Minor in Women's and Gender Studies

The minor in women's and gender studies is intended to give students a broad, interdisciplinary understanding of the ways in which gender interacts with race, age, class, and sexual orientation to shape human consciousness and the social, political, and cultural organization of society. In addition, the minor is intended to enrich the educational experience of students. It may also provide both men and women with tools for understanding and coping with the larger societal systems in which they must operate as both students and professionals.

Because business and industry are increasingly sensitive to issues such as sex discrimination, sexual harassment, equal pay for comparable work, parental leave, and day care, students with a minor in women's studies will have a definite edge over other applicants for managerial and policy-making positions.

Required Courses
WGST 101Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies3.0
WGST 201Introduction to Feminisms3.0
Choose one of the following three theory courses3.0
Sex, Gender, Feminism: A Seminar in Feminist Theories
Queer Theory
Masculinities
Students must complete at least 15 credits of elective courses:15.0
Gender & Black Popular Culture
Anthropology of Gender
Family and Kinship
Women in Art
Media and Identity
Sex, Violence, & Crime on the Internet
Gender, Crime, and Justice
Issues in Domestic Violence
Women and Literature
Women and Human Rights Worldwide
Women Arab Writers
African Francophone Women Writers
Women in American History
Technology and Identity
Women and Children: Health & Society
Philosophy of Sex & Love
Women's Health Psychology
Women & Minority Opportunities in Sport
Legal Foundations of Title IX
Sex and Society
Gender and Society
Writing on the Body
Women & Human Rights Worldwide
Arab Women Writers
African Francophone Women Writers: Displacement. From One Continent To Another
Women and Society in a Global Context
Gender and Black Popular Culture
Gender and Judaism
Cigarettes and High Heels
Women's Health and Human Rights
Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies
Independent Study in Women's and Gender Studies
Sex, Gender, Feminism: A Seminar in Feminist Theories
Queer Theory
Masculinities
Retail Intersections: Social & Cultural Issues
Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies
Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies
Total Credits24.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Center. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

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