Requirements

Women’s Studies majors and minors choose classes that interest them from a wide range of available courses, both at UST and at other institutions. Because Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study, many of these courses are in various departments and often satisfy core curriculum requirements or requirements in another major or minor field. Majors in Women’s Studies take an additional four courses, including Foundations in Women’s Studies (also required for minors). Minors also take, in addition, four courses in areas that interest them.

Students are encouraged to plan their courses carefully. Many begin with BIOL 106, Women, Medicine and Biology (with lab), which fulfills both a core curriculum lab science requirement and is part of the Women’s Studies program.  Many students enjoy choosing a Sociology course from several that are offered, or find courses such as Psychology of Women or Women and Politics to fulfill allied course requirements for another major. Business students enjoy Gender Issues and the Law, while Communications and Journalism students often choose to take Communication of Race, Class, and Gender. There are several Theology courses that serve as Women's Studies courses as well as satisfy the third core requirement in Faith and the Catholic Tradition.

In addition to these and many other courses offered at UST, Women's Studies students also have the option to take courses at one of the affiliated ACTC (Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities) schools. The Women's Studies programs at Augsburg, Hamline, St. Kate's, and St. Thomas have formed a consortium to offer greater variety and more opportunities to Women's Studies students.

Interested students are encouraged to meet with the Director of Women’s Studies to discuss how a Women’s Studies major or minor could fit with their academic plans. Contact Dr. Susan Myers (semyers@stthomas.edu) to set up an appointment.

Major in Women’s Studies:

  • WMST 205: Foundations in Women’s Studies

  • WMST 327: Feminist Theory

  • WMST 480: Women’s Studies Seminar or Individual Research Experience (talk to the Director about this option)

  • One Internship course (designated as Individual Study)

  • At least eight credits in Humanities (chosen from courses cross-listed in Women’s Studies)

  • At least eight credits in the Social Sciences and Natural Sciences (chosen from courses cross-listed in Women’s Studies)

  • Four credits in Global/Racial/Ethnic courses (chosen from approved courses)

  • Four elective credits chosen from the Humanities and/or the Social Sciences and Natural Sciences (chosen from courses cross-listed in Women’s Studies)

  • Note: At least twelve credits in Humanities, Social/Natural Sciences, and Multicultural Studies must be at the 300- or 400-level.

Minor in Women’s Studies:

  • WMST 205: Foundations in Women’s Studies

  • Eight credits in Humanities (chosen from courses cross-listed in Women’s Studies)

  • Eight credits in Social Sciences and Natural Sciences (chosen from courses cross-listed in Women’s Studies)

Women's Studies majors and minors are encouraged (but not required) to study abroad.