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    Aug 15, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Women’s and Gender Studies B.A.


TOTAL DEGREE HOURS: 120

The Women’s and Gender Studies major focuses on feminist research and practice. WGS promotes social justice through the discovery and production of knowledge that emerges from feminist perspectives on culture and society. Students learn the analytic skills to engage the intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, ability, and nationality in order to become responsible citizens in a diverse transnational environment. We expose limits in traditional higher education caused by excluding women and other marginalized groups and create knowledge that is transformative and inclusive. We connect academic work to the social, political, and economic world outside the university; in linking knowledge, research, and activism, students learn to think critically about social inequalities.

University Admissions


Admission to the University is based on the University’s Undergraduate Admission Requirements that may be found by clicking on the following urls:

For Admission information specific to the College of Arts & Sciences, see the information at College of Arts and Sciences .

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites


Students desiring to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. If students transfer with fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the University’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements. Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

There are no State Mandated Common Prerequisites for this program. All Florida College System students are encouraged to complete the Associate degree. Students should consult with an academic advisor in their major degree area at the intended transfer institution.

Total Major Hours: 36


Major Core (15 Credit Hours)


Students must choose a total of 36 credit hours from Women’s and Gender Studies courses. Transfer students may not apply more than 12 hours taken elsewhere toward the major at the University of South Florida.

Students taking Women’s and Gender Studies as a second major need to complete 30 credit hours. To do so, they must make a written request to the Undergraduate Director at the time they declare Women’s and Gender Studies as a second major. Courses taken in the first major may not count toward the 30 hours in Women’s and Gender Studies as a second major.

Major Electives (21 Credit Hours)


The remaining 21 hours of Women’s & Gender Studies coursework may be comprised of any courses offered by the Women’s & Gender Studies department, including approved cross-listed courses. No more than twelve hours of WST 4930  and may count toward the 36 hour minimum.

GPA Requirements


Major GPA (All USF courses which are applied to major requirements):  2.0
General Education GPA (All USF courses which are applied to General Education requirements):   2.0
USF GPA:  2.0
Overall GPA 2.0

Grading Requirements


A C- or better to meet major course requirements unless specified elsewhere. Will vary by area.

Note:  Some USF courses have higher grade criteria to meet prerequisite knowledge necessary for progression into higher level courses.

Residency Requirements


Department and College of Arts & Sciences Major Academic Residency Requirement - 50% of major must be completed at USF.

USF Academic Residency Requirement - 30 of the last 60 hours earned must be from USF.

Research Opportunities


All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 4914  course. This course will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.

Internship Opportunities


Women’s and Gender Studies offers a number of internship opportunities to both majors and minors. Students work on-site and directly with a local organization and can earn from 1-3 credits. Majors may repeat the internship for a maximum of 6 credit hours; minors may repeat once for a maximum of 3 credit hours. Students interested in the internship should contact the Internship Director, Dr. Wendland.

Advising Information


USF students schedule advising appointments online through USF Archivum Platform.  Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor each semester to discuss courses planning, degree progression, and career preparation. 

Tampa Campus Website:  https://www.usf.edu/arts-sciences/students/academic-advising/index.aspx
For questions, email WGSadvise@usf.edu.

4 Year Plan of Study - Women’s and Gender Studies B.A.


NOTES:

 

Potential Entry Level Job Titles:

  • Social & Community Service Managers
  • Victim Counselors and Advocates
  • Training & Development Specialists
  • Teacher
  • Writer

Potential Entry Level Salary Range:

$30,000 - $50,000

Year 1


Semester 1 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 2 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 3 (Summer)


Please consider pursing High Impact Practice opportunities this semester such as Education Abroad, Internship Opportunities, Community Engagement, or Research Opportunities.

Questions about opportunities? Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor.

Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 5 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 6 (Summer)


  • General Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Study Abroad

Total Credit Hours: 9

Year 3


Semester 7 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 8 (Spring)


  • Major Upper Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Major Upper Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Major Upper Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 9 (Summer)


Please consider pursing High Impact Practice opportunities this semester such as Education Abroad, Internship Opportunities, Community Engagement, or Research Opportunities.

Questions about opportunities? Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor.

Year 4


Semester 10 (Fall)


  • Major Upper Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Major Upper Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 4
  • WST 4935 - Capstone/Senior Project  Credit(s): 3 

Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 11 (Spring)


  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Major Upper Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Apply for Graduation

Total Credit Hours: 15

2 Year Plan of Study - Women’s and Gender Studies B.A.


NOTES:

Year 1


Semester 1 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 2 (Spring)


  • Major Upper Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Major Upper Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Major Upper Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 3 (Summer)


Please consider pursing High Impact Practice opportunities this semester such as Education Abroad, Internship Opportunities, Community Engagement, or Research Opportunities.

Questions about opportunities? Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor.

Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


  • Major Upper Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Major Upper Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • WST 4935 - Capstone/Senior Project  Credit(s): 3 
  • Free Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 5 (Spring)


  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Major Upper Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Apply for Graduation
  • General Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 15