Pursuing Women’s & Gender Studies at Regis

A Bachelor of Arts in Women's and Gender Studies examines the intersections of gender, race, and class, and also considers how gender roles are constructed in different global cultures and historical periods.
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B.A. in Women’s & Gender Studies

Degree Overview

Women's and Gender studies is an interdisciplinary field that explores the overlooked and often devalued historical and contemporary roles, experiences, and achievements of women. Women have made important contributions in traditionally defined “male pursuits” (politics, science, art, etc.) and have also challenged dominant ideologies by highlighting the importance of traditional women’s spheres of nurturing and family. Women’s experiences and participation have lead to the reexamination of long-held interpretations and conventional wisdoms in a wide variety of academic fields. Women's and Gender Studies examines the intersections of gender, race, and class, and also considers how gender roles are constructed in different global cultures and historical periods. Uniting all women and gender studies inquiries is the effort to understand and explain inequality between men and women, and to envision the possibility of new social practices that could bring about greater equality and mutual understanding.

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of this degree at Regis University. Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list below and you should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 for recent changes and updates.

This degree program requires 128.00 credit hours for completion. Please contact your advisor or the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

Regis College: Core Requirements

Economics

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(3-6 SH)
Take 1 of the following groups:
Group 1: EC 200 - Intro to the American Economy
Group 2: EC 320 - Principles of Macroeconomics
and
EC 330 - Principles of Microeconomics

EN 250 - Literature Matters

Introduces the literary genres of poetry, fiction, and drama, with an emphasis on works that have had a profound influence on our world. Students will write a series of analytical essays, including at least one research essay.

Pre-requisite: TAKE RCC*200

Fine Arts

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(3SH)
Take three (3) semester hours of Fine Arts
from the following courses:
any 200-level FAC course, FAHS 211, FAHS 212

Foreign Language

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(6-8SH)
Take two classes in one language

Foundational

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(6 SH)
Take 1 of the following groups:
Group 1: RCC 200 - Writing Analytically (Fall)
Communicative Intensive (Spring)
Group 2: Commitment Program Students
RCC 200A - Writing Analytically A (Fall)
RCC 200B - Writing Analytically B (Spring)
Group 3: Honors Program Students
RCC 200H - Honors Writing Seminar (Fall)
RCC 300H - Honors Trad & Innovation (Spring)

History

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(3SH)
Three (3) credits from any 200-level History course

Integrative

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(12SH)
Take all of the following courses:
RCC 400D (Group 1), RCC 410E (Group 2),
RCC 420J (Group 3), RCC 430M (Group 4)

Mathematics

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(3-4SH)
Take one of the following Mathematics course:
MT 201, MT 204, MT 270, MT 270C, MT 272, MT 272C
MT 360A, MT 360B

Natural Science

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(4SH)
Take one Natural Science course (Group 1) with the
accompanying lab (Group 2).
Eligible courses include:
BL( 204/5E-W, 208/9, 216/17, 260/1, 262/3), ENVS 250/1,
GE 208/9, PH (202A, 205A, 304A, 305A),
AS 250/1 (Non-Science majors),
NS 260/1 (cannot be counted for Psychology Majors)

Philosophy

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(3SH)
Take one of the following Philosophy courses:
PL 270, PL 270C, PL 270H, PL 270P

Public Speaking

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(3SH)
Speech Communication

Religious Studies

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(3SH)
Any 300 level RT course

RT 201 - Religion and the Human Quest

Considering human existence in relation to the sacred and drawing on Eastern and Western religious traditions, this course explores religious perspectives on human questions about life, suffering, goodness, and ultimacy.

Cross listing(s): RT 201C.

Social Science

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(3SH)
Take three (3) semester hours from the following course list
ED 204, POL 215, POL 231, POL 241, PY 250, PY 250C, PY 250H,
SO 200, SO 200C, SO 203, AN/SO 204, PJ 200

RC: Women's and Gender Studies Major

Electives

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Take fifteen (15) upper division semester hours of
Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) courses.

Humanities

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Take one of the following courses:
WGS 410E-W, WGS 435, WGS 437,
WGS 460E-W, WGS 470, WGS 485H, WGS 490E-W

Social Science

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Take one of the following courses:
WGS 411, WGS 424, WGS 440, WGS 441, WGS 444,
WGS 450, WGS 467, WGS 485E, WGS 485M

WGS 400 - Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies

Presents an interdisciplinary study of gender in society. Introduces theoretical framework for examining sexual difference in history, culture, and contemporary society. Applies concepts and methods of Woman146s and Gender Studies to such topics as family, religion, work, sexuality, and societal change.

WGS 498E-W - Internship in Women's and Gender Studies

Provides intensive and practical work experience related to Women's and Gender Studies.

WGS 499 - Women's and Gender Studies Senior Thesis

Students meet regularly with their thesis advisor to prepare a thesis paper based on independent research. The thesis will be defended before the Women's and Gender Studies Committee before the end of the semester.

Course Descriptions

Listed below are the available courses offered at Regis University within this respective degree program. The courses below include the degree program requirements as well as subject related courses. Please contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 for recent changes and updates.

WGS 400 Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies (3.00)

Presents an interdisciplinary study of gender in society. Introduces theoretical framework for examining sexual difference in history, culture, and contemporary society. Applies concepts and methods of Woman146s and Gender Studies to such topics as family, religion, work, sexuality, and societal change.

WGS 401 Women's Health Issues (3.00)

Focuses on the maintenance and promotion of women's health across the full spectrum of women's lives. Explores physiological, psychological, cultural, economic, sociological, and spiritual factors that influence women's health over the lifespan.

Cross listing(s): HSC 401 PE 401.

WGS 410E-W Women in Literature: (3.00)

Surveys women's literary achievement, or focuses on a particular historical period or cultural milieu, ethnographic perspective or social theme. Examines literary and critical works focusing on women's viewpoints in social, cultural, economic, and aesthetic contexts.

Pre-requisite: TAKE CCS*200 EN*210 OR WS*400;

Cross listing(s): EN 410E-W.

WGS 411 Food, Gender, and Culture (3.00)

Explores ways in which preparing, eating, and thinking about food reflects culturally determined gender and power relations in societies around the world.

Cross listing(s): AN 411 SO 411.

WGS 424 Sex, Gender and Society (3.00)

Examines the social construction of gender difference and stereotypes in the US and other cultures. Performs critical analysis of biological, sociological, anthropological, historical, and psychological explanations of masculinity and femininity. Includes intersections between gender and ethnicity, sexual orientation, social class, friendship, love, work, and disability.

Cross listing(s): SO 424.

WGS 433 Contemp Hispanic Women Writers (3.00)

Surveys contemporary Hispanic women's literary achievements. May draw from the literature of Latin America, the United States and Spain. Examines literary and critical works focusing on women's viewpoints in social, cultural, economic and aesthetic contexts.

Cross listing(s): SP 433.

WGS 435 Images of Women in Art & Popular Media (3.00)

Examines the visual representation of women in both art and the popular media. Emphasizes the examination of the construction of gender utilizing various theoretical models of analysis.

Pre-requisite: FAC*200 FAC*211 FAC*212

Cross listing(s): FAHS 435.

WGS 437 Writing by and About Hispanic Women (3.00)

Analyzes the creation and re-creation of the female persona in selected texts by and about Hispanic women writers from the middle ages to the present. Emphasizes critical analysis and the continued development of speaking, reading, writing, listening and cultural proficiency.

Pre-requisite: SP*309B

Cross listing(s): SP 437.

WGS 440 Gender, Sexuality & Communication (3.00)

Explores connections between communication, gender, and sexuality in close relationships, organizations and the media. Course involves readings, dialogues, films, field trips, and group projects.

Pre-requisite: TAKE WS*400 COM*380;

Cross listing(s): COM 440 PJ 440.

WGS 444 Economics of Poverty and Inequality (3.00)

Examines poverty, inequality, and discrimination in an economic context and explores the effectiveness of government policies designed to address associated inequalities. Consideration is given to the wealth gap, wage disparities, and capital access both within countries and between countries.

Pre-requisite: EC*320 EC*330

Cross listing(s): EC 444 BA 444 PJ 444.

WGS 449 18th Century Novel (3.00)

Studies representative novels of the period, reflecting the dominant genres such as Realistic, Sentimental and Gothic.

Pre-requisite: CCS*200 OR EN*210

Cross listing(s): EN 449.

WGS 450 Psychology of Women (3.00)

Introduces issues surrounding the psychology of women. The major domains of psychology used to address topics about women's behavioral and mental processes and how they are formed and altered by a woman's physical state, mental state, and external environment.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PY*250 WS*400;

Cross listing(s): PY 450.

WGS 460E-W Women and Religion: (3.00)

Explores the role of women in various religious traditions, feminine images of the divine, feminist approaches to spirituality, and contemporary models of religious expression and worship.

Pre-requisite: TAKE RS*200 OR WS*400;

Cross listing(s): RC 460E-W.

WGS 467 Human Sexuality (3.00)

Focuses on the physiological, behavioral, cognitive, and social aspects of human behavior as related to human sexuality using a multidisciplinary and life-span approach. Topics include physiology, communication, gender, development, orientation, violence, the marketplace, culture, religion, and health.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PY*250 OR WS*400;

Cross listing(s): PY 467.

WGS 470 Feminist Theory (3.00)

Focuses on the striking emergence of feminist philosophy in the last half of the twentieth century. Studies the development of this movement, its impact on philosophy, and the changes it portends for future philosophizing. Emphasis may be on different approaches with feminist thinking (e.g., Anglo-American vs. French feminist writers) or on specific issues in feminist thought.

Pre-requisite: TAKE WS*400;

Cross listing(s): PL 470.

WGS 485E-W Spec Topics:Women's/Gender Studies: (3.00)

Offers and discusses selected topics in Women's and Gender Studies.

Pre-requisite: TAKE WS*400;

WGS 490E-W Select Top in Feminist Theory: (3.00)

Discusses a variety of topics in feminist theory from eighteenth and nineteenth century writers such as Wollstonecraft and Mill to contemporary feminist thinkers. Among the possible topics to be considered are: Liberal reformism or radical transformation, the politics of difference, the challenges of postmodernism, feminism and women of color, etc.

Pre-requisite: TAKE WS*400;

WGS 495E-W Ind Stdy/Women's and Gender Studies (3.00)

Provides an opportunity for independent study in an area of interest in women's and gender studies.

Pre-requisite: TAKE WS*400;

WGS 498E-W Internship in Women's and Gender Studies (3.00)

Provides intensive and practical work experience related to Women's and Gender Studies.

WGS 499 Women's and Gender Studies Senior Thesis (3.00)

Students meet regularly with their thesis advisor to prepare a thesis paper based on independent research. The thesis will be defended before the Women's and Gender Studies Committee before the end of the semester.

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