The Department of Women’s Studies (WS)
The Department of Women’s Studies offers an undergraduate minor. The department’s primary objective is to provide a forum for interdisciplinary teaching, research, and service in order to facilitate the critical investigation of the status and roles of women in society and to promote research by and about women.
Admission into the minor. Students are expected to formally declare a minor. With the assistance of an advisor in the minor department, students should complete the “Declaration of Minor” form before or during the third year of full-time enrollment.
Grade point average. A 2.0 grade point average in the minor is required. The minor GPA is calculated based on all courses applicable to the minor that the student has attempted at UA and all work attempted applicable to the minor throughout the entire higher education career.
Minor courses. The minor in women’s studies requires successful completion of the following 18 semester hours:
|WS 430 or WS 470||3|
|WS elective 300 or 400 level||3|
|WS elective or approved elective*||9|
Upper-level residency. A minimum of 6 hours of 300- or 400-level courses in the minor must be earned on this campus.
Additional minor requirements. Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all University, college, major, and minor requirements. However, each student must meet with an advisor in the major department for academic planning and to be cleared for registration each semester. If necessary, students may consult with the minor department academic advisor for questions concerning minor requirements.
Special opportunities. Students have the opportunity to participate in the Women Involved in Learning and Leading (WILL) program. WILL is an academic and leadership development program for undergraduate women who are freshmen, sophomores, and first-semester juniors at The University of Alabama. The purpose of the WILL program is to promote educational achievement and leadership among women students in strategic and innovative ways and to bring together women with similar academic interest. The WILL program incorporates coursework, a student leadership organization, and participation in women-focused and gender-focused events and programs.