Women's Studies Program
203 Huddleston Hall
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH 03824
Women's Studies Major - Bachelor of Arts
The Women's Studies Program provides students with an interdisciplinary introduction to the status of women and gender analysis in various cultures and historical eras. As a relatively small program in the College of Liberal Arts, we provide students with a sense of community and opportunities to contribute directly to changing the campus climate. In a rigorous academic environment, Women’s Studies offers students a springboard for activism. Our internship program enables students to gain first-hand work experience across many fields.
Majors must complete 40 hours of Women's Studies courses or approved related courses,
or 32 hours if Women's Studies is the second major,
with a grade of C- (1.67) or better and a grade-point average of 2.0 or better.
At least half of the coursework for the major must be Women's Studies-designated courses.
One intro course
Normally taken at the beginning of a student's course of study.
WS 632: Feminist Thought
A WS-designated course at the 700 level.
WS 798: Colloquium in Women's Studies (preferable)
It may be possible to substitute one of the following courses for WS 798 (Colloquium), but please discuss with a Women's Studies Advisor.
WS 795: Independent Study**
Normally taken at the end of a student's course of study.
*May also count as a Discovery Program requirement
**WS 795 and WS 799 do not count toward the Discovery Program capstone requirement
The remaining work in the major will consist of:
- Other WS-designated courses (505, 796, 797)
- Courses cross-counted with Women's Studies
Each student's major program should be developed in consultation with a faculty advisor with reference to the interests of the student. Particular care will be given toward developing a balanced program which would include the areas listed below:
- Courses in arts and humanities, as well as in social sciences. No more than 4 electives may be from the same department.
- At least one course focusing on women of color, cross-cultural perspectives, race, queer studies, and/or global issues.
- A practicum or internship applying feminist knowledge to institutions in the community and on campus (WS 797).
Where appropriate, a major may propose to have a non-cross-counted course which relates to the proposed course of study approved for the major. In the case of a double major, 2 courses (8 credits) may be used to satisfy requirements for both majors.
Courses should be distributed between upper division (600 and 700 level) and lower division (400 and 500 level). At least half of the courses in the major should be taken at the upper level.
The Discovery Program capstone requirement may be fulfilled by completing one of the following: WS 796, WS 797, or WS 798.
Women's Studies Program