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PLEASE NOTE: Beginning in Fall 2021, Curry College will no longer offer a minor in Women's and Gender Studies. Feel free to explore our full list of undergraduate academic programs for alternative options.

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 a women's and gender studies minor is for you.

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

Course Requirements and Information

Requirements for the Women's and Gender Studies Minor:

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

Choose three courses (9 credits) from the following list.
(Note: The courses chosen must be from at least two different disciplines):

BLKS 2000 Contemporary Black Worlds
BLKS/P&H 2330 Black History
BLKS/WRIT 2250 Black Voices Matter
BLKS/P&H 2450 Intro to African American studies
BLKS/PRS 2451 Race and Religion in America
BLKS/HW/WGS 3050 Race, Class, Gender and Health
P&H 2320 Contemporary U.S. History
P&H/WGS 2292 Social History of Women
P&H/WGS 2420 Gay Politics in the United States
P&H/WGS 2440 Gender Inequality: Women and Politics
P&H 3650 The American Dream
HW 2200 Social Determinants of Health
NSG 2051 Maternity Nursing
PRS 2460 Philosophy of Sex and Gender
SOC/CJ/WGS 2402 Domestic Violence
SOC/WGS 2470 Sex, Gender, and Sexuality
SOC/WGS 2480 Sport & Society
SOC/WGS 2620 Diversity in Families
SOC/WGS 2760 Wealth, Poverty, and Social Class
SOC/CJ/WGS 3640 Sociology of Deviance
SOC 3300 Sociology of Medicine and the Body
SOC 2510 Social Movements
SOC 2490 Grassroots
HON 2850 Identity
ENG 2020 Major British Writers
ENG/WGS 2110 American Literature I
ENG 2120 American Literature II
ENG 2140 Multicultural Literature in America
WRIT/WGS 2260 Contemporary Queer Narrative
SOC/WGS 2760 Wealth, Poverty and Social Class
SOC/CJ/WGS 3404 Sociology of Violence
SOC/CJ/WGS 3640 Deviance and Social Control
SWK/WGS 2410 Working with Individuals

Total Credits Required Women's and Gender Studies Minor: 15

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

Women's and Gender Studies Program Learning Outcomes:

  1. Apply feminist theory and scholarship to personal experiences in order to understand gender as a lens through which we all experience the world.
  2. Apply feminist theory and research to real life policies, social problems, and other academic fields.
  3. Analyze and deconstruct commonplace understandings of sex, gender, sexuality, and other identity categories.
  4. Critically appraise social, cultural, and political issues related to gender, sexuality, and intersecting identities from multiple perspectives at the global, national, and local levels.
  5. Assess strategies of resistance and struggles for social justice through the lens of feminist theory and articulate the often-overlooked contributions of women, people of color, and LGBT people to movements for political and human rights.
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