Major in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) - 39 credits

Current WOM and cross-listed courses can be found at www.newpaltz.edu/ugc/las/women_stud/coursedescriptions.php. Consult the Schedule of Classes for specific WOM or cross-listed Selected Topics (x93) courses offered each semester. Selected Topics courses may, with adviser approval, be used to fulfill WGSS major requirements.


I.    Core courses
............................................18 credits
       All WGSS majors must take the following courses:

WOM220 Women: Images & Realities (4)
WOM321 Feminist Methods (3)
WOM421 Feminist Theory (4)
WOM420 Practicum in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (3)
WOM490 Seminar in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (4)

II.   Clusters...................................................12 credits (no more than 3 lower-division credits)
       Select one course from each of the following four clusters.
       Note: ** indicates a course that satisfies the History Requirement. (See Section IV. below.)

Historical and Political Contexts
WOM311 Women and Work (3)
WOM314 Violence Against Women (3)
WOM316 History of Women in the United States to 1880 (3)**
WOM323 History of U.S. Feminist Activism (3)**
HIS307 History of Women from 1880 to Present (3)**
POL379 Women in Politics (3)

Culture and Representation
WOM222 The Queer Experience (3)
WOM310 Motherhood & Mothering (3)
WOM313 Women & Drugs (3)
WOM319 Feminist Art & Culture (3)
WOM325 Women & Popular Culture (3)
WOM335 Performing Feminism (3)
THE327 Race, Gender & Performance (3)
THE421 Gay & Lesbian Identity in Contemporary Theatre (3)

Race, Culture, Nation
BLK221 The Black Woman (3)
WOM340 Transnational Feminism (3)
WOM350 Native American Feminisms (3)
WOM430 Women in the Caribbean (3)
HIS480 Women in China (3)**

Gender, Sexuality, and Queer Studies
WOM315 Women with Women (3)
WOM318 Women, Love & Sex (3)
WOM322 Masculinities (3)
WOM330 Intro. to Queer Studies (3)
SOC360 Sociology of Gender (3)
SOC410 Sociology of Sex & Sexualities (3)

III.  Individualized Program............................9 credits (no more than 3 lower-division credits)
       Choose three (3) electives around a theme or, for double majors, that relate to the other
       major. All Individualized Programs must be designed in consultation with, and
       approved by, the student's major adviser.

IV.  History Requirement: To satisfy the History Requirement, majors must take one of the
       history-designated courses listed below as part of their Cluster requirement or
       Individualized Program or as an additional elective in excess of the 37 required major
       credits.

WOM316 History of Women in U.S. to 1880
WOM323 History of U.S. Feminist Activism
HIS305 Women in Early Modern Europe
HIS307 History of Women from 1880 to Present
HIS480 Women in China