WOMEN’S STUDIES (WMST)

College of Arts and Sciences, Interdisciplinary Program
John Roach Center for the Liberal Arts (JRC) 123, (651) 962-5321
Myers (THEO), director

Department Web Site: http://www.stthomas.edu/womensstudies/

The Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities (ACTC) offer a cooperative major in women’s studies. Women’s studies is an interdisciplinary program which takes gender as its critical term of inquiry, exploring it as a social construct and analyzing its impact on traditional disciplines. As an interdisciplinary major and minor, women’s studies spans the curriculum, incorporating many disciplines in a diverse and stimulating package of courses. Courses consider historical and contemporary contexts from multicultural and multiracial perspectives, and focus on the intersections of race, class, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, religion, and culture.

Students in the program learn how to analyze social forces and assumptions that have shaped women’s lives on individual, national, and global levels. This flexible program of study combines theoretical, practical and research components and provides preparation for both advanced study and professional work, for example, in organizations focusing on women, in human relations departments of corporations, and in health or legal professions.

Women’s studies majors and minors are encouraged to study abroad. Specific courses taken abroad may substitute for St. Thomas requirements. See the director of women’s studies, a study abroad advisor in the International Education Center, or Academic Information & Programs in the front section of this catalog for program options.

Major in Women’s Studies

  • WMST 205 Foundations in Women’s Studies (4 credits)
  • WMST 327 Feminist Theory (4 credits)
  • Internship Course (designated as Individual Study)
  • WMST 480 Women’s Studies Seminar (4 credits) or a Directed Research Project may be substituted with approval of campus director

Plus:

  • Approved Women’s Studies electives within the following categories:
    • Eight (8) elective credits
    • Twelve (12) upper-level elective credits
    • Four (4) credits in global/racial/ethnic elective

Note: The elective credits must be either eight (8) credits within the Humanities and 12 credits within Social /Natural Sciences, or 12 credits within Humanities and eight (8) credits within Social/Natural Sciences.  

Minor in Women’s Studies

  • WMST 205 Foundations in Women’s Studies (4 credits) 

Plus:

  • Approved Women’s Studies electives within the following categories:
    • Eight (8) credits in Humanities
    • Eight (8) credits in Social Sciences/Natural Sciences

Recommended:

  • WMST 480 Women’s Studies Seminar (4 credits) or a Directed Research Project may be substituted with approval of campus director

Note: The seminar can count as one of the Humanities or Social/Natural science courses.

Transfer students:

Students who transfer to St. Thomas and wish to complete a major or minor in Women’s Studies are urged to consult with the director of Women’s Studies immediately upon transfer.

Courses available for this program

Because the women’s studies program at the University of St. Thomas is part of a consortium with three other area schools (Augsburg College, Hamline University, and the University of St. Catherine), appropriate courses may be taken at any of these institutions without the exchange course limitation. There is, however, potential for duplication of courses between schools, so students are urged to speak with the program director with any questions. Courses offered within the consortium are publicized by the program director, who can guide students in choosing eligible courses. Listed below are UST courses only.

The following courses may also have an attribute attached that is searchable in the class finder and Murphy.  WSMJ = Major approved, WSMN = Minor approved.

Humanities Courses

  • ARTH 260 Women in Ancient Art and Culture
  • ARTH 297 Women in the Ancient World
  • CLAS 245 Classical Mythology
  • CLAS 397 Topics: Gender
  • COJO 328 Communication of Race, Class, and Gender [Certain sections only]
  • ENGL 218 Literature by Women: Critical History
  • ENGL 341 Literature by Women: Critical Questions
  • HIST 112 The History of the Modern World since 1550 [Certain sections only]
  • HIST 268 Women in the United States
  • HIST 298 Topics" Women and Family in the Americas
  • MUSC 297 “Women’s Work” in Music
  • THEO 428 Women and the Old Testament
  • THEO 429 Women and the Christian Tradition
  • THEO 431 Women in the Early Church
  • THEO 490 Topics: Comparative Theologies of Sex, Gender, and the Body

Social Science and Natural Science

  • BIOL 106 Women, Medicine, and Biology
  • BLAW 352 Gender Issues and the Law (J-Term)
  • POLS 302 Women and Politics
  • PSYC 205 Psychology of Women
  • SOCI 304 Adolescence in Society
  • SOCI 321 Marriages and Families
  • SOCI 353 Global Perspectives on Gender
  • SOCI 354 Sex in Society

Multicultural or Ethnic Studies

  • ARTH 285 Arts of Africa
  • COJO 370 Intercultural Communication
  • HIST 116 African American History in Global Perspective
  • MUSC 216 Jazz in America
  • SOCI 251 Race and Ethnicity
  • SOCI 301 General Anthropology
Course Number Title Credits
WMST  205 Found in Women's Studies 4
WMST  243 Individual Study 2 OR 4
WMST  269 Research 2 OR 4
WMST  297 Topics 4
WMST  327 Feminist Theory 4
WMST  389 Research 2 OR 4
WMST  393 Individual Study 2 OR 4
WMST  476 Experiential Learning 2
WMST  478 Experiential Learning 4
WMST  480 Women's Studies Seminar 4
WMST  491 Individual Study 2 OR 4
WMST  495 Individual Study 2 OR 4