Women and Gender Studies Concentration

Women and Gender Studies was founded model of the “three-pronged” stool: teaching, research and activism. We offer an exciting array of classes, at both the undergraduate and graduate level that interrogate systems in inequality, including gender, sexuality, race, class, ableism, religion, and region of the world.

Catalog Year: 2020-2021

The Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Studies brings together research, theory and practice across numerous disciplines. Integrative studies majors select a multidisciplinary concentration or work with student services staff to develop their own concentration, uniquely suited to their academic and career goals. Integrative studies majors explore new topics and experiences while gaining the knowledge and skills needed to enter the workforce.  Required coursework is offered in small classes with ample room for discussion, collaborative learning, and experiential learning, including in-community projects, volunteer opportunities, field work, internships and work with faculty on research that directly engages current social and global challenges.

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Degree Requirements

Total credits: minimum 120

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Integrative studies students complete INTS 391 Understanding Integrative Studies and choose a concentration from the options below. Before registering, students should see an advisor to help plan their degree program to meet Mason requirements. The advisor also can help students choose electives or a minor.

Required Course

INTS 391 Understanding Integrative Studies 3

Concentration in the Major

A concentration is the equivalent of a major in a traditional degree program. Students choose from an established multidisciplinary concentration below or create with faculty an individualized program of study to fit their interests and needs. Concentration coursework combines integrative studies (INTS) classes with coursework from other Mason units (departments, schools, and colleges). While fulfilling the concentration requirements, students are also responsible for completing a minimum of 30 credits of INTS coursework. Any INTS courses required for the concentration will apply. Students must present a minimum GPA of 2.00 in courses applied to the concentration.

Concentration in Women and Gender Studies (WGST)

WMST 200 Introduction to Women and Gender Studies (Mason Core) 3
WMST 330 Feminist Theories of Gender, Sexuality, and Race 3
WMST 410 Feminist Approaches to Social Research 3
or INTS 434 Research for Social Change
Queer and Sexuality Studies  
Select one course from the following: 3-4
Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies  
Current Issues in Women and Gender Studies 1  
Queer Theory  
Lesbian and Bisexual Theories  
Gender, Sexuality, and Disability  
Transnational Sexualities  
Gender, Sexuality, and Human Rights  
Gender, Sexuality, and International Migration  
Challenging Pride: Bias Within the LGBTQ Community  
Current Topics in Women and Gender Studies 1  
Race and Intersectionality  
Select one course from the following: 3-4
Environmental Justice (Mason Core)  
Social Justice and Human Rights (Mason Core)  
Refugee and Internal Displacement (Mason Core)  
Critical Race Studies (Mason Core)  
Representations of Race (Mason Core)  
Social Inequality (Mason Core)  
Black Social Movements: Gendering of Violence and Activism  
Women During the Enslavement Era  
Women's Activism: From Jim Crow to Black Power  
Gender, Race, Sexuality, and TV  
Gender and Violence in Social Institutions  
Other WMST special topics courses with advisor approval
 
Activism and Advocacy  
Select one course from the following: 3-4
Social Movements and Community Activism (Mason Core)  
Violence and Gender  
Social Justice Consciousness and Personal Transformation  
Art as Social Action (Mason Core)  
Human Trafficking and Smuggling  
Social Justice Education (Mason Core)  
Community Engagement for Social Change (Mason Core)  
Social Movements and Political Protest  
Gender, Health, and Culture in the United States  
INTS special topics courses with advisor approval
 
History and Culture  
Select one course from the following: 3-6
Gender, Sexuality, and Culture  
Gender, Race, and Class in the Media  
U.S. Women's History  
Women in Islamic Society (Mason Core)  
Temptress: Constructs of Sex and Power  
Philosophy, Race, and Gender  
Women in the World's Religions  
Women and Work  
Black Social Movements: Gendering of Violence and Activism  
Women During the Enslavement Era  
Women's Activism: From Jim Crow to Black Power  
Gender, Race, Sexuality, and TV  
Other WMST special topics courses with advisor approval
 
Electives  
Select four courses from the following: 12-14
Asian American Women Writers (Mason Core)  
Topics in Communication and Gender  
Topics: Women and Literature  
Cultural Constructions of Sexualities  
HEAL 327
Women's Health  
Images and Experiences of Childhood: Social Construct, Literature, and Film  
Issues in Family Relationships (Mason Core)  
Contemporary Youth Studies (Mason Core)  
Parent-Child Relations (Mason Core)  
Women and Leadership  
Topics in Environmental Philosophy (Mason Core)  
Psychology of Gender  
Contemporary Gender Relations (Mason Core)  
THR 424
Contemporary Women Playwrights  
 
Courses in above areas not already taken
 
Special Topics 2  
Feminist Approaches to Social Research 2  
Feminist Theories 2  
Transnational Issues of Gender and Race 2  
Total Credits 33-41

Additional Electives

Any remaining credits may be completed with electives to bring the degree total to 120.