Requirements for a major or a double major in WMST

THE MAJOR IN WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES

Students may declare a Women’s and Gender Studies major through the College of Arts & Sciences. To declare your major, please see your Academic Adviser in the Steele Building (966-5116). If additional information is needed, please contact the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at 962-3908 or come by Room 208 Smith Building.  Students are encouraged to consult regularly with members of the Women’s Studies faculty for advising. Call 962-3908.

The major requires twenty-four (24) credit hours of Women’s and Gender Studies courses or courses cross-listed* with Women’s and Gender Studies (courses not listed below must be approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies [DUS] or the Chair to count toward major requirements).  These credit hours must be distributed as follows:

  1. I. Foundations: 12 credits (all four courses are required)
    1. WGST 101 — Introduction to Women’s Studies
    2. WGST 202– Introduction to Feminist Thought (101 and sophomore standing or higher required)
    3. WGST 695/695H — Senior Capstone Seminar: Principles of Feminist Inquiry (offered Fall and Spring semesters)
      1. One course on “Minority/Third World/Non-Western” Women/Gender chosen from the following:

D.AAAD/WGST 261, 266, 285, 430; AAAD 569/HIST 569/WGST 569; ANTH 440/WGST 440; ASIA 381/WGST 381; COMM 561/WGST 561; ENGL/WGST 665, 666; HIST/WGST 280, 537, 576; JAPN 384/WGST 384; PLAN 662/WGST 662; WGST 211, 233, 237, 365, 368, 281, 289, 293, 388; 410

Courses with temporary numbers [WGST 089 (FYS) and WGST 290 (Special Topics)] can be used to fulfill this requirement when the specific topic is appropriate; students will need to see the Director of Undergraduate Studies for approval.

 

  1. II. Interdisciplinary Perspectives:  9 credits chosen from courses listed below (and course listed in D. above that has not been used to fill that requirement). The courses must be distributed among at least two of the following three perspective groups: Historical, Humanities and Fine Arts, and Social Sciences.  Courses not listed here* must be approved by the Chair or DUS in order to count toward the major.
  2. Courses fulfilling the Historical Studies perspective:

AAAD/HIST/WGST 569; AAAD 261, 262; AMST/JWST/WGST 253; ASIA/HIST/WGST 537; CLAS 240, 241, 242; HIST 362; HIST/WGST 258, 259, 264, 280, 375, 479, 500, 501, 568, 576; WGST 237, 289, 293, 560

  1. Courses fulfilling the Humanities and Fine Arts perspective:

AAAD/WGST 285; ANTH/LING/WGST 302; ANTH/WGST 436; ART/WGST 254, 451; ASIA/CMPL/WGST 380; CMPL 374/WGST 373; COMM/WGST 224, 561, 656; ENGL/FOLK/WGST 684; ENGL/WGST 140, 263, 363, 374, 446, 665, 666; GERM/WGST 220, 250; HIST/WGST 264; JAPN/WGST 381, 384; MUSC/WGST 188, 248; PHIL/WGST 275, 475; RUSS/WGST 486; SPAN/WGST 620; WGST 64, 66, 68, 80, 211, 230, 231, 232, 233, 243, 281 294, 297, 336, 350, 352, 365, 437, 555

  1. Courses fulfilling the Social Sciences perspective:

AAAD/WGST 430; AAAD/WGST 266; AAAD/WGST 261; AMST/ECON/WGST 385; ANTH/WGST 277, 278, 436, 441, 458, 660; EXSS/WGST 260; GEOG/WGST 225; JOMC 442/WGST 415; PLAN/WGST 662; POLI/WGST 217, 218, 219, 265, 477; RECR/WGST 310; RELI/WGST 244, 371, 424; SOCI/WGST 124, 444; WGST 51, 111, 368, 388, 410, 550, 553, 610

 

  1. III. Theory and Practice of Women’s and Gender Studies:   3 credits selected from one of the following options:**
  2. WGST 391 — Practicum/Internship (WGST 101 and 202, prior approval of a faculty adviser, and completion of a contract by the end of the previous semester are required)
  3. WGST 695H and 691 — Honors Thesis (senior-standing, eligibility for honors, two-semester commitment, completion of a contract by the end of the previous semester, and prior approval of faculty adviser and Chair are required)
  4. A fourth 3-credit course from any one of the three “perspectives” (use the lists above)***

Double Majors: no more than 11 credit hours can be counted towards both majors.

*Because there has been a moratorium on cross-listing, there are a number of courses not cross-listed that could fulfill a requirement.  Majors must bring a syllabus and course description to get written approval from the WGST DUS and/or the WGST Chair to have a non-cross listed course (or any course not listed here) accepted for a major requirement.

**Students who entered UNC in 2012 or later will not be able to use an independent study to fulfill this requirement (unless they have written permission from the Department Chair).

***Available to students who entered UNC in the Fall of 2012 or later or with special permission from the DUS or Chair.