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Effective Date Winter 2014

May be elected as a departmental major

Goals of the Major:

  1. To provide majors with an understanding of the interdisciplinary scholarship on women, gender, and sexuality, and to train them in interdisciplinary methods.
  2. To offer theoretical and practical approaches to feminist thinking across the disciplines.
  3. To encourage comparative thinking about coursework that explores the multicultural and global nature of feminist scholarship.
  4. To train majors to think analytically by teaching them to read and write critically.
  5. To provide supporting skills and context for the study of women through the cognate requirement.
  6. To encourage intellectual and academic breadth through the cognate requirement.

Prerequisite to the Major

WOMENSTD 240.

Requirements for the Major

33 credits (at least 25 must be at the 300-level or above) distributed as follows:

  1. Courses in Women's Studies: Majors must complete areas A through E below.
    1. Feminist Theory: WOMENSTD 330. Feminist Thought.
    2. Thematic Areas. One course from each of the following four areas (only one course may be double-counted to meet these four thematic area course requirements):
      1. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Sexuality Studies
      2.  Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in the U.S.
      3. Gender in a Global Context
      4. Gender, Culture, and Representation
    3. Practice Course. One course chosen from:
      • WOMENSTD 350. Nonprofit Management, Community Engagement, and Feminist Practice
      • WOMENSTD 351. Leading Feminism
      • WOMENSTD 425. Feminist Practice of Oral History.
      • SOC 389, Gender and Sexuality section
    4. Senior Seminar: WOMENSTD 440. Senior Capstone.
    5. Electives: Additional WOMENSTD credits to bring the total major credits up to 27 (excluding prerequisites and cognates).
  2. Cognates: Two upper-level courses (for a total of six credits), neither in WOMENSTD nor cross-listed, are required. In order to ensure that the interdisciplinary Women's Studies major 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.

Areas of the Women's Studies major

LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) and Sexuality Studies offers an interdisciplinary approach to sexuality that includes topics such as religious beliefs, legal codes, medical constructions, and social movements, and recognizes them as historically variable and culturally specific. With the contributions of empirical research, feminist scholarship, and queer theory, courses in this area acquaint students with history of sexuality and understanding the formation of sexual identities and sexuality.

Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in the U.S. examines the intersection of gender, race, and ethnicity in order to consider differences among women and men, as well as the impact of multiple categories of identity on experience and on the formation and contestation of gender itself. Interracial and interethnic relations, the mutual influence of social movements, and racialized genders are also explored. Although the U.S. is the primary focus, consideration of various diasporas encourages analysis of the links between communities across national borders.

Gender, Culture and Representation explores ways in which ideas and meanings about women and gender are produced culturally and historically. It positions students as readers, viewers, and interpreters of cultures and cultural artifacts, especially in the domains of literature, philosophy, the visual and performing arts, mass media (including film), and their histories. Courses might explore a particular historical topic from a feminist perspective. Others might introduce students to feminist analyses of past and/or contemporary cultural forms and encourage them to consider processes of viewing, writing, and producing knowledge.

Gender in the Global Context offers a comparative cross-cultural perspective on the construction and meaning of gender, race, class, and sexuality. It examines current forces of globalization and empire, the histories of imperialism and colonialism, and postcolonial resistance and theory. Courses decenter the U.S. while placing it in a geopolitical context, including global and transnational feminisms.

 

Honors Plan: Summary. The Women's Studies Honors Program provides an opportunity for majors to complete a comprehensive, original independent project under the guidance of a faculty mentor as the culmination to their undergraduate studies. Students should choose topics on which they have already done some academic study. Those interested in pursuing Honors should begin to consider it in their sophomore year and discuss their interests with a department advisor. Students learn methodology in WOMENSTD 389 (the Junior Honors Seminar) during the winter term of their junior year. The thesis is researched and written in the second term of the student's junior year and in their senior year. The Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) serves as the Honors Plan Advisor in Women's Studies. Honors applications are due December 1 of the student's junior year.

For more information, please see: www.lsa.umich.edu/women/undergraduate/honorsprogram

Eligibility. Women's Studies majors who have maintained an overall GPA of at least 3.4 and a 3.5 GPA in Women's Studies (including the pre-requisite) may apply for an honors major. Applicants must have completed or plan to complete WOMENSTD 240 (Introduction to Women's Studies) and WOMENSTD 330 (Feminist Thought) by the end of their junior year and applicants must demonstrate both the interest and capacity to carry out the comprehensive independent work required to complete an Honors thesis.

 

Women's Studies Major (Fall 2012-Fall 2013) +

Effective Date Fall 2012-Fall 2013

May be elected as a departmental major

Goals of the Program of study in a major:

  1. To provide majors with an understanding of the interdisciplinary scholarship on women, gender, and sexuality, and to train them in interdisciplinary methods.
  2. To offer theoretical and practical approaches to feminist thinking across the disciplines.
  3. To encourage comparative thinking about coursework that explores the multicultural and global nature of feminist scholarship.
  4. To train majors to think analytically by teaching them to read and write critically.
  5. To provide supporting skills and context for the study of women through the cognate requirement.
  6. To encourage intellectual and academic breadth through the cognate requirement.

Prerequisite to Major. WOMENSTD 240.

Requirements for the Major. 33 credits (at least 25 must be at the 300-level or above) distributed as follows:

  1. Courses in Women's Studies: Majors must complete areas A through E below.
    1. Feminist Theory: WOMENSTD 330 / AMCULT 341. Feminist Thought.
    2. Thematic Areas. One course from each of three of the following four areas (only one course may be double-counted to meet these four thematic area course requirements):
      1. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Sexuality Studies
      2.  Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in the U.S.
      3. Gender in a Global Context
      4. Gender, Culture, and Representation
    3. Practice Course. One course chosen from:
      • WOMENSTD 350. Women and the Community.
      • WOMENSTD 420. Group Facilitation in Women's Studies.
      • WOMENSTD 425. Feminist Practice of Oral History.
      • SOC 389, Gender and Sexuality section
    4. Electives: Additional WOMENSTD credits to bring the total major credits up to 33 (excluding prerequisites and cognates).
    5. Senior Seminar: WOMENSTD 440. Issues and Controversies in the New Scholarship on Women.
  2. Cognates: Two upper-level courses, neither in WOMENSTD nor cross-listed, are required. In order to ensure that the interdisciplinary Women's Studies major 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.

Areas of the Women's Studies major

LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) and Sexuality Studies offers an interdisciplinary approach to sexuality that includes topics such as religious beliefs, legal codes, medical constructions, and social movements, and recognizes them as historically variable and culturally specific. With the contributions of empirical research, feminist scholarship, and queer theory, courses in this area acquaint students with history of sexuality and understanding the formation of sexual identities and sexuality.

Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in the U.S. examines the intersection of gender, race, and ethnicity in order to consider differences among women and men, as well as the impact of multiple categories of identity on experience and on the formation and contestation of gender itself. Interracial and interethnic relations, the mutual influence of social movements, and racialized genders are also explored. Although the U.S. is the primary focus, consideration of various diasporas encourages analysis of the links between communities across national borders.

Gender, Culture and Representation explores ways in which ideas and meanings about women and gender are produced culturally and historically. It positions students as readers, viewers, and interpreters of cultures and cultural artifacts, especially in the domains of literature, philosophy, the visual and performing arts, mass media (including film), and their histories. Courses might explore a particular historical topic from a feminist perspective. Others might introduce students to feminist analyses of past and/or contemporary cultural forms and encourage them to consider processes of viewing, writing, and producing knowledge.

Gender in the Global Context offers a comparative cross-cultural perspective on the construction and meaning of gender, race, class, and sexuality. It examines current forces of globalization and empire, the histories of imperialism and colonialism, and postcolonial resistance and theory. Courses decenter the U.S. while placing it in a geopolitical context, including global and transnational feminisms.

 

Honors Plan: Summary. The Women's Studies Honors Program provides an opportunity for majors to complete a comprehensive, original independent project under the guidance of a faculty mentor as the culmination to their undergraduate studies. Students should choose topics on which they have already done some academic study. Those interested in pursuing Honors should begin to consider it in their sophomore year and discuss their interests with a department advisor. Students learn methodology in WOMENSTD 389 (the Junior Honors Seminar) during the winter term of their junior year. The thesis is researched and written in the second term of the student's junior year and in their senior year. The Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) serves as the Honors Plan Advisor in Women's Studies. Honors applications are due December 1 of the student's junior year.

For more information, please see: www.lsa.umich.edu/women/undergraduate/honorsprogram

Eligibility. Women's Studies majors who have maintained an overall GPA of at least 3.4 and a 3.5 GPA in Women's Studies (including the pre-requisite) may apply for an honors major. Applicants must have completed or plan to complete WOMENSTD 240 (Introduction to Women's Studies) and WOMENSTD 330 (Feminist Thought) by the end of their junior year and applicants must demonstrate both the interest and capacity to carry out the comprehensive independent work required to complete an Honors thesis.

 

Womens Studies concentration (Fall 2010-Summer 2012) +

Effective Date Fall 2010-Summer 2012 

May be elected as a departmental concentration program

Goals of the Concentration Program:

  1. To provide concentrators with an understanding of the interdisciplinary scholarship on women, gender, and sexuality, and to train them in interdisciplinary methods.
  2. To offer theoretical and practical approaches to feminist thinking across the disciplines.
  3. To encourage comparative thinking about coursework that explores the multicultural and global nature of feminist scholarship.
  4. To train concentrators to think analytically by teaching them to read and write critically.
  5. To provide supporting skills and context for the study of women through the cognate requirement.
  6. To encourage intellectual and academic breadth through the cognate requirement.

Prerequisite to Concentration. WOMENSTD 240.

Concentration Program. 33 credits (at least 27 must be at the 300-level or above) distributed as follows:

  1. Courses in Women's Studies: Concentrators must complete areas A through E below.
    1. Feminist Theory: WOMENSTD 330 / AMCULT 341. Feminist Thought.
    2. Thematic Areas. One course from each of three of the following four areas (only one course may be double-counted to meet these four thematic area course requirements):
      1. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Sexuality Studies
      2.  Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in the U.S.
      3. Gender in a Global Context
      4. Gender, Culture, and Representation
    3. Practice Course. One course chosen from:
      • WOMENSTD 350. Women and the Community.
      • WOMENSTD 420. Group Facilitation in Women's Studies.
      • WOMENSTD 425. Feminist Practice of Oral History.
      • SOC 389, Gender and Sexuality section
    4. Electives: Two WOMENSTD courses (6 credit minimum ).
    5. Senior Seminar: WOMENSTD 440. Issues and Controversies in the New Scholarship on Women.
  2. Cognates: Two upper-level courses, neither in WOMENSTD nor cross-listed, are required. In order to ensure 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.

Areas of the Women's Studies concentration

LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) and Sexuality Studies offers an interdisciplinary approach to examining sexuality in light of religious beliefs, legal codes, medical constructions and social movements, and recognizes these as historically variable and culturally specific. It acquaints students with the history and anthropology of sexuality and contributions made by scholarship in the social sciences and feminist and queer theory to understanding the formation of sexual identities.

Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in the U.S. examines the intersection of gender, race, and ethnicity in order to consider differences among women and men, as well as the impact of multiple categories of identity on experience and on the formation and contestation of gender itself. Interracial and interethnic relations, the mutual influence of social movements, and racialized genders are also explored. Although the U.S. is the primary focus, consideration of various diasporas encourages analysis of the links between communities across national borders.

Gender, Culture and Representation explores ways in which ideas and meanings about women and gender are produced culturally and historically. It positions students as readers, viewers, and interpreters of cultures and cultural artifacts, especially in the domains of literature, philosophy, the visual and performing arts, mass media (including film), and their histories. Courses might explore a particular historical topic from a feminist perspective. Others might introduce students to feminist analyses of past and/or contemporary cultural forms and encourage them to consider processes of viewing, writing, and producing knowledge.

Gender in the Global Context offers a comparative cross-cultural perspective on the construction and meaning of gender, race, class, and sexuality. It examines current forces of globalization and empire, the histories of imperialism and colonialism, and postcolonial resistance and theory. Courses decenter the U.S. while placing it in a geopolitical context, including global and transnational feminisms.

 

Roster of WOMENSTD Courses - note some classes are listed in more than one category

  • Gender in the Discipline: 243, 315, 336, 361, 370, 371, 447, 455, 460, 499.
  • LGBTQ and Sexuality Studies: 245, 295, 308, 340, 347, 431, 450.
  • Gendered Lives: 201, 230, 270, 308, 331, 341, 360, 372, 375, 425, 451, 468, 471, 498.
  • Gender and Health: 220, 300, 324, 342, 400, 404, 412, 432, 443.
  • Gender, Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.: 231, 233, 283, 293, 333, 336, 343, 346, 363, 419, 433, 443, 444, 458.
  • Gender, Culture, and Representation: 211, 293, 301, 310, 334, 344, 347, 376, 404, 415, 416, 425, 434, 444, 450, 461, 486, 496.
  • Gender in a Global Context: 301, 304, 324, 335, 345, 365, 412, 427, 435, 471, 496.

 

Honors Concentration: Summary. The Women's Studies Honors Program provides an opportunity for concentrators to complete a comprehensive, original independent project under the guidance of a faculty mentor as the culmination to their undergraduate studies. Students should choose topics on which they have already done some academic study. Those interested in pursuing Honors should begin to consider it in their sophomore year and discuss their interests with a concentration advisor. Students learn methodology in WOMENSTD 389 (the Junior Honors Seminar) during the winter term of their junior year. The thesis is researched and written in the second term of the student's junior year and in their senior year. The Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) serves as the Honors Concentration Advisor in Women's Studies. Honors applications are due December 1 of the student's junior year.

For more information, please see: www.lsa.umich.edu/women/undergraduate/honors.html

Eligibility. Women's Studies concentrators who have maintained an overall GPA of at least 3.4 and a 3.5 GPA in Women's Studies (including the pre-requisite) may apply for an honors concentration. Applicants must have completed or plan to complete WOMENSTD 240 (Introduction to Women's Studies) and WOMENSTD 330 (Feminist Thought) by the end of their junior year and applicants must demonstrate both the interest and capacity to carry out the comprehensive independent work required to complete an Honors thesis.

Women's Studies concentration (Winter 2008 through Summer 2010) +

Effective Date Winter 2008 through Summer 2010 

May be elected as a departmental concentration program

Goals of the Concentration Program:

  1. To provide concentrators with an understanding of the interdisciplinary scholarship on women, gender, and sexuality, and to train them in interdisciplinary methods.
  2. To offer theoretical and practical approaches to feminist thinking across the disciplines.
  3. To encourage comparative thinking about coursework that explores the multicultural and global nature of feminist scholarship.
  4. To train concentrators to think analytically by teaching them to read and write critically.
  5. To provide supporting skills and context for the study of women through the cognate requirement.
  6. To encourage intellectual and academic breadth through the cognate requirement.

Prerequisite to Concentration. WOMENSTD 240.

Concentration Program. 33 credits (at least 27 must be at the 300-level or above) distributed as follows:

  1. Courses in Women's Studies: Concentrators must complete areas A through E below.
    1. Feminist Theory: WOMENSTD 330 / AMCULT 341. Feminist Thought.
    2. Thematic Areas. One course from each of three of the following four areas (only onbe course may be double-counted to meet these four thematic are course requirements):
      1. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Sexuality Studies
      2.  Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in the U.S.
      3. Gender in a Global Context
      4. Gender, Culture, and Representation
    3. Practice Course. One course chosen from:
      • WOMENSTD 350. Women and the Community.
      • WOMENSTD 420. Group Facilitation in Women's Studies.
      • WOMENSTD 425. Feminist Practice of Oral History.
      • WOMENSTD 485 / PSYCH 485. Gender, Mentoring, and Technology.
      • SOC 389, Gender and Sexuality section
    4. Electives: Two WOMENSTD courses (6 credit minimum ).
    5. Senior Seminar: WOMENSTD 440. Issues and Controversies in the New Scholarship on Women.
  2. Cognates: Two upper-level courses, neither in WOMENSTD nor cross-listed, are required. In order to ensure 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.

Areas of the Women's Studies concentration

LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) and Sexuality Studies offers an interdisciplinary approach to examining sexuality in light of religious beliefs, legal codes, medical constructions and social movements, and recognizes these as historically variable and culturally specific. It acquaints students with the history and anthropology of sexuality and contributions made by scholarship in the social sciences and feminist and queer theory to understanding the formation of sexual identities.

Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in the U.S. examines the intersection of gender, race, and ethnicity in order to consider differences among women and men, as well as the impact of multiple categories of identity on experience and on the formation and contestation of gender itself. Interracial and interethnic relations, the mutual influence of social movements, and racialized genders are also explored. Although the U.S. is the primary focus, consideration of various diasporas encourages analysis of the links between communities across national borders.

Gender, Culture and Representation explores ways in which ideas and meanings about women and gender are produced culturally and historically. It positions students as readers, viewers, and interpreters of cultures and cultural artifacts, especially in the domains of literature, philosophy, the visual and performing arts, mass media (including film), and their histories. Courses might explore a particular historical topic from a feminist perspective. Others might introduce students to feminist analyses of past and/or contemporary cultural forms and encourage them to consider processes of viewing, writing, and producing knowledge.

Gender in the Global Context offers a comparative cross-cultural perspective on the construction and meaning of gender, race, class, and sexuality. It examines current forces of globalization and empire, the histories of imperialism and colonialism, and postcolonial resistance and theory. Courses decenter the U.S. while placing it in a geopolitical context, including global and transnational feminisms.

 

Roster of WOMENSTD Courses - note some classes are listed in more than one category

  • Gender in the Discipline: 243, 315, 336, 361, 370, 371, 447, 455, 460, 499.
  • LGBTQ and Sexuality Studies: 245, 295, 308, 340, 347, 431, 450.
  • Gendered Lives: 201, 230, 270, 308, 331, 341, 360, 372, 375, 425, 451, 468, 471, 498.
  • Gender and Health: 220, 300, 324, 342, 400, 404, 412, 432, 443.
  • Gender, Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.: 231, 233, 283, 293, 333, 336, 343, 346, 363, 419, 433, 443, 444, 458.
  • Gender, Culture, and Representation: 211, 293, 301, 310, 334, 344, 347, 376, 404, 415, 416, 425, 434, 444, 450, 461, 486, 496.
  • Gender in a Global Context: 301, 304, 324, 335, 345, 365, 412, 427, 435, 471, 496.

 

Honors Concentration: Summary. The Women's Studies Honors Program provides an opportunity for concentrators to complete a comprehensive, original independent project under the guidance of a faculty mentor as the culmination to their undergraduate studies. Students should choose topics on which they have already done some academic study. Those interested in pursuing Honors should begin to consider it in their sophomore year and discuss their interests with a concentration advisor. Students learn methodology in WOMENSTD 389 (the Junior Honors Seminar) during the winter term of their junior year. The thesis is researched and written in the second term of the student's junior year and in their senior year. The Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) serves as the Honors Concentration Advisor in Women's Studies. Honors applications are due December 1 of the student's junior year.

Eligibility. Women's Studies concentrators who have maintained an overall GPA of at least 3.4 and a 3.5 GPA in Women's Studies (including the pre-requisite) may apply for an honors concentration. Applicants must have completed or plan to complete WOMENSTD 240 (Introduction to Women's Studies) and WOMENSTD 330 (Feminist Thought) by the end of their junior year and applicants must demonstrate both the interest and capacity to carry out the comprehensive independent work required to complete an honors thesis.

Women's Studies concentration (Winter 2007 through Fall 2007) +

Effective Date Winter 2007 through Fall 2007 

Women's Studies

May be elected as a departmental concentration program

Goals of the Concentration Program:

  1. To provide concentrators with an understanding of the interdisciplinary scholarship on women, gender, and sexuality, and to train them in interdisciplinary methods.
  2. To offer theoretical and practical approaches to feminist thinking across the disciplines.
  3. To encourage comparative thinking about coursework that explores the multicultural and global nature of feminist scholarship.
  4. To train concentrators to think analytically by teaching them to read and write critically.
  5. To provide supporting skills and context for the study of women through the cognate requirement.
  6. To encourage intellectual and academic breadth through the cognate requirement.

Prerequisite to Concentration. WOMENSTD 240.

Concentration Program. 33 credits (at least 28 must be at the 300-level or above) distributed as follows:

  1. Courses in Women's Studies: Concentrators must complete areas A through E below. One course must be taken in Gender in a Global Context area, one course must be in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and sexuality (LGBTQS) studies, and one course must be taken in gender and ethnicity in the U.S.
    1. Feminist Theory: WOMENSTD 330 / AMCULT 330. Feminist Thought.

    2. Thematic Areas. One course from each of three of the following six areas, and a second course in one area:
      1. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Sexuality Studies
      2. Gendered Lives
      3. Gender and Health
      4. Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in the U.S.
      5. Gender, Culture, and Representation
      6. Gender in a Global Context
    3. Practice Course. One course chosen from:
      • WOMENSTD 350. Women and the Community.
      • WOMENSTD 420. Group Facilitation in Women's Studies.
      • WOMENSTD 425. Feminist Practice of Oral History.
      • WOMENSTD 485 / PSYCH 485. Gender, Mentoring, and Technology.
      • SOC 389, Section 108 - Girls on the Run
      • SOC 389, Section 110 - Feminist Mentors
      • SOC 389, Section 301 - SAFE House (women)
    4. Electives: Two WOMENSTD course (6 credit minimum).
    5. Senior Seminar: WOMENSTD 440. Issues and Controversies in the New Scholarship on Women.

  2. Cognates: Two upper-level courses, neither in WOMENSTD nor cross-listed, are required. In order to ensure 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.

Areas of the Women's Studies concentration

LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) and Sexuality Studies offers an interdisciplinary approach to sexuality in light of religious beliefs, legal codes, medical constructions and social movements, and recognizes these as historically variable and culturally specific. It acquaints students with the history of sexuality and contributions made by feminist and queer theory to understanding the formation of sexual identities.

Gendered Lives explores how women's and men's everyday lives are shaped through social institutions such as the law, family, religion, work, and politics. It analyzes how institutions have structured lives as gendered, and how the practices of individuals and collectives have resisted, mediated and modified their impact. In addition to a focus on the United States, courses examine the reciprocal relationship of institutional and individual practices in a global and transnational context.

Gender and Health examines from various disciplinary perspectives the meaning and interrelatedness of gender and health. Courses explore how gender and health are shaped by and embedded within everyday socio-political, cultural and environmental contexts. Analyses move beyond an emphasis on body and disease toward a broader contextual understanding of how the intersection of social positions (gender, race, ethnicity, and class) provide an evolving ground for understanding the interplay of gender and health.

Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in the U.S. examines the intersection of gender, race, and ethnicity in order to consider differences among women and men, as well as the impact of multiple categories of identity on experience and on the formation and contestation of gender itself. Interracial and interethnic relations, the mutual influence of social movements, and racialized genders are also explored. Although the U.S. is the primary focus, consideration of various diasporas encourages analysis of the links between communities across national borders.

Gender, Culture and Representation explores ways in which meanings about women and gender are produced through cultural images, artifacts, and performances. It positions students as readers, viewers, and interpreters of culture, as well as creators of it, especially in the domains of literature, the visual and performing arts, mass media (including film), and their histories. Courses introduce students to feminist analyses of culture and encourage them to consider processes of viewing, writing, and producing knowledge.

Gender in the Global Context offers a comparative cross-cultural perspective on the construction and meaning of gender, race, class, and sexuality. It examines current forces of globalization and empire, the histories of imperialism and colonialism, and postcolonial resistance and theory. Courses decenter the U.S. while placing it in a geopolitical context, including global feminisms.

Study Abroad. The University of Michigan Women's Studies Program encourages students to study abroad in order to enhance their education and gain international perspectives on women's issues and feminism. Students routinely look back on their time spent abroad as valuable aspects of their undergraduate career. There are many excellent study abroad opportunities offering students a variety of possible experiences: among them cultural immersion, field work, intensive language learning, independent study, participation in another educational system.

Planning early for study abroad is important, as is research into study abroad possibilities. Both the Women's Studies Program and the U-M Office of International Programs (OIP) are committed to working with students to help them find the right study abroad program. Stop in the OIP office (G-513 Michigan Union) between 8 to 5 pm Monday-Friday (Wednesday noon to 5 pm) to obtain more information about their programs, which include specific information for women students. Or, call (734) 764-4311 to inquire about advising hours and appointments. The Women's Studies concentration advisor invites students to make an appointment to discuss specific study abroad options for Women's Studies majors. Please call (734) 763-2047 to make that appointment, or e-mail

wsp.advising@umich.edu.

Advising. For information about program offerings or a concentration in Women s Studies or another department concentration with an emphasis on women and gender, contact the Program Office at 1122 Lane Hall, (734) 763-2047 or e-mail wsp.advising@umich.edu.

Honors Concentration: Summary. Students who have maintained an overall GPA of at least 3.4 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 should elect WOMENSTD 389 during the winter term, junior year, and must write an Honors thesis during their senior year (given for credit as WOMENSTD 490 and 491).

Women's Studies concentration (Fall 2003 though Fall 2006) +

 

Effective Date Fall 2003 though Fall 2006

Women's Studies

May be elected as a departmental concentration program

Goals of the Concentration Program:

  1. To provide concentrators with an understanding of the interdisciplinary scholarship on women, gender, and sexuality, and to train them in interdisciplinary methods.
  2. To offer theoretical and practical approaches to feminist thinking across the disciplines.
  3. To encourage comparative thinking about coursework that explores the multicultural and global nature of feminist scholarship.
  4. To train concentrators to think analytically by teaching them to read and write critically.
  5. To provide supporting skills and context for the study of women through the cognate requirement.
  6. To encourage intellectual and academic breadth through the cognate requirement.

Prerequisite to Concentration. WOMENSTD 240.

Concentration Program. 33 credits distributed as follows:

  1. Courses in Women's Studies: Concentrators must complete areas A through F below. One course must be in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) studies and one course must be taken in gender and ethnicity in the U.S.
    1. Gender in the Discipline: One Women's Studies course chosen from:
      • WOMENSTD 315/ENGLISH 315. Women and Literature.

      • WOMENSTD 336/CAAS 336/ HISTORY 336. Black Women in America.

      • WOMENSTD 361/SAC 361. Women and Film.

      • WOMENSTD 370/HISTORY 370. Women in American History to 1870.

      • WOMENSTD 371/HISTORY 371. Women in American History Since 1870.

      • WOMENSTD 447/SOC 447. Sociology of Gender.

      • WOMENSTD 455/ANTHRCUL 455. Feminist Theory and Gender Studies in Anthropology.

      • WOMENSTD 460/CLCIV 460. Theorizing Women in Antiquity.

      • WOMENSTD 499/PSYCH 499. Psychology of Women.

    2. Feminist Theory: WOMENSTD 330/AMCULT 330. Feminist Thought.

    3. Interdisciplinary Courses. One course from each of three of the following six areas, and a second course in one area:

      1. LGBTQ and Sexuality Studies (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer)

      2. Gendered Lives

      3. Gender and Health

      4. Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in the U.S.

      5. Gender, Culture, and Representation

      6. Gender in a Global Context

    4. Practice Course. One course chosen from:

      • WOMENSTD 350. Women and the Community.

      • WOMENSTD 420. Group Facilitation in Women's Studies.

      • WOMENSTD 425. Feminist Practice of Oral History.

      • WOMENSTD 485/PSYCH 485. Gender, Mentoring, and Technology.

      • SOC 389, Section 110 - Feminist Mentors

      • SOC 389, Section 301 - SAFE House (women)

      • SOC 389, Section 302 - SAFE House (children)

    5. Electives: One WOMENSTD course (3 credit minimum ) at the 200-level or above, chosen in consultation with and approved by the concentration advisor.

    6. Senior Seminar: WOMENSTD 440. Issues and Controversies in the New Scholarship on Women.

  2. Cognates: Two upper-level courses, neither in WOMENSTD nor cross-listed, are required. In order to ensure 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.

Areas of the Women's Studies concentration

LGBTQ and Sexuality Studies (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) offers an interdisciplinary approach to sexuality in light of religious beliefs, legal codes, medical constructions and social movements, and recognizes these as historically variable and culturally specific. It acquaints students with the history of sexuality and contributions made by feminist and queer theory to understanding the formation of sexual identities.

Gendered Lives explores how women's and men's everyday lives are shaped through social institutions such as the law, family, religion, work, and politics. It analyzes how institutions have structured lives as gendered, and how the practices of individuals and collectives have resisted, mediated and modified their impact. In addition to a focus on the United States, courses examine the reciprocal relationship of institutional and individual practices in a global and transnational context.

Gender and Health examines from various disciplinary perspectives the meaning and interrelatedness of gender and health. Courses explore how gender and health are shaped by and embedded within everyday socio-political, cultural and environmental contexts. Analyses move beyond an emphasis on body and disease toward a broader contextual understanding of how the intersection of social positions (gender, race, ethnicity, and class) provide an evolving ground for understanding the interplay of gender and health.

Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in the U.S. examines the intersection of gender, race, and ethnicity in order to consider differences among women and men, as well as the impact of multiple categories of identity on experience and on the formation and contestation of gender itself. Interracial and interethnic relations, the mutual influence of social movements, and racialized genders are also explored. Although the U.S. is the primary focus, consideration of various diasporas encourages analysis of the links between communities across national borders.

Gender, Culture and Representation explores ways in which meanings about women and gender are produced through cultural images, artifacts, and performances. It positions students as readers, viewers, and interpreters of culture, as well as creators of it, especially in the domains of literature, the visual and performing arts, mass media (including film), and their histories. Courses introduce students to feminist analyses of culture and encourage them to consider processes of viewing, writing, and producing knowledge.

Gender in the Global Context offers a comparative cross-cultural perspective on the construction and meaning of gender, race, class, and sexuality. It examines current forces of globalization and empire, the histories of imperialism and colonialism, and postcolonial resistance and theory. Courses decenter the U.S. while placing it in a geopolitical context, including global feminisms.

Roster of WOMENSTD Courses - Note some classes are listed in more than one category

Gender in the Discipline: 315, 336, 361, 370, 371, 447, 455, 460, 499.

LGBTQ and Sexuality Studies: 245, 295, 308, 340, 347, 450.

Gendered Lives: 201, 230, 270, 308, 331, 341, 360, 372, 375, 425, 451, 468, 471, 498.

Gender and Health: 220, 300, 320, 324, 342, 400, 404, 443.

Gender, Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.: 231, 243, 233, 283, 293, 333, 336, 343, 346, 363, 419, 443, 444, 458.

Gender, Culture, and Representation: 211, 293, 301, 310, 334, 344, 347, 376, 404, 415, 416, 425, 444, 450, 461, 486, 496.

Gender in a Global Context: 301, 304, 321, 324, 335, 345, 357, 365, 427, 471, 496.

Study Abroad. The University of Michigan Women's Studies Program encourages students to study abroad in order to enhance their education and gain international perspectives on women's issues and feminism. Students routinely look back on their time spent abroad as valuable aspects of their undergraduate career. There are many excellent study abroad opportunities offering students a variety of possible experiences: among them cultural immersion, field work, intensive language learning, independent study, participation in another educational system.

Planning early for study abroad is important, as is research into study abroad possibilities. Both the Women's Studies Program and the U-M Office of International Programs (OIP) are committed to working with students to help them find the right study abroad program. Stop in the OIP office (G513 Michigan Union) between 8 to 5 pm Monday-Friday (Wednesday noon to 5 pm) to obtain more information about their programs, which include specific information for women students. Or, call (734) 764-4311 to inquire about advising hours and appointments. The Women's Studies concentration advisor invites students to make an appointment to discuss specific study abroad options for Women's Studies majors. Please call (734) 763-4047 to make that appointment, or e-mail wsp.advising@umich.edu.

 

Advising. 17641For 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 1122 Lane Hall, (734) 763-2047, or e-mail wsp.advising@umich.edu.

Honors Concentration: Summary. Students who have maintained an overall GPA of at least 3.4 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 should elect WOMENSTD 389 during the winter term, junior year, and must write an Honors thesis during their senior year (given for credit as WOMENSTD 490 and 491).

Eligibility

The Women's Studies Honors Program provides an opportunity for concentrators to do a comprehensive, original independent project under the guidance of a faculty mentor, as the culmination to their undergraduate studies. The topic of the Honors thesis should be a topic on which the student has already done some academic study. The thesis is researched and written in the two terms of the student's senior year. Students interested in pursuing Honors should schedule a meeting with the WS Honors concentration advisor and take WOMENSTD 389 in winter term of their junior year.

Women's Studies concentration (Fall 2002-Summer 2003) +

May be elected as a departmental concentration program

Fall 2002-Summer 2003

Prerequisite to Concentration. WOMENSTD 240, or WOMENSTD 100 and one 200-level WOMENSTD course.

Concentration Program.

  1. Courses on Women: Concentrators must elect a minimum of 24 credits of upper-level (300 and above) courses in WOMENSTD or related areas, including A through D below. One of these courses must be on women of color.
    1. At least two different 340-level WOMENSTD courses, or two upper-level courses approved as interdisciplinary by the program, or a combination.

    2. WOMENSTD 430 or 422.

    3. A practicum course, either WOMENSTD 350, 420, or an individually designed internship.

    4. Either WOMENSTD 440 or 483.


  2. Cognates: Three upper-level courses, not in WOMENSTD or cross-listed, are required. In order to ensure 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 GPA of at least 3.2 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 WOMENSTD 441 during the second term, junior year, and must write an Honors thesis during their senior year (given for credit as WOMENSTD 490 and 491).

Advising. 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 1122 Lane Hall, (734) 763-2047.


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