B.A. in Women's & Gender Studies

Contact Person:
Sharmain van Blommestein, Director of Women’s and Gender Studies/Assistant Professor and Director, Graduate Program 249 Morey Hall, (315) 267-3158, vanblos@potsdam.edu

32-37 credit hours required.
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, The 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 4. Senior Seminar

 
In addition, students take one course from four different disciplinary perspectives:

a. Historical c. Artistic-Literary
b. Social-Political 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:

    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.