Requirements for the Major and Minor in Women's and Gender Studies (WST)

Requirements for the Major in Women's and Gender Studies (WST)

The major in Women's and Gender Studies leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. No more than three credits offered for the major may be taken Pass/No Credit or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. All other courses for the major must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher. No transferred course with a grade lower than C may be applied toward major requirements. No more than two 100-level courses may be applied toward major requirements. At least 18 credits must be in courses numbered 300 or higher. Students may choose to pursue an accelerated Women's and Gender Studies B.A. and Master of Public Health. For further information on the accelerated degree, please see the program Director.

Completion of the major requires 36 credits.

A. Core Courses

1. WST 102 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies in the Social Sciences OR WST 103 Women, Culture, and Difference 
2. WST 291 Introduction to Feminist Theory
3. WST 301 Histories of Feminism
4. WST 305 Feminist Theories in Context
5. WST 408 Senior Research Seminar for Women's and Gender Studies Majors

B. Focused Studies

One course in each of the following categories (See Note 1)

  • Women's and Gender Studies in a Global Context: WST 395 Topics in Global Feminism (or approved other course)
  • Gender, Race, and Ethnicity: WST 398 Topics in Gender, Race, and Ethnicity (or approved other course)
  • Gender and Sexuality: WST 399 Topics in Gender and Sexuality (or approved other course)

C. Electives

I) Twelve credits from WST courses. The following courses offered by other departments may also be used to satisfy this requirement (also see Note 2):

  • AFS 345 Culture and Gender: Women in Africa and the Caribbean
  • AFS 370 The African-American Family
  • ANT 367 Male and Female
  • CCS 311 Gender and Genre in Film
  • CCS 325 Culture in Context
  • CCS 326 Social and Cultural Theory
  • CFS 308 Violence in the Family
  • EGL 371 Topics in Gender Studies
  • HIS 394 Topics in History of Medicine and Reproduction (approved topic only, including History of Human Reproduction in Western Civilization)
  • HUM 122 Images of Women in Literature
  • HUM 123 Sin and Sexuality in Literature
  • HWC 349 Overview of Gay and Lesbian Issues
  • PSY 240 Social Psychology
  • RLS 366 Feminine Spirituality

D. Upper-Division Writing Requirement

Students must present to the director of undergraduate studies a minimum of ten typewritten pages of formal writing, prepared for an upper-division course listed above as acceptable for the major requirements. This written work must have been judged by the course instructor to be satisfactory for the upper-division writing requirement in the field of Women's and Gender Studies. Normally this requirement is met through the work in WST 408.

Students should consult with the department advisor to ensure that their plan for completing the Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent with university graduation requirements for General Education.  Students completing the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) must complete a course that satisfies the "Write Effectively within One's Discipline" (WRTD) learning objective to graduate.  The Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent in most cases with the SBC learning outcomes for WRTD.

Notes:

1. A list of approved courses which satisfy requirement B may be found on the WST community blackboard Web site at http://blackboard.stonybrook.edu.
2. Related special topics courses given in various departments are acceptable for the Women's Studies major and minor with the approval of the undergraduate director. A list will be available in the Women's and Gender Studies Office at preregistration each semester. The list will also be available on the WST community blackboard Web site.
3. At least two WST topics courses must be used in satisfying Requirement B.
4. No more than six credits from WST 447 and WST 487 may be applied toward the major.

Specialization in Gender, Sexuality, and Public Health

Students choosing to pursue this specialization receive additional preparation for a career in public health. Depending on the student's choice of courses, this specialization can be useful for students planning careers in midwifery, medicine, nursing, or counseling and education related to sexuality and/or reproduction.

Requirements for the Specialization in Gender, Sexuality, and Public Health

1. 18 credits of coursework (See Notes)
See the list of elective courses below; a current list of courses approved for this specialization can be found on the WST community blackboard Web site at http://blackboard.stonybrook.edu.

2. Internship
Three of the 18 credits for the specialization must be in an approved internship or other related applied experience.

Notes:

1. No more than 3 of the 18 credits required for the specialization may be lower-division.
2. All A-F graded courses must be passed with a grade of C or better.
3. The specialization courses may overlap with major requirements, but not replace any.

Elective courses for the Specialization in Gender, Sexuality, and Public Health

  • WST 111 Introduction to Queer Studies in the Humanities
  • WST 112 Introduction to Queer Studies in the Social Sciences
  • WST 391 Music and Sexuality
  • WST 392 Special Topics in Women and Science (see department for approved topics) 
  • WST 394 Special Topics in Medicine, Reproduction, and Gender (see department for approved topics)
  • WST 399 Topics in Gender and Sexuality (see department for approved topics)
  • WST 401 Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies (see department for approved topics) 
  • WST/SOC 340 Sociology of Reproduction
  • WST/AFS 381 AIDS, Race and Gender in the Black Community
  • HIS/WST 374 Historical Perspectives on Gender Orientation
  • HIS 394 AIDS and Social History
  • HIS 461 Historical Perspectives on Women's Health Care
  • PSY 349 Women's Health Issues

Specialization in Gender and Social Change

Students choosing to pursue this specialization receive additional preparation for a career in social change creating professions, such as law, social work, public policy, or the media. Depending on the student's choice of courses, this specialization can be useful for students planning careers in civil rights work, community organizing, work with abused women and children, politics, or visual media, to give only a few examples.

Requirements for the Specialization in Gender and Social Change

1. 18 credits of coursework (See Notes)

See the list of elective courses below; a current list of courses approved for this specialization can be found on the WST community blackboard Web site at http://blackboard.stonybrook.edu

2. Internship

Three of the 18 credits for the specialization must be in an approved internship or other related applied experience.

Notes:

1. No more than 3 of the 18 credits required for the specialization may be lower-division. 2. All A-F graded courses must be passed with a grade of C or better. 3. The specialization courses may overlap with major requirements, but not replace any.

Elective courses for the Specialization in Gender and Social Change

  • WST 310 Contemporary Feminist Issues
  • WST 377/PSY 347 Psychology of Women
  • WST 391 Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies in the Humanities (see department for approved topics)
  • WST 392 Special Topics in Women and Science (see department for approved topics)
  • WST 394 Special Topics in Medicine, Reproduction, and Gender (see department for approved topics)
  • WST 395 Topics in Global Feminism (see department for approved topics)
  • WST 396 Special Topics in the History of American Women (see department for approved topics)
  • WST 397 Social Sciences Topics in Women's and Gender Studies
  • WST 398 Topics in Gender, Race, and Ethnicity
  • WST/SOC 247 Sociology of Gender
  • LHD 301 Human Sexual and Gender Development Issues
  • LHD 401 Advanced Seminar in Human Sexual and Gender Development
  • WST/SOC 247 Sociology of Gender
  • WST/POL 330 Gender and Law
  • WST/SOC 340 Sociology of Reproduction
  • WST/SOC 347 Gender and Politics
  • WST/AFS 350 Black Women and Social Change
  • WST/SOC 371 Gender and Work
  • AAS 392 Gender and Caste in Hindu Law
  • AFS 345 Women in Africa and the Caribbean
  • CCS 401 Masculinity and Popular Culture
  • CFS 308  Violence in the Family
  • HIS 300 Race, Gender and Rights/US Legal
  • PSY 240 Social Psychology
  • SOC 390 Special Topics  (see department for approved topics)

Honors Program in Women’s and Gender Studies

Any Women’s and Gender Studies major who has maintained a grade point average (GPA) of 3.50 in the WaGS major and a 3.00 GPA overall are eligible to enroll in the Women’s and Gender Studies with honors program. The student must maintain these respective GPAs throughout the duration of the honors program. The student must enroll in the honors program before the end of the junior year. The student must identify a potential faculty member within the department to serve as a mentor, and, with the written approval of the mentor, submit the honors program application, which will describe the honors thesis project.

In the senior year, the student must enroll in WST 495 in the first semester and WST 496 in the second semester, for a total of six credits. This year long sequence of WST 495/496 is in lieu of the general Senior Seminar, WST 408. Since there are two semesters of required coursework, students in the program will complete 39 credits for the major, as opposed to 36 for students not enrolled in the program. The student’s honors thesis must be completed no later than four weeks prior to the end of the second semester, to allow for review by the honors committee and to allow for revisions. The honors thesis will be read by the student’s mentor and two other CAT faculty members or CAT affiliates.

If the honors program is completed with distinction and the student has achieved a 3.50 GPA in all WaGS courses taken in the senior year, honors are conferred.

Requirements for the Minor in Women's and Gender Studies (WST)

Only one course (no more than three credits) offered for the minor may be taken for Pass/No Credit, and no more than 6 credits may be taken for S/U. At least 15 credits must be graded with a letter grade (A through F).

Completion of the minor requires 21 credits.

1. WST 102 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies in the Social Sciences OR WST 103 Women, Culture, and Difference
2. WST 291 Introduction to Feminist Theory OR WST 301 Histories of Feminism
3. WST 407 Senior Research Seminar for Women’s and Gender Studies Minors
4. Twelve credits chosen from among WST courses (or their crosslisted equivalents) and the list in WST major requirement C above. At least six of these credits must be numbered 300 or above. It is strongly recommended that these courses be chosen from among the following options: WST 390, 391, 392, 393, 394, 395, 396, 397, 398, or 399.