Women's and Gender Studies Minor Requirements

The interdisciplinary minor sequence in Women's and Gender Studies offers a variety of courses. These courses:

  • Open historical inquiry about women
  • Introduce women's issues in academic study
  • Consider feminist perspectives and philosophy
  • Challenge cultural assumptions about women.

The minor in Women’s and Gender Studies requires a minimum of six courses. Students intending to minor in the program should consult with the Women’s and Gender Studies Director to determine the best course plan for their needs and time, since not all courses are offered each semester. Only courses in which students earn a C or higher may be applied towards the minor.

Women's and Gender Studies Minor Sequence

1.)  WGS 101:Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies (SI,U)

2.)  Five additional courses designated as WGS courses, at least two of which must be 300-level. These courses must be chosen from at least two different divisions, schools, or programs, and within those, at least three different departments or disciplines. 

3.)   One of the five courses must focus on non-western, minority or immigrant women. Choose from among these:

ANT 252: Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspectives (SI, G, W)

ANT 350: Healing, Birthing, and Dying (G,W)

ENG 129: Third World Women Speak (LIT, G)

ENG 259: Sex, Text and Tradition in Black Women’s Writing (LIT, U)

HIST 343: United States Immigration History (CH, U)

LIT/Culture 207: Language & Gender: U.S. and Japan (SI, G)

LIT/Culture 350: Terrible Perfection: Women in Russian  Literature and Cinema (LIT, G)

SOC 354: Gender and Globalization (G)

Courses for WGS

HUMANITIES

ENG 120: Women and Literature (LIT)

ENG 122: A Woman’s Place (LIT)

ENG 123: Bad Girls (LIT)

ENG 129: Third World Women Speak (LIT, G)

ENG 170: Special Topics: 20th Century Women Writers (LIT)

ENG 220: Literature and its Signs: An (Un)Suitable Job for a Woman (LIT); New Woman: A Literary History (LIT); or Shakespeare’s Shrews (LIT, W)

ENG 259: Sex, Text, and Tradition in Black Women’s Fiction    (LIT, U)

ENG 361: Gender and the Novel (LIT, U)

ENG 370: Special Topics*

GRS 312: Sex and Gender in Ancient Greece and Rome (CHC, W)

HUM 370: Women in Popular Music

LIT/Culture 207: Language and Gender (CSI, G)

LIT/Culture 274: Superwomen of Central European Fiction and Film (CHC, G, W)

LIT/Culture 350: Terrible Perfection: Women in Russian Lit/Cinema (LIT, G)

PHIL 230: Philosophy of Feminism (AV, U)

REL 106: Women, Religion, and Spirituality (CSI, G)

REL 324: Sexuality and Christianity (AV)
 

SOCIAL SCIENCES

ANT 252: Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective (CSI, G, W)

ANT 350: Healing, Birthing, and Dying (G,W)

HIST 244: Women and the American Experience (CHC, U)

HIST 249: Revolutions in American Childhood and Family Life (CHC, U)

HIST 323: Sex, Gender and Power under King James (CHC)

HIST 343: U.S. Immigration History (CHC, U)

HIST 344: The Gilded Age, 1865-1900 (CHC, U)

HIST 350: Women, Work, and Leisure 1890-1930 (CHC, U)

HIST 390: Special Topics*

PSC 220: Women and Politics (CSI, U)

PSC 270: Special Topics*

PSC 342: The Politics of Presence (W)

SOC 222: Sex and Gender in Society (CSI, U)

SOC 311: Marriage and Family

SOC 354: Gender and Globalization (G)

SOC 355: Special Topics*
 

NURSING/HEALTH

HLTH 310: Special Topics in Health*

HLTH 330: Human Sexuality (AV)

HLTH 351: Abuse in America
 

NATURAL SCIENCES

PSY 333: Psychology of Gender (U) (prerequisite PSY 100; some sections for Psychology majors only)
 

FINE ARTS

THE 370: Special Topics*

MUS 350/370: Women in Popular Music
 

WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES

WGS 270: Special Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies

WGS 370: Special Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies

WGS 397: Internship

WGS 450: Independent Study

*Applies if course has significant women’s and/or gender issues content. Contact Women’s and Gender Studies Director for advice.