Women’s and Gender Studies Requirements
Women’s and Gender Studies Major
Women’s and Gender Studies offers a range of interdisciplinary courses as well as an extensive list of associated courses, offered by other departments and programs, that have a central focus on gender or women. The major is administered by the Women’s and Gender Studies Steering Committee. Students design their major plans in consultation with the Chair. Only the Chair may sign major cards. Students interested in becoming majors should consult the Chair well in advance of their intended declaration of a major.
Prerequisite: WGST 10.
Requirements: (9 additional courses)
- WGST 15
- WGST 16
- WGST 80
- Three additional Women’s and Gender Studies courses
- Three additional courses selected from Women’s and Gender Studies offerings or from associated courses
- Concentration. In consultation with an adviser and the Chair, each student will include within the list of required courses an area of concentration consisting of at least three related courses. Some examples of possible areas of concentrations are Gender in Literature; Women in the Third World; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies; Women’s History; or Sex and Gender in Science.
- Diversity. Each student’s major plan must include at least two courses that are clearly outside the area of concentration to provide diversity to the major.
Requirement 3 constitutes the culminating experience in the major and minor.
WGST 7 (First-Year Seminar) may not count towards the major or minor.
Honors Program in Women’s and Gender Studies
Women’s and Gender Studies majors will be invited to participate in the Women’s and Gender Studies Honors Program if, after completing seven Dartmouth terms, WGST 10, and four graded courses in the Women’s and Gender Studies major, they have achieved an overall College grade point average of 3.0 and a major average of 3.3.
The Honors Program consists of a two-term thesis project, WGST 98 and WGST 99. Students will design their projects in consultation with the adviser who has agreed to direct the thesis. A student must secure an adviser’s preliminary endorsement of the senior project by May 1st of the junior year. Having secured the adviser’s endorsement, a student must submit a thesis proposal for the approval of the Women’s and Gender Studies Steering Committee by the second week of the fall term of the senior year. WGST 98 and WGST 99 carry two credits toward degree requirements but count as only one credit toward major requirements.
Women’s and Gender Studies Minor
The Women’s and Gender Studies minor consists of six courses: WGST 10 (prerequisite); WGST 15 or WGST 16; WGST 80; one other Women’s and Gender Studies course; and two additional courses selected from the Women’s and Gender Studies offerings or from associated courses.
Women’s and Gender Studies Modified Major
Women’s and Gender Studies cannot be modified with another major. However, students can modify another major with Women’s and Gender Studies. When Women’s and Gender Studies becomes the secondary part of a modified major, five courses are required: WGST 10 (prerequisite) and four additional courses selected from the Women’s and Gender Studies offerings. Only two of these courses can be associated courses. A modified major should be planned to form a coherent program of study with the major. Students must file a written statement with each department and the Registrar explaining the rationale for the courses selected for the modified major.
Women’s and Gender Studies Foreign Study Program
The Women’s and Gender Studies Program, in partnership with the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Program, offers an interdisciplinary Foreign Study Program in Hyderabad, India during the Winter term. Hyderabad is one of India’s largest and most cosmopolitan cities, reflecting the intersection of North and South Indian cultures as well as both Hindu and Muslim influences. It is a center of many important academic institutions, of a dynamic economy increasingly based upon high-technology firms, and of an extensive Telugu film industry. It also possesses a rich tradition of political and social activism that is reflected in a wide range of social movements and non-governmental organizations. Women’s and Gender Studies students also benefit from Anveshi, a research institute and library devoted to Women’s Studies with an active, and activist, community of scholars.
The Program is based at the University of Hyderabad. Students take three academic courses: one course taught by the Dartmouth faculty director and two courses taught by local faculty, “Gender and the Modern Media in India” and “Contemporary Social Movements in India.” Students live in an international student dormitory on the University of Hyderabad campus and have a chance to get involved in campus activities and interact with Indian and other foreign students.
Prerequisite: Completion of at least two preapproved courses with a grade of B or higher in both Women’s and Gender Studies or Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. Preference will be given to students who have completed at least one approved course in both programs. A detailed listing of courses is available on the Women’s and Gender Studies Program website. Applications are made online through the Off-Campus Programs Office.
For an application or further information, visit the Off Campus Programs Office, 44 North College Street, or go to the OCP web site.