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Women's Studies

Laura Levitt, Chair
811 Anderson Hall
215-204-1644
llevitt@temple.edu

Kristi Brian, Undergraduate Advisor
215-204-4874
kbrian@temple.edu

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  

 


Suggested Semester-by-Semester Plans

 

Requirements for New Freshman Students starting in the 2009-2010 Academic Year

Freshman Year – 1st Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
English 0802, 0812 or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Quantitative Literacy 4 GQ
Foreign Language 1001 Foreign Language (first level) 4  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Human Behavior 3 GB
Subtotal      15  
   
Freshman Year – 2nd Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
IH 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
Foreign Language 1002 Foreign Language (second level) 4  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology I 3 GS
GenEd 08xx or 09xx U.S. Society 3 GU
Women's Studies 1301 Essential Issues in Women’s Studies 3  
Subtotal      16  
 
Sophomore Year – 1st Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Foreign Language/
GenEd
0800+ Foreign Language (third level) or
a GenEd World Society course or
an Internationally-Focused Course from Approved List
3
GG
IH 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology II 3 GS
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Diversity & Race 3 GD
Women's Studies 1000+ One 1000+ Women's Studies Elective 3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 2  
Subtotal      17  
 
Sophomore Year – 2nd Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Arts 3-4 GA
GenEd 08xx or 09xx World Society 3 GG
Women's Studies 1000-1999 One 1000-Level Women's Studies Elective 3  
Women's Studies 1000+ One 1000+ Women's Studies Elective 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal      15-16  
 
Junior Year – 1st Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ Humanities/CST Course 3  
Women's Studies 2000+ One 2000+ Women's Studies Elective 3  
Women's Studies 2000+ One 2000+ Women's Studies Elective 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal     15  
 
Junior Year – 2nd Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ Humanities/CST Course 3  
Women's Studies 2000+ One 2000+ Writing Intensive Women's Studies Course 3 WI
Women's Studies 2000+ One 2000+ Women's Studies Elective 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal      15  
 
Senior Year – 1st Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Women's Studies 2000+ One 2000+ Women's Studies Elective 3  
Women's Studies 4389* Field Work in Women’s Studies 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal      15  
 
Senior Year – 2nd Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Women's Studies 2000+ One 2000+ Women's Studies Elective 3  
Women's Studies 4396* Research Seminar (Capstone Course) 3 WI
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 3  
Subtotal      15  
         
Degree Total   123  
*These courses may not be offered every semester. Please see advisor for offerings.

 

Requirements for New Transfer Students starting in the 2009-2010 Academic Year

Freshman Year – 1st Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
English 0802, 0812 or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 CO/GW
Foreign Language 1001 Foreign Language (first level) 4  
Core 0800+ One Quantitative Reasoning A Course 3-4 QA/GQ
Core 0800+ One Arts Course 3-4 AR/GA
Subtotal      14-16  
   
Freshman Year – 2nd Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
IH 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 IA/GY
Foreign Language 1002 Foreign Language (second level) 4  
Core 0800+ One Quantitative Reasoning B Course 3-4 QB/GQ
Core 1000+ One Science & Technology A Course 3-4 SA
Women's Studies 1301 Essential Issues in Women’s Studies 3  
Subtotal      16-18  
 
Sophomore Year – 1st Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Foreign Language/
Core
0800+ Foreign Language (third level) or
Core International Studies course
3
IS/GG
IH 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 IB/GZ
Core 0800+ One Science & Technology B Course 3-4 SB/GS
Core 0800+ One American Culture Course 3 AC/GU
Women's Studies 1000+ One 1000+ Women's Studies Elective 3  
Subtotal      15-16  
 
Sophomore Year – 2nd Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Core 0800+ One Individual and Society Course 3 IN/GB
Core 0800+ One Studies in Race Course 3 RS/GD
Core 0800+ One International Studies Course 3 IS/GG
Women's Studies 1000+ One 1000+ Women's Studies Elective 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
Subtotal      15  
 
Junior Year – 1st Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ Humanities/CST Course 3  
Women's Studies 1000-1999 One 1000-Level Women's Studies Elective 3  
Women's Studies 2000+ One 2000+ Writing-Intensive Women's Studies Course 3 WI
Women's Studies 2000+ One 2000+ Women's Studies Elective 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 2  
Subtotal     17  
 
Junior Year – 2nd Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ Humanities/CST Course 3  
Women's Studies 2000+ One 2000+ Women's Studies Elective 3  
Women's Studies 2000+ One 2000+ Women's Studies Elective 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 2-3  
Subtotal      17-18  
 
Senior Year – 1st Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Women's Studies 2000+ One 2000+ Women's Studies Elective 3  
Women's Studies 4389* Field Work in Women’s Studies 3  
CLA/CST 1000+ One Writing Intensive CLA/CST Course 3 WI
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal      15  
 
Senior Year – 2nd Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Women's Studies 2000+ One 2000+ Women's Studies Elective 3  
Women's Studies 4396* Research Seminar (Capstone Course) 3 WI
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal      15  
         
Degree Total   123  
*These courses may not be offered every semester. Please see advisor for offerings.

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