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  Nov 17, 2017
 
 
    
2017-18 Undergraduate Catalog

Women's and Gender Studies Minor


Vicky MacLean, Director

The Women’s and Gender Studies Program offers the Women’s and Gender Studies minor to enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of gender issues and the position of women in society. The program encourages a historically grounded comparative, global feminist perspective. All courses are informed by theories of the social construction of gender and address issues of diversity including race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, nationality, age, and/or ability. The program emphasizes an interactive learning process and promotes scholarly research. Students may minor in one of three areas: Women’s Studies, Gender Studies, or Sexuality Studies.

Upon selecting the Women’s and Gender Studies minor, students should complete a Minor Information Form and obtain advising through the program director.

General Requirements

All students considering a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies should take WGST 2100  as part of General Education requirements. All minors must also take WGST 4500  (completion of WGST 2100  and junior/senior standing required) plus 12 additional hours within an interdisciplinary structure as described below.

Women’s Studies Area

The Women’s Studies area focuses on women’s lives, thoughts, and social positions. The area consists of courses taught from a feminist perspective, within historical and contemporary contexts, incorporating multinational, multicultural, and multiracial points of view.

In addition to WGST 2100  and WGST 4500 , minors taking the Women’s Studies area must complete one additional program (WGST) course plus 9 hours of electives from the full list below. Students may take no more than 3 hours per major field/department.

Gender Studies Area

The Gender Studies area consists of courses that take a feminist approach to offer students knowledge and experience that facilitate intelligent and informed choice and communication regarding the socially constructed meaning of gender and gender issues within our multicultural, globalized society.

In addition to WGST 2100  and WGST 4500 , minors taking the Gender Studies area must complete either SOC 3400  or ANTH 3750  and 6 hours of electives from the following courses:

Sexuality Studies Area

The Sexuality Studies area reflects the contemporary status of multi-disciplinary academic studies of sexuality. Diverse courses within the program and in various departments offer students opportunity to study sexual identities, sexuality and public policy (in local, national, and global levels), sexual relationships, sex work, sex practices and communities, and theories of sexuality and social deviance.

In addition to WGST 2100 , WGST 3010 , and WGST 4500 , minors taking the Sexuality Studies area must complete 9 hours of electives (no more than 6 hours in any department not including WGST) from the following:

Program


Departmental


Not all sections of a given course will earn Women’s and Gender Studies credit; see online schedule for each term’s approved offerings.