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Date: March 6, 2008 To: Graduate Education Council From: Diana Fox Program or administrative unit: Women’s and Gender Studies Department: Anthropology Re: Unclassified Proposal Attached, please find an unclassified proposal to Adopt a new Women’s and Gender Studies Graduate Certificate Program. If this request applies to more than one course, list all courses affected. Required Course: INTD 501 Contemporary Women’s and Gender Studies Seminar Choose Four: ANTH 417 Seminar: She/He “Two Spirits”: Gender Cross-culturally ANTH 435 Seminar: Global Feminism ANTH 515 Teaching in Diverse Classrooms CNGC 529 Multicultural Counseling CRJU 521 Domestic Violence CRJU 522 Women and Criminal Justice CRJU 546 Class, Race, Gender and Crime CRJU 598 Internship in Criminal Justice ENGL 503 Directed Study * (maximum of 6.0 credits) ENGL 511 Special Topics in Writing ┼ ENGL 580 Graduate Seminar in English Literature ┼ ENGL 590 Graduate Seminar in World Literature┼ ENGL 599 Internship *(maximum of 6.0 credits) HEAL 525 Women’s Health Issues HIST 466 Women in American History LASP 490 Seminar in Hispanic Literature ┼ LASP 520 Topics in Spanish American Civilization ┼ LASP 521 Topics in Spanish Civilization ┼ MGMT 571 Organizational Culture and Workforce Diversity MGMT 572 Interpersonal and Group Behavior MGMT 578 Organizational Development PHED504 Nutrition for Sports, Exercise and Weight Control POLI 502 Research *(maximum of 6.0 credits) POLI 503 Directed Study *(maximum of 6.0 credits) POLI 501 Introduction to Public Institutions and Administration POLI 510 Introduction to Research in Public Administration POLI 532 Organizational Theory and Behavior for Public and Nonprofit Institutions PSYC 516 Multicultural Counseling PSYC 503 Directed Study *(maximum of 6.0 credits) PSYC 508 Advanced Seminar SCWK 500 Introduction to Social Welfare Policy: History, Programs and Issues SCWK 502 Dynamics of Diversity and Oppression SCWK 508 Introduction to Social Policy SCWK 510 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I SCWK 570 Integrative Seminar I SCWK 580 Special Topics in Social Work┼ SOCI 503 Directed Study *(maximum of 6.0 credits) SOCI 516 Sociology of Sex and Gender *Limited to six credits ┼Credit earned will count toward the Women’s and Gender Studies graduate certificate only if a significant portion of the course content or internship is related to women and gender studies. A determination as to whether the course or internship meets this requirement will be made by the program coordinator. If the program coordinator concludes that the course or internship is not sufficiently related to women and gender studies, then the course or internship will not satisfy this requirement of the Women’s and Gender Studies graduate certificate. NOTE: 400-level (U/G) courses are offered to graduate students who will complete them with additional assignments discussed with the professor, for graduate credit. Women’s and Gender Studies Graduate Certificate Program at Bridgewater State College Purpose and Goal of the Proposed Program: BSC’s Graduate Certificate Program in Women’s and Gender Studies is designed with flexibility to provide advanced training for individuals already holding a bachelor's degree (in any field) who wish to expand their knowledge of women and gender issues in society. Specifically, the certificate program aims to broaden student understanding of the ways in which gender is developed, constructed, and expressed in attitudes and institutions of contemporary and historical societies. Our courses emphasize critical thinking in an interdisciplinary context and build a knowledge base about many aspects of gendered experiences linked to sexuality, race, class, and nationality. Students learn about the ways that the meanings assigned to "gender" shape our understandings of other academic disciplines and daily life. Social policy, politics, family, health and sexuality are just a few of the areas addressed analytically by courses in Women's and Gender Studies. The program offers students an exciting array of interdisciplinary coursework both to complement their areas of interest and to enhance their qualifications for a wide range of fields including social work, business, psychology, criminal justice, counseling, diversity training and/or education. Mission Context: BSC’s dual purpose mission and the mission of the Graduate Studies Program are both reflected in the WGS Graduate Certificate Program. The Program will reach out to residents of the SE Massachusetts region and the Commonwealth to advance knowledge of global, national, regional and local conditions of human beings of diverse backgrounds to examine how gender and its intersections with race, ethnicity, class and sexuality shape experiences, access to resources, status and opportunities. Improved self and community understanding will enhance the culture of the region and the certificate itself will aim to provide increased economic opportunity by boosting employment and career credentials. Resource Needs: The program will need funds to market the program, to host the opening reception and to pay faculty for teaching additional hours required for INTD 501, Contemporary Women’s and Gender Studies. The Program will be administered by the Women’s and Gender Studies Coordinator and supporting Department where the Coordinator is housed as well as the WGS advisory board. Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this Program students will demonstrate the following skills and capabilities: 1) The acquisition of an interdisciplinary introduction to the intersecting disciplines of Women’s and Gender Studies via INTD 501, “Contemporary Women’s and Gender Studies;” 2) Preparation to meet the challenges of the contemporary, diverse workplace; 3) Demonstration of an in-depth appreciation of the social, political, economic, cultural and ideological factors shaping the construction of gender; 4) Accumulation of knowledge that prepares them to take on leadership roles in society. Admission Requirements: 1. All applicants to the Women’s and Gender Studies Graduate Certificate Program will follow the standardized procedure for completing the graduate-school application forms required for admissions to all graduate certificate programs. A bachelor’s degree is required for admission to the Program. Since admissions to the graduate certificate programs are on a rolling basis, students may apply at any time. 2. In addition to a completed application, every applicant should submit the following: A. An official college transcript of the completed baccalaureate degree B. An official college transcript for graduate course work (if applicable) C. A short essay on the value of the graduate certificate program for the applicant D. One appropriate letter of recommendation from an academic or a professional. *Students already admitted to a graduate program at BSC will be accepted to the Women's and Gender Studies Graduate Certificate Program on the basis of a written, personal statement indicating their interests, plans and career objectives, and how these relate to the field of Women's and Gender Studies Curriculum Fifteen credits are required to complete the Program including INTD 501, “Contemporary Women’s and Gender Studies Seminar,” the one required course which should be taken early on in the curriculum. No more than two courses may be taken within the same discipline. No more than two, three-credit Directed Studies may be taken, each in a separate discipline. Participating disciplines include English Anthropology, Counseling, Criminal Justice, Health Sciences, History, Foreign Languages, Physical Education, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Management, and Interdisciplinary Studies. 07/08-G021R Tracking: # (revised 3/10/08) (for internal use only) Bridgewater State College Governance Unclassified Proposal Form (Graduate) Please read the complete instructions http://www.bridgew.edu/GEC/instructions.cfm for important details on making a proposal. Title Women’s and Gender Studies Graduate Certificate Program (please give your request a brief descriptive title) Summary of request: I am submitting a proposal to establish a new Women’s and Gender Studies Graduate Certificate Program. I am the current Coordinator of the WGS Program, and the proposal has been approved by all members of the WGS Advisory Board, which includes representatives from included disciplines in the Program’s curriculum. Justification: The Program aims to meet the challenges of the contemporary workplace, which is continually undergoing demographic shifts, with respect to gender dynamics as well as ethnic and racial composition. As a result, an in-depth understanding of the social, political, economic and ideological factors shaping gender issues both historically and today will prove enormously valuable to graduate students seeking cutting-edge training in the pursuit of a wide range of careers. Additionally, those already employed who hope to augment their knowledge and capacity to be effective leaders will benefit from the insights acquired through this interdisciplinary program. Finally, as BSC positions itself to meet its mission as the educator of the region, the addition of a graduate program in the field of women’s and gender studies will fill an existing gap in the College’s current curriculum. Reminder: For all new program approvals, each new course proposal must also be submitted, at the same time, using New Graduate Course Proposal form. All proposals must be approved by the graduate program coordinator and academic department chair; or administrator. I certify that my department/administrative unit has approved this unclassified request (type appropriate names in spaces below): Graduate Coordinator: _________________________________ Department Chairperson: _____Diana J. Fox____________________________ Administrator: _________________________________ All programs from the departments of the School of Education and Allied Studies which lead to Massachusetts Department of Education Educator License should be reviewed by the School of Education and Allied Studies Leadership team prior to submission to the GEC. SEAS Approval: Yes NO Updated 3-28-07
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