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Women and Gender Studies

The women and gender studies major is an interdisciplinary program appropriate as a complement to various majors. This major is particularly useful in acquiring perspectives that complement traditional studies for developing leadership roles or for pursuing careers that involve women's concerns. Women and gender studies offers an undergraduate major, minor and, with departmental approval, a graduate emphasis.

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The Program

Women and gender studies focuses on women in society and aims to raise women's aspirations, expand awareness of their capabilities and widen the knowledge and development of both female and male students.

Women and gender studies courses aim to:

  1. Enhance the marketability of students who are interested in how issues regarding women impact a variety of employment opportunities, including business, social work, education and public policy;
  2. Attract students who are keenly interested in women and gender studies to major in this discipline; and
  3. Provide an opportunity for men and women to learn more about women's roles in society.

The teaching and learning approach tends to be interdisciplinary, emphasizing relationships and connections between traditional disciplines.

General Education

The introductory Women and Gender Studies classes, WGS 110 and 112, provide an avenue for students to fulfill North Dakota State University's cultural diversity requirements while earning the undergraduate major. All students are required to take 40 credits of general education course work from categories including but not limited to, communication, humanities and fine arts, social and behavioral sciences, wellness, cultural diversity, global perspectives and wellness.

Career Opportunities

A women and gender studies student will strengthen skills in writing, critical thinking, oral presentation, team work and leadership. These skills are important in today's evolving job market oriented by increased needs for communication skills, new technologies, rapid economic change and resourceful employees. Women and gender studies courses, which emphasize the value of diversity, relationships and coalition building, prepare graduates to listen, to communicate across differences in background and viewpoint, to analyze reports and to respond openly to change. These are all characteristics required to pursue successful careers in teaching and school administration; social services, law enforcement, counseling, and community organization; communication, business, marketing, human resources, and management; services and hospitality industries; and in healthcare fields such as nursing, medicine, pharmacy and administration.

The Program Organization

The Women and Gender Studies Advisory Board consists of representatives from each of seven colleges and the deans of each of the sponsoring colleges. The women and gender studies director administers the program.

Susan Andrews

Compass Program

Ann Burnett

women and gender Studies, Director

Elizabeth Birmingham

English

Virginia Clark Johnson

Human Development and Education, Dean

Sarah Dodd

Sexual Assault Prevention Programs, Assistant Director

Erienne Fawcett

Women and Gender Studies, Assistant Director

Kara Gravley-Stack

Director of Diversity Intitiatives

Ineke Justitz

History

Kent Sandstrom

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Dean

Christina Weber

Sociology

Kim Vonnahme

Animal Sciences

David Wittrock

Graduate School

The women and gender studies faculty includes NDSU faculty members who teach a women and gender studies course, or wish to be affiliated with the women and gender studies program and identify with the women and gender studies program mission.

      You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for our own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.

Marie Curie

Quote from Light One Candle. N.Y. Peter Pauper Press, 1991.

The Curriculum


The women and gender studies major consists of a total of 36 approved semester credits. Students must take all five core courses, two electives, then 15 elective credits in their area of choice.

The women and gender studies minor consists of a total of 18 approved semester credits. Students must take two required courses; then they may take four of any of the courses listed as core courses. At least three credits must be taken in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and three credits in the College of Human Development and Education. Appropriate courses not on either the required or core list must be approved by the program administrators.

Sample Curriculum

Undergraduate women and gender Studies Minor

General Education Requirements

Credits

____________________________________________________

First Year Experience

  Univ. 189 - Skills for Academic Success

1

Communication

  Comm. 110 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3

  Engl. 110, 120 - College Composition I, II

3, 3

  English Upper Division Writing

3

Quantitative Reasoning

3

Science & Technology

10

Humanities & Fine Arts

  WGS 110 - Introduction to Women's Studies

3

  Humanities and Fine Arts Elective

3

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  Soc. 412 - Sociology of Sex Roles

3

  Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective

3

Wellness

2

Cultural Diversity

  WGS 110 - Introduction to Women's Studies

-

Global Perspective

-

Total

40

College/Department Requirements

Credits

____________________________________________________

Humanities Elective

3

Social Science Elective(s)

3 or 6

Fine Arts Elective(s)

3 or 6

Total

12

Major Requirements

Credits

____________________________________________________

Soc. 424 - Feminist Theory and Discourse

3

WGS 350 - Perspectives in Women's Studies

3

WGS 489 - Internship

3

WGS Electives

6

Topic Electives

15

Electives/Minor/Foreign Language

40

Total

70

CURRICULUM TOTAL

122

This sample curriculum is not intended to serve as a curriculum guide for current students, but rather an example of course offerings for prospective students. For the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of entrance into a program, consult with an academic adviser or with the Office of Registration and Records.

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Contact Information

Department of Womens's Studies
Ann Burnett

North Dakota State University
Minard Hall 200
Dept. 2355, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58105-6050

Tel: (701) 231-7290 / Fax: (701) 231-1047
Email: Erienne.Fawcett@ndsu.edu
Web: www.ndsu.edu/wgs

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