Undergraduate Program

Page address: http://sbs.mnsu.edu/women/undergraduate/

 

Admission Requirements

  • Admissions requirements to Minnesota State University must be fulfilled. These include the completion of 32 credit hours and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
  • Admission to the major is granted by the department. Please see Cindy Veldhuisen in 109 Morris Hall for details.

Descriptions of courses listed below are available on the Undergraduate Bulletins page.

 

Core Courses

For both the B.A. and B.S. degrees, the following courses are required (20 credits total): 

  • GWS 110 – Introduction to Gender
  • GWS 220 – Global Perspectives on Women and Change
  • GWS 310 – Feminist Thought
  • GWS 330 – Feminist Research and Action
  • GWS 340 – Undergraduate Seminar: selected topic

B.A. in Gender & Women's Studies

The B.A. degree emphasizes a liberal arts framework. It is for those who want a general academic background about women, their contributions and histories, and their relationships to other women and men, institutions and cultures.  Students must complete 33 semester hours, including the core courses Gender & Women's Studies 110, 220, 310, 330, and 340 (see above). The remaining 13 semester hours must be selected from approved Gender & Women's Studies program classes.

General Education- 52 credits of General Education including 8 credits in a single foreign language.

Electives- The remaining 13 credits must be selected from approved Gender & Women's Studies program classes.

B.S. in Gender & Women's Studies

The B.S. degree in Gender & Women’s Studies is designed for students who want an integrated program emphasizing specific substantive skills and a career orientation as well as an academic knowledge base.  It is designed to maximize the classroom experience through an internship. Students must complete 33 semester hours, including the core courses Gender & Women's Studies 110, 220, 310, 330, 340, and 497 (Internship: Teaching) or 498 (Internship: Community). The remaining 10 semester hours must be selected from approved Gender & Women's Studies program classes.

General Education- 44 credits of General Education

Internship- Also required for the Bachelor of Science degree: GWS 497 – Internship: Teaching (1-6) or GWS 498 – Internship: Community (1-6). Minimum requirement is 4 credits.

Electives- The remaining 9 credits must be selected from approved Gender & Women's Studies program classes.

Gender & Women's Studies Minor

The Gender & Women's Studies minor is a broad, interdisciplinary program designed to complement any major. The minor consists of a minimum of 21 hours, including four required core courses (110 or 220; 310, 330, and 340). The remaining 5 hours must be selected from approved Gender & Women's Studies program classes.

Core Courses

16 credits in Gender & Women's Studies core courses

  • GWS 110 – Introduction to Gender or GWS 220 – Global Perspectives on Women and Change
  • GWS 310 – Feminist Thought
  • GWS 330 – Feminist Research and Action
  • GWS 340 – Undergraduate Seminar: selected topic

Students in the minor who complete both GWS 110 and 220 may use one of the courses to fulfill the core and the other to satisfy an elective. 

Electives- The remaining 5 credits must be selected from approved Gender & Women's Studies program classes.