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Why major in Women's Studies?

While Mississippi and the nation are making some gains in bridging the gender gap, a recent report from the Washington-based Institute for Women's Policy Research emphasizes that women in the USA, and Mississippi women in particular, are still struggling toward equity in education, employment, and health. In fact, the IWPR labeled Mississippi as overall, "the worst state for women."

In 2010, the Mississippi Commission on the Status of Women reported that 24 percent of Mississippi women lived in poverty, up from 22 percent in 2000. A systematic study of the problems and the issues connected with gender inequity brings awareness and understanding. With understanding comes the power to change society for the better. An interdisciplinary major in Women's Studies at our institution reflects the truth of women's needs in our world: we must work in collaboration to achieve comprehensive improvement for women in health, education, politics, economics, media image, etc.

Women's Studies provides a broad liberal arts background that helps build skills in critical thinking and problem solving, data collection and analysis, oral, written and presentation expertise, and collaborative teamwork . A major in Women's Studies also provides in-depth knowledge of the gender dynamics, strategies and organizational skills needed to address gender inequalities, promoting skills which are needed in the human resources field, in political think tanks, in management, and in a variety of professions such as law, science and medicine.

 

Women's Studies Major Requirements

General Education Curriculum (39-40 Credit Hours)

See General Education Curriculum in University Bulletin >

Major Courses

WS 200 - Introduction to Women's Studies
WS 308 - Western Women's Roles in Religion
WS 315 - Women Artists in History
WS 499 - Women's Studies Capstone Course

Select one of the following (3 Credit Hours)

WS 262 - Women in Spanish Film
WS 303 - Images of Women in Film

Select one of the following (3 Credit Hours)

WS 324 - Women in European History: From Antiquity to the Age of the French Revolution
WS 326 - Women in American History

Select one of the following (3 Credit Hours)

WS 350 - Women in Literature
WS 375 -Women in Medieval Literature

Select one of the following (3 Credit Hours)

WS 351 - Women's Experiences of Family Life
WS 352 - Psychology of Women

Select one of the following (3 Credit Hours)

WS 382 - Women's Health Issues
WS 384 - Strategies for the Managerial Woman
OR An approved course with significant women’s studies content from a discipline besides Psychology, Family Studies, History, or English.

Select one of the following (3 Credit Hours)

WS 400 - Special Topics in Women's Studies
OR An approved special topics course from another discipline which contains significant women’s studies content.

Select one of the following (3 Credit Hours)

WS 425 - Gender Development
OR An approved 400 level special topics course from another discipline which contains significant women’s studies content.

TOTAL Women's Studies Hours: 33 Semester Hours

TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED FOR B.A. in WOMEN'S STUDIES: 124 SEMESTER HOURS