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2014-2015 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Women's Studies, BA


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About the Program

The field of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies grew out of the women’s movement in the late 1960s and 1970s and served as its academic arm supporting and sustaining those movements through the production and dissemination of knowledge about women, gender, sex discrimination, and feminist activism through the 1980s and 1990s.

Over four decades of feminist scholarship has invigorated and transformed traditional disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, and has inspired many policy initiatives in the United States and around the world. By the turn of the 21st century, many academic women’s studies programs redefined themselves more inclusively as Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies reflecting an expansion of the political and intellectual project of 21st-century feminism.

The recently renamed Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Purdue University offers courses that critically assess the historical and social context and meanings attached to the categories of man and woman as well as the salience of gender identities that exist outside and beyond that dichotomy.

Our courses provide students with the opportunity to examine systematically the role and politics of sexuality and to interrogate the discriminatory practices disadvantaging those who reject or fall outside of compulsory heteronormativity.

Our program sponsors student engagement on issues central to feminism, promotes equality for all people regardless of the way they express their gender or sexuality, and nurtures academic research and scholarly inquiry that supports these core values.

Summary of Program Requirements

The Summary of Program Requirements for Women's Studies  is a comprehensive list of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. Unlike the full Detailed Program Requirements listed below, complete lists of selectives for any given category are not shown. These summaries are intended to be printer-friendly and less expansive in detail.

Detailed Program Requirements

Please see below for detailed program requirements and possible selective fulfillments.

Women’s Studies-BA
WOST
120 Credits

“C” or better in all WOST Major courses

Women's Studies (24 credits)


C. Elect Two Courses in Liberal Arts (6 credits)


Note: At least Three (3) credits in Area C must be at the 30000 level or above

Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements (54 - 56 credits)


Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements

Electives (22 - 24 credits)


University Core Requirements


  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning

Program Requirements


15-17 Credits


Spring 1st Year


  • STAT - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • SLC 10200 - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00
  • Western Heritage - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15-16 Credits


Fall 2nd Year


  • REQ A - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • SLC 20100 - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Social Ethics - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Natural Science - Credit Hours: 3.00

15-16 Credits


Spring 2nd Year


  • REQ A - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • SLC 20200 - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00
  • Individual & Society - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Natural Science Lab - Credit Hours: 3.00

15-16 Credits


Fall 3rd Year


  • United States Tradition - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Gender Issues - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • REQ B - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


Spring 3rd Year


  • Racial and Ethnic Diversity - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • REQ B - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • REQ B - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Aesthetic Awareness - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


Fall 4th Year


  • Global Perspectives - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • REQ C - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


Spring 4th Year


  • Other Cultures - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • REQ C (30000 or higher) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


Note


Students must receive a grade of “C” or better in order for a course to be accepted towards the requirements for the Major in Women’s Studies.

120 semester credits required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

32 credit hours at 30000 level or higher required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

Degree Requirements


The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

Degree Works is knowledge source for specific requirements and completion

Foreign Language Courses


Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Critical Course


The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.

Expired Course


Any course without a link to its description is one that has been expired.  However, this course could fulfill the degree requirement historically.

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