Gender and Women's Studies Major and Minor

The Major in Gender and Women's Studies

The major consists of 25-28 hours; and no more than one course in any one department with the exception of Gender and Women's Studies (GWS):

  • Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS 207)
  • Feminist Theory (GWS 350)
  • Feminist Methods (GWS 360)
  • One course in each of the following:
         The Gendered Body
         Intersectionalities
         Transnational Perspectives on
         Gender 
  • Three additional courses in three different departments or programs

ADVANCED WRITING PROFICIENCY

Each student who completes this requirement in Gender and Women's Studies will write a senior research paper in GWS 497: Independent Study: Capstone, taken in the fall of the senior year. The paper will be a continuation of the research they began in GWS 360: Feminist Methodologies, taken in the spring of the junior year.

SENIOR COMPREHENSIVE

Students who choose to complete their Senior Comprehensive requirement in Gender and Women's Studies will give an oral presentation of their senior research paper to Gender and Women's Studies faculty and students. The presentation will take place in the spring of the senior year.

The Minor in Gender and Women's Studies

The minor consists of a minimum of 14 hours (5 courses); no more than one course in any one department with the exception of Gender and Women's Studies (GWS), including:

  • Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS 207)
  • Feminist Theory (GWS 350)
  • One course in each of the following:
         The Gendered Body
         Intersectionalities
         Transnational Perspectives on Gender 

For more information, feel free to approach any Gender and Women's Studies faculty member or Stacy Davis, Chair, Gender and Women's Studies.


Available courses include:

  • GWS 207 Introduction to Gender and Women's Studies 
  • GWS 220 Introduction to LGBTQ Studies
  • GWS 240 Gender and Environmental Justice
  • GWS 350 Feminist Theory
  • GWS 360 Feminist Methodologies
  • GWS 376 Chinese Women and Society
  • "Special Topics" courses (290/390) 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 chair or from this website under "Courses."
  • ANTH 346 Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • ART 366 Cyberfeminisms and New Media Practices
  • BUAD 329 Gender and Race Issues in Management
  • COMM 302 History and Criticism of Public Address
  • COMM 420 Female Beauty: Discourse, Rhetoric, and Theory
  • ENLT 205 Contemporary Women’s Fiction
  • ENLT 293 Chicana Literature
  • ENLT 275 Women and Success
  • ENLT 331 Feminist Memoirs
  • ENLT 367 Women and Film
  • ENLT 374 Studies in World Literature (approved topics)
  • ENLT 384 Romantic Era Feminism
  • HIST 324 History of Women in the U.S.
  • HIST 370 History of 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
  • HIST 412 American Girlhoods
  • HIST 415 International Women's Movement
  • JUST 301 The Quest for Human Rights
  • MATH 272 Women and Math
  • MLSP 424 Spanish Women Writers
  • MLSP 429 Latin American Women Writers
  • NURS 222 Women’s Health
  • PHIL 243 Introduction to Feminist Philosophy
  • POSC 365 Gender and Politics
  • PSYC 302 Psychology of Adult Development
  • PSYC 304 Psychology of Child and Family
  • PSYC 402 Psychology of Women
  • PSYC 437 Psychology of Violence
  • PSYC 438 Stereotyping & Prejudice
  • RLST 314 Hebrew Bible Prophets: Feminist Interpretations
  • 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, Relationships
  • SW 370 Family Violence and Sexual Abuse

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.