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Women’s Studies Program

Megan Taylor Shockley, Director of Women's Studies 

The Women's Studies Minor at Longwood College offers students an interdisciplinary program that incorporates an understanding of gender perspectives in all areas of the curriculum.  While reflecting the diversity of women's lives, the program examines the dynamics of race, class, and gender categories from the perspective of women in all their variety.  The program encourages students to explore the world in which they live.

Students wishing to minor in Women's Studies should sign up in the Office of Registration. 

Requirements for 18-Credit Minor in Women's Studies 

In order to complete a minor in Women's Studies, students must: 

1.

File a form of intention to pursue the minor at the Office of Registration,

2.

Earn a grade point average of 2.0 in those courses chosen to meet the  minor requirements, and

3.

Complete 18 hours of course work (including at least 12 hours at the 300 or 400 level) from the following courses.

ANTH 106/WSTU 106  Introduction to Women's Studies/3 credits 
ANTH 325 Women and Society/3 credits  
ART  360 Women in the Visual Arts/3 credits
COMM 370 Gender and Communication/3 credits
ENGL 258 Women and Film/3 credits  
ENGL 260 Mythology/3 credits
ENGL 432 Women and Literature/3 credits 
HLTH 430 Women’s Health and Health Care Issues/3 credits 
HIST 321  The History of Women in America/3 credits
HIST 470 Women in World History/3 credits
POSC 245 Gender and Politics/3 credits  
PSYC 350 Psychology of Sex and Gender/3 credits  
SOCL 241 Marriage and the Family/3 credits
SOCL 325 Women and Society/3 credits  
SOCL 351 Sociology of Domestic Violence/3 credits  
SOCL 423 Women and Crime/3 credits  
THEA 431 American Drama/3 credits
WSTU 295 Selected Topics/1-3 credits  
WSTU 489 Directed Study/2-3 credits
WSTU 492 Internship in Women’s Studies/1-6 credits  
WSTU 495  Special Topics/1-6 credits  

(and other courses to be approved by the Women's Studies Committee) 

In addition to the above courses, students are encouraged to participate in Women's Studies events on campus. 

WOMEN’S STUDIES COURSE DESCRIPTIONS 

Women’s Studies 106.  Introduction to Women's Studies. The course will introduce students to literature in the social sciences by and about women. We will explore key roles which women play in society, how they have questioned these roles, and contributions which women make in different societies. We will read about women in our own and other societies as a way to explore these questions. 3 credits.

Women’s Studies 295. Selected Topics. Selected topics in Women’s Studies. The topics will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit when topics change. 1-3 credits. 

WOMEN’S STUDIES 390.  Directed or Independent Study.  Must be approved by the head of the department.  May be repeated as 391.  1-18 credits. 

Women’s Studies 489. Directed Study. Symposium in Women’s Studies  sponsored by the Washington Center. Forty to 60 hours of lectures, panel discussions, workshops, site visits, and bi-weekly discussion groups over a 2 to 3 week period in Washing-ton, D.C. Prerequisites: two courses in Women’s Studies, 2.5 GPA, and approval of the Director of Women’s Studies. The work done in the Symposium will be evaluated by a faculty member designated by the Program Director, and cannot be double-counted at Longwood to meet the requirements of other disciplines. 2-3 credits. 

Women’s Studies 492. Internship in Women’s Studies. Directed practice in a public, private, or community agency or organization which has as one of its goals the improvement of the status of women. Students work with an on-site supervisor who guides their internship in collaboration with a faculty liaison appointed by the Director of Women’s Studies. Prerequisites: two courses in Women’s Studies, 2.5 GPA, and permission of the Longwood Women’s Studies Committee. 1-6 credits. 

WOMEN’S STUDIES 490.  Directed or Independent Study.  Must be approved by the head of the department.  1-18 credits. 

Women’s Studies 495. Special Topics. Selected topics in Women’s Studies. The topics may vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit when topics change. 1-6 credits. 

For further information on the Women’s Studies Minor at Longwood College, please contact Dr. Nancy Krippel (mailto:nkrippel@longwood.lwc.edu) in the Office of Academic Affairs or Dr. Megan Taylor Shockley (mailto:mshockle@longwood.lwc.edu), Department of History and Political Science..

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