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Women's and Gender Studies Program
Major, Minor, and Honors Program Information

The Women's and Gender Studies Major

Women's and Gender Studies offers a range of interdisciplinary courses as well as an extensive list of associated courses, offered by other departments and programs, that have central focus on gender or women. The major is administered by the Women's and Gender Studies Steering Committee. Students design their major plans in consultation with an adviser and with the Chair. Only the Chair may sign major cards. Students interested in becoming majors should consult the Chair well in advance of their intended declaration of a major.

Prerequisite: Women's and Gender Studies 10: Sex, Gender and Society

Requirements: (9 additional courses)

1. Women's and Gender Studies 15: Roots of Feminism

2. Women's and Gender Studies 16: Contemporary Issues in Feminism

3. Women's and Gender Studies 80: (Senior Seminar)

4. Three additional Women's and Gender Studies Courses

5. Three additional courses selected from Women's and Gender Studies offerings or from associated courses

6. Concentration. In consultation with an adviser and the Chair, each student will include within the list of required courses an area of concentration consisting of at least three related courses. Some examples of possible areas of concentrations are Gender in Literature; Women in the Third World; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies; Women's History; or Sex and Gender in Science.

7. Diversity. Each student's major plan must include at least two courses that are clearly outside the area of concentration to provide diversity to the major.

Requirement 3 constitutes the culminating experience in the major.

Note: WGST 07 (First-Year Seminars) cannot be counted towards a WGST Major or Minor. Women’s and Gender Studies 98 and 99 (Honors Thesis) carry two credits toward degree requirements but count as only one credit toward major requirements.

If you wish to major: Schedule an appointment with the Women’s and Gender Studies Chair. In addition to major cards, Women’s and Gender Studies requires majors to complete the Women’s and Gender Studies Major Worksheet. Download a copy here.

Honors Program in Women's and Gender Studies

Women’s and Gender Studies majors will be invited to participate in the Women’s and Gender Studies Honors Program if, after completing seven Dartmouth terms, Women’s and Gender Studies 10, and four graded courses in the Women’s and Gender Studies major, they have achieved an overall College grade point average of 3.0 and a major average of 3.3.

The Honors Program consists of a two-term thesis project, Women’s and Gender Studies 98 and 99. Students will design their projects in consultation with the adviser who has agreed to direct the thesis. A student must secure an adviser’s preliminary endorsement of their project by May 1st of the junior year. Having secured the adviser’s endorsement, a student must submit a thesis proposal for the approval of the Women’s and Gender Studies Steering Committee by the second week of the fall term of the senior year. Women’s and Gender Studies 98 and 99 carry two credits toward degree requirements but count as only one credit toward major requirements.

Women’s and Gender Studies Minor

The Women’s and Gender Studies minor consists of six courses: Women’s and Gender Studies 10 (prerequisite); Women’s and Gender Studies 15 or 16; Women’s and Gender Studies 80; one other Women’s and Gender Studies course; and two additional courses selected from the Women’s and Gender Studies offerings or from associated courses.

If you wish to minor: Schedule an appointment with the Women’s and Gender Studies Chair. In additional to minor cards, Women’s and Gender Studies requires minors to complete the Women’s and Gender Studies Minor Worksheet. Download a copy here.

Women's and Gender Studies Modified Major

The modified major in Women's and Gender Studies combines gender-related interdisciplinary coursework taken under the auspices of the Women's and Gender Program with courses that are specific to a given discipline.  Students will design a coherent program of study as they combine their interest in gender studies with knowledge and skills provided by their secondary interest.

The courses in the secondary discipline should not be WGST cross-listed or associated courses; they should instead be courses necessary for students to gain proficiency in their chosen secondary discipline, i.e., courses that count for the major or minor in that discipline.

If you wish to modify a WGST Major: Schedule an appointment with the Women's and Gender Studies Chair. Students wishing to pursue a modified major in WGST must submit a written proposal that will be reviewed by the WGST Faculty Steering Committee; approval by the chair or other appropriate faculty member in the secondary discipline is also required. In addition to major cards, Women's and Gender Studies requires majors to complete the Women's and Gender Studies Modified Major Worksheet. Download a copy here.

Requirements for the Modified Major: (11 courses)

Women's and Gender Studies (7 courses: 4 Core + 3 Electives)

1.  WGST 10: Sex, Gender, and Society

2.  WGST 15: Roots of Feminism

3.  WGST 16: Contemporary Issues in Feminism

4.  WGST 80: Senior Seminar

5.  Three additional upper-level courses from the WGST course offerings.  One of these courses may be an associated course.

Secondary Discipline (4 courses from a single discipline)

1.  Four upper-level courses that count towards the Major/Minor in that discipline.

Modifying Another Major with Women's and Gender Studies

When Women's and Gender Studies becomes the secondary part of a modified major, five courses are required: WGST 10 (prerequisite) and four additional courses selected from the Women's and Gender Studies offerings. Only two of these courses can be associated courses. A modified major should be planned to form a coherent program of study with the major. Students must file a written statement with each department and the Registrar explaining the rationale for the courses selected for the modified major.

Last Updated: 7/25/13