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WGST 702 | Delete an Existing Course
College/School: Arts and Sciences Proposed Effective Term and Year for change to database/bulletin: Fall 2018
Academic Unit:
Course Action: Delete an Existing Course Primary Proponent Contact: John Daniel Jenkins
Director of Graduate Studies, Women's and Gender Studies
Course: WGST 702
Additional Users: MADDEN, NORMAN
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Does this Course have any Enrollment Restrictions: No
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In fall 2016, we undertook a study of the certificate programs in Women’s and/or Gender Studies at five peer and five peer-aspirant institutions. Of these 10 institutions, six had a certificate in WGST, two had a minor, and two had no program at all. On average, the six institutions that offered certificates required 14.5 hours of coursework. (The minors required an average of 11 hours.)


Currently, our certificate is 18 hours. We propose to change the requirements to 15 hours to bring our certificate in line with those of our peer and peer-aspirant schools. In order to do this, we would eliminate the 3-credit course WGST 702, Feminist Epistemologies and Methodologies. We would also change the content of the WGST 701, currently Feminist Theory, to include both feminist theory and epistemology. No other changes to the certificate would be necessary.


We believe this change will prove beneficial for others reasons. When theory and epistemology are taught in distinct courses, students do not always make the connections between the two. They also can have a tendency to believe that methodologies they do not currently employ in their own research are not valuable to them. But Women’s Studies is an inherently interdisciplinary field, and the students need to become familiar with a wide array of approaches. We believe the combination of theory with epistemology will encourage students to engage with a variety of approaches.


Our certificate is often pursued by students who are concurrently enrolled in another degree program. Our 18-hour requirement is achievable by doctoral students who spend three or more years in residency, but we find that it is more difficult for students who try to complete a master’s degree and a certificate in two years. In addition to three required courses, our 18-hour certificate requires three electives. Since these electives can also count in a concurrent degree program, the reduction of the certificate to 15 hours would require only two additional distinct courses rather than three, which is less forbidding for master’s students. At the same time, we believe 15 hours remains rigorous and thorough enough that a student who pursues a stand-alone certificate will benefit.


Proposed Effective Term and Year: N/A
Approved for distributed delivery? No
Impact on Other Units? No, deleting this course does not impact other units or campuses
P-12 School Impact? No
Course Delivery
Previous Approvals
Approval 1 Academic Unit Head (WGST)
Status:  Accepted
Submitted to College/School for Review
Added to Approval queue on Aug 1, 2017 10:17 AM
Responded on Aug 8, 2017 12:53 PM by MADDEN, NORMAN
Approval 2 College/School Rep (AS)
Status:  Accepted
Approved by Dean; Submitted to Registrar Banner Validation
Added to Approval queue on Aug 8, 2017 12:53 PM
Responded on Aug 9, 2017 11:59 AM by NICKLES-OSBORNE, VIRGINIA
Approval 3 Registrar Banner Validation
Status:  Accepted
Approved by Registrar Banner Validation, forwarded to Registrar Degree Audit
Added to Approval queue on Aug 9, 2017 11:59 AM
Responded on Aug 14, 2017 12:02 PM by SHORT, EDMUND
Approval 4 Registrar Degree Audit
Status:  Accepted
Received by the Graduate Council; Forwarded to Graduate Council Humanities Curricula Committee
Added to Approval queue on Aug 14, 2017 12:02 PM
Responded on Aug 14, 2017 1:02 PM by GEORGE, TARA
Approval 5 Graduate Council Humanities Committee Chair
Status:  Accepted
Approved by Graduate Council Chairs; Forwarded to Graduate Council for Approval
Added to Approval queue on Aug 14, 2017 1:02 PM
Responded on Sep 13, 2017 10:04 AM by BARKER, DRUCILLA
Approval 6 Graduate Council Officer (Forward to Full Graduate Council)
Status:  Acknowledged
Received by Graduate Council; Added to agenda of next Graduate Council meeting for vote of Approval
Added to Approval queue on Sep 13, 2017 10:04 AM
Responded on Sep 22, 2017 2:08 PM by BARR, WANDA
Approval 7 Graduate Council Officer (Forward to Registrar)
Status:  Accepted
Approved by Graduate Council; Forwarded to Registrar for addition to catalog
Added to Approval queue on Sep 22, 2017 2:08 PM
Responded on Sep 28, 2017 10:15 AM by BARR, WANDA
Approval 8 Registrar
Status:  Accepted   View Comments
Added to Approval queue on Sep 28, 2017 10:15 AM
Responded on Oct 23, 2017 11:58 AM by GRAVES, DAVID