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Undergraduate Programs

 

The Gender Studies Major: Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies

 

Undergraduate students may design their own major through the Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies. The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) provides a flexible, individualized program of study for the self-directed learner. It is intended for students who have unique educational goals that cannot be met by any other UMSL degree program. Each degree program is developed by the student, with advising by faculty and a professional Student Services Coordinator. It is open to all students, including those enrolled in the Pierre Laclede Honors College. The BIS degree enables a student to combine courses from at least three different disciplines, taken at the intermediate or advanced level. This allows students to study a subject from multiple academic perspectives (for example, Gender Studies, including History, English, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Sociology, and/or Social Work), or to combine courses for a specific career goal (for example, leadership or non-profit management). Student may also receive credit for professional internships, research internships, or community service, under the supervision of a UMSL faculty member. Some BIS degree programs may be completed entirely with evening courses.

The BIS requires the student to define a personalized Area of Study of at least 36 credit hours, no more than 15 hours of which can be in one department. All courses in the Area of Study must be at the 2000-level or above, and 18 credits must be earned at UM-St. Louis after the student is admitted to the BIS program. Up to six hours may be taken as faculty-supervised professional internship, research internship, or community service, which must be approved by the faculty member in advance. In order to be admitted to the BIS, students must also have a campus grade point average of 2.0 or above. Please contact the Assistant Director for more information.

 

Gender Studies Undergraduate Certificate

 

Similar to a minor, a Gender Studies Certificate supplements a student's traditional academic major by promoting critical analysis of gender roles and structures across different times and cultures. Earning a certificate not only enables students to broaden their educational experience and develop new insights into their own lives and aspirations but also facilitates employment in a wide variety of occupations.

Requirements For Admission Undergraduate certificate candidates must meet the University’s general education requirements. Applicants must have a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 2.5 and must maintain a minimum 2.5 G.P.A. in Gender Studies courses. Students should visit Lucas 494 or contact the assistant program director, Dr. Lynn Staley at staleyly@umsl.edu to officially enroll in the program.

Certificate Requirements Students must take at least 18 credit hours in Gender Studies courses. 9 hours must include 3 core courses:

  1. GS 2102 Introduction to Gender Studies
  2. GS 4100 Introduction to Feminist Theory or another 3000-5000 level course in feminist or gender theory.
  3. Capstone Experience: Students must complete a final research project or practicum. The Capstone requirement may be satisfied by GS 4352 Independent Study in Gender Studies, GS 4353 Internship in Gender Studies, or by a 4000-level Gender Studies course or other 4000-level seminar where student completes a final research and writing project that focuses on gender studies.

The remaining 9 credit hours may be cross-listed courses with student’s major department or Gender Studies electives from various disciplines.

Students should visit Lucas 494 or contact the Assistant Director to officially enroll.

 

Gender Studies and College of Business Undergraduate Leadership Certificate

 

Requirements For Admission

Undergraduate certificate candidates must meet the University’s general education requirements. Applicants must have a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 2.5 and must maintain a minimum 2.5 G.P.A. in Gender Studies and Business courses. Students should visit Lucas 494, contact the Assistant Director, or speak with a College of Business Advisor for more information on enrolling in the program.

Certificate Requirements Students must take at least 18 hours of Gender Studies courses. 6 hours must include 2 core components:

  1. GS 2102 Introduction to Gender Studies
  2. Capstone Experience: The capstone requirement may be satisfied by GS 4352, Independent Study in Gender Studies, or GS 4353, Internship in Gender Studies. Opportunities for independent study or internship include the Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life, the University Mentoring Program, the Women’s Executive Leadership Institute, or a comparable program approved by the GS director.
  3. The remaining 12 hours may be selected from the following choices. Students may take no more than two courses per curricular designation:

COMM 3337

COMM 2232      

GS 2150               

MGMT/SOC 3600

MGMT 3611      

MGMT 3623/PSYCH 3318             

MGMT 3625

MKTG 3785        

PHIL/GS 2253    

POL SCI 2380     

POL SCI 3590

PSYCH 2230

PSYCH 3316

PSYCH 3318/MGMT 3623

SOC/MGMT 3600

Male/Female Communication   

Effective Communication In The Organization: Tools For Leadership                              

Special Topics In Gender Studies              

Management And Organizational Behavior

Advanced Management And Organizational Behavior    

Industrial And Organizational Psychology             

Leadership in Organization         

Women in International Entrepreneurship 1   

Philosophy And Feminism           

The Politics of Gender in the United States         

Women and Leadership World-Wide: Breaking the Glass Ceiling      

Psychology Of Gender  

Fundamentals Of Leadership     

Industrial And Organizational Psychology       

Management and Organizational Behavior      

 

 

COMING SOON! Gender Studies Certificate in Gender in the Military