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Women and Gender Studies (Minor)

About the Program

Women and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary field that examines women’s experiences, as well as gender and sexuality. Women and Gender Studies examines a range of issues, including how gender influences women and men’s lives and experiences in society and politics; the portrayal of women and men in arts, literature, and media; sociocultural and biological influences on gender development; how gender influences thoughts and behavior; how gender intersects with other forms of diversity, such as race, class, and culture; the nature of sexuality; and feminist theory and scholarship.

Program Requirements

Required Courses (3 credit hours)
WGS 101 INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN AND GENDER STUDIES 3
or SOC 312 WOMEN IN SOCIETY

Electives (15 credit hours)
Select 15 credit hours, 9 or more credits must come from Group A. 15

Group A: Women and Gender as Primary Focus
AED 365 SEMINAR IN FEMINIST ART AND CRITICISM
ANT 332 GENDER AND ARCHAEOLOGY
ANT 340 WOMEN IN ANTHROPOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE
CRJ 430 GENDER AND THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
ECO 302 WOMEN IN THE ECONOMY
ENG 231 WOMEN IN LITERATURE
ENG 385 GENDER AND SEXUALITY IN LITERATURE
HEW 308 WOMEN'S HEALTH ISSUES
HIS 302 HISTORY OF WOMEN IN AMERICA
HIS 445 HISTORY OF WOMEN AND GENDER IN THE MIDDLE EAST
PSC 225 WOMEN IN AMERICAN POLITICS
PSY 387 PSYCHOLOGY OF GENDER
REL 303 WOMEN IN GLOBAL RELIGIONS
SOC 212 FEMINIST THEORY
SOC 310 SOCIOLOGY OF SEX AND GENDER
WGS 189 TOPIC COURSE (1-3)
WGS 389 TOPIC COURSE
WGS 488 INTERNSHIP (1-12)
WGS 495 SPECIAL PROJECT (1-3)
WGS 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY (3-12)

Group B: Women and Gender in A Broader Context
ANT 350 GLOBAL MARRIAGE PRACTICES
BUS 305 WORKFORCE DIVERSITY IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY
FTT 348 HISTORY OF COSTUME
PHI 308 PHILOSOPHY OF LOVE AND SEX
PSC 319 GAY, LESBIAN, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER, QUESTIONING POLITICS
PSC 375 RACE, SEX, AND POLITICS OF MYTH AND STORY
PSY 383 THE PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN SEXUAL BEHAVIOR
SOC 320 SOCIOLOGY OF THE FAMILY
SOC 392 SOCIOLOGY OF SEXUAL BEHAVIOR
SPC 326 FILM ANALYSIS AND EVALUATION
SPC 333 RACE, CLASS AND GENDER IN THE MEDIA
SWK 310 SEXUALITY IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

Total Credit Hours 18

Note: Specific sections of topics courses (e.g., ANT 189, ANT 389, COM 389, ENG 322, SWK 485) that are relevant to Women and Gender Studies may be counted toward the minor with the approval of the Women’s Studies Coordinator. Group A or B status will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

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