Fostering excellent research, writing, and critical thinking is an important aim of our undergraduate program. Two theory courses– Introduction to Feminist Theories (WGSS 350) and a new upper division course in Critical Sexuality Studies and Queer Theory–provide students with experiences in critical reading, writing, and discussion. The BA culminates in a carefully guided research project (WGSS 490: Senior Capstone Seminar). Students interested in applying theory to work in not-for-profit agencies, community action groups, or government also take the internship course (WGS 460).
WGSS MA and Certificate students are supported in their research through coursework, especially Feminist Theory: Gender Race Class (WGSS 650), a new 500 level course in Critical Sexuality Studies and Queer Theory, and Feminist Research Methods (WGSS 651). MA students conclude their study with a thesis or through an internship course and experience.
Faculty research is supported through two awards. Faculty apply for the Linda Arnold Carlisle Faculty Research Award yearly. The Linda Arnold Carlisle Distinguished Excellence Professorship is awarded every four years.
Upper division undergraduate and graduate students and faculty have many opportunities to present their research on campus. For WGSS Salons, offered twice each semester, students lead discussions of topics they propose and research themselves. Undergraduate and graduate students may apply to the Sally and Alan Cone Awards to support their research. The Cone awards also support graduate student travel to academic conferences.
Interdisciplinary conferences such as The ART of Public Memory (2011) and OUTRAGE!: Discourses, Practices, and Politics of Protest and Social Transformation (2013), the annual conference of the Southeastern Women’s Studies Association, allow students and faculty to share their scholarly and artistic work to audiences from across the country and around the world.