Women's and Gender Studies

Program Type: Minor
Program Level: Undergraduate
Department: Minors

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  • As an interdisciplinary program of study, Women's and Gender Studies introduces students to the scholarship, literature and creative works on and by women that are transforming the liberal arts and the professions. A concentration in women's studies allows a student to explore the histories and situations of women in different cultural and social contexts. Women's and Gender Studies addresses the myriad ways in which gender difference structures our social relations, cultural values, institutions, academic disciplines, and the production of knowledge. Women's and Gender Studies courses introduce students to ideologies and political theories that have been used over time to explain the natures of women and men and their functions and roles in society. Women's and Gender Studies courses prepare students to utilize traditional and feminist perspectives to analyze gender, sex, and sexuality as biological, psychological, social and cultural phenomena. A Women's and Gender Studies concentration is useful preparation for training in the professions and for postgraduate work in a variety of fields. On a personal level, it enhances the human potential of both women and men by questioning and redefining societal values.

    Minor In Women's and Gender Studies
    The minor includes 18 credit hours, and requires the introduction to women's studies course, a theory course, and four upper-level courses. A grade of C or better must be earned in each course used to satisfy the requirements for a minor. Courses listed at the lower level may be used to satisfy both the minor and general education requirements; however, upper level courses may not count toward both the major and minor requirements. 

  • Women's and Gender Studies Minor Requirements   

    Course  Hours 
    WGST 101 - Introduction to Women's Studies 3
    WGST 301 - Feminist Theory and Methods  3
    Electives - Four upper-level courses whose content is primarily centered on women's interests. To support the interdisciplinary nature of the field, no more than two courses from any individual discipline (except WGST) may be included in the minor. See below for the list of courses approved for inclusion in the minor. 12

    Approved Upper Level Courses

    ARTH U301: Women and Art 
    CRJU U382: Women and Crime
    ENGL U389: Gay and Lesbian Literature
    ENGL U437: Women Writers
    HIST U351: Women in Early Modern Europe and America
    HIST U352: Women in Modern Europe and America
    HIST U378: Women and Gender in Modern China
    HIST U496: Topics in Women’s History
    JOUR U450: Women in the Media
    POLI U350: Women and American Politics
    POLI U420: Women and Politics: A Global Perspective
    PSYC U442: Psychology of Women
    RELG U306: Religion and Gender
    SOCY U335: Fat Studies
    SOCY U337: Gender and Society
    SOCY U339: Women and Armed Conflict 
    SPCH U350: Communication and Gender
    CRJU U352 Sexual Misconduct
    WGST U345: Girls Studies
    WGST U355: U.S. Women’s Movement
    WGST U365: LGBTQ Studies
    WGST U375: Feminist Disability Studies
    WGST U380: Gender, Disability, and Eugenics
    WGST U385: Mad Feminism
    WGST U398: Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies
    WGST U399: Independent Study
    WGST U499: Internship