The School of Humanities
The undergraduate major, honors track undergraduate major, and the graduate certificate program take an interdisciplinary approach in their exploration of women’s lives and histories and the role that ideas about sexual differences and sexual identities have played in human societies. Areas of inquiry include women’s participation in social and cultural production; the construction of heteronormative gender and sexuality as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender identities; the relationship between ideas about gender and concepts inherent in other social, political, and legal structures; and the implications of feminist and sexuality studies for philosophical and epistemological traditions. Students acquire an understanding of how adopting gender as a significant category of analysis challenges existing disciplines. They gain proficiency in the methods used to study and compare cultural constructions of gender and sexuality, and they become familiar with the ongoing fundamental debates in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.
Upon completing the BA degree, students majoring in the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality must complete:
For general university requirements, see Graduation Requirements. Students pursuing the BA degree with a major in the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality (SWGS) must complete:
Students who are pursuing two majors (i.e., are double majors) and have declared Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality must complete a minimum of 10 courses (30 credit hours) to satisfy major requirements. Double majors who drop their second major are required to meet the requirements listed for single majors.
All students must work out their individual courses of study with their faculty advisors. Each student’s course of study must be approved by the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality advisor. Course requirement tracking forms are available in the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality office.
CORE REQUIREMENTS Students must complete a total of 6 courses depending on course selection (18 credit hours) as listed below to satisfy the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality major's Core Requirements.
Core CoursesStudents must complete a total of 4 courses (12 credit hours) as listed below.
Research/Seminar/Practicum Students must complete the coursework listed under one of the following groups. Note that the Engaged Research Practicum and Seminar are open to non-majors. Permission of the instructor is required as well as some background in the study of women, gender or sexuality.
Seminar/Practicum Students must complete the following 3 courses (7 credit hours):
Honors Thesis Students who are pursuing the Honors Program in SWGS must complete the following 2 courses (6 credit hours):
ELECTIVESTo fulfill the remaining Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality major requirements, students must complete a total of 6 additional courses (18 credit hours) from the courses listed below. Students pursuing the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality major as one of their two majors must complete a total of 4 additional courses (12 credit hours). The following courses are among those that can be used to fulfill requirements for the major. As course offerings may vary from year to year, students are urged to consult with their faculty advisors or with the director at the beginning of each semester.
Critical Race Studies Courses
Within the major in the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, students can pursue a specialization or area of emphasis in Poverty, Social Justice, and Human Capabilities (PJHC). The specialization allows students to focus their course of study on the relation of gender and sexuality to poverty and human well-being and to develop an analytic framework for addressing these issues.
Students pursuing the Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities specialization within the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality major must complete a total of three courses (nine credit hours) as listed below. The three courses completed are included in the course requirements to satisfy the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality major requirements, and do not need to be taken in addition to the total courses required for the major.
Students wishing to pursue the Honors Program will complete a thesis. The process of preparing the thesis begins in the late spring of the junior year.
In that spring semester, the student chooses an advisor from the SWGS faculty and with that advisor produces a proposal for a research project. The proposal must be approved by the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality major advisor by the last day of the exam period in the spring of the junior year.
In the fall of the senior year, students enroll in SWGS 498 for directed research supervised by a CSWGS faculty affiliate and are in regular consultation with their advisors.
In the spring of the senior year, students enroll in SWGS 499 and work closely with their advisors as they complete the thesis. Honors students present their projects in a public event at the end of the semester.
Note: Internally, the university uses the following abbreviation (4-digit codes) to identify the undergraduate Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality degree and major. The following is a quick reference:
Course Catalog/Schedule: - Course offerings/subject code: SWGS Department Code and Description - Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality: SWGSDegree Code and Description - Bachelor of Arts Degree: BA Major Code and Description - Major in the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality: SWGS
Upon completion of the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Certificate, students will:
The Certificate in the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality is designed to provide interdisciplinary training in women, gender, and sexuality studies to students pursuing a PhD degree at Rice University. Students who have been admitted into a PhD program are eligible to apply to the SWGS certificate program. The Certificate in the Study or Women, Gender and Sexuality is not a free-standing degree program; in addition to fulfilling the SWGS requirements outlined below, candidates will be required to successfully complete the PhD program in which they have been admitted in order to receive the certificate in SWGS. Further information is available on request from the SWGS office. For PhD requirements, see the relevant department. For general university requirements, see Graduate Degrees in this publication.
Students pursuing the Certificate in the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, candidates must:
Students pursuing the Certificate in the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality are strongly encouraged to include a member of the CSWGS faculty on their dissertation committee and to consult regularly with the faculty member as they pursue their dissertation work.
The program awards graduate fellowship stipends, within the limits of available funds, to enrolled certificate students during the prospectus-writing semester. Although timelines vary depending on the student's home department, this semester normally occurs during the semester following the completion of all required coursework (within the student's home department as well as CSWGS) and after achieving candidacy in the PhD. program. Graduate students who enroll in the certificate program in fall 2008 and in subsequent semesters will be asked to submit a dissertation proposal (or a 500-word statement with a proposal to follow later) that includes some indication of the ways women, gender, and/or sexuality feature in their project in order for a stipend to be disbursed during the “prospectus semester.” CSWGS will ask for this proposal or statement after the student completes qualifying exams. Certificate students are eligible to work as teaching assistants for an SWGS undergraduate core or cross-listed course, or in some cases, to teach a course of their own upon approval of the steering committee.
The following courses are those that can be used to fulfill requirements for the certificate. In most cases, students will be able to complete these requirements within the normal time limits for coursework in their PhD programs. All students must work out their individual courses of study with the CSWGS director and the graduate advisor in their home departments. Each student’s course of study must be pre-approved by the CSWGS director. Please note that not all courses listed below will be offered every academic year. For a current list of courses, please visit the CSWGS website at cswgs.rice.edu . For the current course schedule, please visit courses.rice.edu.
CORE REQUIREMENTS Students must complete 2 courses (6 credit hours) from the following:
CROSS-LISTED ELECTIVE COURSE REQUIREMENT Students must complete 1 course (3 credit hours) from the following:
ANNUAL COLLOQUIUM REQUIREMENT Certificate in the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality students will participate in a colloquium consisting of a series of seminars and public lectures over the course of a year, to be offered annually at Rice and organized by the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality (CSWGS). Colloquium attendance by certificate students constitutes an official requirement for the certificate. Normally, students are expected to attend colloquia events over a minimum of four semesters, (amounting to six seminars and six lectures). Attendance beyond that is highly encouraged. Colloquium topics will be determined by the CSWGS steering committee with a view to highlighting emerging knowledge in gender, sexuality, and women’s studies. The colloquium provides graduate students with the opportunity to engage in sustained intellectual exchange with leading scholars and to participate in producing cutting-edge work in the field.
Descriptions and CodesLegend
Note: Internally, the university uses the following abbreviations (4-digit codes) to identify the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality degree program. The following is a quick reference:
Course Catalog/Schedule - Course offerings/subject code: SWGSDepartment (or Center) Description and Code - Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality: SWGS Degree Description and Code - Master of Arts degree: MA - Doctor of Philosophy degree: PhDCertificate Description and Code - Certificate in Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality: WGS
The official course offerings, including course descriptions, for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality can be found in Rice's Course Catalog.
To view the most recent course schedule for the 2016-2017 academic year, see Rice's Course Schedule.
For additional information regarding Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, see the department's website: http://swg.rice.edu/.