Women and Gender Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Other Concentrations

Women and Gender Studies Concentration

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Degree Requirements

Total credits: minimum 120

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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.

Concentrations 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.

Women and Gender Studies Concentration (WGST)

WMST 200 Introduction to Women and Gender Studies (Mason Core) 3
WMST 330 Theoretical Perspectives in Women and Gender Studies 3
WMST 410 Feminist Approaches to Social Research 3
Sexuality Studies  
Select one course from the following: 3-4
Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, and Queer Studies  
Queer Theory  
Current Issues in Women and Gender Studies 1  
Current Topics in Women and Gender Studies 1  
Intersectionality  
Select one course from the following: 3-4
Social Inequality, Crime, and Justice  
Environmental Justice  
Animal Rights and Humane Education  
Social Justice and Human Rights  
Refugee and Internal Displacement  
Ethical Issues in Global Health  
Social Inequality (Mason Core)  
Social Dynamics of Family Violence  
Activism and Advocacy  
Select one course from the following: 3-4
Social Movements and Community Activism  
Social Justice Consciousness and Personal Transformation  
Art as Social Action  
INTS 417
Human Trafficking and the International Community  
Social Justice Education  
Community Engagement for Social Change (Mason Core)  
Social Movements and Political Protest  
Black Social Movements: Gendering of Violence and Activism  
Gender, Trauma, and Recovery  
Special topics courses with advisor approval
 
History and Culture  
Select one course from the following: 3-6
Gender, Sexuality, and Culture  
HIST 337
Race and Gender in American Sports  
U.S. Women's History  
Women in Islamic Society (Mason Core)  
Violence and Gender  
Temptress: Constructs of Sex and Power  
Philosophy, Sex, and Gender  
Women in the World's Religions  
Women and Work  
Women During the Enslavement Era  
WMST 316
Gendered Pan-Africanism  
Identity  
Select one course from the following: 3-6
Special Topics in African and African American Studies  
Gender, Race, and Class in the Media  
GOVT 414
Politics of Race and Gender  
HIST 337
Race and Gender in American Sports  
Women in Islamic Society (Mason Core)  
Construction of Differences: Race, Class, and Gender  
Gender Representation in Popular Culture  
Race and Ethnicity in a Changing World  
Gender and Violence in Social Institutions  
Special topics courses with advisor approval
 
Electives  
Select three courses from the following: 9-11
Asian American Women Writers (Mason Core)  
Topics in Communication and Gender  
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  
Contemporary Youth Studies  
Parent-Child Relations  
Women and Leadership  
Global Environmental Ethics (Mason Core)  
Topics in Environmental Philosophy (Mason Core)  
Psychology of Gender  
Contemporary Gender Relations  
THR 424
Contemporary Women Playwrights  
TOUR 311
Women and Tourism (Mason Core)  
Psychology of Women  
Stories of Gender and Human Rights  
Current Issues in Women and Gender Studies  
Current Topics in Women and Gender Studies  
Courses in above areas not already taken
 
Special Topics 2  
Feminist Approaches to Social Research 2  
Feminist Theories across the Disciplines 2  
Women and Global Issues 2  
Total Credits 33-44
1

 Various special topics courses with the approval of the undergraduate advisor.

2

Six credits of WMST 600 Special Topics, WMST 610 Feminist Approaches to Social Research, WMST 630 Feminist Theories across the Disciplines, or WMST 640 Women and Global Issues may apply to elective requirement for students accepted into the accelerated master's degree in interdisciplinary studies (MAIS) with a concentration in women and gender studes.

Additional Electives

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