Women's Studies Course Criteria

The Women's Studies Program represents an interdisciplinary approach to feminist scholarship whose purpose is to examine the changing roles of women locally, regionally, nationally, globally, and cross-culturally through time. Courses within this program, including cross-listed courses, should not only reflect this approach, but should also meet the following criteria:

  1. The course content must clearly reflect and acquaint students with recent scholarship on women, gender, and/or feminist theory. Traditional texts, when used, should be put into a dialogue with a feminist perspective(s) designed to challenge their assumptions.
  2. Race, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation and other systems of domination affect how one experiences gender, subordination, and agency. A Women's Studies course addresses, rather than ignores or dismisses, these differences.
  1. A Women's Studies course should do one or more of the following:
  1. critically examine cultural assumptions about gender (as well as race, class, etc.) E.g., the gender assumptions in the traditional methodologies, theories, and research of particular disciplines,
  2. explore the production of knowledge in art, literature, and other disciplines that reflect on women's gendered, race-affected, and class-bound, etc. experiences.
  3. equip students to identify and analyze systems of domination that constrain women's lives,
  4. focus on providing information about women, their psychology, biology, roles, experiences, history and contributions.
  1. Women's Studies courses should examine feminist genres, research methods, structures, analytical tools, aesthetics, criticism, contemporary issues, pedagogy, political theory,etc.
  • All courses in the Women's Studies program will be reviewed on a three year cycle to evaluate their success in meeting this criteria.
  • Courses containing information on women, mothering, gender, etc. are not automatically assumed to be Women's Studies courses.
  • Adopted: WST Curriculum Committee  10/26/95
    Adopted: Women's Studies Committee 11/7/95