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Specializations 

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.
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