Aug 12, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Women’s and Gender Studies Minor

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Lynn Botelho, Director

The Women’s and Gender Studies minor is designed to increase students’ interdisciplinary knowledge about the gendered nature of women’s experiences and the ways that all genders are shaped by history, culture, and society. In order to achieve this goal, the program offers courses using a variety of theories and methodologies from a range of disciplines, such as anthropology, art, communication media, criminology, film, the fine arts, history, journalism and public relations, literature, philosophy, political science, psychology, religious studies, and sociology. The program explores gendered hierarchies and the impact of gender on the experiences of women, as well as women- and gendered-centered knowledge productions and learning. Students are encouraged to challenge traditional theories and research regarding women and gender through innovative and experimental classroom experiences and writing assignments. Students analyze the world, imagine and re-envision it, and seek to enact social transformation in both theory and practice.

A minor in women’s and gender studies strengthens and supplements every academic major and later professional careers. Students’ awareness of gendered, sexualized, classed, and racialized hierarchies make them valuable professionals in a range of careers, from business and banking to social work and law.

Other Requirements:

Students receive approval for a specified course of study from the following list of courses: (1, 2, 3)

Total Minor Requirements: 18

(1) Students receive approval for a specified course of study from the above list of courses and, with permission from the director of Women’s and Gender Studies, from selected WGS courses that have been recently developed.

(2) No more than two courses that for a student’s major can also count for the Women’s and Gender Studies minor.

(3) At least 6cr of coursework must be at 300 level or above.

(4) Special topics courses that focus on women’s and gender studies and are offered by individual departments can count as Women’s and Gender Studies minor electives with the approval of director.

(5) Internships (up to 3cr) may be counted toward the minor.

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