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The Women & Gender Studies Department's recently launched Domestic Violence Prevention & Services Concentration and Minor, preparing students for range of careers focused on domestic violence advocacy and prevention. The only one of its kind available to undergraduates in the United States, the DVPS program trains students to become advocates for domestic violence survivors. The DVPS concentration combines coursework with practical experience by partnering with local domestic violence service agencies to offer our concentration students the opportunity to serve victims and survivors of domestic violence as they participate in a ten-week summer practicum. Developed in conjunction with the certification and training curriculum of the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the course work for the program is interdisciplinary in nature and includes Women & Gender Studies, Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Human Development and Family Studies.​

Women & Gender Studies majors may apply for the Concentration in Domestic Violence Prevention & Services. Successful applicants will receive a stipend for their ten-week summer practicum with a direct service provider. Upon completing the concentration, students will have acquired both the educational training and up to 500 of the 2000 direct service hours required to become a Certified Domestic Violence Specialist in the state of Delaware.

Minor Requirements

While we strive to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information, the only authoritative sources for information about the course catalog and requirements can be found at the following University webpages: Course Search​University Breadth Requirements, and College of Arts and Sciences Breadth Requirements found under the WOMS BA information.

A minimum of 18 credits is required, which must include the following:

MINOR REQUIREMENTSCourse Title ​Credits
WOMS 201​Introduction to Women's Studies ​3
​WOMS 240
​Women and Violence ​3
WOMS/CRJU/HDFS/SOCI 408​Domestic Violence Policy and Prevention​3
WOMS/HDFS/CRJU 409  ​Domestic Violence Services​3

Six additional credits from the following list: 

WOMS/CRJU 350
Gender and Criminal Justice
3
WOMS/CRJU/SOCI 417​Sex Crimes and Punishment
​3
WOMS 498​
Internship in Women's Studies​3
CRJU 489​Crime Victims and Victims' Rights​3

A minimum grade of C- is required in each course. 

Concentration

DEGREE: BACHELOR OF ARTS
MAJOR: WOMEN & GENDER STUDIES
CONCENTRATION: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PREVENTION & SERVICES

Students interested in this concentration must contact jnacc@udel.edu  to submit an application.

While we strive to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information, the only authoritative sources for information about the course catalog and requirements can be found at the following University webpages: Course Search​University Breadth Requirements, and College of Arts and Sciences Breadth Requirements.​

​MAJOR REQUIREMENTS​Course TitleCredits
​WOMS 201​Introduction to Women's Studies​3
WOMS 202​Women's Studies in Global Context​3
​WOMS 313​Theory and Methods in Feminism​3
WOMS 410*​The Study of Women's Studies​3
WOMS 240
​Women and Violence
​3
WOMS/HDFS/SOCI/CRJU 408   ​Domestic Violence Policy and Prevention3​
WOMS/HDFS/CRJU 409 ​Domestic Violence Services ​3
WOMS 498​Internship in Women's Studies
​3

*WOMS 410​ is offered only once a year in the spring semester. If a student is planning to graduate in the fall or winter, she/he should arrange to take WOMS 410 during the preceding spring semester.

Students must take one of the following courses:

​WOMS/CRJU 350
Gender and Criminal Justice​
​3
WOMS/CRJU/SOCI 417
​Sex Crimes and Punishment
​3
WOMS/SGST 498
​Internship in Women's Studies (for repeat credit)
​3
CRJU 489
​Crime Victims and Victims's Rights
​3


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