Bachelor of Arts in Women's and Gender Studies


Director
Holly Laird, English
Frances W O'Hornett Chair of Literature

The program in Women’s and Gender Studies at The University of Tulsa considers how gender and other intersecting factors, such as race, class, culture, sexuality, and age, have worked to shape the life experiences of women and men from diverse backgrounds. The program analyzes the contemporary and historical factors that underlie the current statuses of women and men from all parts of the world and explores the various means by which people have sought to achieve equality.

The program’s dual emphases on interdisciplinarity and intersectionality offer students analytical frameworks and methological tools with which to understand people’s life experiences, human interactions, and economic and social institutions. By promoting awareness and knowledge of status-based oppression; of people’s inter-relationships; and of the ways in which civil rights movements throughout history have struggled for equity, the program seeks to contribute to changing attitudes and practices that tend to silence people’s voices or that work to devalue, marginalize, or subordinate women and men’s choices and life experiences. The B.A. degree is offered in this area.

Major Requirements (30 Hours)
The Women’s and Gender Studies major requires a minimum of 30 hours of course work, 6 hours in the Women’s and Gender Studies core and 24 hours in Women’s and Gender Studies electives. Courses from at least three disciplines must be included in the elective credits, and twenty-one hours must be seven courses at or above the 3000 level. Special topics courses and other variable content courses may be counted toward elective course requirements with the approval of the Women’s and Gender Studies Governing Board.

The capstone to the major is the Senior Project (a college requirement).

Minor Requirements (12 Hours)
The Women’s and Gender Studies minor requires a minimum of 12 hours of course work. Students must complete WS 2013, WS 3113, and 6 hours in Women’s and Gender Studies electives. Courses from two disciplines must be included in the elective credits, and three hours must be at or above the 3000 level. Special topics courses and other variable content courses may be counted toward elective course requirements with the approval of the Women’s and Gender Studies Governing Board.

Women’s and Gender Studies Core

  • WS 2013, Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
  • WS 3113, Feminist Theory (Prerequisite: WS 2013 or permission of instructor)

Women’s and Gender Studies Electives

  • WS/Thea 1043, Twentieth Century American Women Playwrights
  • WS/Thea 2033, Housewives to Harridans: Images of Women in Drama
  • WS/Hist 2053, European Women of History Since 1700
  • WS/Psy 2083, Psychology of Trauma
  • WS/Atrg 2103, Women and Sports
  • WS/Soc 2123, Crime, Justice, and Social Order
  • WS/Soc 2133, Inequality in American Society
  • WS/Pol 2153, Women and Democracy on Film
  • WS/Engl 2193, Literary Genders
  • WS/Lang 2213, Language, Gender and Society
  • WS/Thea 2523, Contemporary Women Playwrights
  • WS 3013/Soc 3023, Sociology of Work and Occupations
  • WS/Cplt 3023, French Feminism
  • WS/Soc 3053, Socialization
  • WS/Soc 3063, Sociology of Education
  • WS/Soc 3093, Sociology of Poverty
  • WS/Soc 3123, Sociology of Family
  • WS/Soc 3133, Social Movements
  • WS/Anth 3173, Gender Across Cultures
  • WS 3183, The Vampire in History and Culture
  • WS/Hist 3273, History of Women in the United States to 1900
  • WS/Hist 3283, History of Women in the United States since 1900
  • WS/Com 3323, Interpersonal Communication
  • WS/Engl 3473, The Victorian Period in British Literature
  • WS/Com 3483, Principles of Visual Communication
  • WS/Engl 3513, Modern Women Writers
  • WS/Engl 3523, Gender in Modernism and Postmodernism
  • WS/Engl 3753, Black American Women Writers
  • WS 4013, Women and Law
  • WS/Psy 4023, Psychology of Women
  • WS/Pol 4043, Women’s Movements in Asia
  • WS/Psy 4063, Psychology of Diversity
  • WS 4123, Colloquium in Women’s Studies
  • WS 4143/Hist 4263, Men and Women at War
  • WS/Soc 4153, Women and Health
  • WS/ArtH 4213, Feminism and Contemporary Art
  • WS 4383, Queer Theory/Queer Lives
  • WS/Rel 4473, The Sacred Feminine