Gender and Women's Studies Minor

The Gender and Women's Studies department 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 department's interdisciplinary approach to the study of women, gender, and sexualities, 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
  • GWS 350 Feminist Theory

One of the following:
The Gendered Body

  • ART 366 Cyberfeminism and New Media Practices 
  • ART 371 Topics in Art History and Criticism (approved topics)
  • COMM 302 History and Criticism of Public Address
  • COMM 420 Female Beauty
  • COMM 490 Special Topics: Masculinities in American Media
  • ENLT 384 Romantic Era Feminism
  • GWS 220 Introduction to LGBTQ Studies
  • GWS 290* Special Topics
        or GWS 390* Special Topics
        or GWS 497* Independent Study
        or GWS 499* Internship
  • GWS 360 Feminist Methodologies
  • MLSP 412 Golden Age Spanish Literature
  • MLSP 424 Contemporary Spanish Women Writers
  • MLSP 429 Latin American Women Writers
  • PSYC 402 Psychology of Women
  • RLST 362 Becoming Women
  • SOC 220 Introduction to LGBTQ Studies
  • SOC 222 Contested Masculinities
  • SOC 365 Social Construction of Gender
  • SW 370 Family Violence and Sexual Abuse Issues

One of the following:
Intersectionalities of Gender, Class, Sexuality

  • BUAD 329 Gender and Race Issues in Management
  • COMM 369 Public Communication
  • ENLT 331 Gender and Sexuality in Literature
  • ENLT 334 Postcolonial Women's Writing
  • ENLT 370 Studies in American Literature (approved topics)
  • GWS 240 Gender and Environmental Justice
  • GWS 290* Special Topics
        or GWS 390* Special Topics
        or GWS 497* Independent Study
        or GWS 499* Internship
  • GWS 360 Feminist Methodologies
  • HIST 324 History of Women in the U.S.
  • HIST 341 African-American History
  • JUST 301 The Quest for Human Rights
  • MUS 342 Popular Music, Gender & Sexuality
  • POSC 301 The Quest for Human Rights
  • PSYC 302 Psychology of Adult Development
  • PSYC 437 Psychology of Violence
  • PSYC 438 Stereotyping and Prejudice
  • RLST 314 Hebrew Bible Prophets
  • SOC 257 Sociology of Families
  • SOC 360 Social Stratification: Class, Gender, Race
  • SW 341 Sexuality Intimacy and Relationships 
  • THTR 378 Contemporary Women's Drama

One of the following:
Transnational Perspectives on Gender

  • ANTH 346 Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • ENLT 203 Studies in Literature (approved topics)
  • GWS 275 Global Women's Leadership
  • GWS 290* Special Topics
        or GWS 390* Special Topics
        or GWS 497* Independent Study
  • GWS 333 Transnational Feminisms
  • GWS 360 Feminist Methodologies
  • 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 415 International Women's Movements
  • POSC 333 Transnational Feminisms
  • POSC 365 Gender & Politics

*Students may apply no more than 3 total hours from GWS 290, 390, 497, or 499 to the GWS minor.
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 department chair.