Arts & Sciences Women's & Gender Studies

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College: Arts & Sciences
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science
Hours Required: 120
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0 for graduation
Minor Available: Yes
Advisor: Rose Holz
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Women's & Gender Studies

COLLEGE: Arts & Sciences

MAJOR: Women's & Gender Studies

DEGREE OFFERED: Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

HOURS REQUIRED: 120

MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA: 2.0 for graduation

MINOR AVAILABLE: Yes

ADVISOR: Rose Holz

DESCRIPTION

Director: TBA

Advisor: Rose Holz, 317A Seaton Hall, 402-472-9380, rholz2@unl.edu

Core Faculty: Holz (women's and gender studies) and Kazyak (sociology and women's and gender studies)

Program Faculty: Wandsnider (anthropology); Kuska (architecture); Stewart (art and art history); Basolo (biological sciences); Reisbig (child, youth, and family studies); Crawford, Duncan, Lahey (classics and religious studies); Krone, (communication studies); May (economics); Davidson (educational psychology); Bauer, Buhler, Castro, Dreher, Foster, Gannon, Garelick, Goodburn, Homestead, Honey, Montes, Reynolds, Schleck, Stenberg, Waite (English); Mamiya (fine and performing arts); Fritz (graduate college); Ari, Curry, Jacobs, Jagodinsky, Jones, Levin, Smith (history); Poser, Shavers (law); Balasubramanian, Brantner, Carr, Gonzalez-Allende, Hasan, Peterson, Velazquez (modern languages and literatures); McKitrick (philosophy); Kang, McMahon (political science); Gervais (psychology); Deegan, Falci, McQuillan, Werum (sociology); Heaton, Lewis, Raible, Sarroub (teaching, learning, teacher education); James (textiles, merchandising and fashion design); Woudenberg (women's and gender studies)

Campus/Community Associates: Burnett (honors program); Deeds (women's center/student involvement); Dunning (artist & entrepreneur); Imes Borden (theatre & film); Owen (English); Ross (athletics); Tetreault (LGBTQA+ resource center)

The women's and gender studies (WGS) major is a multidisciplinary academic program with courses that focus on knowledge relating to women, gender, and sexuality.

The program is designed to help students to learn about historical and contemporary contributions of women and to analyze the construction and representation of gender in the arts, literature, history, psychology, education, contemporary culture, politics, and society. Students are challenged to examine critically assumptions about women and gender held by academic disciplines and to evaluate them based on current research and individual experience. Students also explore sex roles, gender systems, and sexuality in various cultures as they change over time.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Tracks/Options/Concentrations/Emphases Requirements

All majors must consult with an advisor from the program. A student may pursue either Option A or Option B.

Option A. 36 hours from required courses and course listings.

Option B. 30 hours from required courses and course listings, and at least 18 hours in a related minor to be determined in consultation with the WGS chief advisor.

All majors must fulfill the following requirements:

Core Courses (9 hours)

WMNS 101 Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies

WMNS 400 Senior Seminar (offered spring semester only)

WMNS 485 Feminist Theories, Feminists' Perspectives (offered fall semester only)

History Courses (6 hours)

CLAS 440 Gender & Sexuality in the Ancient World (WMNS 440)

HIST 204 Women & Gender in United States History (WMNS 204)

HIST 225 Women in History (WMNS 225)

HIST 329 Women in European History (MRST 329/WMNS 329)

HIST 336 Saints, Witches, & Madwomen (MRST 336/WMNS 336)

#HIST 356 African-American Women's History (ETHN 356/WMNS 356)

#HIST 358 Native American Women (ETHN 358/WMNS 358)

#HIST 363 History of Women & Gender in the American West (WMNS 363)

*HIST 402 Sexuality in 19th & 20th Century America (WMNS 402)

HIST 441 Seminar in U.S. Women's & Gender History (WMNS 441)

#HIST 459 Women & Gender in African Societies (ETHN 459/WMNS 459/859)

#HIST 476A Gender & Sexuality in Latin America (ETHN 476A/WMNS 476A)

*WMNS 201 Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Sexuality Studies (This course may only count for one of the three areas.)

Literature/Rhetoric and other Humanities Courses (6 hours)

*ENGL 212 Introduction to Lesbian & Gay Literature (WMNS 212)

ENGL 215 Introduction to Women's Literature (WMNS 215)

ENGL 253A Introduction to Poetry Writing: Women's Poetry (WMNS 253A)

ENGL 315A Survey of Women's Literature (WMNS 315A)

ENGL 315B Women in Popular Culture (WMNS 315B)

#ENGL 344B Black Women Authors (ETHN 344B/WMNS 344B)

#ENGL 345N Native American Women Writers (ETHN 345N/WMNS 345N)

ENGL 414 Women's Literature (WMNS 414)

*ENGL 414B Modern & Contemporary Women Writers (WMNS 414B)

ENGL 475A Rhetorical Theory: Rhetoric of Women Writers (WMNS 475A)

FREN 388 Body Language: Love, Politics, & the Self in French Literature (ENGL 388/MRST 388/WMNS 388)

JUDS 340 Women in the Biblical World (RELG 340/WMNS 340)

PHIL 218 Philosophy of Feminism (WMNS 218)

*WMNS 201 Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Sexuality Studies (This course may only count for one of the three areas.)

Social Sciences Courses (6 hours)

ANTH 410 Gender: An Anthropological Perspective (WMNS 410)

COMM 380 Gender & Communication

CRIM 339 Women, Crime & Justice

*CYAF 447 Working with GLBT Youth in Professional Contexts (WMNS 447)

ECON 375 Women & Work in U.S. History (HIST 375/WMNS 375)

ECON 445 Gender, Economics & Social Provisioning (WMNS 445)

POLS 338 Women & Politics (WMNS 338)

*PSYC 330 Psychology of Diversity

PSYC 421 Psychology of Gender (WMNS 421)

PSYC 471 Human Sexuality & Society (CYAF 471/EDPS 471/SOCI 471)

SOCI 200 Gender in Contemporary Society (WMNS 200)

SOCI 226 Families & Society (WMNS 226)

SOCI 325 Contemporary Family Issues (WMNS 325)

SOCI 490 Sociology of Gender (WMNS 490)

TMFD 410 Socio-psychological Aspects of Clothing (WMNS 410A)

*WMNS 201 Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Sexuality Studies (This course may only count for one of the three areas.)

WMNS 385 Women, Gender & Science (AGRI 385/NRES 385)

* Courses that fulfill sexual diversity requirement

# Courses that fulfill racial/ethnic/global diversity requirement

Diversity Requirement (6 hours)

Of these, one course must satisfy the racial/ethnic/global diversity requirement. The additional course can come from either the sexual diversity category or the racial/ethnic/global diversity category.

This requirement promotes our objectives to critically examine cultural assumptions about gender, race/ethnicity, class, sexuality, and other sources of identity.

Electives (3-9 hours)

From the above list or any of the additional elective courses listed below:

ARCH 481 Women in Design (IDES 481)

GPSP 377 Women of the Great Plains (GEOG 377/WMNS 377)

TMFD 325 Woven & Nonwoven Textile Design

TMFD 407 History of Costume

WMNS 189H University Honors Seminar

WMNS 210 Activism & Feminist Communities

#WMNS 250 Sex & Gender Around the Globe

WMNS 291 Special Topics in Women's & Gender Studies

WMNS 391 Special Topics in Women's & Gender Studies

WMNS 399 Independent Study

WMNS 399H Honors Thesis (up to 6 hours)

WMNS 492 Special Topics in Masculinities

WMNS 497 Internship in Women's & Gender Studies

WMNS 498 Special Topics in Women's & Gender Studies

* Courses that fulfill sexual diversity requirement

# Courses that fulfill racial/ethnic/global diversity requirement

Program Assessment. In order to assist the department in evaluating the effectiveness of its programs, majors will be required:

1. To submit for assessment during WMNS 400 (Senior Seminar) an electronic portfolio of student work including: 1) a critical synthetic overview of the items in the portfolio; 2) an assignment from a WGS history class + critical reflection; 3) an assignment from a WGS social sciences class + critical reflection; 4) an assignment from a WGS literature/film class + critical reflection; 5) an assignment from WMNS 485 + critical reflection; and 6) the final paper/project from WMNS 400. NOTE: If a student has written an undergraduate thesis (through WGS or the honors program) on women, gender, and/or sexuality, this should be included as well.

2. In their last semester, to return an anonymous survey regarding the WGS program and, if the student wishes, to participate in an exit interview with the director or associate director.

Results of participation in this assessment activity will in no way affect a student’s GPA or graduation.

ADDITIONAL MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Course Level Requirement

  • Students must take 12 hours of courses at the 300 level or above.

REQUIREMENTS FOR MINOR OFFERED BY DEPARTMENT

18 hours of courses in the women's and gender studies program, including:

WMNS 101 Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies (3 hrs)

– 3 hours each from courses listed under history; literature/rhetoric and other humanities; and social sciences

  • At least 6 hours of courses at the 300 level or above
  • At least 3 hours of courses that fulfill the diversity requirement (Courses designated with an * or # satisfy this requirement.)

COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS

College Admission

College Admission

The entrance requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences are the same as the UNL General Admission Requirements. Students who are admitted through the Admission by Review process may have certain conditions attached to their enrollment at UNL. These conditions are explained under “Removal of Deficiencies.”

In addition to these requirements, the College of Arts and Sciences strongly recommends a third and fourth year of languages. Four years of high school language will exempt students from the College of Arts and Sciences’ language requirement. It will also allow students to continue language study at a more advanced level, and give more opportunity to study abroad.

Transfer Students

To be considered for admission as a transfer student, Nebraska resident or nonresident, students must have an accumulated average of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) and a minimum C average in the last semester of attendance at another college. Transfer students who graduated from high school January 1997 and after must also meet the UNL General Admissions Requirements. Those transfer students who graduated before January 1997 must have completed in high school 3 years of English, 2 years of the same foreign language, 2 years of algebra, and 1 year of geometry. Transfer students who have completed less than 12 credit hours of college study must submit either the ACT or SAT scores.

Ordinarily, hours earned at an accredited college are accepted by the University. The College, however, will evaluate all hours submitted on an application for transfer and reserves the right to accept or reject any of them. Sixty is the maximum number of hours the University will accept on transfer from a two-year college or international institution. Transfer credit in the major or minor must be approved by the departmental advisor on a Request for Substitution Form to meet specific course requirements, group requirements, or course level requirements in the major or minor. At least half of the hours in the major field must be completed at the University regardless of the number of hours transferred.

The College of Arts and Sciences will accept no more than 15 semester hours of C- and D grades from other schools. The C- and D grades cannot be applied toward requirements for a major or minor. This policy does not apply to the transfer of grades from UNO or UNK to UNL. All D grades may be transferred from UNO or UNK, but they are not applicable to a major or minor.

Readmitted Students

Students readmitted to the College of Arts and Sciences will follow the requirements stated in the bulletin for the academic year of readmission and reenrollment as a degree-seeking student in Arts and Sciences. In consultation with advisors, a student may choose to follow a bulletin for any academic year in which they are admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UNL in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single bulletin year. Beginning in 1990-1991, the bulletin which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.

Admission Deficiencies/Removal of Deficiencies

Students must remove entrance deficiencies in geometry and foreign language before graduating from the College of Arts and Sciences and should consult a college advisor in the Academic and Career Advising Center in 107 Oldfather Hall for questions about admission deficiencies.

Removing Foreign Language Deficiencies

Students must complete the second semester of the first year language sequence to clear the deficiency and the second semester of the second year language sequence to complete the college graduation requirement in language.

Removing Geometry Deficiencies

A deficiency of one year of geometry can be removed by taking two high school geometry courses by Independent Study or by completing a geometry course from an accredited community college or a four-year institution. Neither of these options count for college credit.

College Degree Requirements

College General Education Requirements

The College of Arts and Sciences distribution requirements are designed to further the purposes of liberal education by encouraging study in several different areas. Courses satisfying these requirements may impart specialized knowledge or broadly connect the subject matter to other areas of knowledge.

All requirements are in addition to University ACE requirements. A student may not use a single course to satisfy more than one of the following five distribution requirements. A student cannot use a single course to satisfy both an ACE outcome and a College distribution requirement. A student cannot use a course from their major to satisfy the Breadth Requirement (F), but may apply an ancillary requirement of the primary major or a course from their second major toward this requirement. Independent study or reading courses and internships cannot be used to satisfy distribution requirements. To see a complete list of excluded courses, run a degree audit through MyRED.

Courses from interdisciplinary programs will count in the same area as courses from the home/cross-listed department(s).

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (16 credits + Language)

A. Written Communication: 3 hours

To be selected from courses approved for ACE outcome 1.

B. Natural, Physical and Mathematical Sciences: 4 hours

Select from biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, geology, meteorology, mathematics, physics and statistics. Must include one lab in the natural or physical sciences. Lab courses may be selected from biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, geology, meteorology and physics. Select courses from geography* and anthropology* may also be used to satisfy the lab requirement.

* See your degree audit or a College of Arts and Sciences advisor for approved geography and anthropology courses that apply as natural science.

C. Humanities: 3 hours

Select from: classics*, English, history, modern languages and literatures*, philosophy, and religious studies*.

*Language courses numbered 210 or below apply only for the foreign language requirement.

D. Social Sciences: 3 hours

Select from: anthropology*, communication studies, geography*, political science, psychology*, or sociology.

*See degree audit or College of Arts and Sciences advisor for list of natural/physical science courses in anthropology, geography, and psychology that do not apply as social science.

E. Languages Classical and Modern: 0-6 hours

Fulfilled by the completion of the 6-credit-hour second-year sequence in a single foreign language in one of the following departments: Classics and religious studies, modern languages and literatures, or anthropology. Instruction is currently available in Arabic, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Latin, Omaha, Russian, and Spanish. A student who has completed the fourth-year level of one foreign language in high school is exempt from the languages requirement.

F. Additional Breadth Requirement (may not be used toward the primary major; may apply toward ancillary requirements and second majors): 3 hours

Select from: natural, physical and mathematical sciences (Area B), humanities (Area C), or social sciences (Area D).

Scientific Base

The bachelor of science degree requires students to complete 60 hours in mathematical, physical and natural sciences. Approved courses for scientific base credit come from the following College of Arts and Sciences disciplines: actuarial science, anthropology (selected courses), astronomy, biochemistry (excluding BIOC 101), biological sciences (excluding BIOS 150, 160, 203), chemistry (excluding CHEM 101), computer science (excluding CSCE 10), geography (selected courses), geology, life sciences, mathematics (excluding courses below MATH 104), meteorology, physics and statistics.

See your degree audit or a College of Arts and Sciences advisor for a complete list including individual classes that fall outside of the disciplines listed above. Up to 12 hours of scientific and technical courses offered by other colleges may be accepted toward this requirement with approval of a college advisor.

Foreign Languages/Language Requirement

Languages Exemption Policy

UNL and the College of Arts and Sciences will exempt or waive students from the UNL entrance requirement of two years of the same foreign language or from the College’s language distribution requirement based on documentation only. The following are the options and procedures for documentation:

High School Transcripts

1. For the University entrance requirements, students must show an official high school transcript with two or more years of the same foreign language in high school.

2. For the College of Arts and Sciences College Distribution Requirement E-Language, students must show an official high school transcript with four or more years of the same foreign language in high school, or show evidence of graduation from a non-English-speaking foreign high school.

3. For the College of Arts and Sciences College Distribution Requirement E-Language, students whose native language is not English must show English as a Second Language study on an official high school transcript. Four years of ESL at the high school level (9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades) will be the basis for a waiver of the CDR E Language requirement.

Proficiency Examination at UNL

1. For the University entrance requirement, students who do not have transcript documentation can request to take a proficiency exam in the language. (This is not the same test as the Modern Languages Placement Exam.) However, UNL will provide testing only in the languages it teaches. Currently, these languages are:

Arabic

French

German

Spanish

Russian

Czech

Japanese

Chinese

The Department of Modern Languages will oversee the test and provide written documentation to the Arts and Sciences Advising Center that the student has passed the proficiency test at the 102 level.

2. For the College of Arts and Sciences College Distribution Requirement E-Language, the Department of Modern Languages will oversee the test at the 202 level. If the student passes the test, the department will sign the College Request for Waiver form and indicate the level of proficiency. The form is then forwarded to the Arts and Sciences Advising Center for approval.

Distance Education

1. For the University entrance requirement, students without transcript documentation who claim proficiency in a language not taught at UNL, have the option of seeking out a distance education program in languages. If the student completes the equivalent of 102 from an approved distance education program, the student will meet the UNL entrance requirement. The student must have the course work approved before he/she takes/completes the course as equivalent to 102 by a College advisor. The student then completes the course and has the distance education program send the transcript to the Admissions Office.

2. For the College of Arts and Sciences College Distribution Requirement E-Language, the student can seek out a distance education program and complete the equivalent of the 202-level course. The student must submit the request on the College Request for Substitution form and have the course work approved by a College advisor. The student then completes the course and has the distance education program send the transcript to the Admissions Office.

Third Language Option

If a student demonstrates knowledge of two foreign languages at the 102 level, the College of Arts and Sciences may consider waiving two semesters of the four semester College Distribution Requirements E-Languages requirement. If this waiver were granted, the student would then be required to complete 101 and 102 in another (3rd language) at UNL.

Minimum Hours Required for Graduation

A minimum of 120 semester hours of credit is required for graduation from the College of Arts and Sciences. A total grade point average of at least 2.0 is required.

Grade Rules

Restrictions on C- and D Grades

The College will accept no more than 15 semester hours of C- and D grades from other schools except for UNO and UNK. No transfer C- and D grades can be applied toward requirements in a major or a minor. No UNL C- and D grades can be applied toward requirements in a major or a minor.

Pass/No Pass Privilege

University regulations for the Pass/No Pass (P/N) privilege state:

  • The Pass/No Pass option is designed for your use by seeking to expand your intellectual horizons by taking courses in areas where you may have had minimal preparation.

For students in Arts and Sciences, the University regulations for Pass/No Pass apply as follows:

  • Neither the P nor the N grade contribute to your GPA.
  • P is interpreted to mean C or above.
  • A change to or from a Pass/No Pass may be made until mid-term (1/2 of the course).
  • The Pass/No Pass or grade registration cannot conflict with the policy of the professor, department, college, or University governing the grading option.
  • Changing to or from Pass/No Pass requires using the MyRED system to change the grading option or filing a Drop/Add form with the Office of the University Registrar, 107 Canfield Administration Building. After mid-term of the course, a student registered for Pass/No Pass cannot change to a grade registration unless the Pass/No Pass registration is in conflict with the policy of the professor, department, college, or University governing Pass/No Pass.
  • The Pass/No Pass grading option cannot be used for the removal of C- or D or F grades.

Pass/No Pass privileges in the College of Arts and Sciences are extended to students according to the following additional regulations:

  • Pass/No Pass hours can count toward fulfillment of University ACE requirements and college distribution requirements up to the 24-hour maximum.
  • Many Arts and Sciences departments and programs do not allow courses in the major or minor to be taken Pass/No Pass; students should refer to the department’s or program’s section of the bulletin for clarification. By college rule, departments can allow up to 6 hours of Pass/No Pass in the major or minor.
  • Departments may specify that certain courses of theirs can be taken only on a P/N basis.
  • The college will permit no more than a total of 24 semester hours of P/N grades to be applied toward degree requirements. This total includes all Pass grades earned at UNL and other U.S. schools. NOTE: This 24-hour limit is more restrictive than the University regulation.

Students who wish to apply P/N hours to their major and minor(s) must obtain approval on a form that is available in the Arts and Sciences Advising Center, 107 Oldfather Hall.

Grading Appeals

A student who feels that he/she has been unfairly graded must ordinarily take the following sequential steps in a timely manner, usually by initiating the appeal in the semester following the awarding of the grade:

1. Talk with the instructor concerned. Most problems are resolved at this point.

2. Talk to the instructor’s department chairperson.

3. Take the case to the Grading Appeal Committee of the department concerned. The Committee should be contacted through the department chairperson.

4. Take the case to the College Grading Appeals Committee by contacting the Dean’s Office, 1223 Oldfather Hall.

Course Level Requirements

Courses Numbered above 299

Thirty of the 120 semester hours of credit must be in courses numbered above 299. Of the 30 hours above 299, 15 hours (1/2) must be completed in residence at UNL. NOTE: ALEC 397E and ALEC 397K do not count toward these 30 hours.

Graduate Courses

Seniors in the University who have obtained in advance the approval of the dean for Graduate Studies may receive up to 12 hours credit for graduate courses taken in addition to the courses necessary to complete their undergraduate work, provided that such credits are earned within the calendar year prior to receipt of the baccalaureate. For procedures, inquire at the Office of Graduate Studies.

Course work taken prior to receipt of the baccalaureate may not always be accepted for transfer to other institutions as graduate work.

Residency

Residency Requirement and Open Enrollment and Summer Independent Study Courses

Students must complete at least 30 of the 120 total hours for their degree at UNL. Students must complete at least 1/2 of their major course work including 6 hours above 299 in their major, and 15 of the 30 hours required above 299 in residence. Credit earned during education abroad may be used toward the residency requirement if students register through UNL and participate in prior-approved education abroad programs. UNL open enrollment and summer independent study courses count toward residence.

ACE Requirements

Consistent with the mission and values of the University, ACE is based on a shared set of four institutional objectives and 10 student learning outcomes. The ACE program was approved by faculty in all eight undergraduate colleges and endorsed by the Faculty Senate, the student government, and the Academic Planning Committee in January 2008 for implementation in the fall 2009. ACE aligns with current national initiatives in general education.

Key characteristics of ACE demonstrate the benefits of the program to students:

  • Students receive a broad education with exposure to multiple disciplines, critical life skills and important reasoning, inquiry, and civic capacities.
  • ACE is simple and transparent for students, faculty and advisors. Students complete the equivalent of 3 credit hours for each of the ten student learning outcomes.
  • Students connect and integrate their ACE experiences with their selected major.
  • Students can transfer all ACE certified courses across colleges within the institution to meet the ACE requirement and any course from outside the institution that is directly equivalent to a UNL ACE-certified course. Courses from outside institutions without direct equivalents may be considered with appropriate documentation for ACE credit (see academic advisor).

ACE allows faculty to assess and improve their effectiveness and facilitate students’ learning.

ACE Institutional Objectives and Student Learning Outcomes

To meet the ACE Program requirement, a student will complete a minimum of 3 credit hours for each of the ten ACE Student Learning Outcomes (a total of 30 ACE credit hours). See the ACE website at: http://ace.unl.edu for the most current information and the most recently certified courses.

Bulletin Rule

Students must fulfill the requirements stated in the bulletin for the academic year in which they are first admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UNL. In consultation with advisors, a student may choose to follow a subsequent bulletin for any academic year in which they are admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UNL in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single bulletin year. Beginning in 1990-1991 the bulletin which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.

Attention

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