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Degrees and Specializations

Women's and Gender Studies degree
Women's and Gender Studies minor
Gender and Global Change degree
International Development Specialization
Women, Gender, and Social Justice Specialization
Gender and Global Change Specialization




Women's and Gender Studies Degree

This is a Bachelor's of Arts degree which has recently been redesigned through the combined efforts of GenCen and the College of Arts & Letters. This degree is administered through the Center for Gender in Global Context and is offered through the College of Arts & Letters. This degree is ideal for students who wish to study gender and its intersections with aspects within other fields of interest, and is also an excellent choice as a second major for anyone wishing to double-major.

In addition to university requirements for a BA, this degree requires certain core courses such as WS 201, six credits in courses on global perspectives from an approved list, twelve credits in a thematic area from an approved list, and two to four credits in an internship component.

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Women's and Gender Studies Minor

This minor is available to students enrolled in Bachelor's degree programs, other than those enrolled in the BA in Women's and Gender Studies or those completing the specialization in Women, Gender, and Social Justice. This minor is administered through the Center for Gender in Global Context and is offered through the College of Arts & Letters. This interdisciplinary minor provides students with in-depth opportunities to study the intersections of gender with other aspects of identity within their fields of interest, and is an excellent choice for anyone who does not wish to double-major.

This minor requires enrollment in core courses WS 201 and WS 202, and nine credits in courses from one of four thematic areas (Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and History; Sexuality and Conflict/Violence; Gender and the Arts and Humanities; and Gender Applied: Health, Urban, and Public Policy). Students who wish to pursue the minor must contact the GenCen Advisor to arrange an appropriate course of study and to generate a list of approved courses for their chosen thematic area.

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Gender and Global Change Degree

This is a Bachelor's of Arts degree which was formerly a concentration track within the Global Area Studies degree. The GenCen now hosts this degree, which is offered through the College of Social Science. This degree targets students who are interested in the relationship between the changes associated with globalization and gender disparities. Requirements include either foreign language competency or significant international experience. Refer to the catalog description for more details.

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International Development Specialization

International Development, administered by CASID and GDG, is also available as an elective to students who are enrolled in any bachelor's degree program at MSU. The specialization is designed for students who wish to increase their understanding of the processes of continuity and change in various regions of the world, particularly Africa, Asia, Eurasia, and Latin America. Multidisciplinary in theory and practice, the specialization is based on the methodologies, theories, and literatures of the social sciences and liberal arts and involves faculty from the social sciences, arts, languages, and applied professional fields. For advising information, please visit http://casid.msu.edu/academic/undergrad_advising.shtml

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The Specialization in Women, Gender, and Social Justice (WGSJ)

Now available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor's degree programs at Michigan State University. This interdisciplinary and cross-discipline specialization will provide students with an in-depth opportunity to study gender and its intersections with other aspects of identity within their fields of interest.

This specialization can serve to complement students' current majors and areas of study, prepare them for anticipated post-graduate or professional studies, or provide an unrelated cluster of courses to accommodate their interests in gender studies.

The WGSJ specialization consists of eight content areas from which students may choose depending on their academic interests and goals.
The areas are:
  1. Gender, Race, and Ethnic Identity
  2. Gender and Sexuality
  3. Gender, History, and Narrative
  4. Gender and Conflict/Violence
  5. Gender and Literary, Performance, and Visual Arts
  6. Gender and Public Policy
  7. Gender and Urban Spaces
  8. Gender and Health
Students will enroll in the specialization and have their program of study approved in advance and in writing. With assistance from the GenCen advisor, students will be expected to enroll in courses that include cross disciplinary perspectives within the content area of their choosing.

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Gender and Global Change Specialization

The Specialization in Gender and Global Change, which is administered by the College of Social Science, is available as an elective to students enrolled in bachelor's degree programs at Michigan State University other than students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science and/or Bachelor of Arts Degree programs in Global and Area Studies-Social Science. The specialization provides students with an opportunity to study gender relations in the contexts of global political, economic, environmental, and social changes. The specialization is designed for students who wish to increase their understanding of global transformations and their impact on women and gender relations internationally. Students will study diverse issues such as gender and health, human rights and justice, gender and environment, and feminist theory in an international context. This specialization complements students' majors and current areas of interest and prepares them for graduate studies and employment. Students interested in enrolling in the specialization must have their specialization program of study approved by the specialization adviser.

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