Degree Requirements

2018 - 2019

Departmental Mission and Goals

Mission Statement

The Women's and Gender Studies Program at Denison University takes its mission to be three-fold: to foster a critical awareness of, and intellectual sensitivity to, content, method and real-life implications of the field.

Our goal is to engage students in the intellectual content of the discipline: theories about power and intersecting dimensions of human difference; articulations about gendered subject formations and politicized aspects of "identities," including race, class, age, religion, sexuality; knowledge sharing of women's life experiences, histories, and visions; and significant areas of feminist thought and action, including transnationalism, post-coloniality, embodiment, technoscience, and intersectionality.

Also, guided by methods that are inflected by interdisciplinarity, we aim to engage students in questioning issues of power and justice, privilege and oppression, in disciplines, such as anthropology, biology, black studies, communication, dance, education, international studies, literary studies, political science, sociology, philosophy, psychology, etc., while developing understanding of these issues from an interdisciplinary and interconnected perspective.

We aim to engage students in the quotidian implications of their academic engagement by challenging them to experience the relationship between theory and practice. We strive to expose students to concepts concerning how the academic study of race, class, and gender both locally and globally, is informed by, and has the power to, transform lives.

Curricular Goals

Denison's Women's and Gender Studies faculty are dedicated to helping students develop rigorous analyses of culture, politics, ideas and text, as well as creative leadership skills. We hope to impart to our students the history, analysis and practice of feminist scholarship, means of creative expression for their intellectual interests and concerns, and political service and activism.

Students are required to take an introductory course WGST 101 - Issues in Feminism, a feminist methods course, WGST 310 - Feminist Research Methods and a feminist theory course, WGST 311 - Feminist Theory as well as to engage in a senior practicum—a research, activist, or artistic experience that involves sustained activity in community engagement and written response WGST 451 - Senior Research-WGST 452 - Senior Research. Additionally, students are required to select additional courses, most of which are cross-listed, according to WGST guidelines and their own interests.

The required courses in the major and minor explore gender and justice issues, provide the methods and information to conduct rigorous analysis, engage our students in ways that challenge them to expand their thinking about the material they meet in the world, and give them the opportunity to embody feminist pedagogies. The elective courses will do the same in the context of their fields of study.

Students have the opportunity of participating in a variety of internships, fellowships, and research opportunities located throughout the country that acquaint them with gender issues (information available through the Knowlton Center for Career Exploration and the Lisska Center for Scholarly Engagement). Students are encouraged to develop leadership skills by taking an active part in campus life, including engaging in projects developed inside and outside the academic program and the Center for Women's and Gender Action. As examples, projects have included a national grant application, a campus-wide study on violence, and a benefit concert.

The Women's and Gender Studies Program sponsors regular symposia on gender issues that include presentations by Women's and Gender Studies faculty as well as Women's and Gender Studies scholars from abroad and the United States. With the support of the Laura C. Harris endowment, the Women's and Gender Studies Program has hosted internationally renowned scholars including Linda Alcoff, M. Jacqui Alexander, Gloria Anzaldua, Judith Butler, Angela Davis, Cynthia Enloe, Anne Fausto-Sterling, Nancy Fraser, Jack Halberstam, bell hooks, Ericka Huggins, and Winona La Duke. Program members also participate in the Great Lakes Colleges Association, which provides conferences for Women's and Gender Studies students and faculty. The Women's and Gender Studies program has an institutional membership in the National Women's Studies Association (NWSA) and has sponsored student memberships and conference participation.

Women's and Gender Studies Major

Women's and Gender Studies majors are required to take a total of 32 credit hours. Students may sign up for a course either under the department number or under the Women's and Gender Studies number. Both numbers will count toward the Women's and Gender Studies major or minor. No more than two courses at the 100 level may count toward the major. All Women's and Gender Studies majors must take the following:

  1. Required core courses:
    WGST 101 - Issues in Feminism (4 credits)
    WGST 310 - Feminist Research Methods (4 credits)
    WGST 311 - Feminist Theory (4 credits)
    WGST 451 - Senior Research or WGST 452 - Senior Research (4 credits)
  2. One course on women of color in the United States (4 credits)
  3. One course on transnational feminism (4 credits)
  4. Three courses cross-listed with three of the four divisions of the college: Humanities, Fine Arts, Social Sciences, and Sciences. These courses may also satisfy the requirements of 2 and 3.
  5. At least one of the above courses must be cross-listed with Black Studies.
  6. WGST 310 - Feminist Research Methods(Only offered in Spring semester)and WGST 311 - Feminist Theory(only offered in Fall semester) should be taken before Senior year; if student is going off campus during Junior year, plan accordingly.

Women's and Gender Studies Minor

Women's and Gender Studies minors are required to take a total of 24 credit hours. No more than two courses (including WGST 101 - Issues in Feminism) will be at the 100-level. All Women's and Gender Studies minors must take the following:

  1. Required core courses:
    WGST 101 - Issues in Feminism (4 credits)
    WGST 310 - Feminist Research Methods (4 credits)
    WGST 311 - Feminist Theory (4 credits)
  2. One course cross-listed with Black Studies (4 credits)
  3. One course on transnational feminism (4 credits)
    Requirements 2 and 3 may be satisfied by the same course.
  4. One additional elective in WGST or cross listed with WGST.

Students are encouraged to consult with the Director of Women's and Gender Studies in making their choices.

Contact Us

Mail
Women's & Gender Studies
100 West College Street
Granville, OH 43023
Phone

Barbara Fultner

Professor
Chair of Philosophy
Chair of Women's and Gender Studies

Robin Brown

Academic Administrative Assistant
Coordinator, Laura C. Harris Series

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