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Recommended Academic Plan for Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies (WS BA), University Park

Effective spring 2004

Semester 1Credits
ENGL 015/ 030 Composition and Rhetoric (GWS) 3
WMNST 001 / WMNST 003 Intro to Women’s Studies / Intro to Women in the Arts and Humanities 3
Foreign Language (Level 001) 4
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS) 3
Humanities (GH) *FYS (XXX083S)
Total credits: 16
Semester 2Credits
Foreign Language (Level 002) 4
Social and Behavioral Science (GS) 3
Humanities (GH) 3
Natural Science (GN) 3
**WMNST (Natural & Social Sciences) 3
Total Credits: 16
Semester 3Credits
Arts (GA) 3
Foreign Language (Level 003) 4
*WMNST XXX 3
Natural Science (GN) with lab 3
Total Credits: 13
Semester 4Credits
**WMNST (Arts & Humanities) 3
CAS 100 Effective Speech (GWS) 3
Elective 3
**WMNST (Natural & Social Sciences) 3
**WMNST (Arts & Humanities) 3
Total Credits: 15
Semester 5Credits
WMNST 494 / 495 / 496 Research Project, Internship, Independent Study 3
**WMNST (Arts & Humanities) 3
*WMNST 4XX 3
WMNST 301 Intro to Feminist Thought 3
Quantification (GQ) 3
Total Credits: 15
Semester 6Credits
ENGL 202 Effective Writing (GWS) Effective Writing: Writing in the Social Sciences, Writing in the Humanities, Technical Writing, or Business Writing 3
Bachelor of Arts (Arts, Humanities, Social/Behavioral Science) 3
WMNST 400 / 401 Feminist Theory / Feminist Theory on Research & Teaching 3
Elective 3
Natural Science (GN) 3
Total Credits: 15
Semester 7Credits
Bachelor of Arts (Arts, Humanities, Social/Behavioral Science) 3
Quantification (GQ) 3
*WMNST 4XX 3
Arts (GA) 3
WMNST 492W Current Feminist Issues 3
Health and Physical Activity (GHA) 1.5
Total Credits: 16.5
Semester 8Credits
*WMNST 4XX 3
Health and Physical Activity (GHA) 1.5
Elective 3
Bachelor of Arts (Arts, Humanities, Social/Behavioral Science) 3
Elective 3
Other Cultures 3
Total Credits: 16.5

Additional Notes

General education courses are interchangeable; students may choose the general education course(s) they wish to take in any given semester based on preference, availability, and academic goals.

Note: Students enrolled in, or hoping to enroll in, majors in the College of the Liberal Arts are expected to attend the University Park campus once they have earned a total of 60 credits. No more than 91 credits earned while enrolled at another Penn State College or at another institution may be applied toward degrees granted by the College of the Liberal Arts. A minimum of 24 of the credits related to the primary area of study stipulated under “requirements for the major” must be completed at University Park. (For example, History majors must complete 24 credits of "Hist" courses at University Park.) Senior or capstone courses required for the major must be completed at University Park.

Scheduling patterns vary for courses according to the semester they are taught.

Courses in bold meet requirements for the major and must be completed with a C grade or better.

Courses in bold italics meet requirements for the major and 3 credits may be used to satisfy General Education requirements as well. These courses must be completed with a C grade or better.

*3 credits of these courses must focus on women of color (WOC) in the United States; 3 credits must focus on non-western women (NWW), and at least 6 credits must be on the 400 level in addition to the required WMNST 400/401, WMNST 492W, and WMNST 494/495/496 courses in the major.

** Students must complete 6 credits in WMNST which focus on women and the arts or humanities (e.g. WMNST 194—Women Writers). They must also complete 6 credits which focus on women and the social or natural sciences (e.g. WMNST 110).

Link to WMNST course Descriptions

NOTE: One course may be used to satisfy more than one of the above requirements. For example, students can take WMNST 420 (Women in Developing Countries) to meet both a 400 level requirement and the NWW requirement. WMNST 103 (Sociology of Race and Gender) maybe be use to satisfy both the WOC requirement and the WMNST social and natural sciences requirement.

WMNST 492W satisfies the University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

Updated December 2012

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