Women's & Gender Studies

 

Women's and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary field that draws ideas, information, and methods from many traditional academic disciplines to explore the important role of gender throughout society. It examines how gender organizes knowledge and is embedded in our social institutions, including politics, economics, education, religion, and the family, and explores how gender influences people’s everyday lives. Women’s and Gender Studies seeks to acknowledge and understand the contributions of women to human cultures while also taking a broader, far-reaching lens to consider the role played by gender as a social category. Courses in Women's and Gender Studies often examine the relationships between gender, race, class, and sexuality in addition to integrating perspectives from global feminisms and transnationalism. Women's and Gender Studies courses are for all students—male and female, white students and students of color, middle class and working class, straight and GLBTQI—who are interested in gaining new insight into gender issues.

 

At The University of Southern Mississippi, the Women's and Gender Studies Program offers both an undergraduate and a graduate minor. In addition to courses specific to the program (such as Introduction to Women's Studies, Special Topics in Women's Studies, and African Women Writers), we offer classes in a variety of academic areas, from sociology to literature, nursing to human performance, theatre and dance to speech communication, history, and political science. Please see the lists below for specific program requirements.

 

Undergraduate Minor

The undergraduate minor in Women’s and Gender Studies requires 18 hours. All students must complete WS 301 - Introduction to Women’s Studies. The remaining hours must be distributed among at least three disciplines. The undergraduate courses listed below are approved for Women’s and Gender Studies credit. Additionally, special topics courses in various disciplines that have been approved on a semester-to-semester basis by the Director of Women’s and Gender Studies, and more courses will be added as they are developed.

 

Required course (3 hours):

  • — WS 301: Introduction to Women’s Studies

Elective courses (15 hours distributed among at least 3 disciplines):

  • — ANT 452: Language, Gender and Culture
  • — CJ 463/WS 427: Family Law
  • — CJ 464/WS 428: Family Violence, Investigation and Deterrence
  • — CMS 475: Gender Issues in Speech Communication
  • — ENG 468/WS 403: British Women Writers
  • — ENG 478/WS 402: American Women Writers
  • — HIS 328/WS 310 : Ancient and Medieval Women
  • — HIS 329/WS 329: Women in Modern European History
  • — HIS 477/WS 410: Women in American Society
  • — PS 405/WS 420: Women and Politics
  • — SOC 415/WS 425: Sociology of Gender
  • — WS 401: African Women Writers
  • — WS 450: Seminar in Women’s Studies
  • — WS 490: Directed Research in Women’s Studies

— Special topics courses in various disciplines that have been approved on a semester-to-semester basis by the Director of Women’s and Gender Studies

 

Graduate Minor

The graduate minor in Women’s and Gender Studies is designed to develop the student’s proficiency in a variety of feminist theories and research methodologies at an advanced level. The courses approved for the minor must be listed on the student's official Plan of Study. Since new courses may become available for Women’s and Gender Studies credit in any given semester, the candidate should be advised by the Director of Women’s and Gender Students as well as by the candidate’s major professor. The requirements for the graduate minor are listed below:

 

Hours:

— Master’s-level minor: Minimum 9 hours of approved coursework

— Doctoral minor: Minimum of 12 hours of approved coursework

Coursework:

Required course:

  • WS 601: Theories and Methods in Women’s Studies  -- or Director of Women’s and Gender Studies approval of previous coursework in Women’s and Gender Studies as an equivalent to WS 601

Elective courses (Remaining hours from approved courses numbered 500 or above and distributed across at least 2 disciplines in addition to WGS):

  • ANT 552: Language, Gender and Culture
  • CJ 563/WS 527: Family Law
  • CJ 564/528: Family Violence, Investigation and Deterrence
  • ENG 568/WS 503: British Women Writers
  • ENG 578 - American Women Writers
  • ENG 678/WS 602: Topics in Writing by Women
  • HIS 577/WS 510: Women in American Society
  • PS 505/WS 520: Women and Politics
  • SOC 515/WS 525: Sociology of Gender
  • WS 692: Special Problems in Women’s Studies

GPA:

— Minimum 3.0 GPA in all courses counting toward the minor