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Women's Studies (WOST)

Program Option: B.A.

The women's studies major at St. Kate's is offered collaboratively among four campuses: St. Catherine, Hamline, Augsburg and St. Thomas. That means you can take women's studies courses at any of these campuses and have them count as part of the major - and you are encouraged to do so in order to get a broad perspective on the field. You can complete the minor at St. Kate's alone.

Women's studies is an interdisciplinary field, drawing on knowledge and research from a variety of disciplines - from psychology to biology to English to history - to help you understand women's experiences in the past and analyze women's situations today, both nationally and globally. It includes practical as well as theoretical components and is flexible by design so you can focus much of your course work on those areas that most interest you.

As part of this interdisciplinarity, women's studies examines the experiences of women of different backgrounds, so you can learn about your own location as a woman and about those of women from different racial/ethnic or class backgrounds from your own. The courses you take will help you deepen your understanding of and respect for cultural diversity and develop your awareness of social transformation processes - making the world a more just place for women and men. An internship course allows you to choose a place to intern where you can see how the theories you have learned play out in "the real world." Students have interned locally and globally, in such diverse places as publishers, women's shelters, literacy programs, small businesses, government agencies, fair trade organizations and judicial monitoring projects.

The women's studies major prepares you for a wide range of careers because it prepares you to think critically, analyze ideas and policies skillfully, work with others very different from yourself, engage social justice concerns and work toward social transformation. In the last few years, women's studies students have found employment as public policy analysts, professors, pastoral ministers, corporate managers, filmmakers, financial analysts, lobbyists, lawyers, child advocates and more.

See also: Women* and International Development

 

Major Requirements:

Ten courses:

WOST 2050 Foundations in Women's Studies
WOST 3640 Feminist Theory OR PHIL 3900 Feminist Philosophy
WOST 4604 Internship
WOST 4850 Senior Seminar
Two WOST courses cross-listed in arts or humanities
Two WOST courses cross-listed in social sciences or sciences
One WOST course with race/ethnicity component
One elective cross-listed with any department and WOST

Three of these courses, in addition to WOST 3640, 4604 and 4850, must be upper-division courses.

Courses other than WOST 2050, 3640, 4604, and 4850 are cross-listed for women's studies within the originating department (see list below); a schedule of courses offered on the consortial campuses is published online annually and is available from the women's studies coordinator.

Cross-listed women's studies courses at St. Catherine University (see originating department listings for descriptions):

Arts/Humanities
ARTH 3630 Women in Art
CLAS 3460 Women in Greece and Rome
ENGL 2260 Literature in Translation
ENGL 2290 Women and Literature
ENGL 2450 Language in Society
ENGL 3400 Language as Power
HIST 3250 History of Civil Liberties and Civil Rights in the U.S.
HIST 3560 Women in America to 1920
HIST 3630 Women in Asia
HIST 3650 U.S. Women since 1920
HIST 3700 History of Feminism in Western Society
HIST 3790 Women in Europe Since 1600
PHIL 2400 Philosophy and Women
PHIL 3900 Feminist Philosophy
THEO 2000 Stages of Christian Life
THEO 3380 Women and the Bible
THEO 3450 Women in American Christianity
THEO 3850 Human Sexuality
THEO 3930 Christian Women Mystics

Science/Social Science
BIOL 1120 Biology of Women
COMM 2050 Media, Culture and Society
COMM 3070 Gender and Rhetoric
COMM 3100 Communicating Across Cultures, Identities and Differences
COMM 4600 Leadership and the Art of Persuasion
CRST 2150 Challenging Oppressions, Civic Engagement and Change
ECON 1120 Economics of Social Issues
PSYC 3050 Psychology of Gender
SOCI 2700 Social Movements and Social Change
SOCI 3210 Family, Identity and Inequality
SOCI 3250 Cultural Anthropology
SOCI 3450 Women in a Transnational World
SOCI 3510 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

Courses with race/ethnicity component
CRST 2150 Challenging Oppressions, Civic Engagement and Change
COMM 3100 Communicating Across Cultures, Identities and Differences
ENGL 2260 Literature in Translation
ENGL 2290 Women and Literature (certain sections only)
ENGL 2450 Language in Society
ENGL 3400 Language as Power
HIST 3250 History of Civil Liberties and Civil Rights in the U.S.
HIST 3630 Women in Asia
SOCI 2700 Social Movements & Social Change
SOCI 3210 Family, Identity and Inequality
SOCI 3250 Cultural Anthropology
SOCI 3450 Women in a Transnational World
SOCI 3510 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

Other cross-listed courses include selected sections of topics courses, selected senior seminars and selected independent studies. Consult campus coordinator for current list of cross-listed courses.

Because courses are offered on several campuses, there is a potential for duplication of material. Credit will not be given toward the major for two courses that overlap substantially in content. Consult with the women's studies coordinator to avoid duplicating courses. Course descriptions are listed in originating departments in the catalogs of the individual ACTC colleges.

Women's studies majors satisfy the Writing Requirement for Majors by completing WOST 2050 and 4850. You complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Writing Requirement with two other writing-intensive courses (CORE 1000 or 2000, CORE 3990).