Why Minor in Women's Studies?

A minor in women's and gender studies provides a rich and flexible liberal arts education but also integrates knowledge across traditional academic boundaries. Women's and gender studies coursework challenges students to examine the effect of gender on cultural, political, and personal experience.  Beyond the classroom, our program offers a variety of engaged learning, professionalization, and networking opportunities that allow students to incorporate academic theories and ideas into their careers and lives.  Students, for instance, are encouraged to attend a leadership conference, to participate in our salary negotiation workshop, to complete an internship on campus or in the community, and to get involved in a gender action project on campus. 

Our graduates currently work in various fields, including human services, social work, non-profit organizations, business, law, media, health professions, and education.  Women's and gender studies minors are well prepared to enter their chosen career with open minds about the challenges of diverse workplaces.  Indeed, employers often prefer interdisciplinary students because they find that these students have excellent writing and oral presentation skills as well as the ability to engage in nuanced analysis and creative problem solving.

Women's and gender studies is also an excellent undergraduate course of study for continued graduate training in the social sciences and humanities. The interdisciplinary nature of women's and gender studies prepares students for graduate work in the social sciences and humanities and in education or library science fields, where inter-disciplinary connections are very important.  Our Women’s and Gender Studies minors have gone on to pursue graduate study in many disciplines, including English, History, Library Science, Museum Studies, Political Science, Social Work, Sociology, and Psychology.

On the personal level, coursework in women's and gender studies enhances the human potential of all people by questioning and redefining societal values. With a better understanding of our diverse and multicultural world, our graduates are well prepared to promote social justice in their homes, workplaces, and communities. 

Requirements for Women’s and Gender Studies Minor:

A minor in Women's and Gender Studies consists of 15 semester hours; 6 hours of required courses and 9 hours of elective courses.

Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies

Required Courses (6 hours)

  • WGS 200 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies - 3 hrs.
  • WGS 400 Directed Research in Women’s and Gender Studies - 3 hrs.

Electives (9 hours)

  • ART 490 Art Seminar (Gender in Art) – 3 hrs.
  • ART 490 Art Seminar (Women in Art) – 3 hrs.
  • BLW 446 Employment Law – 3 hrs.
  • COM 386 Media, Race, and Gender – 3 hrs.
  • EHC 381-08: Advocacy – 1 hr.
  • EHC 381-09: Servant Leadership – 1 hr.
  • EHC 381-10: Gender and Leadership – 1 hr.
  • ENG 129 African American Literature - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 190 Women in Literature - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 331 Studies in Women Writers - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 347 Shakespeare – 3 hrs.
  • FLS 345 Women’s Voices of Latin America – 3hrs.
  • FLS 346 Women Voices of Spain – 3 hrs.
  • PSY 300 Psychology of Women - 3 hrs.
  • PSY 309 Human Sexuality – 3 hrs.
  • HIS 304 Women in American History - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 315 Social Movements in U.S. History – 3 hrs.
  • HIS 317 American Masculinities – 3 hrs.
  • HIS 334 Women in Developing Nations - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 339 Women in Global Perspective - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 382 European Women and Gender Since the Renaissance - 3 hrs.
  • NUR 217 Men’s Health Issues – 2 hrs.
  • NUR 219 Women and Health – 3hrs.
  • NUR 263 Introduction to Personal and Community Health – 3 hrs.
  • NUR 376 Advanced Concepts in Health – 3hrs.
  • PLS 493 Seminar in Political Theory: Equality, Diversity, and Citizenship - 3 hrs.
  • SOC 210 Sociology of Families - 3 hrs.
  • SOC 300 Cross-cultural Perspectives on Gender - 3 hrs.
  • SOC 311 Comparative Family Systems - 3 hrs.
  • SOC 313 Race, Ethnicity, and Power - 3 hrs.
  • SOC 315 Gender and Society - 3 hrs.
  • WGS 300 Internship in Women’s and Gender Studies – 0-3 hrs.