Women's and Gender Studies (WST)

Women's and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary area of scholarship and research that focuses on the significance of gender as a variable in experience, history, and culture. Women's and Gender Studies raises questions that often have been ignored or marginalized, and it makes the experience and history of women central to the study of any human concern. Scholarship in Women's and Gender Studies demonstrates the need to recognize new models of knowledge, as well as the need to be critical of theories and approaches that do not take into account the difference of gender as it intersects with race, class, sexuality, and other variables of social experience.  In so doing, Women's and Gender Studies has long served as a site for "reflective critique," and it has often challenged the traditional disciplines to reflect on their concepts and methods in ways that have enriched those disciplines.

At Stony Brook the Women's and Gender Studies Undergraduate Program introduces students to the history of feminism, as well as its contemporary theories and methods. Feminist theory in a global context provides the background for a critique of the social construction of gender and its relation to other systems of privilege. The collective expertise of the Program’s faculty members emphasizes the study of gender and sexuality in coordination with queer studies, cultural studies, transgender studies, mobility/migration studies, literary perspectives, social movements, transnational feminisms, reproductive health, disability studies, public health, and feminist methodologies.

Offered through the Department of Cultural Analysis and Theory, the major and minor in Women's and Gender Studies are designed for students interested in the interdisciplinary study of gender and women. The programs emphasize the development of skills in critical thinking, argumentation, and writing. The program consists of a set of core courses offered by Women's and Gender Studies faculty within the Department of Cultural Analysis and Theory, as well as related courses in other departments.

WaGS majors may also do specialized course work in one of two tracks: the interdisciplinary study of Gender, Sexuality, and Public Health or the interdisciplinary study of Gender and Social Change. Majors may also pursue a 5-year BA in WaGS/Masters in Public Health. Students wishing to complete the major or minor should consult the department and establish an advising folder by the beginning of the junior year or sooner.

Because it emphasizes transposable skills of reading, writing, analysis, and expression, Women's and Gender Studies provides an excellent preparation for graduate or professional school or employment. Graduates have gone on to law, medicine, social work, psychology, teaching, and business, among other fields. Double majors, combining women's studies with another field, are not uncommon.

A list of additional courses in other departments that satisfy Women’s and Gender Studies Program requirements is provided by the department each semester.

WST Major

WST Major

Requirements for the Major in Women's and Gender Studies

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 courses (or cross-listed equivalent) taken at Stony Brook.

Completion of the major requires 36 credits.

A. Core Courses

  1. WST 102 or WST 103 Introduction to Women’s & Gender Studies; OR WST 111 or WST 112 Introduction to Queer Studies
  2. WST 291 Introduction to Feminist Theory; OR WST/PHI 284 Introduction to Feminist Theory (III); However, a student with a major or minor in WST cannot receive credit for both courses.
  3. WST 301 of Feminism
  4. WST 305 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 Notes 1 & 2): 

  1. Women’s & Gender Studies in a Global Context (e.g., WST 395 Topics in Global Feminism; or approved substitute course)
  2. Gender, Race, & Ethnicity (WST 398 Topics in Gender, Race, & Ethnicity; or approved substitute course)
  3. Gender & Sexuality (e.g. WST 399 Topics in Gender & Sexuality; or approved substitute course)

C. Electives

Twelve credits from WST courses. The following courses offered by other departments may also be used to satisfy this requirement (see Note 3):

  • AAS 328 Race, Humor, and Asian America
  • AAS 331 Japanese Literature in the Feminine Domain
  • AAS 372 Family, Marriage, & Kinship in China
  • AAS 379 Ethnicity & Ecology in China
  • AAS 392 Soc Sci Topics in Asian & Asian American Studies (approved topic: "Caste & Gender in Hindu Law")
  • AFH 382 Black Women's Literature of Diaspora
  • AFS 102 Themes in Black Experience
  • AFS 277 Modern Color Line
  • AFS 320 Black Pop Culture & Terrain
  • AFS 325 Civil Rights Movement
  • AFS 345 Culture & Gender
  • AFS 350 Black Women & Social Change
  • AFS 365 Intro to African Society
  • AFS 370 African-American Family
  • AFS 381 AIDS, Race, & Gender in the Black Community
  • AFS 392 The Black Power Movement
  • ANP 403 Seminar in Biological Anthropology (approved topic: "Hormones & Behavior")
  • ANT 367 Male & Female
  • ANT 380 Race & Ethnicity in Latin American & the Caribbean
  • ARH 391 Topics in Global Art (approved topic: "Images of Women in Visual Culture")
  • BIO 358 Biology of Human Social & Sexual Behavior
  • CCL 315 Gender & Sexuality in Ancient Greek Literature
  • CCS 311 Gender & Genre in Film
  • CCS 327 Topics in Histories of Culture (approved topics: "Queer Fictions of History; “Hormones & Behavior;” other topics when appropriate)
  • CLT 122 Images of Women in Literature
  • CLT 123 Sin & Sexuality in Literature
  • CLT 301 Theory of Literature (approved topic: "Queer Modernities")
  • EGL 276 Feminism: Literature and Cultural Contexts
  • EGL 310 Neoclassical Literature in English (approved topic: "Gender in the 18th Century")
  • EGL 347 Major Writers in Neoclassical England (when topic appropriate)
  • EGL 350 Major Writers of American Literature, Colonial Period to 1900 (approved topic: "James, Stein, & Woolf")
  • EGL 352 Major Writers of 20th Century Literature in English (approved topic: "Virginia Woolf") 
  • EGL 362 Drama in English (approved topic: "Women in Modern US Drama")
  • EGL 367 Contemporary Afro-American Literature (when topic appropriate)
  • EGL 371 Topics in Gender Studies in Literature
  • EGL 372 Topics in Women & Literature (approved topics: "Ecofeminism," "Mothering, Race, & Gender," "Women Writers")
  • EUR 390 Special Topics in European Studies (approved topic: "European Women Writers")
  • HIS 336 Women, Work, & Family in Modern European History
  • HIS 360 Women in Premodern Europe
  • HIS 340 Topics in Asian History (approved topic: "Women in 20th Century China;" other topics when appropriate)
  • HIS 341 20th Century China
  • HIS 392 Topics in European History (approved topic: "The Age of Jane Austen")
  • HIS 393 Topics in Modern European History (approved topic: "Sexual Politics in Modern Europe;” “The World of Jane Austen;” other topics when appropriate)
  • HIS 394 Topics in History of Human Reproduction
  • HIS 396  Topics in US History (approved topic: "Women & Work in 20th Century US")
  • HIS 401  Colloquium in European History (approved topic: "Heresy & Witchcraft in Middle Ages")
  • HIS 402  Colloquium in European History (approved topic: "Women, Militants, & the Vote")
  • HIS 414  Colloquium in American History (approved topic: "Sex & Death in American Murders")
  • HUI 231  Sex & Politics in Italian Cinema
  • HUI 235  Sex, Love, Tragedy: Early Italian Cinema
  • HUI 237  Images of Italian-American Women
  • LHD 301  Human Sexual & Gender Development Issues (approved topics: "Dirty Sex," "Gender & Technology," "Love & Power in Hollywood," "Men & Women in Society," "Men in America")
  • LHD 302 Colloquium in Human & Gender Development (approved topics: "Gender [& Sex] & Contemporary Media," "Pornography, Media, & AIDS")
  • LHD 401  Advanced Seminar in Human Sexual & Gender Development (approved topic: "Fetishes, Freaks, & Addictions")
  • MUS 314  Women Making Music
  • PHI 284  Intro to Feminist Theory (III)
  • PHI 384  Advanced Topics in Feminist Philosophy (III)
  • POL 330  Gender Issues & the Law
  • POL 347  Women & Politics
  • PSY 240  Survey in Social Psychology
  • PSY 347  Psychology of Women
  • PSY 349  Special Topics in Social Psychology (approved topic: "Women's Health Issues")
  • RLS 366  Feminine Spirituality
  • SOC 243 Sociology of Youth
  • SOC 247  Sociology of Gender
  • SOC 304 Sociology of the Family
  • SOC 340  Sociology of Human Reproduction
  • SOC 371  Gender & Work
  • SOC 390  Special Topics (approved topic: "Gender in Africa")
  • SOC 391  Special Topics (approved topics: "Bodies: A Social Primer," "Sociology of Masculinity;” “Gender in Africa;” other topics when appropriate)
  • SOC 394  Special Topics (approved topic: "Globalization, Gender, Migration;” “Gender & International Development;” other topics when appropriate)
  • SOC 395 Topics in Sci, Tech, & Society (approved topic: “Perverts, Pimps, & Pills;” other topics when appropriate)
  • SPN 410  Theory in Contexts (approved topic: "Money, Sex, & Power")
  • WSE 187 Women in the Laboratory
  • WSE 242 Society & Gender in Science & Engineering

 

Notes:       

  1. The following courses are approved substitutes for ‘Requirement B – Focused Studies’:

 A.     WST 395 (WaGS in a Global Context)

All courses designated as WST 395 count

AAS 307 Women in US-Asian Relations

HIS 431 Women in Modern Japan

JPN 332 Japanese Literature in the Feminine Domain

SOC 391 Gender in Africa

SOC 394 Gender &  International Development

WST 334 Women, Work & Family in Modern Europe

WST 360 Women in Premodern Europe

WST/AFS 350 Black Women & Social Change

WST/AFH/EGL 382 Black Women’s Literature of the Diaspora

WST/HIS 345 Women & Gender in Chinese History

 B.  WST 398 (Gender, Race, and Ethnicity)

All courses designated as WST 398 count

HIS 300 Race, Gender, Rights in U.S. Legal

HIS 396 Women of Color in American History

WST/EGL 372 Black Women Writers

WST/HUI 237 Images of Italian-American Women

WST 391/HUI 390/EGL369 Italian-Amer & Afri-Amer Women’s Literature

 C.  WST399 (Gender and Sexuality)

All courses designated as WST 399 count

ANT 295 Sex & Human Nature

CCS 325 Making Bodies Fit

EGL 390 Queer Studies: Race, Gender, & Sexuality in Literature

HIS 394 AIDS & Social History

POL 391 Sexualities & Politics

SOC 391 Sociology of Sexuality

WST 111 Intro to Queer Studies in the Humanities

WST 112 Intro to Queer Studies in the Social Sciences

WST 394 Special Topic: “Psychology of Reproduction”

WST 394 Special Topic: “Women, Science, Fiction, & Reproduction”

WST/AFS 381 AIDS, Race, Gender in the Black Community

WST/EGL 390 Queer Studies: Theorizing Race, Gender, & Sexuality

WST/HIS 374 Historical Perspectives on Gender Orientation

WST/SOC 340 Sociology of Human Reproduction

 

2.  At least two WST topics courses (taught by WST-affiliated instructors) must be used to satisfy Requirement B.

3.  Any course listed as -- or cross-listed with -- WST may count as an Elective (Requirement C).  Other courses may count as qualifying electives if at least half the course content addresses issues concerning women, gender, and/or sexuality.  The Undergraduate Program Director can review a course syllabus to determine if the course qualifies as an acceptable Elective.  Availability of Elective courses depends on individual departments.

4.  No more than 6 credits from any combination of WST 447 (Directed Readings) and WST 487 (Independent Project) and may be counted towards a WST Major

5.  No more than 3 credits of WST 475 (Undergraduate Teaching Practicum I) may be counted towards a WST Major or Minor

6.  No more than 6 credits of WST 488 (Internship) may be counted towards a WST Major

7.  No more than 3 credits of WST 488 (Internship) may be counted towards a WST Minor

 

D. Upper-Division Writing Requirement

Students must present to the director of 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.

Students should consult with the department advisor to ensure that their plan for completing the Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent with university graduation requirements for General Education.  Students completing the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) must successfully complete a course that satisfies the "Write Effectively within One's Discipline" (WRTD) learning objective in order to graduate.  The Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent in most cases with the SBC learning outcomes for WRTD.

Tracks

Majors do not have to select a specialization track; they are optional (see Notes).  The Undergraduate Advisor can review the syllabus for a course not currently listed as approved for a specialization track to assess whether the course meets the topical requirements of the track.

Specialization in Gender, Sexuality, and Public Health

Students choosing to pursue this specialization receive additional preparation for a career in public health. Depending on the student's choice of courses, this specialization can be useful for students planning careers in midwifery, medicine, nursing, or counseling and education related to sexuality and/or reproduction.

Requirements for the Specialization in Gender, Sexuality, and Public Health

1. 18 credits from the following qualifying Elective courses:

  • HIS 394 AIDS and Social History
  • HIS 461 Historical Perspectives on Women's Health Care
  • PSY 349 Women's Health Issues
  • WST 111 Introduction to Queer Studies in the Humanities
  • WST 112 Introduction to Queer Studies in the Social Sciences
  • WST 391 Music and Sexuality
  • WST 392 Special Topics in Women and Science (see department for approved topics) 
  • WST 394 Special Topics in Medicine, Reproduction, and Gender (see department for approved topics)
  • WST 399 Topics in Gender and Sexuality (all topics)
  • WST 401 Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies (see department for approved topics) 
  • WST/AFS 381 AIDS, Race and Gender in the Black Community
  • WST/HIS 374 Historical Perspectives on Gender Orientation
  • WST/SOC 340 Sociology of Reproduction

2. Internship 
Three of the 18 credits for the specialization must be in an approved internship or other related applied learning experience.

Specialization in Gender and Social Change

Students choosing to pursue this specialization receive additional preparation for a career in social change creating professions, such as law, social work, public policy, or the media. Depending on the student's choice of courses, this specialization can be useful for students planning careers in civil rights work, community organizing, work with abused women and children, politics, or visual media, to give only a few examples.

Requirements for the Specialization in Gender and Social Change

  1. 18 credits from the following qualifying Elective courses:
  • AAS 392 Gender and Caste in Hindu Law
  • AFS 345 Women in Africa and the Caribbean
  • CCS 401 Masculinity and Popular Culture
  • CFS 308 Violence in the Family
  • LHD 301 Human Sexual and Gender Development Issues
  • LHD 401 Advanced Seminar in Human Sexual and Gender Development
  • HIS 300 Race, Gender and Rights/US Legal
  • PSY 240 Social Psychology
  • SOC 390 Special Topics (see department for approved topics)
  • WST 111 or WST 112 Intro to Queer Studies
  • WST 310 Contemporary Feminist Issues
  • WST 377/PSY 347 Psychology of Women
  • WST 391 Special Topics – Humanities (see department for approved topics)
  • WST 392 Special Topics in Women and Science (see department for approved topics)
  • WST 394 Special Topics in Medicine, Reproduction, and Gender (see department for approved topics)
  • WST 395 Topics in Global Feminism (approved topics: “Nannies, Maids, & Sex Workers;” “Social Movements & Gender in Latin America;” see department for other approved topics)
  • WST 396 Special Topics in the History of American Women (see department for approved topics)
  • WST 397 Social Sciences Topics in Women's and Gender Studies
  • WST 398 Topics in Gender, Race, and Ethnicity
  • WST/HIS 396 Women of Color in American History
  • WST/SOC 247 Sociology of Gender
  • WST/POL 330 Gender and Law
  • WST/SOC 347 Gender and Politics
  • WST/AFS 350 Black Women and Social Change
  • WST/SOC 371 Gender and Work

2. Internship

Three of the 18 credits for the specialization must be in an approved internship or other related applied learning experience.

Notes on Tracks:

1. No more than 3 of the 18 credits required for either Specialization may be lower-division.

2. All A-F graded courses must be passed with a grade of C or better.

3. Specialization courses may overlap with, but may not replace, requirements for 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.

 

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

Only one course (no more than 3 credits) offered for the Minor may be taken for Pass/No Credit; no more than 6 credits may be taken for S/U grading.  At least 15 credits must be graded A-F.

Completion of the minor requires 21 credits.

1. WST 102 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies in the Social Sciences OR WST 103 Women, Culture, and Difference 
2. WST 291 Introduction to Feminist Theory OR WST 301 Histories of Feminism 
3. WST 407 Senior Research Seminar for Women’s and Gender Studies Minors 
4. Twelve (12) credits chosen from among WST courses (or cross-listed equivalents) and qualifying WST Electives (see above, WST Major, Requirement C).  At least 6 of these credits must be in upper-division courses numbered 300 or above.  It is strongly recommended that these courses be chosen from the following options: WST 390, 391, 392, 393, 394, 395, 396, 397, 398, or 399.

Related special topics courses given in various departments are acceptable for the Women's and Gender Studies minor and major with the approval of the undergraduate director. A list will be available in the Cultural Analysis and Theory Office, (Humanities room#2048) at preregistration each semester. The list will also be available on the WST blackboard website.

Undergraduate Advisor for Women's and Gender Studies:  Professor Gregory Ruf

Gregory.Ruf@stonybrook.edu|631.632.7652 | 2068 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:

http://sb.cc.stonybrook.edu/bulletin/current/academicprograms/wst/courses.php

 

Events

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Spring 2016

Department:

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

Immunity/Community

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
Faculty

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.


Students

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 

        June 2015


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