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Bachelor of Arts in Feminist Studies
The major in Feminist Studies requires 63 units and may be taken as a single major, as one of multiple majors, or as a secondary major. If taken as one of multiple majors, none of the 63 units counted toward the major in Feminist Studies may overlap with units counted toward the major in another department or program. If taken as a secondary major, up to 30 of the units counted toward the Feminist Studies major may also be counted as fulfilling the major requirements in another department or program if that department or program consents. A maximum of 10 of the 63 units for the major may be taken on a credit/no credit or satisfactory/no credit basis; a maximum of 10 units may be taken as independent study or directed reading. FEMST core courses must be taken for a letter grade.
The major should be declared before the beginning of the junior year. Students declare the major by developing a proposal with the help of the program mentor and a faculty adviser from the list of resource faculty. The proposal describes the student's thematic focus and outlines a course of study. The proposal must be approved by the student's adviser and the Program Director.
The major in Feminist Studies includes a total of at least 12 courses at the 100 level or above for 63 units. The courses are divided among the core, the focus, and electives to reach the total course requirement.
- FEMST 101. Introduction to Feminist Studies. This course must be taken before FEMST 103.
- Designated feminist theory course. The Feminist Studies web site lists courses that fulfill the theory requirement this year.
- FEMST 103. Feminist Theories and Methods Across the Disciplines. Prerequisite: FEMST 101.
- FEMST 104A,B. Practicum.
- One Feminist Studies or cognate course in the social sciences. (e.g. Anthropology, Communication, Education, History, Human Biology, Law, Medicine, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology).
- One Feminist Studies or cognate course in the humanities (e.g. English, Linguistics, Philosophy, Religious Studies, the arts, and languages).
The practicum (FEMST 104A, B) brings together theory and practical experience. The practicum should involve field research, community service, or other relevant experience such as a public service internship. Students plan their practicum during Winter Quarter of the junior year in FEMST 104A, Junior Seminar and Practicum (1 unit). The practicum is normally done over the summer between junior and senior year, and may be taken for additional units. It is followed by FEMST 104B, Senior Seminar and Practicum (2 units), in Autumn Quarter of the senior year.
Every student designs a thematic focus consisting of at least five courses in addition to the core. The thematic focus isnot declared on Axess; it does not appear on the transcript or diploma.
- The focus should be designed in consultation with the student's advisers. The following are examples, and students are encouraged to develop new ones:
- Chicana Feminisms
- Crosscultural Perspectives on Gender
- Feminist Perspectives on Science and Technologies
- Gender and Education
- Gender, Race, and Nation/Transnational Feminisms
- Gender Justice and Human Rights
- Queer/LGBT Studies
- Race, Class and Gender
- Women, Creativity, and the Arts
- Gender, Health and Medicine
- Gender, Spirituality and Religion
- At least three of the focus courses should be Feminist Studies or cognate courses.
- At least one course should be a major survey, methodology, or theory course offered by a department or interdepartmental program as an initiation into the practice of study in the field.
- At least one course within the thematic focus should address race/ethnicity and/or global perspectives.
Students are encouraged to take electives that provide intellectual breadth and contribute to the 63-unit requirement..
WRITING IN THE MAJOR (WIM)
Majors in Feminist Studies may satisfy the Writing in the Major (WIM) requirement by taking FEMST 153, Women and the Creative Imagination, or one of the approved WIM cognate courses. Honors students satisfy the WIM requirement through their honors work.
FEMINIST STUDIES MAJORS/MINORS
AdmissionThe honors program offers an opportunity to do independent research for a senior thesis. It is open to students with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 or better in course work in Feminist Studies. Students must begin the application process for honors certification by meeting with the program mentor by May 1 of their junior year, but are encouraged to apply earlier. During the application process, students will design a project in consultation with their proposed thesis adviser and the Feminist Studies staff. A proposal describing the project and the number of units to be taken toward the honors directed project must be submitted to the director of the program for final approval. All projects must have a primary focus on gender or sexuality. See the Feminist Studies web site for details.
- In addition to the normal requirements for the major, students enroll in FEMST 105 with their honors thesis adviser for 10-15 units towards the preparation of the honors thesis. These units may be distributed throughout the academic year.
- Throughout the senior year, students work with faculty advisers and meet quarterly as a group. The final thesis must be submitted by the last day of classes in the Spring of their senior year. The completed thesis must carry the adviser's signature of approval. Creative projects must include a section of critical analysis. For guidelines, see http//feminist.stanford.edu.
MAJORS IN OTHER DEPARTMENTS
Honors certification in Feminist Studies for majors in other departments or programs, as distinguished from honors for students pursuing a major in Feminist Studies, is intended to complement study in any major.
AdmissionHonors certification is open to students majoring in any field with a GPA of 3.3 or better.
As a prerequisite, students must complete the following courses with a grade of (B+) or better:
- FEMST 101 and a designated feminist theory course
- or three Feminist Studies courses and/or cognate courses related to the topic of their proposed honors research.
Students must begin the application process for honors by meeting with the program staff by May 1st of their junior year, but are encouraged to begin earlier. During the application process, students outline a plan for course work and design an honors project in consultation with their proposed thesis adviser. The final proposal describing the project and the number of units to be taken toward the honors directed project must be submitted to the Director of the program for final approval. See the Feminist Studies web site for more details.
- Students enroll in FEMST 105 with their honors thesis adviser for 10-15 units towards the preparation of the honors thesis. These units may be distributed throughout the academic year.
- Throughout the senior year, students work with faculty advisers and meet quarterly as a group. The final thesis must be submitted by the last day of classes in the Spring of their senior year. The completed thesis must carry the adviser's signature of approval. Creative projects must include a section of critical analysis. For more information, see http//feminist.stanford.edu.
The following is a partial list of cognate courses for Feminist Studies. Please refer to the program web site for updated lists throughout the year. See department listings for course descriptions and General Education Requirements (GER) information. See degree requirements above or the program mentor for applicability of these courses to a major or minor program.
- AFRICAAM 144. African Women Writers
- AFRICAAM 255. Racial Identity in the American Imagination
- AMSTUD 156H. History of Women and Medicine in the United States
- ANTHRO 111. Archaeology of Sex, Sexuality, and Gender
- ANTHRO 151. Women, Fertility, and Work
- ANTHRO 180. Science, Technology, and Gender
- ANTHRO 218. Literature, Politics, and Gender in Africa
- BIO 185. Evolution of Reproductive Social Behavior
- CHICANST 122. Introduction to Latina Literature
- CHICANST 160N. Salt of the Earth: Docudrama in America
- CHICANST 165A. Chicana/o History
- CHICANST 197. The Rite to Remember: Performance and Chicana Indigenous Thought
- CHINGEN 235. Chinese Bodies, Chinese Selves
- CLASSGEN 119. Gender and Power in Ancient Rome
- COMPLIT 141. Literature and Society in Africa and the Caribbean
- CSRE 145A. Poetics and Politics of Caribbean Women's Literature
- CSRE 177. Writing for Performance: The Fundamentals
- CSRE 183. Border Crossings and American Identities
- DANCE 160. Performance, Dance, and History: The Ballerina
- DRAMA 163. Performance and America
- DRAMA 177. Writing for Performance: The Fundamentals
- DRAMA 189Q. Mapping and Wrapping the Body
- ECON 144. Family Economics
- EDUC 113X. Gender and Sexuality in Schools
- EDUC 197. Education, Gender, and Development
- EDUC 201. History of Education in the United States
- EDUC 201B. Education for Liberation
- EDUC 273. Gender and Higher Education: National and International Perspectives
- ENGLISH 139B. American Women Writers, 1850-1920
- ENGLISH 145. Another Way to be: Writings by Women of Color
- FRENLIT 133. Literature and Society in Africa and the Caribbean
- HISTORY 134A. The European Witch Hunts
- HISTORY 161. U.S. Women's History, 1890s-1990s
- HISTORY 208. Private Lives, Public Stories: Autobiography in Women's History
- HISTORY 208B. Women Activists' Response to War
- HISTORY 221B. The Woman Question in Modern Russia
- HISTORY 227. East European Women and War in the 20th Century
- HISTORY 233B. Early Modern Sexualities
- HISTORY 244C. The History of the Body in Science, Medicine, and Culture
- HISTORY 255D. Racial Identity in the American Imagination
- HISTORY 258. History of Sexuality in the U.S.
- HISTORY 261. Race, Gender, and Class in Jim Crow America
- HISTORY 293B. Homosexuality in Historical and Comparative Perspective
- HISTORY 295J. Chinese Women's History
- HUMBIO 125. Current Controversies in Women's Health
- HUMBIO 129. Critical Issues in International Women's Health
- ILAC 117N. Film, Nation, Latinidad
- ILAC 193. The Cinema of Pedro Almodóvar
- ILAC 272E. Clarice Lispector: the Style of Ecstasy
- ILAC 280. Latina/o Literature
- ILAC 326. Philosophies of Otherness: Aesthetics of Difference
- ILAC 380E. Critical Concepts in Chicana/o Literature
- ILAC 389E. Race, Gender and Sexuality in Cultural Representations
- INDE 245. Women and Health Care
- LINGUIST 156. Language and Gender
- MED 108Q. Human Rights and Health
- MED 240. Sex Differences in Human Physiology and Disease
- OBGYN 240. Sex Differences in Human Physiology and Disease
- OBGYN 256. Current Controversies in Women's Health
- POLISCI 141. The Global Politics of Human Rights
- RELIGST 112. Handmaids and Harlots: Biblical Women in Jewish and Christian Traditions
- RELIGST 156. Goddesses and Gender in Hinduism
- RELIGST 172. Sex, Body, and Gender in Medieval Religion
- RELIGST 263. Judaism and the Body
- SOC 123. Sex and Love in Modern Society
- SOC 134. Education, Gender, and Development
- SOC 142. Sociology of Gender
- SOC 273. Gender and Higher Education: National and International Perspectives
- SOC 323. Sociology of the Family
- SOC 339. Gender Meanings and Processes