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womensstudies.colostate.edu

Coordinated by the Director of the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research
Dr. Caridad Souza, Director

The Women’s Studies Program prepares individuals for the needs and opportunities of an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world. The Major in Ethnic Studies, Women’s Studies Concentration allows students to engage the complex indices of intersection including gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, ability, religion, and nationality as analyzed within various disciplines. Women’s studies transforms traditional disciplinary assumptions and theories, creates innovative models for teaching and research, and develops practices for challenging systems of power and privilege.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program of study, students will demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of academic disciplines from feminist and intersectional perspectives
  • An understanding of the historic and contemporary contributions of women of all cultures
  • Effective oral communication, writing, and research skills
  • An increase in critical thinking, intellectual, and personal growth
  • A critical ideological understanding regarding women and gender implicit in social institutions

Potential Occupations

Contemporary career opportunities can be directly enhanced by students who have a women’s studies background. Students acquire jobs in the non-profit sector, such as international relief agencies, domestic violence agencies, homeless shelters, after school programs, and children and family services. Other fields our students have entered include public relations, counseling, union organizing, public policy and research, victim advocacy, and human/civil rights. In several areas such as journalism, communication, business, law, education, and human services, it is now common to choose a career that has a direct focus on women and gender.

In areas that have not traditionally focused on women and gender, an awareness of the history and culture of feminism, women and the intersections of gender, race, class, and sexism can enhance a person’s ability to cope with dilemmas and issues related to gender and sex that arise in the workplace. In addition, students in women’s studies have the unique opportunity to apply insights from course work to their own lives, helping them to make more informed choices about careers, education, relationships, and community participation.

Effective Fall 2015

Students in the Ethnic Studies major must earn a minimum grade of C (2.00) for all Ethnic Studies courses required for the major.

Freshman
AUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
ETST 100Introduction to Ethnic Studies (GT-SS3)3E3
SPCM 200Public Speaking 3
WS 200Introduction to Women's Studies 3
Arts and Humanities3B3
Biological and Physical Sciences3A3
Mathematics1B3
Social and Behavioral Sciences3C3
Historical Perspectives3D3
Elective 3
 Total Credits 30
Sophomore
 
Select two courses from the following: 6
Introduction to Native American Literature  
Introduction to Chicano Literature  
Gender in the Economy (GT-SS1)3E 
Introduction to Queer Studies  
Ethnicity and the Media (GT-SS3)3E 
Native American Cultural Experience (GT-AH2)3B 
Asian-American History (GT-HI1)3D 
Chicana/o History and Culture (GT-HI1)3E 
Native American History (GT-HI1)3D 
Border Crossings: People/Politics/Culture (GT-SS3)3E 
Latina/o Populations in the U.S.  
ETST 254La Chicana in Society 3
PHIL 353Feminist Philosophies 3
Arts and Humanities3B3
Biological and Physical Sciences3A4
Electives 11
 Total Credits 30
Junior
 
Select two courses from the following: 6
Latin American Peasantries  
Gender and Anthropology  
African-American Studies  
Ethnicity and Film: Asian-American Experience  
Asian-Pacific Americans and the Law  
African American Resistance and Self-Creation  
Contemporary Chicana/o Issues  
Indigenous Women, Children, and Tribes  
Black Cinema and Media  
Global Environmental Justice Movements  
Caribbean Identities  
The Modern Caribbean  
Race Formation in the United States  
Psychology of Gender  
Independent Study  
Select one course from the following: 3
Writing in the Disciplines: Arts and Humanities (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Social Sciences (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Education (GT-CO3)2 
Select one from the following: 3
Gender in World Literature  
Modern Women Writers  
Gay and Lesbian Literature  
Select one course from the following: 3
Women and Gender in Europe, 1450-1789  
American Women's History to 1800  
American Women's History Since 1800  
Psychology of Women  
Gender and Communication  
Electives 15-17
 Total Credits 28-30
Senior
 
Select two courses from the following not previously taken: 6
Latin American Peasantries  
Gender and Anthropology  
African-American Studies  
Ethnicity and Film: Asian-American Experience  
Asian-Pacific Americans and the Law  
Contemporary Chicana/o Issues  
Indigenous Women, Children, and Tribes  
Black Cinema and Media  
Global Environmental Justice Movements  
Caribbean Identities  
The Modern Caribbean  
Race Formation in the United States  
Multiculturalism and the Media  
Psychology of Gender  
Independent Study  
ETST 405Ethnicity, Class, and Gender in the U.S.4A,4B3
ETST 493Ethnic Studies Research Methods and Writing4C3
IE 470Women and Development 3
WS 472Seminar in Women's Studies-Social Sciences 3
Electives2 14-16
 Total Credits 30-32
 Program Total Credits: 120
1

ETST 252/HIST 252 or ETST 255/HIST 255 may double count for both All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) 3D and major requirements. Students selecting this option must take an additional elective course to bring the program total to 120 credits.

2

Select enough elective credits to bring the program total to a minimum of 120 credits, of which at least 42 must be upper-division (300- to 400-level).

Distinctive Requirements for Degree Program:
Students in the Ethnic Studies major must earn a minimum grade of C (2.000) for all Ethnic Studies courses required for the major.
 

Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)  1A3
ETST 100Introduction to Ethnic Studies (GT-SS3)X 3E3
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A3
Historical Perspectives  3D3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
SPCM 200Public Speaking   3
WS 200Introduction to Women's Studies   3
MathematicsX 1B3
Social and Behavioral Sciences  3C3
Elective   3
CO 150 must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
 Total Credits   15
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ETST 254La Chicana in Society   3
Select two courses from the following:   6
Gender in the Economy (GT-SS1)  3E 
Introduction to Queer Studies    
Ethnicity and the Media (GT-SS3)  3E 
ETST 208/ART 208
    
Introduction to Native American Literature    
Introduction to Chicano Literature    
Native American Cultural Experience (GT-AH2)  3B 
Asian-American History (GT-HI1)  3D 
Chicana/o History and Culture (GT-HI1)  3E 
Native American History (GT-HI1)  3D 
Border Crossings: People/Politics/Culture (GT-SS3)  3E 
Latina/o Populations in the U.S.    
Electives   6
 Total Credits   15
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
PHIL 353Feminist Philosophies   3
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A4
Electives   5
 Total Credits   15
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select two courses from the following:   6
Gender and Anthropology    
African-American Studies    
ETST 319/ANTH 319
    
Ethnicity and Film: Asian-American Experience    
Asian-Pacific Americans and the Law    
African American Resistance and Self-Creation    
Contemporary Chicana/o Issues    
Indigenous Women, Children, and Tribes    
Black Cinema and Media    
Global Environmental Justice Movements    
Caribbean Identities    
The Modern Caribbean    
Race Formation in the United States    
Psychology of Gender    
Independent Study    
Select one course from the following:   3
Women and Gender in Europe, 1450-1789    
American Women's History to 1800    
American Women's History Since 1800    
Psychology of Women    
Gender and Communication    
Electives   6
 Total Credits   15
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   3
Writing in the Disciplines: Arts and Humanities (GT-CO3)  2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3)  2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Social Sciences (GT-CO3)  2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Education (GT-CO3)  2 
Select one course from the following:   3
Gender in World Literature    
Modern Women Writers    
Gay and Lesbian Literature    
Electives   9
 Total Credits   15
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
IE 470Women and Development   3
Select two courses from the following:   6
Gender and Anthropology    
African-American Studies    
ETST 316/JTC 316
    
ETST 319/ANTH 319
    
Ethnicity and Film: Asian-American Experience    
Asian-Pacific Americans and the Law    
Contemporary Chicana/o Issues    
Indigenous Women, Children, and Tribes    
Black Cinema and Media    
Global Environmental Justice Movements    
Caribbean Identities    
The Modern Caribbean    
Race Formation in the United States    
Psychology of Gender    
Independent Study    
Electives   6
 Total Credits   15
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ETST 405Ethnicity, Class, and Gender in the U.S.X 4A,4B3
ETST 493Ethnic Studies Research Methods and WritingX 4C3
WS 472Seminar in Women's Studies-Social SciencesX  3
ElectivesX  6
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   15
 Program Total Credits:   120