May 27, 2019  
Undergraduate Bulletin 2010-2011 
    
Undergraduate Bulletin 2010-2011 [Archived Catalog]

Women’s Studies (B.A.)


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Program: B.A.
College of Arts and Sciences

Liberal Arts Building 35F ~ 260-481-6711 - www.ipfw.edu/wost


The student learning outcomes for the degree are as follows: 

  • demonstrate understanding of feminist approaches to research and learning in at least two disciplines 
  • demonstrate understanding of major categories of feminist critical analysis, such as gender, race, and class
  • demonstrate understanding of how traditional fields of study or artistic canons are expanded and reshaped when the contributions of women are taken into consideration
  • demonstrate the ability to think critically about issues in feminism past and present 

Women’s Studies is based on the premise that the study of women’s experiences, concerns, social roles, and creativity is essential to our knowledge of humankind and society. Feminist scholarship and theory provide the knowledge and analytical tools necessary for a gender-balanced perspective on our world, both past and present. The Women’s Studies Program affords you the opportunity to pursue feminist scholarship on women and gender through a variety of interdisciplinary courses.

In addition to the B.A. program, an Associate of Arts with a concentration in Women’s Studies is available at IPFW. See College of Arts and Sciences in Part 4  for further information.

To earn the Bachelor of Arts with a major in Women’s Studies, you must satisfy the requirements of IPFW (see Part 8 ) and the College of Arts and Sciences (see Part 4 ), and complete the following courses. Only women’s studies courses in which you have earned a grade of C or better can be applied to the degree or used to satisfy prerequisites.

IPFW General Education Requirements


Area I—Linguistic and Numerical Foundations


Area II—Natural and Physical Sciences Credits: 6


See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses 

Area III—The Individual, Culture, and Society Credits: 6


See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses 

Area IV—Humanistic Thought Credits: 6


See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses 

Area V—Creative and Artistic Expression Credits: 3


See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses 

Area VI—Inquiry and Analysis (not in WOST) Credits: 3


See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses 

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements


English Writing


Foreign Language


  • Requirements in Arts and Sciences Part B Credits: 14

Distribution (not in WOST or cross-listed courses)


  • Requirements in Arts and Sciences Part C Credits: 9

Cultural Studies


  • Additional credits in Western tradition Credits: 3

Core and Concentration (Major) Courses


  • Credits in WOST or cross-listed humanities/visual arts Credits: 6
  • Credits in WOST or cross-listed social science/science Credits: 6
  • Additional credits in WOST or cross-listed courses Credits: 9

General Elective Courses


  • Sufficient additional credits to bring the total to 124.

Total Credits: 124


Notes


A thematic focus of at least three courses (9 of the 30 credits in Major Requirements) must be selected in consultation with your women’s studies advisor. The thematic focus provides coherence within this interdisciplinary major and can be defined in several ways: geographically (e.g., women in America, women in Western Europe); chronologically (e.g., women in antiquity, women of the Renaissance); by a category or issue (e.g., women and peace, women of color), and so on.

If you major in women’s studies, you are also required to have a second major or one or more minors in other arts and sciences disciplines. If you elect to double-major in women’s studies and another arts and sciences discipline, women’s studies may be either your first or second major.

You may count the courses taken to fulfill this major toward arts and sciences distribution requirements wherever possible. However, no more than two courses may be applied to both majors.

If you elect to combine a women’s studies major with one or more minors in other arts and sciences disciplines, you may count only two courses toward both the women’s studies major and School of Arts and Sciences distribution requirements. Only one course may be counted toward both the women’s studies major and any other minor.

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