Mark Nunes, Chair
|Julia Kark Callander
||Jeanne A. Dubino
||Joseph J. Gonzalez
|Kristan M. Cockerill
|Michael W. Dale
||Ann Pegelow Kaplan
||Cynthia A. Wood
|Beth L. Davison
||H. Clark Maddux
The Department of Cultural, Gender and Global Studies is comprised of the following constituent programs: gender, women’s and sexuality studies, global studies, and interdisciplinary studies. Individually and collectively, these programs value global learning and promote educational experiences that facilitate both local-to-global and global-to-local connections. The department is also home to Watauga Residential College, an interdisciplinary, alternative general education program. The department promotes creative, collaborative and multidisciplinary engagement in critical and cultural studies while simultaneously promoting the distinctiveness of the constituent programs.
Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies
Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies is an academic program generating, supporting, and sharing research on gender, women, and sexuality. A degree in Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies prepares students to think critically and intersectionally and to identify, clarify, and address complex issues about diversity, equity, and social justice that pertain to gender, women, and sexuality in local and global contexts.
Global Studies is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary academic program devoted to the understanding of historical, social, political, geographic, cultural, and artistic dimensions of international, transnational, and global processes. Students may choose to focus on any of the several aspects of global studies: area studies, international studies, postcolonial studies, or a topical field such as development and globalization. The aim of the program is to: (1) give students competency within their focus area; (2) foster an appreciation of the connections between themselves and the rest of the world, and; (3) encourage students to become knowledgeable, active participants in the global arena. The teaching of global studies emphasizes critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Honors Program in Global Studies
The Global Studies Honors Program offers Honors courses for students at the sophomore, junior and senior level. Junior and senior level honors courses carry full credit toward the focus area in the Global Studies major or, for non-majors, full elective credit.
Admission to the honors program in Global Studies requires completion of GLS 3000 and a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 (a “B” average), both overall and in the major. In order to remain in the program, students must receive a grade of B or better in all honors courses. Upon admission to the honors program, students will determine their focus area honors courses in consultation with the advisor. This will become part of their program of study.
To graduate with “honors in Global Studies,” a student must have a minimum grade-point average of 3.45, overall and in Global Studies, and must take nine semester hours of Global Studies honors credits with a “B” average or higher, including: GLS 4515 - Senior Honors Thesis (3) with honors, and two honors courses that must count in the student’s focus area. These two courses can be appropriate honors courses from other departments and/or graduate level courses, if the student has the appropriate preparation.
The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies is unlike any other degree program at Appalachian State university. IDS students design their own major, integrating concepts and methods from multiple disciplines. Rather than stressing the uniqueness of separate disciplines, interdisciplinary inquiry leads students toward syntheses, and thus towards and appreciation of the interconnectedness of the world. Our courses, our degree program, and our minors reflect the fact that often the most compelling social, cultural, and intellectual questions are bigger than any one disciplinary box.
Interdisciplinary Studies encourages students and faculty to develop a sense of the world that is both broad and deep, to embark upon a practice that allows one to learn, teach, create and research across the boundaries that separate academic disciplines and that separate academic from other forms of knowing.
Interdisciplinary Selected Topics Courses
Each semester, Interdisciplinary Studies offers selected topics courses open to students from all departments. The emphasis is on relevant, experimental, and imaginative subject matters and pedagogies that require interdisciplinary approaches. While some courses may be taught more than one semester, their topical character ensures variety and change.
Honors Program in Interdisciplinary Studies
The Interdisciplinary Studies program maintains an honors track to provide qualified students with an opportunity for advanced research in a seminar atmosphere. Honors courses are available in the program for students at the sophomore, junior, and senior level. Junior and senior level honors courses carry full credit toward concentration requirements in the Interdisciplinary Studies major or, for non-majors, full elective credit
Admission to the Interdisciplinary Studies honors program requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 (“B” average), both overall and in the major. In order to remain in the Interdisciplinary Studies honors program, students must maintain a 3.45 GPA each semester after admission to the Interdisciplinary Studies honors program. Upon admission to the Interdisciplinary Studies honors program, students will determine their honors courses based on their concentration and in consultation with their advisor.
To graduate with “honors in Interdisciplinary Studies,” a student must have maintained a minimum GPA of 3.45 each semester after admission to the Interdisciplinary Studies honors program. Interdisciplinary Studies honors students must take at least ten semester hours of honors credits, including IDS 4510 (Senior Honors Thesis/Project) and its corequisite capstone experience course, IDS 4001 (Interdisciplinary Connections III).
For additional information, contact the Director of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program.
Watauga Residential College
Watauga offers an experiential general education program that incorporates community-based research and multicultural immersion consciously connecting students’ academic, social, cultural, and residential experiences.
For more information on Watauga Residential College, visit watauga.appstate.edu/.
ProgramsBachelor of ArtsCertificateMinor
CoursesGender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies
Global StudiesInterdisciplinary StudiesWatauga Residential College
- GWS 2421 - Sex, Gender, and Power (3)
- GWS 2525 - Global Women’s Issues (3)
- GWS 2530-2549 - Selected Topics (1-4)
- GWS 2600 - Introduction to LGBT Studies (3)
- GWS 3000 - Feminist Theories (3)
- GWS 3050 - Classics in Feminist Thought and Action (3)
- GWS 3100 - Girls Coming of Age (3)
- GWS 3350 - Gender, Media and Popular Culture (3)
- GWS 3400 - Women, Food, and Nature (3)
- GWS 3500 - Independent Study (1-4)
- GWS 3520 - Instructional Assistance (1)
- GWS 3530-3549 - Selected Topics (1-4)
- GWS 3600 - LGBT Studies Seminar (3)
- GWS 3700 - Interpreting Bodies (3)
- GWS 4100 - Major Figures (3)
- GWS 4101 - Capstone in Major Figures (3)
- GWS 4300 - Transnational Topics in Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies (3)
- GWS 4301 - Capstone in Transnational Topics in Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies (3)
- GWS 4600 - Queer Theory (3)
- GWS 4601 - Capstone in Queer Theory (3)
- GWS 4700 - Seminar in Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies (3)
- GWS 4701 - Capstone in Seminar in Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies (3)
- GWS 4900 - Internship in Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies (1-6)
- GWS 4901 - Capstone Internship in Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies (3)