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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

Women's Studies Certificate

College of Arts and Humanities
2101 Woods Hall, 301-405-6877

See Women's Studies Department for faculty roster.

The Women's Studies Certificate Program consists of an integrated, interdisciplinary curriculum on women and gender that is designed to supplement a student's major. Any student in good standing may enroll in the certificate program by declaring her/his intention to the Women's Studies Department. For additional information contact the Women's Studies office, 301-405-6827.

Requirements for Certificate

To qualify for a certificate in Women's Studies, a student will be required to earn 21 credits in Women's Studies courses, nine of which must be at the 300/400 level. No more than three credit hours of special topics courses may be counted toward the certificate. No more than nine credits which are applied toward a major may be included in the certificate program. No more than nine credit hours may be taken at institutions other than the University of Maryland. Each student must obtain a grade of "C-" or better in each course that is to be counted toward the certificate. An overall GPA of 2.0 in the certificate is required for graduation. Of the 21 credits, courses must be distributed as follows:

  1. Requirements for the Certificate

Foundation Courses (9 credit hours)

WMST200      Introduction to Women's Studies: Women and Society, OR

WMST250      Introduction to Women's Studies: Women, Art & Culture

WMST400      Theories of Feminism

WMST488      Senior Seminar

2. Distributive Courses

Area I: Arts and Literature (3 credit hours)

WMST241      Women Writers of French Expression in Translation (X-listed as FREN241)

WMST250      Introduction to Women's Studies: Women, Art, and Culture

WMST255      Introduction to Literature by Women (X-listed as ENGL255)

WMST275      World Literature by Women (X-listed as CMLT 275)

WMST281      Women in German Literature and Society (X-listed as GERM281)

WMST348      Literary Works by Women (x-listed as ENGL348)

WMST408      Special Topics in Literature by Women before 1800 (X-listed as ENGL 408)

WMST444      Feminist Critical Theory (X-listed as ENGL 444)

WMST448      Special Topics in Literature by Women of Color* (X-listed as ENGL448)

WMST458      Special Topics in Literature by Women after 1800 (X-listed as ENGL458)

WMST466      Feminist Perspective on Women in Art (X-listed as ARTH466)

WMST468      Feminist Cultural Studies

WMST481      Femmes Fatales and the Representation of Violence in Literature(X-listed as FREN481)

WMST496      African -American Women Filmmakers* (X-listed as THET 496)

FREN482        Gender and Ethnicity in Modern French Literature

Area II: Historical Perspectives (3 credit hours)

WMST210      Women in America to 1880(X-listed as HIST 210)

WMST211      Women in America Since 1880 (X-listed as HIST 211)

WMST212      Women in Western Europe, 1750-present (X-listed as HIST212)

WMST320      Women in Classical Antiquity (X-listed as CLAS 320)

WMST453      Victorian Women in England, France, and the United States (X-listed as HIST 493)

WMST454      Women in Africa* (X-listed as HIST 494)

WMST455      Women in Medieval Culture and Society (X-listed as HIST495)

WMST456      Women in the Middle East*

WMST457      Changing Perceptions of Gender in the US: 1880-1935 (X-listed as HIST 433)

AASP313        Black Women in United States History*

AMST418J      Women and Family in American Life

Area III: Social and Natural Sciences (3 credit hours)

WMST200      Introduction to Women's Studies: Women and Society

WMST313      Women and Science (X-listed as BSCI 313)

WMST324      Communication and Gender (x-listed as COMM 324)

WMST325      Sociology of Gender (X-listed as SOCY 325)

WMST326      Biology of Reproduction (X-listed as BSCI 342)

WMST336      Psychology of Women (X-listed as PSYC 366)

WMST360      Caribbean Women*

WMST410      Women in the African Diaspora*

WMST420      Asian-American Women*

WMST425      Gender Roles and Social Institutions

WMST430      Gender Issues in Families (X-listed as FMST 430)

WMST436      Legal Status of Women (X-listed as GVPT 436)

WMST452      Women and the Media (X-listed as JOUR 452)

WMST471      Women's Health (X-listed as HLTH 471)

WMST493      Jewish Women in International Perspective*

WMST494      Lesbian Communities and Difference*

AASP498F     Special Topics in Black Culture: Women and Work*

CCJS498       Special Topics in Criminology and Criminal Justice: Women and Crime

SOCY498W   Special Topics in Sociology: Women in the Military

*Fulfills Women's Studies Cultural Diversity Requirement

3. Courses in Cultural Diversity (3 credit hours)

Students will select one course for a minimum of 3 credit hours. Approved courses are noted with an asterisk in section 2, above. Courses in this category may overlap with other requirements.

4. Remaining Courses
The remaining courses may be chosen from any of the three distributive areas or from among any of the WMST courses including WMST 298 or 498: Special Topics and WMST 499: Independent Study.

To obtain more information, contact the Undergraduate Advisor, 301-405-6827, or write to the Women's Studies Department, 2101 Woods Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742.
Course Code: WMST

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