Women's and Gender Studies Major, BA

(NYC)

The WGS major is an interdisciplinary one completed in 36 credits. Requirements include at least 21 credits of WGS Department courses (with "WS" in their title and INT 297J) and up to 15 credits of WGS advisor-approved coursework from other academic disciplines and departments.

This major supports double-majoring in another Dyson B.A. program. Up to 18 credits in the WGS major (including approved courses from other academic disciplines) may be "double-counted"towards both the WGS major and the second Dyson major. See WGS Director for details and approvals.

University Core – (44-55)

Major Requirements – (36)

Required Major Courses: (15-21 credits)

WS 215Introduction to Women's Studies

3 credits

or

WS 215CIntroduction to Women's Studies through Civic Engagement

3 credits

WS 266Gender, Race and Class

3 credits

ONE of the following courses

WS 196QTopic: Introduction to Queer Studies

3 credits

WS 269Dealing with Difference: Lesbians in Literature and Film

3 credits

WS 270Historical and Modern Sexual Revolutions

3 credits

WS 296AQueer Cinema

3 credits

WS 296UTopic: Transgender Studies

3 credits

WS 296STopic: Dress, Desire and Gesture: Sexualities of Renaissance Europe

3 credits

WS 296WThe Gay Male Experience

3 credits

INT 297QUnderstanding Community and Diversity: Queer Cultures

6 credits

BIO 115Human Sexuality

3 credits

ANT 296WTopic: Sexuality and Culture

3 credits

PSY 234Human Sexual Behavior

3 credits

INT 297JPerforming Identities: Cross-Dressing and Gendered Personas in Drama

6 credits

ONE of the following courses

WS 380Seminar in Feminist Theory

3 credits

or

WS 396BTopic: Miniskirts and Headscarves - Gender, Nationality, and Migration in Modern Europe

3 credits

OR2

WS 369Queer Theory

3 credits

ONE of the following courses:

WS 215CIntroduction to Women's Studies through Civic Engagement

3 credits

INT 297QUnderstanding Community and Diversity: Queer Cultures

6 credits

WS 280Internship in Women's and Gender Studies

3 credits

or

Internship in another Dyson Program if approved by WGS Director

3-6 credits

Required Major Electives: (15-21 Credits)

Students choose courses from the following lists: i.e., WS-headed courses, INT 297J, and/or courses from disciplines in other departments.  However, to satisfy major requirements of 21 "WS" credits (INT 297Q  also qualifies), students might need to choose one or more WS-headed courses.  See program coordinator for guidance and also to learn of any newly approved electives.

Note: Unless otherwise noted, the following are 3-credit courses.

WS 196QTopic: Introduction to Queer Studies

3 credits

WS 220The Medieval Woman

3 credits

WS 267Meanings and Models of Motherhood in European History and Literature

6 credits

WS 268Men and Masculinities

3 credits

WS 269Dealing with Difference: Lesbians in Literature and Film

3 credits

WS 270Historical and Modern Sexual Revolutions

3 credits

WS 271Women in Jeopardy

3 credits

WS 280Internship in Women's and Gender Studies

3 credits

WS 296AQueer Cinema

3 credits

WS 296Girls on Film

3 credits

WS 296FLiving Under Fire: Women and Warfare

3 credits

WS 296STopic: Dress, Desire and Gesture: Sexualities of Renaissance Europe

3 credits

WS 296TTopic: Melodrama in America

3 credits

WS 296UTopic: Transgender Studies

3 credits

WS 296VInternational Activist Politics:Global Feminist and Postcolonial Perspectives

3 credits

WS 296WThe Gay Male Experience

3 credits

WS 234The Girl Child-A Global Perspective

3 credits

WS 289ScienceFiction and Gender

3 credits

WS 396BTopic: Miniskirts and Headscarves - Gender, Nationality, and Migration in Modern Europe

3 credits

INT 297JPerforming Identities: Cross-Dressing and Gendered Personas in Drama

6 credits

INT 297QUnderstanding Community and Diversity: Queer Cultures

6 credits

Note that WS 234 formerly was WS 296K and WS 289 formerly was WS 296N.

Elective Courses From Disciplines in Other Departments:

ANT 115Kinship and the Family

3 credits

ANT 296DAnthropological Perspectives on Women and Warfare

3 credits

ANT 296JTopic: Black Women in Cross Cultural Perspectives

3 credits

ANT 296KTopic: Latino Families in Cross Cultural Perspectives

3 credits

ANT 296LWomen and Gender Through a Global Perspective

3 credits

ANT 296STopic: Anthropology of Violence

3 credits

ANT 296TTopic: Sexuality and Nation Building

3 credits

ANT 296WTopic: Sexuality and Culture

3 credits

BIO 115Human Sexuality

3 credits

CRJ 249Law and Society

3 credits

CRJ 296DTopic: Law and Society

3 credits

CRJ 375Criminal Justice System Responses to Domestic Violence and Child Abuse

3 credits

COM 296XWomen, Communication and the United Nations

3 credits

ENV 296KWomen and Nature

3 credits

FRE 154WTopic The Second Sex: Images of Women in Literature and Film

3 credits

HIS 113The American Experience: Changing Roles of Women

HIS 114The European Experience: All Themes

3 credits

HIS 280History of American Women

3 credits

HIS 281European Women and Social Change

3 credits

HS 163Family Dynamics

3 credits

HS 261Ethnic Family Lifestyles

3 credits

HS 314Families in Crisis

3 credits

INT 197CAmerican Women in Literature and Life

7 credits

INT 296SBeyond the Veil

6 credits

INT 197Women in American Literature and Life

6 credits

INT 197A-200Crossroads and Crossfire: The Struggle For Women's Rights in a Globalized World

6 credits

INT 197YComparative Racial and Gender Politics of South Africa and the U.S.

6 credits

INT 296Politics and Cultures in South East Asia

6 credits

INT 296WChildren in Urban Society

6 credits

INT 298NCaught in the Crossfire: The Impact of War on Women and Children

6 credits

JPN 154Topic: Modern Japanese Literature and Film in English Translation

3 credits

LAS 150Modern Latin American Divas: Female Political, Social and Cultural Leadership in the Republican Era

6 credits

LIT 211Literature I

3 credits

LIT 211WWomen in Literature I

3 credits

LIT 212Literature II

3 credits

LIT 212YAmerican Women Writers

3 credits

LIT 212WWomen in Literature II

3 credits

LIT 303Introduction to Cultural Studies

3 credits

LIT 308Women and African Literature

3 credits

LIT 326African American Literature

3 credits

LIT 329Literary Theory and Criticism

3 credits

LIT 345Literatures of Diversity

3 credits

LIT 351AEarly Modern Literature: Early Modern Women's Writing

3 credits

LIT 363Shakespeare: Before 1600

3 credits

LIT 369AGreat Authors: Emily Dickinson

3 credits

LIT 379Feminist Issues in Literature

3 credits

LIT 384Images of Women in Literature

3 credits

LIT 482Seminar: Jane Austen and Her World

3 credits

LIT 486Seminar on Film

3 credits

MCA 396AGender Diversity Issues in Organization

3 credits

MUS 206Women in Music

3 credits

NUR 161Women at Risk: Health Care for Marginalized Women

3 credits

NUR 228Nursing and the Political Process

3 credits

NUR 241Difference of Self: Historical Analysis of Women's Health

3 credits

PHI 296Philosophical Issues in Feminism

3 credits

PHI 269PWomen and Nature

3 credits

POL 296QTopic: Gender and Politics

3 credits

PSY 227Psychology of Women

3 credits

PSY 234Human Sexual Behavior

3 credits

PSY 296ZTopic: Children and Youth - A Global Perspective

3 credits

PSY 320Abnormal Psychology I

3 credits

PSY 321Abnormal Psychology II

3 credits

RES 296DTopic: Women in World Religions

3 credits

SOC 116Sociology of Deviance

3 credits

SOC 215Sociology of the Family

3 credits

SOC 222Gender and Social Changes

3 credits

SOC 296LBorderlands

3 credits

SPA 380Spanish Seminar

3 credits

SPA 480ASeminar: Women Writers of Spain and America

3 credits

The following linked Learning Communities (6 credits each) also are available electives:

ENGA 120

WS 266

6 credits

INT 297Pol. & Cult. of ME & SA

6 credits

POL 210Comparative Political Systems

3 credits

Note: For recent additions to the list of approved courses that explore issues concerning women and count towards the WGS major or minor, please see the WGS office on your campus: (212) 346-1723 or (914) 773-3957.

Open Electives – (37-48)

Total Credit Hours: 128

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