Women's and Gender Studies

Are you interested in learning about women's experiences, struggles, and accomplishments throughout history? Dream of a world where equality is the standard? Want to strengthen your understanding and awareness of gender as it applies to your own experiences? Then you may want to minor in women's and gender studies.

Throughout your coursework you will have the opportunity to:

  • Focus on women or gender as the central area of inquiry
  • Recognize gender as a primary source for learning, and lens through which we experience the world
  • Articulate the complex ways in which gender is socially and culturally constructed
  • Explore data and research about contemporary issues related to gender and their impact both locally and globally
  • Analyze interlocking systems of oppression and privilege across lives of gender, race, class, and sexuality
  • Recognize women as significant actors in society in both public and private spheres
  • Recognize women's struggles and accomplishments, in their efforts, both individual and collective, to achieve personal and social change
  • Apply Women's and Gender Studies scholarship to personal experiences within the framework of our diverse cultural backgrounds

The Women's and Gender Studies program is interdisciplinary in nature, with courses and faculty drawn from throughout the College. Courses are open to all students, whether or not they are pursuing a Women's and Gender Studies minor. You may obtain a minor in Women's and Gender Studies in conjunction with a major in any area of study.

Requirements for Women's and Gender Studies Minor:
WGS 2000 Gendered Lives 3
WGS 3900 Women's and Gender Studies Senior Seminar: Selected Topics 3

Choose three from the following list of electives*: 9 credits
Total Credits Required Women's and Gender Studies Minor: 15
BIOL/PSY/WGS 2450 Human Sexuality
COM 2850 Women in Media
COM 3652 Gender Communication
ENG 1330 Feminine and Masculine in Literature
ENG/WGS 2110 American Literature
ENG 2632 Women in 19th Century World Literature
ENG 2635 Banned Books
ENG 2850 Women in Film
ENG 3300 Shameless Women's Literature
ENG 3340 Women in Modern Literature
ENG/WGS 3620 Victorian Literature
HE/AFAM/WGS 3050 Race, Class, Gender and Health
NSG 3063 Maternity Nursing
P&H/WGS 2292 Social History of Women
P&H/WGS 2420 Gay Politics in the United States
P&H/WGS 2440 Women, Power and Politics
PHIL 3500 Virtue and Feminist Ethics
PSY/WGS 2106 Psychology of Women
PSY/SOC/WGS 2115 Men, Self and Society
SOC/PSY/WGS 2060 Aging and the Life Cycle
SOC/ED/WGS 2162 Sociology of Education
SOC/CJ/WGS 2402 Domestic Violence
SOC/WGS 2410 Working with Individuals
SOC/WGS 2480 Sports & Society
SOC/WGS 2620 Diversity in Families
SOC/WGS 2650 Sociology of Health Care
SOC/WGS 2680 Sociology of Work: From Corporate Suites to Cleaning Streets
SOC/WGS 2760 Wealth, Poverty and Social Class
SOC/CJ/WGS 3404 Sociology of Violence
SOC/CJ/WGS 3640 Deviance & Social Control
VA 2930 Contemporary Art
WGS 3450 Field Experience
WGS 4000 Independent Study
WGS 4100 Independent Readings
WGS 4560 Independent Research

*Students may petition the Women's Studies Committee to receive credit for course(s) or coursework not listed above.

Learning Outcomes

  •  Focus on women or gender as the central area of inquiry
  • Recognize gender as a primary source for learning, and lens through which we experience the world.
  • Articulate the complex ways in which gender is socially and culturally constructed.
  • Explore data and research about contemporary issues related to gender and their impact both locally and globally.
  • Analyze interlocking forms of oppression and privilege across lines of gender, race, class, and sexuality.
  • Recognize women as significant actors in society in both public and private spheres.
  • Recognize women's struggles and accomplishments, and their efforts, both individual and collective, to achieve personal and social change.
  • Apply women's and gender studies scholarship to personal experiences within the framework of our diverse cultural backgrounds.

 
 
 
 

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