Academics

Women's Studies Degree Requirements

Women's Studies is a multi-disciplinary course of study that fosters understanding of the ways in which social patterning of female and male roles impacts on human behavior and on the accumulation of knowledge. It satisfies the needs of students working in a large number of disciplines. The Women's Studies major requires 30 hours of coursework and a second major taken in any discipline offered at Central Michigan University.

The director of the Women's Studies Program serves as advisor for all students taking this major or minor.

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Major in Women's Studies

Core Courses (9 Hours):
  • HST 326/WST 328 - Women in America

  • PHL/PSC/WST 426 - Feminist Theory

  • WST 496 - Capstone Seminar in Women's Studies

Required Courses I (9 Hours):

3 of the following

  • ANT/SOC/WST 590 - Gender, Culture, and Society
  • ECO/WST 230 - Women in the Economy
  • GRN/WST 430 - Women and Aging
  • PSC/WST 326 Women and Politics
  • PSY/WST 334 - Psychology of Women
  • SOC/WST 317 - Sociology of Sex and Gender
Required Courses II (6 Hours):

2 of the following

  • COM/WST 362 - Gender Communication
  • ART/WST 382 - Women and Art
  • ENG/WST 327 - Women Writers
  • HST/WST 354 - Women in European History
  • REL/WST 207 - Women in Religion
  • REL/WST 303 - Goddesses
Electives (6 Hours):

Chosen from the courses not selected from the lists above, or from the following group:

  • BLR/WST 325 - Women and the Law
  • HDF/WST 213 - Introduction to Human Sexuality
  • HSC/WST 202 - Women's Health
  • HST/WST 221 - Growing Up in America
  • JRN 380 - Racial Diversity: Mass Media's Role
  • MGT 357 - Women in Management
  • PES/WST 319 - Women and Sport
  • SOC/WST 410 - Women, Crime and Deviance
  • WST 297 - Special Topics in Women's Studies
  • WST 497 - Special Topics in Women's Studies

Total Semester Hours: 30

Additional Requirements:
  1. Completion of a second major in any discipline offered by CMU.
  2. Courses must be selected in consultation with an advisor.

Minor in Women's Studies

Core Courses (9 Hours):
  • HST 326/WST 328 - Women in America

  • PHL/PSC/WST 426 - Feminist Theory

  • WST 496 - Capstone Seminar in Women's Studies

Required Courses I (9 Hours):

2 of the following

  • ANT/SOC/WST 590 - Gender, Culture, and Society
  • ECO/WST 230 - Women in the Economy
  • GRN/WST 430 - Women and Aging
  • PSC/WST 326 - Women and Politics
  • SOC/WST 317 - Sociology of Sex and Gender
Required Courses II (6 Hours):

1 of the following

  • COM/WST 362 - Gender Communication
  • ENG/WST 327 - Women Writers
  • REL/WST 207 - Women in Religion
Electives (6 Hours):

Choose from the following courses not selected from Required Courses, or from the following groups, with no more than three hours from Electives II.

Electives I (3-6 Hours):
  • ART/WST 382 - Women and Art
  • HST/WST 354 - Women in European History
  • PSY/WST 334 - Psychology of Women
  • REL/WST 303 - Goddesses
Electives II (0-3 Hours):
  • BLR/WST 325 - Women and the Law
  • HDF/WST 213 - Introduction to Human Sexuality
  • HSC/WST 202 - Women's Health
  • HST/WST 221 - Growing Up in America
  • JRN 380 - Racial Diversity: Mass Media's Role
  • MGT 357 - Women in Management
  • PES/WST 319 - Women and Sport
  • SOC/WST 410 - Women, Crime and Deviance
  • WST 297 - Special Topics in Women's Studies
  • WST 497 - Special Topics in Women's Studies

Total Semester Hours: 24

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