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 that 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 or a study abroad advisor in the Study Abroad office 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 elective credits
    • Twelve upper-level elective credits
    • Four credits in global/racial/ethnic elective

Note: The elective credits must be either 8 credits within the Humanities and 12 credits within Social /Natural Sciences, or 12 credits within Humanities and 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 credits in Humanities
    • Eight 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.

 

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

Courses available for this program

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 and topics 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
  • 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

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