92-93 LS&A Bulletin

Women's Studies

234 West Engineering Building


May be elected as a departmental concentration program

Professors Elizabeth Douvan (Psychology), Patricia Gurin (Psychology), Ann Larimore (Geography), Sherry Ortner (Anthropology), Arlene Saxonhouse (Political Science), Domna Stanton (Romance Languages and Literatures), Abigail Stewart (Psychology), and Martha Vicinus (English)

Associate Professors Ruth Behar (Anthropology), Marilyn Sibley Fries (German), Anne Herrmann (English), June Howard (English), Carol Karlsen (History), Beth Reed (Social Work), Jennifer Robertson (Anthropology), Pat Simons (History of Art), and Ann Stoler (Anthropology)

Assistant Professor Linda Blum (Sociology), Janet Hart (Sociology), Adela Pinch (English), Andrea Press (Communication), Sally Robinson (English), and Athena Vrettos (English)

Women's Studies offers students the opportunity to study the systems that shape women's lives. It asks: how does being female affect one's participation in the family, economy, politics, arts and literature? How do language, belief, and history convey meaning about women's and men's status in our society? Questions like these have produced an extensive body of literature that places gender at the center of analysis. These questions cut across many disciplines and thus women's studies is, by definition, interdisciplinary.

Today, as women become more active participants in every aspect of American society, both men and women gain from this perspective. This curriculum prepares students for a wide range of careers in law, business, public service, health, and organizations. The program also prepares students for professional or graduate school.

Prerequisite to Concentration. Women's Studies 240, or Women’s Studies 100 and one 200-level Women’s Studies course.

Concentration Program.

1. Courses on Women: Concentrators must elect a minimum of 24 credits of upper level (300 and above) courses in Women's Studies or related areas, including A through D below. One of these courses must be on women of color.

a. At least two different 340-level Women's Studies courses.

b. Women's Studies 430.

c. A practicum course, either WS 350, 320, or an appropriate independent study course.

d. Either WS 440 or 480.

2. Cognates: Three upper-level courses, not in Women's Studies or cross-listed, are required. In order to insure that the interdisciplinary Women's Studies concentration is complemented by training in a single discipline, these courses will normally be in the same department. Cognate courses should not be courses on women but should provide supporting skills or contexts for the study of women.

Women's Studies concentration requirements are designed to encourage double concentrations in two ways: (1) by requiring only 24 credits of advanced-level courses on women, and (2) by requiring three, non women-related cognates in a single discipline.

Honors Concentration. Students who have maintained an overall G.P.A. of at least 3.0 through the first term of their junior year are eligible for Honors concentration. Candidates for Honors must meet all the requirements described for Women's Studies concentration (listed above). In addition, they must elect W.S. 441 during the second term, junior year, and must write an Honors thesis during their senior year (given for credit as Women's Studies 490 and 491).

Advising and Counseling. For information about program offerings or a concentration in Women's Studies or another department concentration with an emphasis on women, contact the Program Office at 234 West Engineering (763-2047).

Program Participation. The Women's Studies Program encourages faculty, staff and students to participate in all aspects of Program operation. Undergraduates may be especially interested in joining the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, which oversees undergraduate course offerings. In addition, constituency groups, such as the Women of Color Constituency Group and the Undergraduate Constituency Group, give interested students an opportunity to meet other like-minded people for support and for input into Program policies. An annual fall open house allows new students to meet faculty and other students affiliated with the Program.

Special Departmental Resources. The Women's Studies Library houses several thousand books, 40 current and 150 noncurrent journals and periodicals on subjects concerning women and two databases on women of color. A Women's Studies Lecture Series brings students into contact with distinguished women's studies scholars and feminist activists from around the country.

Dorothy Gies McGuigan Prize. This prize is awarded annually for the best graduate and the best undergraduate essay on some aspect of women's lives or roles. The competition is open to all University of Michigan students.

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