Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18
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Women's and Gender Studies (WGS)
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)8 Semester Plan
120 Credit Hours
CIP Code: 05.0207
College of Arts & Sciences
The Women's and Gender Studies major focuses on feminist research and practice. WGS promotes social justice through the discovery and production of knowledge that emerges from feminist perspectives on culture and society. Students learn the analytic skills to engage the intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, ability, and nationality in order to become responsible citizens in a diverse transnational environment. We expose limits in traditional higher education caused by excluding women and other marginalized groups and create knowledge that is transformative and inclusive. We connect academic work to the social, political, and economic world outside the university; in linking knowledge, research, and activism, students learn to think critically about social inequalities.
College Level Requirements
State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites
Students desiring to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. If students transfer with fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the University's entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements. Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.
There are no State Mandated Common Prerequisites for this program.
Total Major Hours: 36 Hours
Students must choose a total of 36 credit hours from Women's and Gender Studies courses. Transfer students may not apply more than 12 hours taken elsewhere toward the major at the University of South Florida.
Students taking Women's and Gender Studies as a second major need to complete 30 credit hours. To do so, they must make a written request to the Undergraduate Director at the time they declare Women's and Gender Studies as a second major. Courses taken in the first major may not count toward the 30 hours in Women's and Gender Studies as a second major.
Major Core Courses - 15 Hours
- WST 3015 Introduction to Women's Studies
- WST 3311 Issues in Feminism
- WST 4002 Feminist Research Methods
- WST 4522 Classics in Feminist Theory or WST 4561 Contemporary Feminist Theory
- WST 4935 Capstone/Senior Project
Major Elective Courses - 21 Hours
The remaining 21 hours of Women's & Gender Studies coursework may be comprised of any courses offered by the Women's & Gender Studies department, including approved cross-listed courses. No more than twelve hours of WST 4930 may count toward the 36 hour minimum.
All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 or IDS 4914 courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office for Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.