Gender and Women's Studies Minor

The Gender and Women's Studies program encourages students to examine and analyze women's lives and the constructions of gender. You will investigate the intersectionalities of gender, race, class, sexualities, and other identity categories from historical and contemporary transnational perspectives. Through the program's interdisciplinary approach to the study of women, gender, and sexuality, you will investigate different forms of power, inequality, and privilege. The gender and women's studies program nurtures the social awareness and responsibility of individuals, and prepares students for careers in human services, activism and advocacy, education, law and public policy, and business, among many others.

Minor in Gender and Women's Studies (14 hours)

  • GWS 207 Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies

One of the following:
Feminist Theory

  • ART 366 Cyberfeminism and New Media Practices 
  • ART 371 Topics in Art History and Criticism (approved topics)
  • COMM 420 Female Beauty
  • ENLT 331 Feminist Memoirs
  • GWS 333 Transnational Feminisms
  • HIST 324 History of Women in the US
  • HIST 341 African-American History
  • HIST 375 Women from the Global South
  • HIST 383 Women in Africa and the Middle East
  • HIST 412 American Girlhoods
  • HIST 415 International Women’s Movements
  • PHIL 243 Introduction to Feminist Philosophy
  • POSC 333 Transnational Feminisms
  • POSC 365 Gender and Politics
  • PSYC 402 Psychology of Women
  • RLST 314 Hebrew Bible Prophets
  • RLST 362 Becoming Women
  • SOC 220 Contested Masculinities
  • SOC 360 Social Stratification, Class Gender, Race
  • SOC 365 Social Construction of Gender

Three of the following (if not used above); no more than one course in any department, with the exception of GWS:

  • ANTH 346 Anthropology of Women
  • ART 366 Cyberfeminism and New Media Practices
  • ART 371 Topics in Art History and Criticism (approved topics)
  • BUAD 329 Gender and Race Issues in Management
  • COMM 302 History and Criticism of Public Address
  • COMM 369 Public Communication
  • COMM 420 Female Beauty
  • ENLT 203 Studies in Literature (approved topics)
  • ENLT 205 Contemporary Women’s Fiction
  • ENLT 275 Women and Success
  • ENLT 293 Chicana Literature
  • ENLT 331 Feminist Memoirs
  • ENLT 367 Women in Film
  • ENLT 374 Studies in World Literature (approved topics)
  • ENLT 384 Romantic Era Feminism
  • GWS 220 Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies
  • GWS 240 Gender and Environmental Justice
  • GWS 333 Transnational Feminisms
  • HIST 324 History of Women in the U.S.
  • HIST 341 African-American History
  • HIST 370 Modern European Women
  • HIST 375 Women from the Global South
  • HIST 383 Women in Africa and the Middle East
  • HIST 410 Studies in Women’s History (selected topics)
  • HIST 412 American Girlhoods
  • HIST 415 International Women’s Movements
  • JUST 301 The Quest for Human Rights
  • MATH 272 Women and Mathematics: Seminar
  • MLSP 412 Golden Age Spanish Literature
  • MLSP 424 Contemporary Spanish Women Writers
  • MLSP 429 Latin American Women Writers
  • MUS 342 Popular Music, Gender & Sexuality
  • NURS 222 Women’s Health
  • PHIL 243 Introduction to Feminist Philosophy
  • POSC 301 The Quest for Human Rights
  • POSC 333 Transnational Feminisms
  • POSC 365 Gender & Politics
  • PSYC 302 Psychology of Adult Development
  • PSYC 304 Psychology of Child and Family in Contemporary Society
  • PSYC 402 Psychology of Women
  • PSYC 437 Psychology of Violence
  • PSYC 438 Stereotyping and Prejudice
  • RLST 314 Hebrew Bible Prophets
  • RLST 362 Becoming Women
  • SOC 220 Contested Masculinities
  • SOC 257 Sociology of Families
  • SOC 360 Social Stratification: Class, Gender, Race
  • SOC 365 Social Construction of Gender
  • SW 341 Sexuality Intimacy and Relationships
  • SW 370 Family Violence and Sexual Abuse Issues

Topics courses in various departments and other courses may be included when appropriate.A current list of Gender and Women’s Studies courses is available from the programcoordinator.