Santa Clara University

Women's & Gender Studies Program

Cross-listing a Course with WGST

Curriculum Criteria

Course Review Questionnaire

Curriculum Criteria - Women's and Gender Studies Program, Santa Clara University

The Women's and Gender Studies Program invites submission of proposals for courses to be included in its interdisciplinary curriculum.Courses approved for WGST credit will count toward the companion major and minor in women's and gender studies, as well as the ethnic/gender studies Core requirement in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Which courses must be reviewed:
In addition to new courses and existing courses that are not part of the WGST curriculum, all current WGST courses will be reconsidered for inclusion in the Program's curriculum as part of the university mandated program review process.Once approved, a course will be part of the WGST curriculum unless it is substantially altered.Any approved course, when offered by a different professor, or with a substantially different syllabus, must be submitted for curriculum review.

Criteria for WGST courses:
Courses containing information on women, gender, and sexuality, etc. are not automatically assumed to be Women's and Gender Studies courses. Your syllabus should make it clear how this is a Women's and Gender Studies course, not simply a course about women. The following criteria will be used to review courses for inclusion in the WGST curriculum:

1.The course content must clearly reflect and acquaint students with recent scholarship on women, gender, sexuality, and/or feminist theory. Traditional texts, when used, should be critically examined using the tools of feminist scholarship, in concert with current practices in the field of women's and gender studies.We do not ask or desire that faculty toe a narrow ideological line; we do ask that courses designated WGST be clearly informed by contemporary women's and gender studies scholarship and provide students with an understanding of feminist perspectives.

2.Race, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, nationality, and other bases of domination inflect how one experiences gender, subordination, and agency. A Women's and Gender Studies course uncovers, rather than ignores or dismisses, these differences.

3.Women's and Gender Studies courses integrate scholarship by women whenever possible and appropriate.

4.A Women's and Gender Studies course does one or more of the following:

·Critically examines assumptions about gender, sexuality, race, class, and nationality.

·Explores the production of different knowledge, art, literature, and so on reflecting gendered, raced, classed, etc. experiences.

·Equips students to identify and critically analyze systems of domination.

·Focuses on providing information about women, their psychology, biology, roles, experiences, history, and contributions.

·Focuses on providing information about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender peoples, their psychology, biology, roles, experiences, history, and contributions.

5.Although pedagogical style is not a strict criterion for cross-listing, Women's and Gender Studies courses generally aim to encourage student participation and active learning consistent with critical pedagogy.

To submit a course proposal, please provide the following information and materials:

Course Review Questionnaire

Department, number, and title (e.g., WGST 50 – Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies)

Professor's name and contact information

Course description

Required readings

Course syllabus

These materials should make clear how the course meets the criteria listed above.


Courses that are not accepted for inclusion in the WGST curriculum may instead be placed on a list of recommended courses that will be made available to students.Courses may also be revised and resubmitted.