
POLS 332 Women and Politics (4 credits)  
POLS 323 Politics of Social Welfare (4 credits)  
PSYC 363 Psychology of Women  
SOCI 365 Sociology of Gender  
SOCI 375 Women and Work  
SOCI 376 Women and Crime  
Artistic-Literary Perspective  
DRAM 313 History of Theatre 2  
DRAM 414 Contemporary Theatre Topics  
LITR 355 Gender and Literature  
LITR 445 American Women Writers  
LITR 446 African American Writers  
LITT 450 Images of Women in Francophone Cinemas  
MUAH 350 Women in Music  
Science-Health Perspective  
ANTC 321 Cross-Cultural Aspects of Women?s Health  
ANTC 346 Human Sexuality 2: Evolving Sex Roles  
ANTC 421 Cross Cultural Aspects of Women?s Health  
PSYC 363 Psychology of Women  
HLTH 341 Issues in Sexual Health  
HLTH 345 Issues in Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual Health  
HLTH 495 Women?s Health  
     
Electives   6-8
Choose any two additional Women?s and Gender Studies courses from the list below.
ANTH 150 Human Sexuality  
ANTH 321 Cross-cultural Aspects of Women's Health  
ANTH 342 Language and Gender  
ANTH 412 Seminar in Women's Sexuality (4)  
ANTH 495 Gender Through the Ages  
COMM 201 Mass Media and Society  
COMM 372 Rhetoric of the Black Church  
COMM 390 Topics in Communication  
COMM 416 Voices of American Women  
DANC 220 Caribfunk I  
DRAM 210 Interpretation and Analysis of Plays  
DRAM 313 History of Theatre II  
DRAM 414 Contemporary Theatre Topics  
FREN 350 North African Literatures and Cultures  
FREN 450 The Image of Women in Francophone Cinemas  
GRED 595S Social Justice & Human Rights  
HIST 304 The History of American Women I  
HIST 305 Modern American Women  
HIST 315 Modern Japanese Women's History  
HIST 451 Witchcraft in Early America  
HLTH 165 Health: A Lifestyle Approach  
HLTH 341 Sexual Health  
HLTH 342 Women's Health  
HLTH 344 Issues in Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Health  
LANG 292 Languages, Cultures, Differences  
LITR 322 Children's Literature  
LITR 323 Young Adult Literature  
LITR 355 Gender and Literature  
LITR 359 Literary Themes  
LITR 520 Special Topics  
MUAH 350 Women in Music  
POLS 323 Welfare Policy Research (4)  
POLS 332 Women and Politics (4)  
POLS 338 International Human Rights (4)  
POLS 415 Civil Liberties I: Race, Sex & Privacy (4)  
SOCI 305 Sociology of the Family  
SOCI 310 Racial and Ethnic Relations  
SOCI 313 Global Cultures  
SOCI 320 Work and Complex Organizations  
SOCI 375 Women and Work  
SOCI 376 Women and Crime  
SOCI 380 Family Violence  
SOCI 385 The Sociology of Troubled Youth  
SOCI 395 Global Family Issues  
SPAN 306 Readings in Hispanic Literature  
     

Notes

  1. Some courses have prerequisites in addition to WMST 100. See catalog or instructors for other prerequisites.
  2. POLS 125 and SOCI 150 is the same as WMST 100.
  3. A minimum grade of 2.0 is required for all courses in the major.
  4. No course may double count for any of the above requirements.
  5. No more than two courses may double count with any other SUNY Potsdam major or minor.