Guidelines and Policies

Guidelines for Core Courses

Courses designated for core credit in the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies major and minor should meet the following guidelines:

  1. The central subject of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies courses must be gender as a category of analysis and/or the lives, work, values and ideas of women. It is important that the discussion of women that takes place in the course come primarily from women's or feminist perspectives; thus, as far as possible, work by women and/or from a feminist perspective should be the primary source for students to learn about women.  While traditional representations of women and their work may be used in the course, they should not dominate the perspective of the course. Also, core courses should recognize and engage issues of difference, including but not limited to the issues of race, class, culture, ethnicity, sexual orientation, education, employment, age, ablebodiedness, among women.
  2. In addition to whatever other themes and purposes direct the structure of a course, the instructor brings a feminist perspective to the subject(s) at hand. "Feminist" may mean any of a number of approaches that rely upon gender as a category of analysis to examine the different ways that men and women are positioned in a culture because they are male or female. It may include a study of the ways that the products of men's and women's labor are valued differently, and the ways that men and women are treated differently; it may investigate hitherto underrepresented aspects of women's work and women's lives in society and perhaps recover previously unrecorded aspects of women's lives. A feminist perspective asserts that the experiences of women, their work, their ideas, and their values are worthy of study.
  3. Materials by and about women and/or gender and the discussion of them should be assigned and considered throughout the semester, under no circumstances should they be taught only in a separate unit of the course.
  4. The person teaching the course should be aware of and use the new scholarship on women and gender. A resource list of some relevant literature is available from the co-directors of the Program.
  5. Faculty members will be designated to teach Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies courses; thus, when a particular course is taught by a faculty member other than the one(s) specified on the application form, the faculty member must apply for the course to be designated a Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies course.
  6. Courses may not be approved for Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies designation retroactively. 

Student Travel Request

The Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Committee will accept proposals for student travel to women's studies-related conferences. Students are encouraged to find a faculty sponsor to help them develop their proposals and to act as an advocate in the funding process. Proposals should include the following information: 

  1. Name
  2. Address and telephone
  3. Faculty sponsor
  4. Amount of request
  5. Name of conference
  6. Statement of significant to individual applicant
  7. Budget -- include conference fees and estimated cost of transportation and lodging In reviewing proposals, the following guidelines will apply:
    1. Preference will be given to proposals from students without access to other sources of funding. (Students should explore funds available from departments, CAB, etc., prior to seeking funding from the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Program.)
    2. Preference will be given to students who did not receive funding in a previous year.

Speaker Funding Policy

The Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Committee is interested in helping departments and interdisciplinary programs fund speakers that contribute to the inclusion of women's lives, work, ideas, and values in each discipline and/or complement the curriculum of the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Program. Preference is given to speakers exploring issues of gender from an interdisciplinary and/or cross-cultural feminist perspective.