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Bachelor of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies online degree at the University of Louisville Online

The online bachelor’s degree in Women’s and Gender Studies is a 121 credit-hour program that follows the requirements of the College Arts & Sciences.


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General Education Hours
General Education Minimum Requirements 34
Arts & Sciences Programmatic Requirements
General 101: A&S Orientation 1
Foreign Language (completion of the intermediate level of a single foreign language) 12
Nine hours of electives in Humanities at the 300 level or above (incorporated into supporting courses requirement) 9
WR—two approved courses at the 300 level or above (may be incorporated into other degree requirements  
Total 22
Women’s and Gender Studies Core Courses
Women’s and Gender Studies 201, 401, and 500* or 501 9
Women’s and Gender Studies Humanities electives:
Choose 3, of which one must be at the 400+ level: WGST 203, 303, 325, 326, 390 (special topics), 523
9
Women’s and Gender Studies Social Science electives:
Choose 3, of which one must be at the 400+ level: WGST 313, 323, 324, 332, 343, 347, 349, 355, 364, 391 (special topics), 491 (special topics), 513
9
Elective in Women/Gender and Race:
WGST 342, 343, 344, 346, 347, 348, 349, 380, 410, 512, 513, 540, 543, 545, 547, 582 (select one)
3
Elective in Women/Gender and History:
WGST 331, 332, 333, 513, 530, 531, 532, 533, 545, 584 (select one)
3
Elective in Women's and Gender Studies at the 300-level or above 3
Total 36
Supporting Courses
Choose one set:

Minor in SSC discipline (18-21 hours) with electives at 300+in HUM or NS (9 hours) OR focus in social sciences (18 hours, 200+ level, of SSC electives). 12 hours must be 300+; at least 9 hours in a single social science discipline; only 6 hours in the SSC focus can double-count in the major. Electives at 300+ in HUM or NS (9 hours).

Minor in HUM discipline (18-22 hours) with electives at 300+ in SSC or NS (9 hours) OR focus in humanities (18 hours, 200_ level of HUM electives). 12 hours must be 300+; at least 9 hours in a single humanities discipline; only 6 hours in the HUM focus can double-count in the major. Electives at 300+ in SSC or NS (9 hours).

27-33
Minimum Electives: 5-11
Total: 32-44
Minimum Total: 121

* WGST fulfills University requirement of a Culminating Undergraduate Experience



Sample Course Descriptions

WGST 201 Women in American Culture - SBD1

Examination of women's experiences in 19th and 20th century America, focusing on issues pertaining to family, religion, economy, politics, law, race and class. (Humanities).


WGST 401 Community Internship

Prerequisite: 18 hours of WGST courses; for Women's and Gender Studies majors only. Working with a Women's and Gender Studies faculty member, the student will design a project based on volunteer work in a community organization serving the needs of women.


WGST 500 Senior Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies - Social Sciences - WR; CU

Prerequisite: Senior standing or consent of instructor. This course investigates a Women's and Gender Studies topic from an interdisciplinary perspective and requires students to practice interdisciplinary methodology. Note: Approved for the General Education requirement in written communication (WR).


WGST 203 Gender Issues in Public Dialouge - OCD1

This course familiarizes students with ways gender issues have been represented in public dialogue. Students analyze speech, acts, and writing that affect public perceptions of gender and practice public speaking on gender issues. (Humanities)


WGST 303 Humanities and Gender - AHD2

Analysis of sex roles as embodied in classic works of philosophy, literature, history, drama, and art in ancient, medieval, modern and contemporary times. (Humanities) Note: Cross-listed with HUM 331.


WGST 325 Women and Global Literature - AHD2

Prerequisite: ENGL 102, or ENGL 105, or WGST 199, or equivalent. This course examines literatures by women writers and about women subjects from non-U.S. societies, exploring a variety of literary forms in relationship to social factors such as class, race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality and/or indigeneity. Note: Cross-listed with ENGL 373.


WGST 326 Gender and Children's Literature - AHD1

Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or ENGL 105 or WGST 199 or equivalents. Examination of gender in British and North American literature for children/young adults from the late 19th century to the present with attention to the intersection of gender with common themes (e.g., heroic journey). Historical period: Post-1900. (Humanities) Note: Cross-listed with ENGL 374.


WGST 390 Topics in Women's and Gender Studies - Humanities

Focuses on a specific topic related to women or gender from an interdisciplinary, humanities perspective. Topics announced in Schedule of Classes.


WGST 523 Gender and Popular Music – WR

Course explores the way gender structures the production, distribution, and consumption of popular music, including variety of genres in the past and present, with attention to the intersectional roles of race, class, and sexuality. (Humanities). Note: Approved for the Arts & Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).


WGST 313 Sociology of Gender

Examines the differential status of women and men in all major social institutions and explores the structural foundations and theoretical explanations of gender inequality. (Social Sciences) Note: Cross-listed with SOC 327.


WGST 323 Queer Politics

The course examines the political organization of gays, lesbians, and transgendered persons, forms of oppression they experience, forms of political activism they utilize,and their relationship to mainstream political institutions. (Social Sciences) Note: Cross-listed with POLS 323.


WGST 324 Communication and Gender

The course examines how gender identities, roles and norms have been structured within different modes of communication (e.g, interpersonal, mass media and institutional). (Social Sciences). Note: Cross-listed with COMM 324.


WGST 332 History of Childhood in America - WRSBHD1

An analysis of the impact of socioeconomic and ideological change in the experience of children and youth from the colonial period to the present, with attention to the effects of race, class, and gender on childhood experience. (Social Sciences) Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR). Note: Credit may not be earned for this course and HIST 326. Note: Cross-listed with HIST 326.


WGST 343 Faces of Global Poverty – WR

Persistent poverty in the Third World and specific groups in the United States. Focuses on causes, consequences, solutions and survival strategies. (Social Sciences) Note: Cross-listed with PAS 392 and SOC 392. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).


WGST 347 Racism and Sexism - SBD1

The impact of racism and sexism on marginally-oppressed communities as well as their strategies of resistance. (Social Sciences) Note: Cross-listed with PAS 364.


WGST 349 Color Complex of Black Women

Study of phenotypes, body image, inter-/intra-gender relationships, media influences, and social norms, from slavery to present, on the development of black female identities, using theories in psychology, sociology, and deconstruction. (Social Sciences) Note: Cross-listed with PAS 331.


WGST 355 Women in American Politics

A study of women's involvement in American politics as active political party members, as candidates for national, state, and local office, as elected officials, and as appointees to government positions at all levels. (Social Sciences) Note: Cross-listed with POLS 324.


WGST 364 Women's Heakth Issues - SBD1

This course will identify a broad range of health issues that can be unique to women or of special importance to women throughout the world. The course will examine the roles women play as both providers and consumers of health care nationally and internationally. (Social Sciences) Note: Cross-listed with HSS 364.


WGST 391 Topics in Women's and Gender Studies - Social Sciences

Focuses on a specific topic related to women or gender from an interdisciplinary, social sciences perspective. Topics announced in Schedule of Courses.


WGST 491 Topics in Women's and Gender Studies - Social Sciences

Focuses on a specific topic related to women or gender from an interdisciplinary, social sciences perspective. Topics are announced in the Schedule of Classes.


WGST 513 U. S. Social Justice Movements

Prerequisite: Junior-level standing. Course will begin with abolitionism, then concentrate on social justice upsurges of the 20th century, with emphasis on women in the civil rights and Black liberation movements. (Social Sciences) Note: Cross-listed with HIST 513, PAS 513, SCHG 513.


WGST 342 Black Women Novelists - WRAHD1

Selected novels by contemporary African, African-American and Caribbean women writers, in-depth and in-comparative study. Historical period: Post-1900. (Humanities) Note: Cross-listed with PAS 342 and ENGL 342. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).


WGST 344 Black Lesbian Lives

Course focuses on black, lesbian-identified people cross-culturally, examining autobiographical accounts and visual culture within the context of LGBTQ politics and discourse. (Social Sciences). Note: Cross-listed with PAS 344.


WGST 346 Women in Africa: Historical and Literary Perspectives

Survey of the role of women in historical African societies, women under colonialism, in nationalist movements, and in modern African countries. Literature about and by women will be considered. Emphasis on African/female perspective. (Humanities) Note: A prior course in PAS or WGST is recommended. Note: Cross-listed with PAS 385.


WGST 348 African-American Women – WR

Examination of the status and roles of African-American women from the slave era to contemporary times. Emphasis on migration, urbanization and labor force participation in familial contexts. (Social Sciences) Note: Cross-listed with PAS 332. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).


WGST 380 African-American Women in Theatre - WRAHD1

This course will explore the theatrical representation of African American women through the lens of African American playwrights, designers and theoreticians. Course content will focus on the works of African American women playwrights, designers and theoreticians and encourage critical discourse on the material covered. Assignments and activities will include Script Analysis, Discussion Board posts, Research Papers, and Quizzes. Assignments are designed to strengthen critical thinking skills, encourage perspective broadening dialogue and research, and enhance your understanding of the experience of the African Diaspora. (Humanities) Note: Cross-listed with PAS 350 and TA 363. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).


WGST 410 Black Feminism in Action

The course examines the evolution of Black Feminist consciousness in the US from the 1830's to the present. (Social Sciences) Note: Cross-listed with PAS 410.


WGST 512 Gender, Race, Work, and Welfare

Prerequisite: 9 hours of social sciences course work at the 300-level or above; or consent of instructor. Introduction to theory and research on labor market and welfare state with focus on gender and race/ethnicity as they influence women's experiences of and ideas about work and welfare. (Social Sciences) Note: Cross-listed with PAS 512 and SOC 512. Note: Credit may not be earned for both WGST 512 / PAS 512 / SOC 512 and WGST 612 / PAS 612 / SOC 612.


WGST 513 U. S. Social Justice Movements

Prerequisite: Junior-level standing. Course will begin with abolitionism, then concentrate on social justice upsurges of the 20th century, with emphasis on women in the civil rights and Black liberation movements. (Social Sciences) Note: Cross-listed with HIST 513, PAS 513, SCHG 513.


WGST 540 Women's Health in Africa - WR

Prerequisite: Senior standing. Examination of population growth, early marriage, family size and cultural and religious beliefs on reproductive health of contemporary African women. (Social Sciences) Note: Cross-listed with PAS 562. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR). Note: Credit may not be earned for both WGST 540/PAS 562 and WGST 640/PAS 662.


WGST 543 Black Women's Voices – WR

Prerequisite: At least 6 credit hours in Social Science or Humanities or consent of faculty. Global synopsis of black women's studies and social thoughts. Highlights roadblocks and bridges experienced. Captures race, gender, class and spatial dimensions. (Social Sciences) Note: Cross-listed with PAS 542. Note: Approved for the Arts & Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR). Note: Credit may not be earned for both WGST 543/PAS 542 and WGST 643/PAS 643.


WGST 545 Southern Women: Black and White

Course focuses on questions of identity for southern women, black and white, by contrasting stereotypes and ideals with realities for these women in the slave, Jim Crow, and modern South. (Social Sciences) Note: Cross-listed with PAS 545. Note: Credit may not be earned for this course and WGST 645 or PAS 645.


WGST 547 Language, Race, Class, and Gender

Prerequisite: Junior standing. Course investigates the intersections of linguistic behavior with questions of race,class and gender. Students will gain an understanding of the multiple characteristics of communication. (Humanities) Note: Cross-listed with PAS 547. Note: Credit may not be earned for this course and PAS 547.


WGST 582 Gender, Race and Culture in Health Care

Prerequisite: A Philosophy course at 300-level or above, or consent of instructor. Examines ways social groupings and systems affect the kind of health care needed and the kind people receive. Addresses both biases and stereotypes, and empirical claims about biologically-based differences. Note: Cross-listed with PHIL 582.




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