The minor in WGSS offers an excellent inter- and multi-disciplinary curriculum that examines women, girls and gender throughout history and across cultures. WGSS courses teach critical thinking through an examination of the historical and contemporary problems facing women locally, nationally and globally. Students expand their understanding of gender difference, cultural diversity and social change as they complete an 18-hour program of study from among a wide variety of classes in numerous fields and disciplines. WGSS courses in history, sociology, psychology, criminal justice, English, religion, political science, law and other areas enable students to pursue a specialized focus which enhances their major in the humanities, social sciences or natural sciences. The minor also provides sufficient flexibility to allow for the creation of a course of study especially suited to the individual interests of students.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students graduating from this program will:
- explore the historical development and contemporary manifestation of gender-based inequalities.
- generate new knowledge about women’s lives and resistances in U.S. and global contexts.
- advance critical research, thinking and writing skills as integral to professional development and political engagement.
- foster understandings about how to transform inequalities of race, class, gender, sexuality and nations through direct engagement with communities in service learning.
A minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies requires 18 credits. Nine credits must be in upper division courses (that is, 300 and 400) and no more than nine credits may overlap with your major. Reading courses on selected topics may be arranged with individual faculty members.
|WGS 201||Introduction To Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies||3|
|WGS 301||Introduction to Feminist Theory||3|
|Approved social sciences and humanities courses 1||12|
|Telling Stories: History, Memory, and American Life|
|Arts Of African and New World Cultures|
|The Black Family and Male-Female Relationships|
|Mass Media, Culture And Society|
|Women, Crime And Criminal Justice|
|Hate & Bias Crimes|
|True Lives: Autobiographical Arts and Acts|
|Women Writing/Women Reading|
|Women And Rhetoric|
|Women & Literary Culture: Genre Focus|
|Black Women Writers|
|The Victorian Period|
|Histories Of Writing, Reading, And Publishing|
|Girls And Print Culture|
|Studies In The Novel 1740-1900|
|Women in Modern America|
|Children and Youth in American History|
|Women and Work in Early America|
|Medieval Women & Children|
|History Of The Body|
|Introduction to Latina/o Studies|
|Gender and Justice: Selected Topics|
|Psychology Of Gender|
|Sociology: An Introduction|
|Culture, Emotion, and Identity|
|Families And The Life Course|
|Sociology Of Human Sexuality|
|Sociology Of Medicine|
The remaining 12 hours must include a minimum of 3 hours of social sciences credit and 3 hours of humanities credit and be chosen from an approved list of courses. No more than three credits from 100 level courses can count towards the minor.