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Old Dominion University

2014-2015 Catalog

Women's Studies

(757) 683-3823
www.al.odu.edu/womens_studies/
Jennifer Fish, Chair

Women's studies is a multi- and interdisciplinary field of study encompassing all aspects, historical and contemporary, of women's natures, lives, and perspectives. The Women's Studies Department offers the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees with a major in women's studies. A minor and a graduate certificate are also available, as is an accelerated program allowing exceptional students to earn both a B.A. or B.S. in women's studies and an M.A. in humanities in five years.

The women's studies undergraduate major and minor and graduate certificate may increase a student's career opportunities in governmental and non-governmental agencies, law, criminal justice, public relations, journalism, counseling, the health professions, business, social welfare, education, and many other fields; they can also prepare students for new and exciting research opportunities in graduate and doctoral programs.

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science—Women's Studies Major

Written Communication *6
Oral Communication 3
Mathematics3
Language and Culture **0-12
Information Literacy and Research 3
Human Creativity 3
Interpreting the Past3
Literature3
Philosophy and Ethics3
The Nature of Science 8
Impact of Technology ***
Human Behavior ****3
Total Hours38-50

*

Grade of C or better required in both courses and in ENGL 110C before declaring major

**

Proficiency through 102 level-BS only; Proficiency through 202 level-BA only and not met by associate degree.

***

Satisfied in the major by WMST 390T.

****

WMST 201S cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.

Bachelor of Arts - Departmental Requirements

WMST 201SIntroduction to Women's Studies *3
WMST 302WDimensions of Diversity: Intersectionality Among Women *3
or WMST 301 Feminist Foundations
WMST 390TWomen and Technology Worldwide3
WMST 400U.S. Women's Activism3
or HIST 363 Women in U.S. History
WMST 401WWomen: A Global Perspective3
WMST 460WFeminist Theory *3
ENGL 463WWomen Writers3
ENGL 477Language, Gender and Power3
WMST 490Capstone Course3
Select three of the following: 9
Queer Studies
Chick Flicks
Internship
Extracurricular Studies
Topics in Women's Studies
Feminist Research Methods
Independent Study
Independent Study
Or courses cross listed with WMST
Total Hours36

*

Grade of C or higher required.

Bachelor of Science - Departmental Requirements

WMST 201SIntroduction to Women's Studies *3
WMST 302WDimensions of Diversity: Intersectionality Among Women *3
or WMST 301 Feminist Foundations
WMST 390TWomen and Technology Worldwide3
WMST 400U.S. Women's Activism3
or HIST 363 Women in U.S. History
WMST 401WWomen: A Global Perspective3
WMST 460WFeminist Theory *3
WMST 470Feminist Research Methods3
ENGL 477Language, Gender and Power3
WMST 490Capstone Course3
Select three of the following: 9
Queer Studies
Chick Flicks
Internship
Extracurricular Studies
Topics in Women's Studies
Independent Study
Independent Study
Or courses cross-listed with WMST
Total Hours36

*

Grade of C or higher required.

Electives

Elective courses may be taken for the remainder of the minimum 120 credits required for the degree.

Upper Division General Education

  • Option A. Approved Minor, 12-24 hours; also second degree or second major.
  • Option B. Interdisciplinary Minor, 12 hours specified by the department, 3 of which may be in the major area of study.
  • Option C. International business and regional courses or an approved certification program, such as teaching licensure.
  • Option D. Two Upper-Division Courses from outside the College of Arts and Letters or from the Arts and Humanities Component within the College of Arts and Letters that are not required by the major (6 hours).

Requirements for graduation include a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 overall and in the major, 120 credit hours, which must include both a minimum of 30 credit hours overall and 12 credit hours of upper-level courses in the major program from Old Dominion University, completion of ENGL 110C, ENGL 211C or 221C or 231C, and the writing intensive (W) course in the major with a grade of C or better, and completion of Senior Assessment. Students must receive at least a C in WMST 201S, WMST 302W and WMST 460W. In order to track their intellectual growth, each women's studies major is expected to maintain a portfolio of papers and assignments submitted for their WMST and WMST cross-listed courses.

Women's Studies as a Second Major

Students who find themselves especially interested in women's studies but who already have a major may fulfill their upper-division general education requirements by selecting women's studies as a second major. Such students must complete the same departmental requirements as those majoring solely in women's studies, but may count up to three women's studies cross-listed courses taken for their other major toward their women's studies major as well. For instance, a student majoring in both sociology and women's studies may apply three courses, such as SOC 340, SOC 343, and SOC 427, taken toward their sociology requirements, as the three electives for their major in women's studies.

Minor in Women's Studies

Students who have completed WMST 201S may complete a minor in women's studies by filing an application and taking 12 hours as follows:

WMST 302WDimensions of Diversity: Intersectionality Among Women3
or WMST 301 Feminist Foundations
Select two of the following:6
Women and Technology Worldwide *
Women: A Global Perspective
Feminist Theory
One additional WMST course **3
Total Hours12
*

Meets impact of technology requirement.

**

One additional WMST course, e.g., WMST 368, WMST 470, or a course cross-listed with women's studies in the Schedule of Classes from disciplines such as history, philosophy, communication, English, criminal justice, foreign languages, sociology, psychology, political science, art, etc.

Students must maintain a grade point average of 2.00 in all courses required for the minor exclusive of lower-level courses and prerequisite courses and complete a minimum of six hours in upper-level courses in the minor requirement through courses offered by Old Dominion University. Completion of the undergraduate women's studies minor will fulfill the upper-division General Education requirements.

Advising

To declare a women's studies major or minor, students must see an advisor in the Women's Studies Department. All women's studies majors are required to have a conference with their advisor before each semester (preferably during preregistration).

Accelerated Master of Arts in Humanities– Women's Studies

By allowing exceptional women's studies majors to count up to 12 hours of graduate courses toward both an undergraduate and graduate degree, this degree program makes it possible for students with a demonstrated record of academic excellence to earn both a B.A. or B.S. in women's studies and an M.A. in humanities with a concentration in women's studies in five years. For more information consult the Humanities section of this Catalog.

WOMEN'S STUDIES Courses

WMST 201S. Introduction to Women's Studies. 3 Credits.

An introduction to the interdisciplinary field of women's studies, drawing on materials from the social sciences. Topics include the social construction of gender, cross-cultural variations in women's lives, media representations, work, health, women's roles in politics, and sexuality. Prerequisites: Must qualify to enroll in ENGL 110C.

WMST 226S. Honors: Women in A Changing World. 3 Credits.

A special honors version of WMST 201S open only to students in the Honors College. Prerequisites: ENGL 110C.

WMST 301. Feminist Foundations. 3 Credits.

This course covers the history of women's studies as a discipline. It also explores current opportunities for women's studies majors and minors. The course is designed to develop students' skills in critical reading, research, and argument while examining three topics: religion, marriage, and gender science. Prerequisites: WMST 201S.

WMST 302W. Dimensions of Diversity: Intersectionality Among Women. 3 Credits.

This course explores women's experiences at intersections of gender, race, and class within society, in general, and specifically within the various women's movements that have taken place in the 19th and 20th Centuries, charting the development of feminism. Additionally, the course examines the need for the discipline of Women's Studies to sponsor change for women. (This is a writing intensive course.) Prerequisites: WMST 201S, a grade of C or better in ENGL 211C or ENGL 221C or ENGL 231C, and 6 semester hours in literature, history, social sciences, or performing arts courses.

WMST 303. Queer Studies. 3 Credits.

This course is an interdisciplinary study of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer) experiences. It introduces students to personal, cultural, and political aspects of queer life while examining social forces such as heteronormativity, the social construction of gender, and homophobia and their impact on queer lives. Prerequisites: WMST 201S or instructor approval.

WMST 304. Chick Flicks. 3 Credits.

This course will offer a pivotal focus on the under-representations and misrepresentations of young women of color, lesbians, working class women, women over forty, and women with disabilities in the majority of commercial films targeted at the "average" American woman consumer. Students will examine the cultural phenomenon of the chick flick and consider Hollywood and independent media responses to the new visibility and focus on women. Additionally, students will assess chick flicks as possible empowering models for girls and young women of all races and ethnicities and consider feminist responses to questions of post-feminism within these representations. Prerequisites: WMST 201S or instructor approval.

WMST 368. Internship. 3-6 Credits.

Course provides an opportunity to gain experience working in organizations and government agencies. Students' work should engage with women's issues at the local, regional, national, and/or global levels. Students must work for at least 50 hours per course credit. (Qualifies as a CAP experience.) Prerequisites: A minimum of one WMST course, junior standing and instructor approval.

WMST 377. Extracurricular Studies. 3 Credits.

An undergraduate seminar on feminist pedagogical issues and theory offered in conjunction with a practicum providing experience in the facilitation of small sections of the introductory women's studies course. Prerequisites: three semester hours in WMST or WMST crosslisted course and permission of the instructor.

WMST 390T. Women and Technology Worldwide. 3 Credits.

An exploration of women as designers and users of technology and of the impact of technology on women's lives across the world. Variations in women's experiences by race, class, and culture will be stressed, along with particular focus on global developments that shape the context of women's and men's lives. Prerequisites: Three semester hours in human behavior or history.

WMST 395. Topics in Women's Studies. 1-3 Credits.

A study of selected women's studies topics. These courses are usually interdisciplinary. All topics are described on the women's studies website and in material distributed to academic advisors Prerequisites: WMST 201S or instructor approval.

WMST 396. Topics in Women's Studies. 1-3 Credits.

A study of selected women's studies topics. These courses are usually interdisciplinary. All topics will be described on the women's studies website and in material distributed to academic advisors Prerequisites: WMST 201S and sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

WMST 400/500. U.S. Women's Activism. 3 Credits.

This course historicizes U.S. women's social, political, and rhetorical activism over the last 200 years, tracing their entry into and shaping force upon public life. The course examines the development of women's activism in the nineteenth century, the twentieth century women's (or feminist) movement, and its current status, particularly in relation to postfeminism and a "third" wave. Prerequisite: WMST 201S.

WMST 401W/501. Women: A Global Perspective. 3 Credits.

An analysis of the global forces that impact women's lives throughout the world. Particular emphasis is placed on the status of women in the developing world, international institutions that protect women's rights, and efforts to promote gender equality worldwide. (This is a writing intensive course.) Prerequisites: WMST 201S and a grade of C or better in ENGL 211C or ENGL 221C or ENGL 231C.

WMST 414/514. Motherhood: Texts and Images. 3 Credits.

This course examines the role of the mother, the experience of mothering and the institution of motherhood through a number of disciplinary and theoretical lenses. It considers how motherhood functions to women's advantage or disadvantage, in professional and economic areas as well as the mother's ideological construction in public discourse, imagery, nonfiction, and film. Prerequisites: ENGL 211C or equivalent.

WMST 460W/560. Feminist Theory. 3 Credits.

A study of the renaissance in feminist thought since the 1960s through close readings of key documents and texts. The course covers a variety of feminist perspectives as expressed in both theory and practice. (This is a writing intensive course.) Prerequisites: WMST 201S or WMST 302W and a grade of C or better in ENGL 211C or ENGL 221C or ENGL 231C.

WMST 470/570. Feminist Research Methods. 3 Credits.

The course explores the ethics, practice, and multiple forms of conducting feminist research. Narrative research methods are practiced through hands-on oral herstory assignments. Throughout the course, the process of knowledge construction is interrogated from a feminist perspective. Prerequisites: WMST 460W.

WMST 490. Capstone Course. 3 Credits.

Seminar intended for women's studies majors in the final semester(s) of study, consisting of an individualized or group senior project, such as a research paper, an oral history, an internship, or a service learning project. Prerequisites: WMST 201S or WMST 302W and WMST 460W and six semester hours of additional WMST or cross-listed core courses.

WMST 495/595. Topics in Women's Studies. 3 Credits.

Advanced seminars on selected topics. The subject matter is usually interdisciplinary. These seminars are more fully described on the women's studies website and in material distributed each semester to academic advisors. Prerequisites: WMST 201S or instructor approval.

WMST 496/596. Topics in Women's Studies. 3 Credits.

Advanced seminars on selected topics. The subject matter is usually interdisciplinary. These seminars will be more fully described on the women's studies website and in material distributed each semester to academic advisors. Prerequisites: WMST 201S or permission of the instructor.

WMST 497/597. Independent Study. 1-6 Credits.

Independent study of an interdisciplinary women's studies topic, or a reading plus internship project to be selected under the direction of a women's studies faculty member. Conferences and papers as appropriate. Prerequisites: A minimum of one women's studies course and approval of instructor and chair of department.

WMST 498/598. Independent Study. 1-6 Credits.

Independent study of an interdisciplinary women's studies topic, or a reading plus internship project to be selected under the direction of a women's studies faculty member. Conferences and papers as appropriate. Prerequisites: A minimum of one women's studies course and approval of instructor and chair of department.