WST Major

Requirements for the Major in Women's and Gender Studies (WST)

The major in Women's and Gender Studies leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. No more than three credits offered for the major may be taken Pass/No Credit or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. All other courses for the major must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher. No transferred course with a grade lower than C may be applied toward major requirements. No more than three 100-level courses (9 credits) may be applied toward major requirements. At least 18 credits must be in courses numbered 300 or higher.  At least 12 credits must be WST coures (or cross-listed equivalent) taken at Stony Brook.

Completion of the major requires 36 credits.

A. Core Courses

1. WST 102 (F) or WST 103 (G) Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
2. WST 291 (G) Introduction to Feminist Theory
3. WST 301 (K) Histories of Feminism
4. WST 305 (G) Feminist Theories in Context
5. WST 408 Senior Seminar for Women's and Gender Studies Majors

B. Focused Studies

One course in each of the following categories (see note 1):

1. WST 395 (J) Women's and Gender Studies in a Global Context; Topics in Global Feminism (or approved other course)
2. WST 398 (K) Gender, Race, and Ethnicity; Topics in Gender, Race, and Ethnicity (or approved other course)
3. WST 399 (G) Gender and Sexuality; Topics in Gender and Sexuality (or approved other course)

C. Electives

Twelve credits from WST courses. (See note 2.)

D. Upper-Division Writing Requirement

Students must present to the director of WaGS undergraduate studies a minimum of ten typewritten pages of formal writing, prepared for an upper-division course listed above as acceptable for the major requirements. This written work must have been judged by the course instructor to be satisfactory for the upper-division writing requirement in the field of Women's and Gender Studies. Normally this requirement is met through the work in WST 408.


1. A list of approved courses which satisfy requirement B can be found on the WST community blackboard web site and CAT website.

2. The following courses offered by other departments may be used to satisfy requirement C:

AFS 345 Culture and Gender: Women in Africa and the Caribbean
AFS 370 The African-American Family
ANT 295 Sex and Human Nature
ANT 367 Male and Female
CCS 311 Gender and Genre in Film
CFS 308 Violence in the Family
EGL 371 Topics in Gender Studies
HIS 394 Approved topic only, including History of Human Reproduction in Western Civ.
HUM 122 Images of Women in Literature
HUM 123 Sin and Sexuality in Literature
HWC 349 Overview of Gay and Lesbian Issues
PSY 240 Social Psychology
RLS 366 Feminine Spirituality

Additional courses that may be used will be available on the WST community blackboard web site and  CAT website.
3. At least two WST topics courses taught by WaGS faculty must be used in satisfying requirement B.
4. No more than six credits from WST 447(Directed readings) and 487 (Research) may be applied toward the major.


Honors Program in Women’s and Gender Studies

Any Women’s and Gender Studies major who has maintained a grade point average (GPA) of 3.50 in the WaGS major and a 3.00 GPA overall are eligible to enroll in the Women’s and Gender Studies with honors program. The student must maintain these respective GPAs throughout the duration of the honors program. The student must enroll in the honors program before the end of the junior year. The student must identify a potential faculty member within the department to serve as a mentor, and, with the written approval of the mentor, submit the honors program application, which will describe the honors thesis project.

In the senior year, the student must enroll in WST 495 in the first semester and WST 496 in the second semester, for a total of six credits. This year long sequence of WST 495/496 is in lieu of the general Senior Seminar, WST 408. Since there are two semesters of required coursework, students in the program will complete 39 credits for the major, as opposed to 36 for students not enrolled in the program. The student’s honors thesis must be completed no later than four weeks prior to the end of the second semester, to allow for review by the honors committee and to allow for revisions. The honors thesis will be read by the student’s mentor and two other CAT faculty members or CAT affiliates.

If the honors program is completed with distinction and the student has achieved a 3.50 GPA in all WaGS courses taken in the senior year, honors are conferred.


Undergraduate Advisor for Women's and Gender Studies: Professor Eng Kiong Tan |631.632.7457 | 2120 Humanities Building

Department of Cultural Analysis and Theory
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-5355
Phone:(631) 632-7460  Fax:(631) 632-5707


Course Descriptions via the Undergraduate Bulletin:



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Spring 2016


CAT Graduate Colloquium

Wednesday, March 23rd, from 1:00 - 2:20 in Frey Hall 105.

Our speakers include: 

Kathryn Silverstein, "Crime, Time, and the Corporeal in Julia Kristeva's Possessions"

Mark Pingree, "Cosmic Pessimism: Catastrophe, Trauma and Extinction"

Shruti Mukherjee, "Activism during Siege: Rise of Hindu Nationalist Right Wing in India"

CAT Graduate Colloquium

Wednesday, February 10th, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. 

Humanities Institute, Room#1008

Speakers and Titles: 

Spatiality, Cognitive Ecology, Here 

Professor John Lutterbie, "Gutters and Panels"

David Rodriguez, "Environment at Scale"


Fall 2015

Cultural Analysis and Theory -Graduate Student Conference


2015 Stony Brook University, Dept. of Cultural Analysis and Theory, Graduate Student Conference

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015

SBU Manhattan

387 Park Avenue South, 3rd Floor

New York, NY 10016


2015 CAT Colloquium

Wednesday, October 28th, from 1:00 - 2:20 p.m.

Humanities Institute room#1008

Speakers and Titles:

Professor E.K. Tan, “From Exile to Queer Homecoming: Chen Xue’s A Wife’s Diary (2012)"

Yalda Hamidi, “'Diasporic Literature as a Feminist Genre: Re-reading Persepolis and Reading Lolita in Tehran"


Co-Sponsored Events:

Black History Month

Keynote speaker Sonia Sanchez poet, educator, and lecturer on Black Culture and Literature, Women’s Liberation and Racial Justice. 

Wednesday, January 27
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Student Activities Center Gelber Auditorium

DANTE WORLDS Echoes, Places, Questions -- A Conference on the 750th Anniversary of Dante's Birth 
Wednesday,  December 2, 2015 
Charles B. Wang Lecture Hall 29:30 am to 5:30 pm

English Graduate Student Conference - Spring 2016
Speaking Text(s): Communication in the Humanities

Kadji Amin published "'Blesser' le spectateur blanc américain: Les Nègres aux États-Unis, 1961-64 et 2003" in Études françaises.

Kadji Amin has been awarded a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship on SEX at the University of Pennsylvania Humanities Forum for the 2015-16 academic year.

Kadji Amin has been awarded a Humanities Institute at Stony Brook Faculty Fellowship for Spring semester of 2015 for the completion of his book, Queer Attachments.

Raiford Guins "Punk archaeologists" explain that they went looking for more than just video-game cartridges in a New Mexico landfill.  

Nancy Hiemstra has been selected to receive the 2014-15 Graduate and Faculty Research Program in the Arts, Humanities and Lettered Social Sciences.

Robert Harvey has been appointed to the rank of Distinguished Professor.

Izabela Kalinowska-Blackwood is curating a film series at the IWM in Vienna.


Marcus Brock has been selected to receive the Turner Conference Travel Award to participation in the "Audiovisualtopia" taking place in Madrid, Spain beginning on 10/23/2015. 

Beth Tsai has been selected to receive the 2014-15 Graduate and Faculty Research Program in the Arts, Humanities and Lettered Social Sciences.

Kudos Newsletter 

        May 2016

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