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Women's Studies

Patricia Melzer, Director and Advising Coordinator
816 Anderson Hall
215-204-6953
pmelzer@temple.edu

811 Anderson Hall
215-204-6954
www.temple.edu/womenstu

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 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).  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.

Major Requirements

Department Course # Course Name Hours  RCI
Two introductory Women's Studies courses: 6  
Women’s Studies 1301 Essential Issues in Women’s Studies    
Women's Studies 1000-level      
         
Eight Women's Studies electives, of which at least six must be upper-level (over 2000)* 24  
At least one of the electives above (at any level) must be
writing-intensive, ending in -96, -97, or -98.
  WI
         
Two-course sequence: **      
Women’s Studies 4389 Field Work in Women’s Studies 3  
Women’s Studies 4396 Research Seminar (Capstone Course) 3 WI
         
Total     36  

*Majors will be permitted to take two of these eight courses outside Women’s Studies (courses that are not cross listed) with the written permission of the advising coordinator. These courses must support the student’s academic or professional growth in conjunction with the major (e.g. a research methods course in another discipline for which the student will write on a subject related to gender or courses taken in a study abroad program).

**The final requirement for the major is a two-course sequenceThis sequence should be taken during the major’s last three semesters of enrollment. Students will select a field assignment with the assistance of the advising coordinator. This sequence is designed for students to learn how to write a research paper.

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 3 credits) under the supervision of a faculty member from Women’s Studies.

Minor Requirements

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Women’s Studies Electives Six electives in Women’s Studies. At least three of these six are at the upper level (above 2000). See major requirements for examples. 18  
         
Women’s Studies 1301 Essential Issues in Women’s Studies 3  
         
Total     21  

Certificate in Women’s Studies

Designed for students outside the College of Liberal Arts who want to pursue a Women’s Studies oriented career.

Department Course # Course Name Hours  RCI
Women's Studies 1076
  or
1096
Introduction to Women's Studies 3 IN

IN/WI
Women’s Studies 4389 Field Work in Women’s Studies 3  
Women's Studies Two Electives Two electives in Women's Studies.  At least one of these two courses must be at the upper level. 6  
         
Total     12  

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