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Minor in Women's Studies

Program Overview

The Women's Studies program includes an interdisciplinary minor with a focus on gender and its role in society. Through a variety of disciplinary topics and representations, students who minor in Women's Studies acquire perspectives about the current status of women in the United States and worldwide. Such perspectives are vital for students to help them understand their own place in society and the world at large.

The mission of the Women's Studies Program is to provide students with the materials to critically examine constructions of gender in society. The Program is interdisciplinary, and includes perspectives on women's experiences and representations in history, art, literature, music, psychology, science, sociology, health, politics, and theology. In addition, students study theoretical and methodological approaches to feminist thought and gender scholarship.

Outcomes

A minor in Women's Studies will demonstrate knowledge of:

  • Women's roles, contributions, and status in social and cultural contexts
  • Women's contributions to history as well as current social/historical/political practices
  • Key figures and concepts in feminist study
  • Reading texts and images through the lens of gender

Requirements (18 credits)

Required Courses

WS105Introduction to Women's Studies

4

WS395Seminar Women's Studies

4

Students must choose three courses from the following:

ART239The Feminine Aesthetic: Women in Visual Arts

4

ENG209Women in Film

4

ENG239Women's Literature:A Different Voice

4

ENG315Seminar in Literature and Cultural Context

4

ENG315Seminar in Literature and Cultural Context

4

HIS245Women's History

4

JUS201Women & the Criminal Justice System

4

JUS341Women & the Law

4

MUS121Women's Works: Lives & Music of Female Musicians

3

PE235

PHIL230Women in Philospohy

4

SOC251Sociology of the Family

4

SOC399Special Topics

4

WS255Honors Multidisciplinary Seminar

3

WS299Special Topics

3

ENG239, ENG315 A maximum of eight credits can be taken in literature.