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  Oct 20, 2017
 
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2017-2018 
  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2017-2018

Gender and Diversity Studies, B.A.


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The Gender and Diversity Studies major develops students’ critical thinking skills, knowledge base, and intellectual frameworks for analyzing and exploring the nature of diversity.  The program focuses on the socioeconomic, political, psychological, and cultural experiences and positions between and among individuals and groups defined by gender, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, socioeconomic class, age, religious beliefs, and physical/mental abilities.

Core Curriculum Requirements:


Consult the Undergraduate Core Curriculum  of the catalog.

Required Courses for All Concentrations:


All undergraduate students are required to take thirty-six credit hours of approved courses to fulfill one of three tracks offered in the major;

  1. A general major in Gender and Diversity Studies (36 credit hours distributed across the modules).
  2. A major in Gender and Diversity Studies with a concentration (18 credit hours required) in Women and Gender.
  3. A major in Gender and Diversity Studies with a concentration (18 credit hours required) in Race and Ethnicity.

Students seeking a Women & Gender concentration must choose courses designated (W) below where there is an option to do so.

Students seeking a Race and Ethnicity concentration must choose courses designated (R) below where there is an option to do so.

Diversity in American Culture Course (choose one):


These courses focus on the impact that the social, economic and cultural struggles of gendered, racial and ethnic minorities and/or women have had on the history and culture of the United States of America.

Diversity in a Global Context (choose one):


These courses examine how racial, religious, and ethnic differences have shaped the history and culture of different regions across the globe.

Intersectionality Course (3 credit hours):


A 300-level course that explores both the social construction of identity and multiple axes of identity and difference, taking into consideration the various ways they may interrelate or intersect.

Capstone Experience (3 credit hours):


In the Spring of senior year, all GDST students will submit a thesis for public defense.  Students are expected to independently design and complete a research-based project on a specific diversity studies topic that synthesizes the scholarly literature in at least two of the disciplines that inform diversity studies and presents a clear, arguable thesis supported by evidence drawn from appropriate sources.  To this end, students will take a one credit hour thesis direction course in the Fall of senior year, GDST 498.  Students will design their projects, identify two faculty readers from two different disciplines, work both independently and in groups, and complete a polished proposal by the end of the course. Students will then sign up for two credit hours of tutorials in the Spring, GDST 499, one with each of their thesis readers.  All thesis readers must be GDST affiliated faculty and must be approved by the director of the program as well as the chairs of the faculty members’ respective home departments.  The focus of the thesis is multidisciplinary and addresses issues concerning gender and diversity studies that stem from the student’s own elective concentration or interests.  For example, projects may include an internship component or be limited to textual analysis depending on the primary methodologies of the disciplines with which students are working.

Elective Courses (18 credit hours):


The remaining 18 credit hours elective courses must come from three or more disciplines.  Students choosing a Women & Gender or Race & Ethnicity concentration must complete at least nine of their elective credit hours with courses that have the appropriate (W) or (R) designation.  Otherwise, students may choose any course approved as a Gender and Diversity Studies elective at the 200-level or above.

TOTAL Minimum Hours Required for Degree: 120 Semester Hours


B.A. Gender and Diversity Studies


This block serves as a guideline for progress toward a degree. See your academic advisor.

Freshman Year


Fall Semester


  • First Year Seminar OR Theology 111
  • PHILOSOPHY 100 Introduction to Ethics
  • Historical Perspectives
  • Foreign Language
  • CORE101
  • General Elective

 

Spring Semester


  • Theology 111 OR First Year Seminar
  • ENGLISH 101 English Composition
  • Mathematical Perspectives
  • Foreign Language II
  • Philosophy 200 Philosophical Perspectives
  • CORE 102

Sophomore Year


Fall Semester


  • Intro to Gender and Diversity Studies
  • Diversity in American Context course
  • Scientific Perpectives
  • Writing Intensive Elective
  • E/RS elective

Spring Semester


  • Diversity in a Global Context
  • Natural Science Elective
  • Theological Perspectives
  • Creative Perpectives
  • General Elective

Junior Year


Fall Semester


  • Gender and Diversity Studies Intersectionality Course
  • Gender and Diversity Studies Elective
  • ENGLISH 205 Literature and Moral Imagination
  • Humanities Elective
  • General Elective

Spring Semester


  • Gender and Diversity Studies Theory Course
  • Gender and Diversity Studies Elective
  • Soc. Sci core Elective
  • Oral Communications Elective
  • General Elective

Senior Year


Fall Semester


  • Gender and Diversity Studies elective
  • Gender and Diversity Studies elective
  • Gender and Diversity Studies 498 - Gender and Diversity Studies Capstone
  • General Elective
  • General Elective

Spring Semester


  • Gender and Diversity Studies elective
  • Gender and Diversity Studies elective
  • Gender and Diversity Studies 498 - Gender and Diversity Studies Capstone
  • General Elective
  • General Elective

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