PURPOSE: To support efforts on the part of the Women’s and Gender Studies Department to make Women’s and Gender Studies a free-standing major.
Whereas, the Women’s and Gender Studies program was named an official department in Fall 2008, and
Whereas, the Women’s and Gender Studies program currently offers an emphasis in Women’s and Gender Studies as part of the Interdisciplinary Studies Major, and
Whereas, students that graduate with the emphasis must obtain 30 credit hours of Women’s and Gender Studies specific courses, and
Whereas, this is the same number of credit hours that Political Science, Psychology and many other College of Arts and Sciences majors must take from classes in their departments, and
Whereas, the majority of the coursework in which these students emphasize is dedicated to the study of Women’s and Gender Studies, and
Whereas, Women’s and Gender Studies majors would be able to have their specific program noted on their graduation diplomas, and
Whereas, this notation would be specific to what students studied while at MU and what their focus has been over their academic career, and
Whereas, the major would appeal to potential students that wish to concentrate in such subject matter and will continue to make MU more competitive, and
Whereas, there would be no additional cost to make the emphasis into an official major, and
Whereas, Provost Brian Foster and Chancellor Brady Deaton will review the proposal in Fall 2009.
Therefore, Be It Resolved by the Missouri Students Association Senate that MSA supports the recognition of Women’s and Gender Studies as a free-standing major, and
Therefore, Be It Further Resolved that we seek approval from the College of Arts and Science Dean Michael O’Brien, Provost Brian Foster and Chancellor Brady Deaton, and upon approval continue our invested support as the proposal is reviewed by the UM system office, the Board of Curators, and the Missouri Department of Higher Education.
Erica Zucco Jordan Paul Amanda Shelton
Academic Affairs Chair MSA President MSA Senate Speaker
Multicultural Issues Chair