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Major in Women's Studies
The Women's and Gender Studies curriculum, offers students a rigorous education in the following topics: the history of women's oppression and sexual identity; the development of gender roles and relations; contemporary economic and social profiles affecting women and men; and women's creativity in the United States, Mexico, and around the globe.  The BA in Women's and Gender Studies trains students to use disciplinary theories and analytic methods to interrogate the notions of gender, power, class, ethnicity, the body, and sexuality.  Many of the program's courses integrate the work of community activists and organizations in the El Paso-Ciudad Juárez region.

To complete a major in Women's Studies, students must earn 30 hours in courses approved for Women's Studies credit.

Degree Plan

Minor Required
This program requires the selection of a minor.
ESOL Track
Students who completed ESOL 1311 and ESOL 1312 will need to also complete ESOL 2303 with a grade of C or better.
University Core Curriculum
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements.42
Women's and Gender Study Major
Required Courses:
Foundations:
WS 2300Introduction to Womens Studies3
or WS 2350 Global Feminisms
Gender and Social Movements:
Select one of the following:3
La Chicana
Gender Roles & Society
The Three Waves of Feminism
Feminism of 1960's & 1970's
Women, Power, & Politics
Issues and Representations:
Select one of the following:3
Women in Fine Art
Feminist Film
Women in Literature
Women & Work in the Sex Indust
History of Women
Theory:
WS 4310Feminist Theory3
Advanced Practical/Theoretical Experience:
Select one of the following:3
Internship in Women's Studies
Feminist Philosophy
Jr/Sr Seminar/Women's Studies
Senior Capstone Experience:
WS 3380Social Justice Values at Work3
or WS 4500 Senior Capstone
Prescribed Electives:
Select four courses from the following:12
African American History
Family Life & Human Sexuality
Selected Topics in Kinesiology
Special Undergraduate Topics
Social Work W/Special Pops
Women in Drama
Directed Study
Internship in Women's Studies
Family Violence
Sex, Culture, and Evolution
Gender & Popular Culture
Gndr, Ethncty in Contemp Art
Queer Cinema
Women, the Body & the Machine
Gender & Religion
Women in American Culture
Plagues, Pandemics, & Power
Mental Illness at the Margins
Gender Issues in the Arts
Gender Issues in Humanities
Gender Issues in Social Scincs
Women's Studies:Special Topics
Gender, Health, & Medicine
Jr/Sr Seminar/Women's Studies
The following may be selected if already not used toward other major requirements:
Introduction to Womens Studies
Global Feminisms
La Chicana
Internship in Women's Studies
Women in Fine Art
Feminist Film
Women in Literature
Gender Roles & Society
Women & Work in the Sex Indust
Social Justice Values at Work
History of Women
The Three Waves of Feminism
Feminism of 1960's & 1970's
Feminist Philosophy
Women, Power, & Politics
Jr/Sr Seminar/Women's Studies
Senior Capstone
Upper-Division Women's Studies:
Select six additional hours from the following:6
La Chicana
Directed Study
Internship in Women's Studies
Family Violence
Sex, Culture, and Evolution
Women in Fine Art
Gender & Popular Culture
Gndr, Ethncty in Contemp Art
Feminist Film
Queer Cinema
Women, the Body & the Machine
Gender & Religion
Women in American Culture
Women in Literature
Gender Roles & Society
Women & Work in the Sex Indust
Plagues, Pandemics, & Power
Mental Illness at the Margins
Women's Health
Social Justice Values at Work
Gender Issues in the Arts
Gender Issues in Humanities
Gender Issues in Social Scincs
Women's Studies:Special Topics
History of Women
The Three Waves of Feminism
Feminism of 1960's & 1970's
Gender, Health, & Medicine
Feminist Philosophy
Feminist Theory
Women, Power, & Politics
Jr/Sr Seminar/Women's Studies
Senior Capstone
Foreign Language
Select a sequence from the following options:6
Intermediate Arabic I
and Intermediate Arabic II
Elementary Chinese I
and Elementary Chinese II
Interm Spanish One Non-Nat Spk
and Interm Spanish Two Non-Nat Spk
Spanish For Spanish Spkrs One
and Spanish for Spanish Spkrs Two
Intensive Intermediate Spanish
Intensive Span for Span Speak
French Three
and French Four
German Three
and German Four
Accelerated Latin One
and Accelerated Latin Two
Accelerated Portuguese One
and Accelerated Portuguese Two
Intensive Language Study
and Intensive Language Study
Intermediate Chinese I
and Intermediate Chinese II
Block Electives
Complete eighteen upper-division hours from the blocks below, with three to nine hours in each18
Total Hours120
1

French and Spanish majors must fulfill this requirement in a language other than their major.

Upper-Division Women's Studies

WS 3301La Chicana3
WS 3310Directed Study3
WS 3320Internship in Women's Studies3
WS 3321Family Violence3
WS 3322Sex, Culture, and Evolution3
WS 3330Women in Fine Art3
WS 3331Gender & Popular Culture3
WS 3333Gndr, Ethncty in Contemp Art3
WS 3335Feminist Film3
WS 3336Queer Cinema3
WS 3340Women, the Body & the Machine3
WS 3351Gender & Religion3
WS 3352Women in American Culture3
WS 3360Women in Literature3
WS 3370Gender Roles & Society3
WS 3372Women & Work in the Sex Indust3
WS 3373Plagues, Pandemics, & Power3
WS 3374Mental Illness at the Margins3
WS 3375Women's Health3
WS 3380Social Justice Values at Work3
WS 3382Gender Issues in the Arts3
WS 3383Gender Issues in Humanities3
WS 3384Gender Issues in Social Scincs3
WS 3390Women's Studies:Special Topics3
WS 3391History of Women3
WS 3392The Three Waves of Feminism3
WS 3393Feminism of 1960's & 1970's3
WS 3394Gender, Health, & Medicine3
WS 4307Feminist Philosophy3
WS 4310Feminist Theory3
WS 4314Women, Power, & Politics3
WS 4360Jr/Sr Seminar/Women's Studies3
WS 4500Senior Capstone5


University Core Curriculum

NOTE: The department may make specific suggestions for courses which are most applicable towards your major.

Psychology and Criminal Justice majors and minors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I (C) or a higher level Calculus course.

Business majors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I (C) or a higher level Calculus course.

NOTE: All courses require a C or better

Communication

Select six hours of the following: (Note: ESL students should take ESOL 1300 & ESOL 13126
Written and Oral Communication
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition 2
Rhetoric, Composition & Comm
Expos Engl Compos-Spkr Esl (C) 1
Res & Crit Writng Spkr Esl (C) 1
Total Hours6
 
 

American History

Required Courses:
HIST 1301History of U.S. to 1865 (C)3
HIST 1302History of U.S. Since 1865 (C)3
Total Hours6

Language, Philosophy & Culture 

Select one of the following:3
English Literature (C)
English Literature (C)
Intro to American Fiction (C)
Intro to American Drama (C)
Intro to American Poetry (C)
Making of the "Other" Americas
World History to 1500 (C)
World History Since 1500 (C)
Introduction to Philosophy (C)
Ethics (C)
Introduct to Religious Studies
Seeing & Naming: Conversations
Introduction to Womens Studies
Global Feminisms
Total Hours3

Mathematics 

Select one of the following:3
Math in the Modern World (C)
Math for Social Sciences I (C)
Calculus I
Calculus I - Part A
Calculus I - Part B
Calculus I - Part C
Precalculus (C)
Pre-calculus - Part A
Pre-calculus - Part B
Pre-calculus - Part C
Math for Social Sciences II
Differential Equations
Descriptive & Inferential Stat
Elementary Statistical Methods
Total Hours3

Life & Physical Sciences - Lab 

Select one of the following:1-4
Astronomy Lab I (C)
Introductory Biology Lab (C)
Human Biology Laboratory (C)
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)
Human Anat/Physio Lab II (C)
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Environmental Sci. Lab (C)
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Laboratory for GEOG 1306 (C)
Lab for GEOL 1314 (C)
Lab for GEOL 1313 (C)
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
General Physics I (C)
General Physics II (C)
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours1-4

Life and Physical Sciences 

A minimum of two semesters of lecture and one semester of laboratory associated with one of the courses, or two semesters of combined (3 credit) lecture-laboratory courses (Only six hours apply toward the required 42.) 

Select six hours of the following: 16
Astronomy Lab I (C)
Elem Astronomy-Solar System(C)
Elem Astr Stars & Galaxies (C)
Introductory Biology Lab (C)
Human Biology Laboratory (C)
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Introductory Biology
Human Biology (C)
General Biology
Organismal Biology
Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)
Human Anat/Physio Lab II (C)
Human Anat/Physiology I (C)
Human Anat/Physiology II (C)
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
General Chemistry
General Chemistry (C)
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Environmental Sci. Lab (C)
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Intro to Environmental Sci (C)
Laboratory for GEOG 1306 (C)
Physical Geography (C)
Lab for GEOL 1313 (C)
Lab for GEOL 1314 (C)
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
Principles of Earth Sciences
Principles of Earth Science
The Blue Planet
Natural Hazards
Intro to Physical Geology (C)
Intro to Historical Geol (C)
Fundamentals of Nutrition
Wellness Dynamics
Microorganisms and Disease
General Physics I (C)
General Physics II (C)
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours6
1

Based on the major selected, options listed might not be applicable; please refer to the prerequisite area at top if one is present.

Political Science 

Required Courses:
POLS 2310Introduction to Politics (C)3
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics (C)3
Total Hours6

Social and Behavioral Sciences 

Select one of the following:3
Intro-Phys Anth/Archeolog (C)
Intro-Cultural Anthropology(C)
Cultural Geography
Intro to Linguistics (C)
Econ for Engrs & Scientists
Interpersonal Communication
Mass Media and Society
Principles of Economics (C)
Principles of Economics (C)
Introduction to Ed Psychology
Action Research in Classrooms
Introduction to Linguistics(C)
Cultural Geography (C)
An Intro. to Linguistics (C)
Lang. Inside & Out: Sel Topics
Introduction to Psychology (C)
Introduction to Sociology (C)
Cultural Geography
Total Hours3

 Creative Arts

Select one of the following:3
Art Appreciation (C)
History of Art I (C)
History of Art II (C)
Dance Appreciation (C)
Intro-Art of Motion Pict. (C)
Intro to Music History (C)
Music Appreciation (C)
Jazz to Rock (C)
Introduction to Theatre (C)
Total Hours3

Component Area Option

Select two of the following:6
Intro to Global Business
Public Speaking (C)
Business/Profession Comm (C)
Intro-Computational Thinking
Computer Programming Sci/Engr
Inquiry in Math & Science
Seminar/Critical Inquiry (C)
Total Hours6

Block Electives

Fine and Performing Arts

ART 3300Art Exploration3
ARTE 3307Introduction to Art Education3
ARTH 3353Pre-Columb Art & Arch3
CHIC 3302Chicano Cinema3
CHIC 3303Border Image in Mexican Film3
CHIC 3304Chicano/Latino Music in the US3
DANC 3303History of Dance as a Perf Art3
DANC 3322World Dance3
DANC 3347Jazz & Other Stage Danc Form I3
DANC 3348Jazz & Other Stge Danc Form II3
FILM 3302Chicano Cinema3
FILM 3303The Border Image in Mex. Film3
FILM 3315Screenwriting3
FILM 3391African-American Filmmakers3
FILM 3393Avant-Garde Cinema3
FILM 3394Documentary Cinema3
FILM 3395Women and Film3
FILM 4340Selected Topics/ Film Studies3
FREN 4389Acting Out:Spectacle & Stage3
MUSL 3324Intro to World Music3
MUSL 3325Music on the Border3
MUSL 3326Social History of Rock3
MUSL 3327History of Jazz3
MUSL 3329Topics in Music Hist & Culture3
MUSL 3331Musical Instruments3
MUSL 3332Music and Film3
MUSL 3333Arabic Music3
MUSL 3334Ethnomusicology3
SPAN 4341Modern Drama3
THEA 3301Scene Study I3
THEA 3335Contemp Hispanic Thea & Drama3
THEA 3340History of Costume Design3
THEA 3341Principles of Costuming3
THEA 3342Lighting Design3
THEA 3343Scenic Painting3
THEA 3350Creative Drama3
THEA 3351Theatre Hist and Literature I3
THEA 3352Theatre Hist and Literature II3
THEA 3355Broadway Musicals-A History3
THEA 3356Women in Drama3
THEA 4304Theatre Pract/Non-Majors3
WS 3331Gender & Popular Culture3
WS 3333Gndr, Ethncty in Contemp Art3
WS 3335Feminist Film3
WS 3382Gender Issues in the Arts3

Humanities

AFST 3390Topics in African/Amer Studies3
CHIC 3301La Chicana3
CHIC 3311Chicano Studies: Societal Issu3
CHIC 4301Chicano Legal History3
CRW 3362Intro to Creative Writing3
CRW 3373Writing in Society3
ENGL 3300Intro. to Literary Studies3
ENGL 3301Literary Studies3
ENGL 3302Literature and Film3
ENGL 3304Gothic Literature3
ENGL 3305Children's Literature3
ENGL 3306Young Adult Literature3
ENGL 3309Detective Fiction3
ENGL 3310Chicana/o Literature3
ENGL 3311American Literature to 18653
ENGL 3312Am. Literature 1865 to Present3
ENGL 3315African American Literature3
ENGL 3316Native American Literature3
ENGL 3317Postcolonial Literature3
ENGL 3318British Literature Before 14853
ENGL 3319Sixteenth-Cent. Prose & Poetry3
ENGL 3320Shakespeare3
ENGL 3321Shakespeare's Plays and Poetry3
ENGL 332317th Century Prose and Poetry3
ENGL 3325Literature of the Bible3
ENGL 3327Jewish American Literature3
ENGL 3328Holocaust Literature and Film3
ENGL 3330Restoration & 18th Century Lit3
ENGL 3331World Literature3
ENGL 3333Romantic Literature3
ENGL 3337Victorian Literature3
ENGL 3341History of Form I3
ENGL 3342History of Form II3
ENGL 3344Am. Poetry 1900 to Present3
ENGL 3360Women in Literature3
ENGL 3371Southwestern Literature3
ENGL 3372Folklore and Mythology3
ENGL 3374Folklore Of Mexican American3
ENGL 4308Chaucer3
ENGL 4309Milton3
ENGL 4314Literary Criticism3
ENGL 4316Am. Nonfiction/Poetry To 19003
ENGL 4317American Fiction To 19003
ENGL 4318Early 20TH Cent Am. Fiction3
ENGL 4319Am. Fiction 1945 to Present3
ENGL 4322The American Drama3
ENGL 4325British Drama Since 18803
ENGL 4340Advanced Literary Studies3
ENGL 4347British Novel thru 18th Cent3
ENGL 4348British Novel: 19th Century3
ENGL 4349British Novel: 20th Century3
ENGL 4350Maj Am. Writer(s) through 19003
ENGL 4351Maj Am Writer(s) since 19003
FREN 3301French Literature to 17153
FREN 3303French Literature Since 17153
FREN 3320French Civilization3
FREN 3355Assuming the Power of Speech3
FREN 4387Poetry, Art of Ages:Lai to Rai3
FREN 4388Pleasure of Text: Genre, Narra3
FREN 4389Acting Out:Spectacle & Stage3
FREN 4390Topics in French3
all HIST 3300 - HIST 4300 except HIST 4325, HIST 4330, HIST 4390
all HUMN 3300 - HUMN 4300
JS 3300 - JS 4300
LABS 3300The Americas3
LABS 3301The Border3
LING 3313English Historical Linguistics3
LING 3315History of Spanish Language3
MS 3313U.S. Military History3
all PHIL 3300 - PHIL 4300
PORT 4390Topics in Portuguese3
all RS 3300 - RS 4300
RWS 3355Workplace Writing3
RWS 3359Technical Writing3
all SPAN 3300 - SPAN 4300 except SPAN 3309, SPAN 3311, SPAN 4301
WS 3351Gender & Religion3
WS 3360Women in Literature3
WS 3383Gender Issues in Humanities3
WS 3392The Three Waves of Feminism3
WS 4310Feminist Theory3

Social and Behavioral Sciences

AFST 4304Envir. Just. & Min. Comm. U.S.3
all ANTH 3300 - ANTH 4300
CHIC 3301La Chicana3
CHIC 3311Chicano Studies: Societal Issu3
CHIC 3339Cultural Diversity & Youth: US3
CHIC 4301Chicano Legal History3
CHIC 4304Envir. Just. & Min. Comm U.S.3
CHIC 4306Colonias on the US/Mex Border3
CHIC 4307Hispanic Entrepreneurship3
COMM 3322Communication and Conflict3
COMM 3323Comm & Org Leadership3
COMM 3344Media Programming for Radio/TV3
COMM 3345Media Scriptwriting3
COMM 3353Intercultural Communication3
COMM 3354Small Group3
COMM 3355Organizational Communication3
COMM 4341Media Announcing & Performance3
COMM 4350Selected Topics3
COMM 4352Contemporary Rhetoric3
CRIJ 3308Juvenile Justice3
CRIJ 3309Comm Corrections & Corr Cnslng3
CRIJ 3311Crime Control & Prevention3
CRIJ 3321Family Violence3
CRIJ 3351Crim Just on US-Mexico Border3
CRIJ 3389Criminal Justice Ethics3
CRIJ 4300Selected Topics - Crim Justice3
CRIJ 4301Readings in Criminal Justice3
CRIJ 4302Cyber Crime3
CRIJ 4303Crime, Criminal Justice & Film3
CRIJ 4311Immigration Law and Admin3
CRIJ 4312Criminal Procedure3
CRIJ 4313White Collar Crime3
CRIJ 4314Women in Criminal Justice3
CRIJ 4315Homicide3
CRIJ 4316Comp CJS & Transntl Crime3
CRIJ 4317Victimology3
CRIJ 4318Violence in America3
CRIJ 4319Street Gangs:Strctr,Act & Resp3
CRIJ 4320Crim Just Org and Management3
CRIJ 4321Organized Crime3
INSS 3301Historical Dev of Nat'l Sec3
INSS 3302Sem in Intel and Nat'l Sec3
INSS 4350Selected Problems in Intel3
INSS 4351Professional Practices3
LABS 3300The Americas3
LABS 3301The Border3
LABS 4301Topics Lat Amer/Border Stud3
all LING 3300 - LING 4300 except LING 3313, LING 3315
all POLS 3300 - POLS 4300
PSYC 3315Psychology and the Law3
PSYC 3347Behavior Modification3
PSYC 4309History & Systems Psychology3
PSYC 4316Language and Cognition3
PSYC 4321Judgment and Decision Making3
all SOCI 3300 - SOCI 4300
WS 3301La Chicana3
WS 3370Gender Roles & Society3
WS 3372Women & Work in the Sex Indust3
WS 3380Social Justice Values at Work3
WS 3384Gender Issues in Social Scincs3
WS 4310Feminist Theory3
WS 4360Jr/Sr Seminar/Women's Studies3
RWS 3345Editing3
RWS 3355Workplace Writing3
RWS 3357Computers and Writing3
RWS 3358Special Topics in Writing3
RWS 3359Technical Writing3
RWS 3365Adv Composition:Rhet Theory3
RWS 3366Advanced Composition: Argument3
RWS 4300Senior Writing Practicum3

 The courses below will apply to different blocks based on the term and section completed

  • Please see dept or schedule book (online) for details


 

PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Dr. Brenda A. Risch

Professor

Shelley Armitage 
Contact Information: armitage@utep.edu; 915-747-7073 
Education: Ph D, University of New Mexico

Sandra Deutsch 
Contact Information: sdeutsch@utep.edu; 915-747-7066 
Education: Ph D, University of Florida

Mimi Gladstein 
Contact Information: mgladstein@utep.edu; 915-747-6259 
Education: BA, Texas Western College; MA, University of Texas at El Paso; Ph D, University of New Mexico

Lawrence Lesser 
Contact Information: Lesser@utep.edu; 915-747-6845 
Education: BA, Rice University; MS, The University of Texas at Austin; Ph D, The University of Texas at Austin 
Research Interests: mathematics education, statistics education, equity, teacher education, motivation, intuition, language, culture, humanistic mathematics

Cheryl Martin 
Contact Information: cmartin@utep.edu; 915-747-7048 
Education: BSFS: Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service, Georgetown University; MA, The Tulane University of Louisiana; Ph D, The Tulane University of Louisiana

Kathleen Staudt 
Contact Information: kstaudt@utep.edu; 915-747-7975 
Education: BA, University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee; MA, University of Wisconsin; Ph D, University of Wisconsin

Associate Professors

Meredith Abarca 
Contact Information: mabarca@utep.edu; 915-747-6249 
Education: Ph D, University of California

Stacey Sowards 
Contact Information: ssowards@utep.edu; 915-747-8854 
Education: MA, The University of Texas at El Paso; Ph D, University of Kansas

Yolanda Leyva 
Contact Information: yleyva@utep.edu; 915-747-7064 
Education: Ph D, University of Arizona; BBA, University of Texas at Austin 
Research Interests: Mexican American history, childhood history, traditional healing, history of space/place

John Wiebe 
Contact Information: jwiebe@utep.edu; 915-747-7611 
Education: Ph D, University of Iowa

Assistant Professor

Maryse Jayasuriya 
Contact Information: mjayasuriya@utep.edu; 915-747-6252 
Education: Ph D, Purdue University

Brenda A. Risch
Contact Information: brisch@utep.edu; 915-747-6132
BA, Northwestern University; MA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Ph D, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Ph D, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Marion Rohrleitner 
Contact Information: mcrohrleitner@utep.edu; 915-747-5647 
Education: Mag. phil., Leopold-Franzens-Universitaet Innsbruck; Ph D, University of Notre Dame

Visiting Professor

Lee Ann E Westman
Contact Information: lewestman@utep.edu; 915-747-5028
Education: Ph.D, Florida State University