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Minor in Women's and Gender Studies

Vital critical thinking skills are enhanced by using gender, along with race and class, as a category of analysis, helping students investigate the role that gender plays in our history, art, politics, education, sports, health and family.

Our courses offer a deeper insight to issues of oppression, and create awareness to sexist, racist and other biases. Teaching students to expand their way of thinking, broaden their perspective, analyze difficult material, build convincing arguments and how gender interactions affect the business environment, as well as the cultural, emotional, familial, institutional and political impact.

Women's and Gender Studies Minor courses can be taken in partial fulfillment of Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies Degree.

What will I study?

Core Courses (8-9 credits)

WMST/HUMN 101 Introduction to Women's Studies (5) or WMST/HUMN 310 Issues In Women's Studies (4) [This course is also offered online]
WMST/HUMN 410 Feminist Theory (4)

NOTE: Students who are completing a minor in Women's Studies as well as a Gender Studies Certificate may only count one course for both the certificate and the minor: WMST 101 OR WMST 310

Electives (13 - 14 credits)

To bring the credit total to 22 in Women's Studies, select courses 300 or above from the Women's & Gender Studies Course Distribution List.


Women's & Gender Studies Course Distribution List:

Applied Emphasis
WMST/SOCI 377 Alternatives to Domestic Violence (2)

WMST/MGMT 424 Equity and Equality in the Workplace (3)

WMST/SOWK 448 Gay and Lesbian Issues for the Social Work Practitioner (3)

WMST/SOWK 450 Women and Social Reform (3)

WMST/SOWK 452 Gender and Sexual Assault (4)

WMST 495 Internship or Practicum Experience (1 - 5)

Applied/Theoretical Emphasis

WMST/CMST 314 Gender and Communication  (5)

WMST/BIOL 318 Biology of Women (3)

WMST/SOCI 321 Sex and Gender (5)

WMST/PSYC 331 Psychology of Women (4)

WMST/BIOL 338 Discovering Women in Science (1)

WMST/HIST 351 Gender in the Century of Total War (5)

WMST/CRIM 360 Women in Prison (5)

WMST/HLED 366 Women's Health Issues (4)

WMST/SOCI 370 Sociology of the Family (5)

WMST/AAST 371 Cultural Study: African American Women and Hair (2)

WMST/ENGL 389 Women, Literature and Social Change (5)

WMST/HIST 394 Women in American History (4)

WMST 400 - 409 Summer Workshops (1)     

    NOTE: No more than THREE credits of summer workshops may be counted toward the major or minor. Summer Workshops: Several of these workshops are offered each summer to help students integrate knowledge of scholarship on women into traditional academic work in various disciplines.   

    WMST/ENGL 400 Women and Men in Literature (1)   

    WMST/BIOL 401 Women and Men in Science (1)   

    WMST 402/ECON 426 Women and Men in the U.S. Economy (1)   

    WMST/PSYC 403 Women and Men in Psychology (1)   

    WMST/CMST 404 Women and Men in Communication (1)

    WMST/HIST 405 Women and Men in History (1)

    WMST/GEOG 406 Women and Men in Cultural Landscape (1)

    WMST/ART 409 Women and Men in Art (1)

    -End of Summer Workshop

WMST/CMST 416 Gender and Media (5)

WMST/CMST 419 Sex, Sexuality, and Communication (5)

WMST 426/ECON/AAST 424 Economics of Poverty and Discrimination (5)

WMST/ECON 427 The Economics of Women and Work (5)

WMST/AAST 430 From Mammies to Jemimas: The Black Women's Struggle (5)

WMST/ANTH 432 Anthropology of Gender (4)

WMST/ANTH/GEOG/HIST 437 Women and Islam (5)

WMST/HIST 468 History of Modern American Women (4)

WMST/SOWK 471 Human Rights and Women's Rights (4)

WMST/IDST 477 Contemporary Indigenous Women (5)

WMST/SOCI 483 Sociology of Children (5)

WMST 490 Senior Capstone Seminar (4)

WMST 497 Workshop (Summers) (1-2)

WMST 498 Seminar approved by Women's Studies Director (4 - 5)

Theoretical Emphasis

WMST/HIST 392 Women in the American West (4)

WMST/HUMN 410 Feminist Theory (4)

WMST/HUMN 415 Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies (5)

WMST/PHIL 440 Women and Philosophy (5)

WMST/SPAN 475 Women's Writing in Latin America (4)

Women's and Gender Studies Prior Learning Option (49-56 credits)

NOTE: No more than 5 credits from the list of courses with applied emphasis will count toward the minor.

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