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Women's & Gender Studies

Students must meet the general education requirements as outlined in the IUSB Bulletin. Click here for a list of those requirements.

Bachelor of Arts in Women's & Gender Studies

The Women's & Gender Studies major is intended to introduce students to the intellectual and methodological perspectives and practices characteristic of the discipline, within the context of a liberal arts education. The program is designed to prepare students for immediate entry into the workplace, as well as to pursue further graduate study. Students must meet the general education requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree as well as complete the 30 hours concentration in Women's Studies. The major requires the completion of 15-18 credit hours of Women's & Gender Studies core courses, 9-12 credit hours of joint-listed courses, and 3 credit hours of courses chosen from core, joint-listed or cross-listed offerings. Of the thirty (30) credit hours required for the major, at least fifteen (15) must be at the 300-level or above.

Requirements for Current Majors
  • WGS-W 100, Gender Studies
  • WGS-W 299, Feminist Research Methods
  • WGS-W 360, Feminist Theory
  • WGS-W 301, Global Perspectives on Women
  • WGS-W 4xx, Seminar course
  • WGS-W 480, Practicum
  • Four additional courses in Women's & Gender Studies, including
    • 3 credit hours of joint-listed courses in Humanities/Division of the Arts
    • 3 credit hours of joint-listed courses in the Social Sciences/Sciences
    • 3 credit hours of electives chosen from WGS or joint-listed courses
    • 3 credit hours of electives chosen from WGS, joint-listed or cross-listed courses.

Core Requirements for students who began the major prior to Fall 2004
  • WGS-W 100, Gender Studies or WOST 200, Women in Society
  • WGS-W 301, Global Perspectives on Women
  • WGS-W 402, Seminar or approved substitute
  • WGS-W 480, Practicum
  • Six additional courses in Women's & Gender Studies, including
    • 6 credit hours of joint-listed courses in Humanities/Division of the Arts
    • 6 credit hours of joint-listed courses in the Social Sciences/Sciences
    • 3 credit hours of electives chosen from WGS or joint-listed courses
    • 3 credit hours of electives chosen from WGS, joint-listed or cross-listed courses.

At least three courses (9 of the 30 credit hours-either core or joint-listed courses) must form a thematic focus, to be chosen by the students in consultation with the Women's & Gender Studies Director. The purpose of the thematic focus is to provide coherence within the interdisciplinary concentration. The thematic focus could be broadly or narrowly defined in a variety of ways: by geographical area of focus (women in America, women in western Europe); by chronology (women in antiquity, women in 19th century America); by issue (women in western thought, women and revolutions, women and ecology, women and peace); by a category related to women's creativity; by women's roles in families or communities; and so on.

Minor in Women's & Gender Studies

Students interested in pursuing a minor in Women's & Gender Studies must register their intention with the program and consult with the Women's & Gender Studies Director before completing three courses in Women's & Gender Studies.

Requirements for Current Minors
  • WGS-W 100, Gender Studies
  • WGS-W 299, Feminist Research Methods or WGS-W 360, Feminist Theory
  • WGS-W 301, Global Perspectives on Women
  • 3 credit hours of a WGS or joint-listed course
  • 3 credit hours of a WGS, joint-listed or cross-listed course
Core Requirements for students who began prior to Fall 2004
  • WGS-W 100, Gender Studies or WGS-W 200, Women in Society
  • WGS-W 301, Global Perspectives on Women
  • 3 credit hours of a WGS or joint-listed course at the 200 level or above (not WGS-W 200)
  • 3 credit hours of a 400-level WGS or joint-listed course (excluding WGS-W 495)
  • 3 credit hours of a WGS, joint-listed or cross-listed course at any level

How to Declare a Major/Minor in Women's & Gender Studies

To officially declare a major in Women's & Gender Studies (or a double major in Women’s & Gender Studies and another department), contact the Director of Women’s& Gender Studies, Prof. April Lidinsky, at 520-4528 or by email alidinsk@iusb.edu. You will also need to visit the Office of Student Services in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (3300B Wiekamp Hall)  to fill out paperwork for a declared major.

To officially declare a minor in Women's & Gender Studies, contact the counselor/recorder in the School or College where you are obtaining your major and notify them of your intent to minor in Women's & Gender Studies AND see Prof. Lidinsky (2257 Wiekamp Hall) to complete a  "Declaration of Women's & Gender Studies Minor" form.

Joint-Listed and Cross-Listed Courses

Joint-Listed Courses

Joint-listed courses have a WGS prefix and a department letter designation before the number, i.e., WGS H260.

  • WGS-A 385, Topics in Anthropology: Motherhood (counts only when this topic)
  • WGS-B 260, Women, Men and Society in Modern Europe
  • WGS-E 391, Women in Developing Countries
  • WGS-H 260, History of American Women
  • WGS-H 425, Women as Agents of Change
  • WGS-L 207, Women and Literature
  • WGS-N 200, The Biology of Women
  • WGS-P 391, Psychology of Gender, Race & Ethnicity
  • WGS-P 460, Women: A Psychological Perspective
  • WGS-P 394, Feminist Philosophy
  • WGS-S 310, The Sociology of Women in America
  • WGS-S 338, Sociology of Gender Roles
  • WGS-S 349, Topics in Contemporary Social Theory: Feminist Theory (counts only when this topic)
  • WGS-S 410, Topics: Work, Gender and Race (counts only when this topic)
  • WGS-Y 327, Gender Politics in the United States

Cross-Listed Courses

Cross-listed courses have no WGS prefix. A significant portion of the material in these courses focuses on women and/or uses gender as a major analytical tool. These courses vary each semester. Do not assume that if a course was cross-listed in the past that it is still cross-listed. Check the Women's & GenderStudies section of the current Course Listings book to see what cross-listed courses are available each semester. Examples of past years' offerings include the following:

  • K492, Women's Health Issues
  • S164, Marital Relations and Sexuality
  • S316, Sociology of the Family

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