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Undergraduate Record 2008-2009 
    
Undergraduate Record 2008-2009 [ARCHIVED RECORD]

Studies in Women and Gender


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Requirements for Major


All students must complete SWAG 210 “Women’s Lives in Myth and Reality: Introduction to Studies in Women and Gender” prior to declaring the Major. Students must receive a grade of “C” or better in the course to declare the major.

A Major in Studies in Women and Gender (SWAG) requires the completion of 10 courses (30 credits). At least five of these courses must carry a SWAG mnemonic (to include cross-listed SWAG courses). At least eight courses must be at the 300 level or above. Note that as a prerequisite to the Major, SWAG 210 will NOT count towards the 30 credits required to complete the Major. All SWAG Majors must complete the following required courses:

1. SWAG 381 Feminist Theory
2. SWAG 382 Feminist Methodologies
3. SWAG 405 or 406 Senior Seminar
4. One SWAG course designated as concentrating on Global Perspectives.

The completion of SWAG 381 and SWAG 382 is a prerequisite for admission to SWAG 405 or 406 (the Senior Seminar). A minimum grade of C must be earned in any course counted toward the major. Courses counting toward the SWAG Major may include up to two courses designated as adjunct courses and up to two Independent Study courses. An adjunct course is one in which gender is a significant focus, but whose focus is not on women or gender. SWAG courses may be “double-counted” toward a major in another department; that is, SWAG courses taken for another Major can also count toward the SWAG major.

Distinguished Majors Program


Majors in Studies in Women and Gender with a strong academic record are encouraged to become Distinguished Majors. Distinguished Majors complete a two-semester written thesis (approximately 40-60 pages in length) in their fourth year under the supervision of a SWAG faculty member. The thesis allows students to pursue their own interests in depth and have the intellectual satisfaction of defining and completing a sustained project. The Distinguished Major and Senior Thesis is an especially good option for students considering a graduate level work in any field.

To be eligible, students must have a 3.400 overall GPA at the start of their fourth year. Students pursuing the Senior Thesis will sign up for a 6-credit course, SWAG 491 and 492, under the supervision of a SWAG faculty member. The thesis must also be approved by a second faculty member whom the student will choose in consultation with the thesis advisor.

The 6-credit senior thesis course will count toward the 30 credits required for the Major. Successful completion of the thesis qualifies the student for graduation with Distinction, High Distinction, or Highest Distinction, depending upon the recommendation of the two faculty advisors, and subject to approval of the College’s Committee on Special Programs.

An early start is important to the successful completion of a Senior Thesis. While not required, it is recommended that students make the decision to pursue the Distinguished Majors Program during their third year. This will give them the opportunity to discuss the project with various faculty members, determine suitable advisors, and have the summer between the third and fourth years to define their project further and begin some preliminary reading and planning. Students choosing to pursue the thesis should complete a DMP enrollment form in the first semester of their final year.

Requirements for Minor


All students must complete SWAG 210 “Women’s Lives in Myth and Reality: Introduction to Studies in Women and Gender” prior to declaring the Minor. You must receive a grade of “C” or better in the course to declare the minor.

A Minor in Studies in Women and Gender (SWAG) requires the completion of six courses (18 credits). At least four of these courses must be at the 300 level or above. Note that as a prerequisite to the Minor, SWAG 210 will NOT count towards the 30 credits required to complete the Minor. All SWAG Minors must complete the following required courses:

1. SWAG 381 Feminist Theory
2. SWAG 382 Feminist Methodologies
3. SWAG 405 or 406 Senior Seminar
4. One SWAG course designated as concentrating on Global Perspectives

The completion of SWAG 381 and SWAG 382 is a prerequisite for admission to SWAG 405 or 406 (the Senior Seminar). A minimum grade of C must be earned in any course counted toward the Minor. Courses counting toward the SWAG Minor may include one course designated as an adjunct course. An adjunct course is one in which gender is a significant focus, but whose central focus is not on women or gender.

Additional Information


Information For more information, contact Kath Weston, Director, Studies in Women and Gender Program, P.O. Box 400172, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4172; (434) 982-2961;

swaguva@virginia.edu; www.virginia.edu/womenstudies/home.htm

Supporting Courses


Each semester the program produces a list of primary and adjunct courses that count towards the major.

  • AMEL 211 - Women and Middle Eastern Literature  Credits: 3
  • ANTH 290 - The Cultural Politics of American Family Values Credits: 3
  • ANTH 329 - Marriage, Fertility, and Mortality Credits: 3
  • ANTH 337 - Power and the Body Credits: 3
  • ANTH 363 - Social Structure of China Credits: 3
  • ANTH 369 - Sex, Gender, and Culture Credits: 3
  • ANTH 379 - Gender, Science and Culture Credits: 3
  • CHTR 301 - Legendary Women in Early China Credits: 3
  • CHTR 322 - Gender, Family, and Sexuality in Chinese Fiction@ Credits: 3
  • CLAS 304 - Women and Gender in Ancient Greece and Rome Credits: 3
  • DRAM 331 - History of Dress Credits: 3
  • ECON 307 - Economics and Gender Credits: 3
  • ENAM 481B - Afro-American Women Authors Credits: 3
  • ENCR 481 - Advanced Studies in Literary Criticism Credits: 3
  • ENCR 567 - Theory and Feminism Credits: 3
  • ENEC 320 - Eighteenth-Century Women Writers Credits: 3
  • ENLT 252 - Women in Literature Credits: 3
  • ENMC 354 - Twentieth-Century Women Writers Credits: 3
  • ENNC 481 - Advanced Studies in Nineteenth Century Literature I Credits: 3
  • ENNC 482 - Advanced Studies in Nineteenth Century Literature II Credits: 3
  • ENSP 352 - Modern Women Authors Credits: 3
  • ENSP 355 - Images of Women in 19th and 20th Century Fiction Credits: 3
  • GERM 584 - Introduction to Literary Theory Credits: 3
  • HIEU 372 - Witchcraft Credits: 3
  • HIME 201 - History of the Middle East and North Africa, ca. 570-ca. 1500 Credits: 4
  • HIME 202 - History of the Middle East and North  Africa, ca. 1500-Present Credits: 4
  • HIST 321 - History of Sexuality in the West Credits: 3
  • HIUS 361 - History of Women in America, 1600 - 1865 Credits: 3
  • HIUS 362 - History of Women in America, 1865 to Present Credits: 3
  • HIUS 367 - History of the Civil Rights Movement Credits: 3
  • JPTR 322 - The Modern Japanese Canon Credits: 3
  • JPTR 382 - Modern Japanese Women Writers Credits: 3
  • PHIL 164 - Ethics and Gender Credits: 3
  • PLAP 355 - Gender Politics Credits: 3
  • PSYC 360 - Psychology of Gender (Y) Credits: 3
  • PSYC 362 - Psychology of Sex Roles (Y) Credits: 3
  • PSYC 446 - Women’s Issues in Clinical Psychology Credits: 3
  • PSYC 449 - Sexual Orientation and Human Development Credits: 3
  • PSYC 487 - The Minority Family: A Psychological Inquiry Credits: 3
  • RELA 275 - African Religions Credits: 3
  • RELG 265 - Theology, Ethics, and Medicine Credits: 3
  • RELG 340 - Women and Religion Credits: 3
  • RELG 372 - Witchcraft Credits: 3
  • RELG 415 - Salem Witch Trials Credits: 3
  • SOC 252 - Sociology of the Family Credits: 3
  • SOC 442 - Sociology of Inequality Credits: 3

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