At the undergraduate level, we offer a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. The goal of the minor is to develop students’ understanding of the ways gender has shaped lived experience in the past, present, and around the world. As such, it complements a wide variety of majors. The knowledge and skills that Women’s and Gender Studies minors develop help them find employment in business, healthcare, education, government, and the non-profit sector.
Women’s and Gender Studies minors can take courses in a wide variety of fields (e.g., History, Sociology, English, Psychology, Public Health, Anthropology). With proper planning the minor can be integrated with most majors. The Women’s and Gender Studies program will allow students to double-count up to 9 hours of classes (i.e., classes that count for the WGST minor and a student’s major). Students should check with their major advisor to see how many courses their major will allow them to double-count.
Requirements for the Minor
Students who declared a minor after April 2011 must complete the following requirements. If you declared your minor prior to April 2011, contact Kelly Finley at firstname.lastname@example.org to verify whether you have satisfied the previous requirements for the minor.
Women’s and Gender Studies minors must complete 6 classes in the program (for a total of 18 hours). The specific requirements are:
- WGST 1101: Introduction to Women’s Studies (Fall, Spring, Summer)
- Must pass with a "C" or better.
- Feminist Thought. Student may take either WGST 3220: Feminist Thought (Fall/Spring) or WGST 3221: Feminist Thought (Summer)
- These courses have the same content.
- WGST 3220 satisfies the general education writing intensive requirement but WGST 3221 does not.
- Must pass with a "C" or better.
- One 4000-level WGST course
*Electives: All WGST courses count as electives. Courses offered in other departments that focus on women, gender (which includes masculinity), sexuality, and/or feminism also count as electives. See the list below for examples of approved courses. Finally, the Director of Women’s and Gender Studies can approve courses offered by other departments on a semester-by-semester basis.
Women’s and Gender Studies electives taught in other departments*:
- AFRS 2120 African American Women
- AFRS 2215/SOCY 2090 Black Families in U.S.
- AFRS 3050/ENGL 3050 Black Women Writers
- AFRS 3158 Gender in African American Literature
- ANTH 2123 Women in Cross-cultural Perspective
- ANTH 3160 Gender, Culture and Communication
- ANTH 4131 Culture, Pregnancy and Birth
- ANTH 4615 Women in the Middle East
- CJUS 3000 Domestic Violence
- CJUS 4000/AFRS 3050 Gender, Race and Crime
- CJUS 4000 Gender, Race and Justice
- COMM 2110 Women and the Media
- COMM 3110 Gender and Communication
- ENGL 4002 Women and Literature
- ENGL 4050 Native North American Indian Women
- ENGL 4050 Gender and Shakespeare
- FREN 4226 French Women Writers
- GRNT4260 Women: Middle Age and Beyond
- HIST 2000 African American Women’s History I
- HIST 2000 African American Women’s History II
- HIST 2150 U.S. Women's History to 1877
- HIST 2152 European Women's History
- HIST 2151 US Women's History Since 1877
- HIST 3000/AMST 3050 Southern Women's History
- HIST 3131 History of Sexuality
- PHIL 3227 Feminist Philosophy
- PSYC 3136 Sexual Behavior
- PSYC 3126 Psychology of Women
- RELS 3000 Women in the Hebrew Bible
- RELS 3111 Women and Judaism
- SOCY 2090 Sociology of Women’s Sports
- SOCY 2132 Marriage & Family
- SOCY 4165 Sociology of Women
- SOCY 3261 Human Sexuality
- SOCY 2163 Sociology of Gender
- SPAN 3019 Hispanic Women Writers in English Translation
*This list is not comprehensive and may vary from semester to semester.