Curriculum & Courses

This program aims to immerse students in the interdisciplinary field of women's studies by offering specialized courses in content and theory (corresponding to lower- and upper-division courses, respectively), and to promote projects designed to integrate insights of women's and feminist scholarship into a general curriculum.

Coursework leading up to WS 499. Colloquium in Women’s Studies will concentrate on the following three goals:

  • the study of women's issues,
  • the promotion of interdisciplinary research and critical thinking,
  • raising questions about the exclusionary functions of existing knowledge.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Women's Studies

The following table summarizes all requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in women's studies. To see the description of a particular course, click on its title. Our Course Descriptions page lists all women's studies courses. For one possible breakdown of the major by semester, see the Plan of Study below.

 Requirements  Credits 
 Women's Studies 36
      WS 101. Introduction to Women’s Studies
      WS 208/HIST 208. History of American Women
      WS 375/POLS 375. Women and Politics
      WS 499. Colloquium in Women’s Studies
      One course chosen from
            WS 325/SPAN 325. Hispanic Women Writers
            WS 323/ARTH 323. Women Artists: Then and Now
            WS 377/ENG 377. Women in Literature
      Seven Women's Studies Electives
3
3
3
3
3



21
 Foreign Language 3
      One course at the 202 level or above* 3
 Mathematics 3
      One mathematics course 3
 Clare College (Core Curriculum at St. Bonaventure) 36
      CLAR 101. The Intellectual Journey
      CLAR 110. Composition and Critical Thinking I 
      CLAR 111. Composition and Critical Thinking II
      Core Area Courses:
           CLAR 103. Foundations of the Western World
           CLAR 105. Inquiry in the Social World
           CLAR 206. Foundational Religious Texts of the Western World
           CLAR 207. The Catholic-Franciscan Heritage
           CLAR 208. World Views
           CLAR 209. Art and Literature
           CLAR 302 & CLRL 302. Inquiry in the Natural World
           CLAR 304. The Good Life
      CLAR 401. The University Forum
3
3
3

3
3
3
3
3
3
4
3
2
 General Electives 42
 Total 120

* The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.

† The Clare College curriculum also includes a three-credit quantitative reasoning requirement. Women's studies majors satisfy this requirement by passing any of the courses listed in the above table under Mathematics.

Changes in the sequence of the plan of study below may be desirable. These must be made in consultation with the student's academic adviser. To see the title of a course in the plan of study, simply pass the cursor over the course's number. To see the description of a course, click on its number.

 ◄ FIRST YEAR ►  
 Fall Semester   Credits    Spring Semester  Credits 
WS 101 3 CLAR 103  3
CLAR 110 3 CLAR 111  3
Language 101*/General Elective 3 Language 102*/General Elective 3
CLAR 101  3 Women's Studies Elective 3
General Elective 3 General Elective 3
Total 15 Total 15
  
 ◄ SECOND YEAR ►  
 Fall Semester   Credits   Spring Semester  Credits 
CLAR 302 & CLRL 302  4 CLAR 105 3
Women's Studies Elective 3 Women's Studies Electives 6
Language 201*/General Elective 3 Language 202* 3
CLAR 304 3 Mathematics Course 3
General Elective 3    
Total 16 Total 15
 
 ◄ THIRD YEAR ►  
 Fall Semester                          Credits   Spring Semester  Credits 
CLAR 206  3 CLAR 207  3
Women's Studies Electives 3 Women's Studies Electives 6
CLAR 208  3 CLAR 209  3
General Elective 3 General Elective 3
Total 15 Total 15
 
 ◄ FOURTH YEAR ►  
 Fall Semester   Credits   Spring Semester  Credits 
Women's Studies Electives 6 WS 499  3
General Electives 9 CLAR 401  2
    General Electives 9
Total  15 Total  14

* The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.

Requirements for a Minor in Women's Studies

For non-majors, the following courses constitute a minor in women's studies. To see the description of a particular course, click on its title.

To declare a minor, a special form must be filled out and filed with the Records Office by the end of the student's junior year. The appropriate form is available from the student's advisor or from the Office of the Registrar.