Women's and Gender Studies - Minor

Women’s and Gender Studies is a flexible interdisciplinary program devoted to the critical analysis of gender and the pursuit of knowledge about women throughout history and around the world. Combining the methods and insights of traditional liberal arts disciplines with the special insights of scholarship on women’s and gender studies, our courses yield fresh perspectives on the nature of gender as it intersects with race, ethnicity, class, religion, and nation, and encourage students to look beyond their own culture and era in examining gender’s role in shaping society. Through interdisciplinary breadth and an emphasis on critical thinking, women’s and gender studies prepares students to employ critical learning in their private lives as well as in public roles as citizens and members of a diverse and complex workforce.

Minors in women’s and gender studies receive training in both humanities and social sciences approaches and are required to complete coursework that focuses on material beyond dominant U.S. culture; core courses have both theoretical and applied focuses. 

Since gender has far-reaching influence on daily life, world culture, and public policy, this minor supports students in a wide range of fields. As a liberal arts degree, women’s and gender studies is attractive to employers looking for recruits trained in critical thinking, organizational skills, reading, writing, and presenting in a wide range of subject areas. Expertise in women’s and gender issues is increasingly important to businesses, governmental agencies, and other organizations dealing with matters such as sexual harassment, flex-time, parental leave, and pay equity, just as specialists in women’s and gender studies find opportunities in education, law, health care, social work, counseling, media, public policy, and a wide range of other fields.

Required Courses:
WGST 200Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies3
WGST 481Senior Seminar3
Select four of the following:12
Introduction to Gender and Society
Special Topics in...
Psychology of Women
Women and Religion
Psychology of Women of Color
Gender and Education
Gender and International Education
Feminist Pedagogy
Motherhood in Society
The Marriage Institution
Sociology of Gender
Women in Politics
The Economics of Gender and Race
Women in Ancient Greece and Rome
Alternative Genders
Gay and Lesbian Literature
Women's Health
Sex, Gender and Cinema
Women in Government in Comparative Perspective
Women Writers
Studies in Gender and Diversity
Feminist Theory
Language and Gender
Women and Culture
Women, Minorities and the Mass Media
Studies in Gender and Philosophy
Representations of Motherhood
Gender and Communication
Studies in Gender and French Literature
Women and Work in Society
Women’s Rhetoric
Employment Discrimination Law
Gender, Ethnicity and Class in Archaeological Research
Queer Theory
Women and Gender in Italian Literature
History of American Women
Women and the Law
Gender in Asia
History of Modern American Women
Studies in Women Writers
Sex and Sexuality in History
Women and Gender in Modern European History
Internship in Women's and Gender Studies
Directed Studies
Special Topics in...
Total Semester Credit Hours18

Students must make a grade of "C" or better in all courses.