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Patricia Melzer, Director and Advising Coordinator
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Women's Studies offers a cohesive framework of inquiry for the examination of women, gender, and sexuality in the U.S. and around the world, as they relate to other social categories, such as race, class, disability, nationality, and ethnicity. As an interdisciplinary field, Women's Studies takes into account social, historical, and cultural variables in its study of women's material and cultural experiences as a social group; the examination of the workings of gender, as an analytical category, identity, and a social force; and the social, political, and cultural functioning of sexuality. Women's Studies also seeks to transform traditional fields of study by incorporating new methodologies, data, theories, and frameworks developed by feminist scholars.
Temple University's Women's Studies Program is part of the College of Liberal Arts. It offers an undergraduate major and minor, as well as a certificate for students outside the College of Liberal Arts. In preparation for graduate school, Women's Studies majors have the opportunity to graduate with distinction in the major after completing an honors thesis.
The Women's Studies Program offers students the opportunity to study women, gender, and sexuality through an interdisciplinary curriculum taught by faculty from various departments across the university. Students learn to apply the methods and theories of social scientists, historians, philosophers, literary critics, etc., to the study of women's experiences, as well as gender and sexual identities. They explore a growing body of feminist theories that revise our understanding of gender, society, and culture. We encourage students not only to understand intellectually the importance of class, race, sexuality, physical ability, and gender to people's lives, but also to learn actively through fieldwork (community internship) about ongoing movements for social change. After graduation, Women's Studies students enter professional schools in law, medicine and business; take graduate degrees in women's studies, the humanities and social sciences; and pursue careers in health, counseling, teaching, and public advocacy.
Six electives in Women’s Studies. At least three of these six are at the upper level (above 100). See major requirements for examples.
Distinction in Major
Women’s Studies students may graduate with a distinction in the major if they have a GPA of 3.5 or better in the major, a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, and successfully complete an honors thesis (minimum three credits) under the supervision of a faculty member from Women’s Studies.
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