2019-20 Academic Catalog
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College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences offers the following under the supervision and jurisdiction of the college.

Minor

Graduate Major (M.A.)

Program Certificate

Minor

Studies in Sexuality, Women and Gender Minor

Studies in Sexuality, Women and Gender Minor is an interdisciplinary and multicultural program that engages in research and exploration concerning all areas of women’s and men’s experiences. Its unique perspective strengthens the abilities of students within any major to critically analyze theory and research emphasizing the importance of gender while including other essential categories of analysis such as race, class, sexuality, ethnicity, and nationality. This program is offered under the jurisdiction and general supervision of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. For more information, contact the Women's and Gender Studies office, Sabin 225, 319-273-7102, or www.uni.edu/womenstudies

Required6
Humanities:
Women's and Gender Studies: Introduction
Choose one of the following:
Introduction to LGBTQ Studies
Human Relationships and Sexuality
Electives:12
Anthropology:
Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective *
Communication Studies:
Gender Issues in Communication
Social Protest: Performance and Rhetoric
Criminology:
Women, Crime and Society *
Educational Psychology:
Social Psychology in Educational Contexts
Languages and Literature:
Images of Women in Literature *
The American Renaissance *
American Realism and Naturalism to WWI *
Family Services:
Human Relationships and Sexuality
Violence in Intimate Relationships
Health Promotion and Education:
Introduction to Women's Health
Selected Topics in Women's Health
History:
United States Women's History
Modern European Women's History
Humanities:
Black Women in America: Challenge, Spirit, Survival
Philosophy:
SOC/CAP 3151Money, Sex and Power: Theories of Race, Class and Gender3
Psychology:
Psychology of Gender *
Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective *
World Religions:
Religions of the World (Family Life emphasis only) **
Women and Christianity
Social Sciences:
Women, Men, and Society
Sociology:
Social Movements *
Social Inequality *
Men and Masculinities
Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective *
Sociology of Gender *
Feminist Theories in the Social Sciences *
Textiles and Design:
Dress and Human Behavior
Women's and Gender Studies:
Introduction to LGBTQ Studies
Internship in Women's and Gender Studies *
Total Hours21

Notes:

No more than 9 hours from courses with the same prefix.

No more than 6 hours may be double-counted with the student's major.

A minimum of 9 hours from the 3000-level or above.

No more than one of the following may be counted for WGS credit: COMM 4446/5446 (48C:113g) or SOC 2040 (980:156g)

Master of Arts Degree Program

Major in Women's and Gender Studies

The M.A. in Women's and Gender Studies is interdisciplinary in nature and is under the jurisdiction of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should refer to their MyUNIverse Student Center To-Do list or contact the Director of Women's and Gender Studies for any other application requirements. Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at www.grad.uni.edu/admission.

Admission to the program is competitive. Detailed information on admission requirements and procedures may be obtained from the Women's and Gender Studies office.

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the program
The Women’s and Gender Studies curriculum is designed to meet the needs of students who strive for analytic clarity and rigor in gender-focused research. Students may employ the skills in reflective and critical analysis as well as the broad base of knowledge that they obtain in the program to

  1. prepare for a Ph.D. program with a disciplinary or interdisciplinary focus on gender or,
  2. prepare for a career in the public or private sector in the areas of gender and wellness, gender and violence prevention, or another area based on student interest or,
  3. satisfy strong intellectual interests and curiosity while pursuing advanced education in the liberal arts.

Through core courses and selected electives, students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Women's and Gender Studies will accomplish several objectives: examine theories concerning the social and historical constructions of gender; explore how gender defines relationships among women, among men, and between men and women; recognize that women's lives have been under-represented in traditional disciplines and investigate previously neglected materials in order to identify women's as well as men's roles in cultural or social endeavors; study, compare, and evaluate an array of disciplinary perspectives on gender, including, but not limited to, cross-cultural, economic, sociological, historical, and literary perspectives; identify intersections of gender with race, class, age, sexual identity, and ethnicity, both locally and globally, both in the present and in the past; and employ new methodological and critical approaches to materials customarily treated in other ways, revising the content and assumptions of particular disciplines to address gender and related issues more effectively.

Only graduate courses (course numbers 5000 or above) will apply to a graduate degree, even if the undergraduate course number (4999 or less) is listed. No exceptions will be made.

The M.A. in Women's and Gender Studies has 2 tracks: thesis and applied (non-thesis). The thesis track requires a minimum of 31 semester hours of study; the non-thesis applied track requires a minimum of 32 hours; 15 hours of 6000-level course work, including 6 hours of WGS 6299 is required for the thesis option; 12 hours of 6000-level course work is required for the applied option. Additional non-program hours may be required if courses on a student’s program of study have prerequisites which instructors choose not to waive.

Successful completion of a written comprehensive examination is required for both tracks.  The Applied Track also requires a culminating project supervised by 2 WGS faculty members. The project may take a wide variety of forms, but it should meet the following 3 requirements: 1) shows evidence of theoretically informed and self-reflexive praxis; 2) shows evidence of knowledge and research skills appropriate to the project; and 3) is related to the student’s focus area.

Common core (13 hours – required for all students):
Required (4 Hours)4
Graduate Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies: Comparative Feminist Theories
Graduate Proseminar in Women's and Gender Studies
Feminist Theories in the Social Sciences and Humanities (3 hours)3
Select one of the following:
Feminist Literary Theories and Practice
Feminist Theories in the Social Sciences
Gender Issues in Communication
History (3 Hours)3
United States Women's History
Modern European Women's History
Research Methodology (3 Hours)3
In consultation with and approval of thesis advisor, one course from the following or other course approved by the thesis advisor or program director:
Communication Research Methodology
Images of Women in Literature
Literary Criticism
Introduction to Graduate Study in English
Historical Methods
Research Design
Qualitative Research
Qualitative Research
Quantitative Methods in KAHHS
Qualitative Methods
Evaluation, Research and Accountability
Total Hours13
Thesis Track
Common Core13
WGS 6299 Research Women's and Gender Studies6
Electives related to Thesis Topic 112
Total Hours31

1 With the approval of the thesis advisor, the student individually designs an elective sequence, selecting courses from the humanities, fine arts, social and natural sciences that best contribute to the student’s thesis project.

Applied Track
Common Core13
WGS 6195Graduate Internship in Women's and Gender Studies4
LYHS 6406 (430:253)Fundraising and Grant Seeking for Nonprofit Agencies3
Electives in Focus Area12
Total Hours32
Focus Areas:
1) Gender and Wellness
Required (choose one course from the following): 3
Introduction to Women's Health
Selected Topics in Women's Health
Electives (choose 9 hours from the following):9
Introduction to Women's Health
Selected Topics in Women's Health
Global Service Mission
Cultural Competency for the Helping Professions
Minority Health
Public Health Theory
Planning and Evaluating Health Promotion Programs
Health Promotion Implementation and Advocacy
International Health
2) Gender and Violence Prevention
Choose 12 hours from the following:12
Violence in Intimate Relationships
Performance and Social Change
Gender Issues in Communication
Men and Masculinities
Victimology
Women, Crime and Society
WGS 6297 Practicum Women and Gender Studies
3) Individualized (tailored to student interests, with permission of advisor)12

A Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies is also available. For requirements go to www.uni.edu/interdisciplinarymajorsandminors/programcertificates or in PDF copy go to the "Interdisciplinary" section.

For more information contact the Women's and Gender Studies office, Sabin 225, 319-273-7102, or www.uni.edu/womenstudies.

Program Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies

The Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies is interdisciplinary in nature and under the supervision and jurisdiction of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

The Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) provides students the opportunity to be exposed to the rapidly expanding interdisciplinary scholarship on women’s and gender studies.  This program is designed for students currently enrolled in a graduate program at UNI who are seeking a graduate degree in any discipline. 

The WGS graduate certificate requires 12 credit hours, which must be successfully completed during a five year period to earn the certificate.  At least nine hours have to be completed at UNI and at least six of the 12 hours have to be at the 200/6000-level.  Courses fulfilling the certificate program may be used to meet the requirements in a degree program in accordance with the policies of the Graduate College.

Curriculum requirements consist of one core course and a minimum of nine credit hours of electives.  Students must take at least six credit hours of elective course work outside the degree-granting program.  Students may petition the Director of WGS to add a relevant course.

For more information, contact the Women's and Gender Studies office, Sabin 225, 319-273-7102, or www.uni.edu/womenstudies.

Required
Select one of the following:3
Languages and Literatures:
Feminist Literary Theories and Practice
Humanities:
Graduate Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies: Comparative Feminist Theories
Sociology:
Feminist Theories in the Social Sciences
Electives9
Must choose one course from the Social Sciences Category A, one course from the Humanities Category B, and one course from either A, B, or the Experimental Category C.
Category A: Social Sciences
Educational Psychology:
Current Approaches to Multicultural Education
Design, Textiles, Gerontology, & Family Studies:
Violence in Intimate Relationships
Dress and Human Behavior
Health Promotion:
Selected Topics in Women's Health
Introduction to Women's Health
Political Science:
Problems in Juvenile and Family Law
History:
United States Women's History
Modern European Women's History
Sociology/Criminology:
Social Inequality
Feminist Theories in the Social Sciences
Women, Crime and Society
Category B: Humanities
Communication Studies:
Performance and Social Change
Social Protest: Performance and Rhetoric
Gender Issues in Communication
Languages and Literatures:
Images of Women in Literature
Feminist Literary Theories and Practice
World Religions:
Women and Christianity
Humanities:
Black Women in America: Challenge, Spirit, Survival
Graduate Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies: Comparative Feminist Theories
Category C: Experimental
Social Science:
Internship in Women's and Gender Studies
Practicum that has a gender focus and is advised by a WGS faculty member.
Total Hours12

Women's and Gender Studies, M.A.

Goal 1: Methodology. Students will demonstrate graduate-level proficiency in research methods appropriate for a culminating project, such as a graduate-level thesis or internship research paper.

Outcome 1a (Thesis Track): Students will demonstrate graduate-level proficiency in research methods appropriate for a graduate-level thesis, which should clearly exhibit comprehension, application, and evaluation of feminist methodology appropriate to the study of women and gender.

Outcome 1b (Applied Track): Students will demonstrate graduate-level proficiency in research methods appropriate for a graduate-level internship and research paper, which should exhibit comprehension, application, and evaluation of feminist methodology appropriate to the study of women and gender.

Goal 2: Apply Research and Theory. Students will apply a broad knowledge of the interdisciplinary field of women’s and gender studies. They will demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of feminist theory and research within a larger cultural discourse of intersectionality, global awareness, and social inequality. A culminating written project will adhere to graduate college and disciplinary standards.

Outcome 2a (Thesis track): Students will be able to research and write a master’s thesis that makes an original, evidence-based contribution to the field. Students will be able to synthesize theory, previous scholarship, and original research and will communicate the significance of their findings.

Outcome 2b (Applied Track): Students will be able to research and design an internship project grounded in the four theoretical Threshold Concepts (Social Construction of Gender; Privilege and Oppression; Intersectionality; and Feminist Praxis). They will summarize relevant literature and apply it to and evaluation of the project’s results. They will produce graduate-level writing communicating the significance of their findings.

Goal 3: Engage Reflectively. Students will be engaged and active citizens, capable of communicating the significance of feminism and gender studies in both personal and community contexts and evaluating links between academic inquiry and civic engagement.

Outcome 3. Students will be able to summarize and reflect on their development as activists in relation to their academic inquiry and experiences in civic engagement.