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USF 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog - Pages 116 - 117

Women's Studies (WST)

Course Descriptions - Faculty - Printable Degree Requirements

Women’s Studies at the University of South Florida offers an interdisciplinary field of study that features and critically examines women’s experiences, taking into consideration historical, cultural, racial, class, and other differences. The department offers a B.A., a minor in Women’s Studies, and a concentration in Women of Color Studies. Enhancing knowledge about feminisms and gender studies through teaching, emphasis on multiculturalism and diversity, the department focuses on critical thinking, collaborative learning, and personal empowerment.

Women’s Studies offers excellent undergraduate preparation as well for

Requirements for the Major in Women’s Studies

Prerequisites (State Mandated Common Prerequisites)
Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete the A.A. degree at the community college. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education Requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university. If students transfer with fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

The transfer student should also be aware of the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

No State Mandated Common Prerequisites are required for this degree program. However, during the program of study at the community college students should begin to satisfy General Education/Gordon Rule requirements, take WST 3015, “Introduction to Women’s Studies,” or other introductory courses in the Social Sciences and Liberal Arts. Courses to help students with reading and writing skills are helpful as well. Unless stated otherwise, a grade of “C” is the minimum acceptable grade.

Upper-level Coursework for Women’s Studies Majors
Each major must complete 36 hours distributed as follows:

  1. Required Core Courses (15 hours)

  2. Select 21 credit hours from the following list, noting prerequisites where applicable:

    (Limit to 6 credits from the following courses)

Students electing to major in Women’s Studies should consult the Undergraduate Advisor for timely scheduling of classes.

Requirements for the Minor in Women’s Studies

Minor in Women’s Studies
A student wishing to minor in Women’s Studies will be required to take six courses:

WST 3015 or WST 3311

Plus 15 credit hours with at least 2 courses at the 4000 level and above.

Minor in “Women of Color”
Women’s Studies offers a specific concentration in the area of Women of Color whose focus will be to examine the relationship between women of color and institutions of power.

The concentration prepares students for graduate work and/or professional careers in traditional and non-traditional areas such as health and education, international relations, the creative arts, law, medicine, social work, government and public policy, the social sciences, and community organization.

The requirements for the minor are 15 hours, which are to be selected from the following upper-level courses:

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Effective Date: Semester I, 2004