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Women's and Gender Studies Minor

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Fast Facts: Women's and Gender Studies Minor

  • Encourages students to think and move beyond traditional gender-role barriers that still exist today
  • Cultivates critical thinking about women, sexuality and gender in relation to current issues through use of an interdisciplinary approach
  • Broadens student perceptions of women's history, writings, art and literature by giving careful attention to multicultural viewpoints
  • Recognizes the importance of feminist theory in understanding modern women's and LGBT movements in America and around the world

Program requirements

Minor: 20 credits


Students with a minor in Women's and Gender Studies have gone on to enjoy careers in healthcare, publishing, the ministry and midwifery. Others have gone on to pursue graduate study.

Sample curriculum

Here are some classes you could take as part of this minor. Please note that you would not necessarily need all of these courses to fulfill a minor. This list doesn't include general education courses. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.

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Expand and Collapse ENG 3370 - Studies in Women's Literature

Studies focused on, for example, marriage in women’s fiction, mother-daughter literature, or Asian-American women writers.

Expand and Collapse HIS 3324 - African American History I

Examines significant topics in African American history from the period of forced migration to the Americas through Reconstruction. Analyzes the roles African Americans of different classes and genders have played in shaping U.S. history.

Expand and Collapse HIS 3325 - African American History II

Examines significant topics in African American history from Reconstruction through the current experience of diverse members of the African Diaspora living in the U.S. Analyzes the roles African Americans of different classes and genders have played in shaping U.S. history.

Expand and Collapse HIS 3350 - Feminism and Globalization: Women, Religion, and the Body

Explores how European imperialist accounts of non-European women's experiences have been crucial to culturally dominant ideas about feminism, globalization, and the legacy of the colonial state throughout the so-called Third World. Beginning with a critical and historical overview of feminist theory and practice, the course will trace recent studies, both historical and ethnographic, of how terms such as " women," "religion," and "the body" were radically changed by the colonial projects of the 19th century (e.g. in South Asia and Africa) - projects that are intimately related to contemporary debates on transnational women's movements and globalization.

Expand and Collapse PHL 3360 - Philosophies of Feminism

Examines theoretical accounts of the relation between women and men in present society, identification of assumptions within the feminist accounts, and evaluation of proposals for change.

Expand and Collapse PSY 3340 - Psychology of Gender

Introduces students to the research methods, findings, and theories of psychology of gender. Students examine evidence for gender differences and similarities in cognitive abilities, personality, social behavior and mental health, and explore nature and nurture explanations. Gender stereotypes and their impact are discussed. Women's and men's experiences in the workplace, in relationships, and in parenting are major focuses. Prerequisite: one psychology course or consent of instructor.

Expand and Collapse TRS 2243 - Women and Religion

Examines the historical and cultural understandings of women in religions of the world. The course emphasizes the work of contemporary women thinkers who are exploring various dimensions of the question of women’s presence, exclusion and contribution to religion. Through historical and comparative study the course will provide both a critical and a constructive understanding of the contributions that women make to religions, as well as the influence of religions on the situation of women in the world. This course will acknowledge the heritage of women’s strength, resistance and celebration in responding to exclusion and oppression and look at some of the ways in which women today are seeking full and authentic participation in the life of their religious traditions and their communities.

Expand and Collapse TRS 3380 - Women's Spirituality/Literatur

Involves students in the process of their own spiritual journey as well as examines the spirituality of female characters in literature. In addition, poetry, theology and spirituality texts are studied to provide the students with guides for reflection. This course incorporates journals, papers, presentations and final integration paper.

Expand and Collapse TRS 4440 - Women Mystics

Examines the mystical tradition through the examination of the lives and writings of selected women mystics. A typical reading list might include works of Julian of Norwich, Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Avila, Therese of Lisieux, Simone Weil, Edith Stein and Hildegard of Bingen.

Expand and Collapse WGS 1011 - Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies: History and Theory

Designed to invite students into the pleasures and difficulties of critical thinking about women, gender, and sexuality in global perspective. The main objective is not to initiate students into a specific point of view or feminist school of thought, but rather to invite them to learn how to analyze and think critically about issues in women’s and gender studies from the first stirrings of the women’s movement in the late 18th and early 19th centuries to the #MeToo movement today. Our approach will be critical and historical. We will be reading material from a wide range of interdisciplinary work in Women’s and Gender Studies, but our focus will be primarily on the history of modern feminist thought, the theoretical and political imperative of intersectional analysis, the gendered nature of society and its institutions, critiques of toxic masculinity and gender-based violence, the anthropology of the body, and the collusion of feminism and empire in the colonial projects of the 19th century. In the final part of the course, we will examine the return of “colonial feminism” after 9/11 by tracing the significance of colonial debates on the veil (hijab) in places such as Egypt and Algeria for understanding contemporary Western liberal feminist calls to save Muslim women from violent native patriarchal religions and cultures.

Expand and Collapse WGS 2777 - Topics in Women's Studies

Various departments offer topics courses which are applicable to women's studies. Check with the coordinator for current offerings on the schedule.

Expand and Collapse WGS 4555 - Women & Gender Studies Practic

Provides students with an opportunity to work in an agency/organization as a women's studies intern and to explore areas of interest, such as feminist scholarship, in a seminar format. This course is the capstone course for minors. Prerequisite: WMS 1011

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