6: College of Arts and Sciences

General Information | Academic Information | Departments and Programs | Faculty

Afro-American and African Studies | Anthropology | Archaeology | Art | Asian and Middle Eastern
Asian Studies | Astronomy | Biology | Chemistry | Classics | Cognitive Science | Comparative Literature
Drama | Economics | English | Environmental Sciences | French | German | Government and Foreign Affairs
History | Latin American Studies | Linguistics | Mathematics | Medieval Studies
Middle East Studies | Music | Personal Skills | Philosophy | Physics | Political and Social Thought
Psychology | Religious Studies | Service Physical Education | Slavic | Sociology
Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese | Statistics | University Seminars | Women's Studies

Program in Women's Studies

Course Descriptions

Overview   Women's studies is an interdisciplinary program that seeks to study history and culture from women's perspectives and to deepen the methods of academic pursuit by acknowledging the critical place of gender. By examining issues raised in the program, students develop a fuller sense of their options as human beings, living as we do in a culture divided by gender stereotyping that defines and limits both men and women. Offering a critical perspective, women's studies encourages a reexamination of traditional methods and concepts, supports new kinds of research, and allows students to better understand the changing roles and behavior of men and women in the contemporary world.

The program seeks to continue integrating the categories "gender" and "woman" into the curriculum by offering an ever-widening range of courses in all disciplines with a specific goal of broadening representation in traditionally under-represented fields of science and in new scholarly endeavors of modern media and film studies.

Currently, the program is offering thirty-five primary courses and twenty adjunct courses through a total of seventeen departments and programs, including: African American studies, anthropology, art history, Asian and Middle Eastern languages and cultures, drama, English, French, German, government and foreign affairs, history, music, nursing, philosophy, psychology, religious studies, Slavic, and sociology.

Faculty   The Program in Women's Studies has three joint appointments: the Director, Ann J. Lane, with the Department of History; Farzaneh Milani, with the Division of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures; and Sharon Hays, with the Department of Sociology. Together with the many other women's studies faculty whose courses are cross-listed, they represent a range of scholarly and teaching interests that explore gender and women's issues from various disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. Aside from regular advising activities, faculty members meet with majors and minors at formal programs, as well as at frequent informal luncheons and discussions.

Students   There are currently thirty-one women's studies majors and eighteen minors. Many students choose a second major, English, anthropology, and religious studies are among the most preferred. Non majors and minors are are also encouraged to explore women's studies courses to enrich their other academic interests.

Requirements for Major   Three interdisciplinary courses: WMST 210, the introductory course; WMST 381, a course in feminist theory and methods; and WMST 405, a senior seminar. A total of eleven courses, which include the three required courses, from at least three departments. Of the total, three must be from the humanities, three in the social sciences. Of the total, 9 courses must be at the 300 or 400 level. One women's studies course must focus on non-Western cultures. A graduating major must have 6 courses in a single department, though they need not all be women's studies. Two independent reading courses and two adjunct courses can be counted toward the major.

Distinguished Majors Program   Students with a GPA of 3.4 or above may elect to enter the Distinguished Majors Program (DMP) which requires a senior thesis.

Requirements for Minor   Two interdisciplinary courses: WMST 210, the introductory course; WMST 381, a course in feminist theory and methods, and WMST 405, the Women's Studies Senior Thesis Seminar. A total of seven courses from a least three departments. Four of the required courses at or above the 300 level. One independent readings course and one adjunct course may be counted toward the minor.

Additional Information   For more information, contact Edith Conti, Women's Studies Program, 227 Minor Hall, Charlottesville, VA 22903; (804) 982-2961; Fax: (804) 924-6969; eob4x@virginia.edu.

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