Women's Studies

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Women’s Studies explores the ways gender impacts people’s lives as it intersects with other systems of power such as race, class, and sexuality. The program draws on interdisciplinary scholarship to promote equity and social justice while deepening students’ critical thinking and analytical skills. Students take courses taught by award-winning faculty in the Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research, and may take approved courses offered in departments across the university as electives. There are also opportunities to engage in experiential learning through internships and mentored research.

This is an archived copy of the 2021-2022 catalog. To access the most recent version of the catalog, please visit http://catalog.ufl.edu.

About this Program

  • College: Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
  •      Concentrations: General Concentration | International Perspectives on Gender | Theories and Politics of Sexuality
  • Credits for Degree: 120
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To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.

Center Information

The Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Research advances research, teaching, and leadership on how multiple systems of power intertwine to shape culture, society, and people’s lived experiences. Students explore how gender, class, race, sexuality, and other systems of power shape important domains such as health, work, culture, media, politics, leadership, and organizations. Students also learn how to put this knowledge into practice to transform these systems
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 Curriculum

Students may elect to follow the general concentration in the major or choose one of the specialized concentrations: International Perspectives on Gender or Theories and Politics of Sexuality. Minors are available in Women's Studies, Theories and Politics of Sexuality, and Health Disparities in Society. All the courses of study offer a rigorous academic curriculum, along with exciting experiential learning opportunities. The major culminates in an independent capstone project.

Women’s Studies majors complete their degrees ready to make competitive applications to graduate and professional school, or to pursue careers in a wide variety of fields, including education, journalism, community activism, arts and entertainment, international relations, and the helping professions. Students should refer to the department website and contact the Women's Studies undergraduate coordinator for a complete course listing.
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Coursework for the Major

The major requires 30 credits of coursework in Women's Studies core and elective courses, at least 27 credits of which must be at the 3000/4000 level. All 30 credits must be completed with minimum grades of C. To ensure a good grasp of the content, theories and methods of Women's Studies scholarship, students have the option to take elective courses from a variety of departments in addition to those classes offered under the WST prefix designation.

Students are encouraged to fulfill some of the requirements with appropriate study-abroad courses and may petition the program to count courses outside of WST toward the major if they have significant (greater than 50 percent) gender and/or sexualities content. Because the major is so flexible, students should use the approved plan of study worksheets to plan and track their progress through the degree. Many courses offered in other departments are approved for Women's Studies credit.

Required Coursework
WST 3015Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Women's Studies3
WST 3415Transnational Feminism3
WST 4935Capstone Seminar 13
Select Approved women's studies and gender-related courses21
Total Credits30

A minimum of 18 credits for the major must be taken at UF.

Combination Degree Programs

Women's studies is an interdisciplinary field. The undergraduate and masters level programs provide general training in critical thinking, written and oral communication, and specific training in analysis of gender and interlocking systems of oppression including race, class, and sexualities. The combination B.A./M.A. degree offers a useful program for well-qualified students who may want careers in social service, law, business, education, policy planning, government and nongovernment organizations, and international development. Some MA recipients also choose to pursue further studies in a Ph.D. program once they graduate.

This accelerated program allows students to complete both the BA and the MA in 5 years, rather than the typical 6 if done separately. The program provides advanced training in research and analytic skills, which will be helpful for future employment and/or doctoral studies. Undergraduates enrolled in graduate courses will benefit from the more intense level of intellectual engagement involved in graduate training.
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Concentrations

General Concentration

Students in the general concentration tailor their coursework for maximum exposure to the various issues covered by Women's Studies scholarship. In addition to the core requirements, students take nine credits of approved electives focused on humanities, nine credits of approved electives focused on social science, and three credits of a gender and science-focused course or an internship (WST 4940).

International Perspectives on Gender

This concentration emphasizes the experiences of people around the globe, with an eye to achieving a cross-cultural perspective on gender, race, nation, power, sexuality, and the way social and cultural changes impact gender relations. In addition to the core requirements, students must take at least 21 credits from an approved list of IPG electives available on the Women’s Studies website, updated each semester.
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Theories and Politics of Sexuality

This concentration introduces students to new ways of theorizing sex, sexual identities, and the significance of sexualities in social organization as they intersect with race and other systems of power. In addition to taking the three core requirements, students take a required three-credit sexualities course, either ENG 4844 or WST 3603. The remaining 18 credits are drawn from an approved list of TPS electives available on the Women’s Studies website, updated each semester.
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Course Details

The core courses in women’s studies give coherence to the plan of study that individual students devise.

  • WST 3015 Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Women’s Studies draws on various materials and methodologies to explore the social construction of gender as it intersects with other forms of power, primarily with a U.S. focus.
  • WST 3415 Transnational Feminism introduces theories of gender and social change engendered by women in diverse national and international contexts. Contemporary economic development, reproductive politics, women’s health, and migration are among the examined topics.
  • WST 4935 Capstone Seminar is taken in the final year and allows students to reflect on their experience in the major and carry their interests forward through structured independent research tied to their scholarly or career interests.
  • Students in the Theories and Politics of Sexualities concentration take an additional core course (WST 3603 or ENG 4844) that introduces them to key issues in contemporary Sexualities Studies.

Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for progress toward each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

For degree requirements outside of the major, refer to CLAS Degree Requirements: Structure of a CLAS Degree.

Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

Women's studies is a flexible major without a specific gateway course or prerequisites for upper-division courses. In addition to maintaining a 2.0 overall UF GPA and a 2.5 critical-tracking GPA, students should have four women’s studies courses (three at the 3000 level) completed by the fifth semester. It is required that one of these 3000-level courses be WST 3015 or WST 3415, and it is highly recommended that students take WST 3015 or WST 3415 in semester 4. Additionally, it is highly recommend that students complete both WST 3015 and WST 3415 by semester 5.

Semester 1

  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 2

  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 3

  • Complete one women's studies course
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 4

  • Complete 1 additional women's studies course at the 3000 level (WST 3015 or WST 3415 recommended) with a 2.5 critical-tracking GPA
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 5

  • Complete 2 additional women's studies courses at the 3000 level, including WST 3015 or WST 3415, with a 2.5 critical-tracking GPA. At least three of the four courses taken must be at the 3000 level or higher.
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 6

  • Complete 2 additional women's studies courses at the 3000 or 4000 level (recommendations: remaining 3000-level core course if not taken yet, WST 4940 or Gender and Science designated course). At least five of the six courses taken must be at the 3000-level or higher.
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 7

  • Complete 2 additional women's studies courses at the 3000 or 4000 level (recommendations: remaining 3000-level core course if not taken yet, WST 4940 or Gender and Science designated course). At least seven of the eight courses taken must be at the 3000-level or higher.
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 8

  • Complete 2 additional women's studies courses at the 3000 level, (this must include any remaining core courses: WST 3015, WST 3415, WST 4940 or alternate, WST 4935, and any remaining Women’s Studies humanities or social science electives). At least nine of the ten courses taken must be at the 3000-level or higher.
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Students are expected to complete the writing requirement while in the process of taking the courses below. Students are also expected to complete the general education international (GE-N) and diversity (GE-D) requirements concurrently with another general education requirement (typically GE-C, H, or S).

Approved Women's Studies and gender-related courses may not count towards the 3000 level or above electives outside of the major.

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed above in the Critical Tracking criteria.

This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
Quest 1 (Gen Ed Humanities) 3
State Core Gen Ed Composition; Writing Requirement 3
State Core Gen Ed Mathematics 3
Foreign language 4-5
 Credits13-14
Semester Two
State Core Gen Ed Biological or Physical Sciences 3
Gen Ed Biological or Physical Sciences Science Laboratory 1
Foreign language 3-5
Electives 6
 Credits13-15
Semester Three
WST-approved course (Critical Tracking; 2000 level or above) 3
Elective (or foreign language if 4-3-3 option) 3
Electives 6
State Core Gen Ed Humanities 3
State Core Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
 Credits18
Semester Four
Select one: 3
Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Women's Studies (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Humanities and Diversity or Social and Behavioral Sciences and Diversity)  
Transnational Feminism (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed International and Social and Behavioral Sciences)  
Gen Ed Biological or Physical Sciences (area not taken in semester two) 1 3
Gen Ed Mathematics 3
Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 1 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
Semester Five
Select one: 3
Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Women's Studies (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Humanities and Diversity or Social and Behavioral Sciences and Diversity)  
Transnational Feminism (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed International and Social and Behavioral Sciences)  
WST course (Critical Tracking; 3000 level or above) 3
Gen Ed Biological Sciences 3
Elective 3
Gen Ed Humanities 3
 Credits15
Semester Six
WST courses (Critical Tracking; 3000 level or above) 6
Gen Ed Composition; Writing Requirement 3
Gen Ed Physical Sciences 3
Elective (3000 level or above, not in major) 3
 Credits15
Semester Seven
WST-approved courses Critical Tracking; (3000 level or above) 6
Electives (3000 level or above, not in major) 6
Electives 4
 Credits16
Semester Eight
WST 4935 Capstone Seminar (Critical Tracking) 3
WST-approved course (Critical Tracking; 3000 level or above) 3
Electives (3000 level or above, not in major) 9
 Credits15
 Total Credits120

The Bachelor of Arts in women and gender studies provides knowledge of the core concepts of the interdisciplinary fields of gender and women's studies. It offers insights into gender's role in shaping human experience in U.S. and international contexts. Students will learn the theories behind gender and women's studies and how to interpret texts in light of those theories. They will also learn the field's research methods and they will demonstrate the ability to communicate critical perspectives in the field.

Before Graduating Students Must

  • Satisfactorily complete an internship with an outside agency, a service learning course or a research-based project submitted for evaluation to core or affiliated women's studies faculty. Assessment will be based on SLOs 1-3.
  • Complete requirements for the baccalaureate degree, as determined by faculty.

Students in the Major Will Learn to

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Content

  1. Identify the terminology and concepts central to the interdisciplinary field of gender and women’s students.

Critical Thinking

  1. Examine and interpret material using the theory and research methods of gender and women’s studies and apply these ideas to current social issues.

Communication

  1. Present ideas concerning gender and women’s studies in spoken and written form.

Curriculum Map

I = Introduced; R = Reinforced; A = Assessed

Courses SLO 1 SLO 2 SLO 3
WST 3015 I I I
WST 3415 R R R
WST 4935 R R R
WST 4940 R R R
Internship, Service Learning, or Research Project A A A

Assessment Types

  • Entering and final essays
  • Internship, service learning, or research project