Degree Requirements

Major

Ten courses that must include:

WST 201 – Foundations in Women’s Studies

A mid-level course in feminist theory or feminist philosophy selected from an approved list

WST 485 – Senior Seminar

WST 199/399 – Internship*

*WEC majors may take WST 499 (Independent Study) with a practical application in lieu of WST 199/399; interested students should speak with the WST director.

The remaining six electives are to be selected from approved Women’s Studies courses, and should include one course with a racial, ethnic, or global emphasis and one course with a sexuality emphasis. At least three courses must be upper division courses. Students may take courses at any of the colleges participating in the Women’s Studies program.

However, at least three courses must be completed at Augsburg.

Each student’s program must have the written approval of the Women’s Studies program coordinator.

Both majors and minors are encouraged to participate in one of the gender-focused semester study abroad programs offered through Augsburg’s Center for Global Education. Two programs have been pre-approved for Women’s Studies credit: Crossing Borders: Gender and Social Change in Mesoamerica (offered fall semester) and Migration and Globalization: Engaging Our Communities (offered spring semester).

Graduation Skills

The Speaking (S), Writing (W), and Critical Thinking (CT) graduation skills are embedded at all levels and are met by completing the major. The Quantitative Reasoning (QR) graduation skill can be met by completing GST 200. Transfer students must consult an advisor about potential adjustments to their course requirements to fulfill each of these skills.

Minors and Concentrations

Students majoring in Women’s Studies can pursue a concentration in Sexuality and/or Global Women’s and Gender Studies. A concentration will be noted on the transcript at the point of graduation, not a minor.

Women’s Studies Minor

Five courses that must include WST 201; three electives, one of which must be upper division; and WST 485 or 499.  Courses may be taken from the other ACTC colleges as well as Augsburg. Each student’s program must have the written approval of the Women’s Studies Program Coordinator.

Sexuality Studies Minor or Concentration

The 20-credit minor/concentration in Sexuality Studies offers students the opportunity to explore the history, social construction, and physiology of sexuality and to examine the cultural meanings of gender, sexual orientation, and sexual practice on a global level. Students are required to take three core courses plus two electives (one of which must be upper division), as follows:

Core Courses in Sexuality Studies:

WST 201 – Foundations in Women’s Studies

SOC 266 – Sociology of Sexualities

WST 305 – Introduction to Queer Studies

Elective Courses in Sexuality Studies:

WST 250 – Global Perspectives on Gender and Sexuality

WST 315 – Margins as Center: Feminist Theory

HPE 316 – Human Sexuality

WST 281/481 – Topics

Global Women’s and Gender Studies Minor or Concentration

The 20-credit minor/concentration in Global Women’s and Gender Studies offers students the opportunity to focus on women’s roles, experiences, and worldviews in a global context. Students are required to take three core courses plus two electives (one of which must be upper division), as follows:

Core Courses in Global Women’s and Gender Studies:

WST 201 – Foundations in Women’s Studies

WST 315 – Margins as Center: Feminist Theory

Elective Courses in Global Women’s and Gender Studies:

WST 250 – Global Perspectives on Gender and Sexuality

WST 281/481 – Topics

WST 313 – Environmental Theology and Ethics (CGE)

WST 362 – Walking the Truth: Culture, Gender and Millennium Development Goals in Sub Saharan Africa

WST 341 – Globalization, Social Struggles and the Environment (CGE)

WST 357 – Mexican History, Culture and Cosmovision (CGE)

WST 366 – Latin American Liberation Theologies (CGE)

AIS 208/408 – Native American Women and Film

AIS/INS 233 – Women: A Cross-Cultural Perspective

AIS 305 – Indigenous Issues of Central America

AIS 320 – American Indian Women

ENL 365 – Contemporary Post Colonial Fiction

HIS 195 – Topics in History: Promoting Justice and Seeking Equality – Globalization and Women’s Grassroots Movements in Latin America

Students are strongly encouraged to study abroad or to take at least one travel seminar.

Transfer Students

Students who transfer to Augsburg College and wish to complete a major or minor in Women’s Studies are urged to consult with the director of Women’s Studies immediately upon transfer. The Women’s Studies program has an articulation agreement with Century College and with Inver Hills Community College that governs students from these institutions with a Women’s Studies certificate who transfer to Augsburg. Transfers from other colleges and universities must consult with the director of Women’s Studies for approval of courses for the major or minor.

For a complete list of courses and descriptions, see the Course Description Search.