Women’s & Gender Studies Minor
Women’s and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary field that examines feminist theoretical perspectives on the intersections of race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, nationality, religion, and other identities. This minor teaches students to think critically about the social construction of identity and the politics of knowledge production. Students will use these critical-thinking skills to understand people’s lives within a global context and analyze the systems of oppression that contribute to continuing economic, political, and cultural inequalities. Women’s and Gender Studies minors will be encouraged to promote social justice throughout their course work.
|Minor Requirements (20 credits)|
|IIWGS-101||Introduction to Womens & Gender Studies||4|
|WGS-495||Capstone in Womens and Gender Studies||4|
|Select one of the following:||4|
|Transnational Feminist Theories|
|Latina Feminist Theories|
|Feminist Media Theory|
|Select one additional Women’s and Gender Studies course above the 200-level||4|
|Women's and Gender Studies Elective||4|
|Select one course from Arts, Education, and Humanities OR Sciences, Sustainability, and Health lists below. Students are encouraged to consult with a faculty advisor for additional information, specific prerequisites or changes on this list|
|Arts, Education, and Humanities|
|Topics in Film Studies (Contemporary Women Directors specified in section title)|
|Marriage & Family in Westrn Civilization|
|A History of Sexuality|
|Women in Music|
|Women in the Holocaust|
|Sciences, Sustainability, and Health|
|Women and Education|
|Women and Health|
|Psychology of Women|
|Sociology of Families|
Upon completion of the Women and Gender Studies minor, students will gain:
- Knowledge of women's contributions to history, culture, politics, and economics.
- Understanding of interdisciplinary concepts such as feminism, patriarchy, heterosexism, oppression, privilege, and difference.
- Understanding of the social construction and intersection of gender, race, class, and sexuality.
- An ability to think critically and write and speak effectively about feminist and queer issues from a global perspective.
- An ability to create and participate in collaborative activist projects that connect theory and practice.
- An ability to effectively engage in and value experiential learning.