The Women’s Studies Minor is an interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary program designed to provide you with the theoretical bases for understanding women’s experiences from a global perspective.
Minor in Women and Gender Studies - 18 Credits
The Women’s Studies Minor is an interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary program designed to provide students with the theoretical bases for understanding women’s experiences from a global perspective. As an academic discipline, Women’s studies and Gender studies both have their own distinct subject matter and research tools. This program emphasizes the ways that race, class, sexualities, gender identity and construction and a multitude of other factors intersect with the study and experiences of women in all cultures, historic periods and economic conditions. Through selected courses in Women’s Studies, as well as corresponding courses in Ethnic Studies and other disciplines, the minor challenges myths, prejudices, and stereotypes of women, as well as men. Coursework emphasizes the study of the effects of gender, race, class, ethnicity, and sexual orientation on world views; examines gender construction in its social, historical, and cultural implications; explores recent scholarship on women, gender, and feminist theory in many varied academic fields including the humanities, social sciences and the physical sciences. Many courses also consider traditional disciplines from a feminist perspective. The program places a particular emphasis on social activism, thus courses will explore social movements for gender equality incorporating an international focus and students are encouraged to explore links between theory and practice in their own communities through applied research and internships.
Required courses - 6 Credits
The remaining 12 credits needed for the minor may be selected from among approved electives, such as:
- COMM 0211 - Representation in the Media
- COMM 0212 - Film and Gender
- CRJU 0312 - Women in the Criminal Justice System
- EDUC 0300 - ST: Women in Education Credits: 3
- EGST 0110 - Issues in Women's Studies
- EGST 0221 - Women in Modern Organizations
- EGST 0230 - Special Topics in Ethnic and Gender Studies
- ENGL 0326 - Advanced Studies in Global Women's Literature
- LLIT 0201 - Women Writers of the Americas: Global
- LLIT 0202 - Women Writers of the Americas: US
- LLIT 0210 - Studies in the Literature of Africa and the African Diaspora
- PHIL 0333 - Seminar in Interdisciplinary Studies: “Women as Thinkers and Theorists” Credits: 3
- POLS 0330 - Women and Politics
- POLS 0335 - Feminist Political Thought
- POLS 0340 - Politics and "The Family"
- PSYC 0352 - Women and Mental Health
- PSYC 0210 - Psychology of Women
- SOCI 0315 - Sociology of Gender
Other courses may be designated as Women’s Studies electives when appropriate. Students interested in the minor can obtain further information and apply for admission to the program by contacting the advisor to the Women’s Studies minor or the Department Chair. Advising is provided by the coordinator and faculty involved with the minor.