Women's and Gender Studies Minor

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Program Learning Objectives

  1. Students will develop skills in critical thinking, writing, and oral communication.
  2. Students will demonstrate substantial knowledge of foundational and contemporary research and theoretical literature in the field of Women’s & Gender Studies.
  3. Students will gain an understanding of how the interdisciplinary field of Women’s and Gender Studies creates new knowledge and draws upon and utilizes the perspective of multiple fields, such as the humanities, arts, and social and behavioral sciences.
  4. Students will understand the ways in which genders and sexualities shape and are shaped by social, political, ethical, economic, legal, cultural, scientific and technological factors and institutions in historical and contemporary contexts, with special attention paid to the intersections of gender, race, and class, and sexuality in national and transnational contexts.
  5. Students will employ key concepts in Women’s & Gender Studies scholarship to conduct independent research and analyses on a variety of topics.
  6. Students will develop skills that allow them to identify and engage with issues of social justice.

Required Courses 1
WGS 201Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies in the United States4
WGS 301Contemporary Issues in Women's and Gender Studies 24
or WGS 305 Feminist Methodologies
WGS 450Feminist Theory4
Core Courses 3, 4
Select from the following:8
Beyoncé: Race, Feminism and Politics
Sociology of Genders and Sexualities
Women, Gender and Sexuality in Global Perspective
Psychology of Gender
Feminist Ethics, Gender, Sexuality and Society
Sexuality Studies
Gender, Race, Culture, Science & Technology
Gender, Race, Class, Nation in Global Engineering, Technology & International Development
Religion, Gender, and Society
Intersectional Feminist Art Histories
Special Problems for Advanced Undergraduates 5
Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies
Feminist Legal Theory
The History of Prostitution
Gender and Work
American Women's History to 1870
American Women's History from 1870
U.S. Reproductive Politics
Gender and Sexuality in Modern Europe
Women's and Gender Studies / Queer Studies Internship
Selected Advanced Topics 5
Approved Electives 44
Select from the following:
Culture and Health
Meaning, Gender, and Identity in Anthropological Theory
Intergroup Communication
Intercultural Communication
Critical Cultural Studies and Communication
Gender and Communication
Family Communication
Women Writers of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
Gender in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature
Topics in British Literature 6
Topics in American Literature 6
Topics in Transatlantic and/or World Literature 6
Chicano/a Non-Fiction Literature
Latina/o Literature of the United States
Chicana/o Literature
Chicana/o Film
Sexuality and Gender in African American Communities
Cultural Production and Ethnicity
Critical Race Theory
The Social Construction of Whiteness
Comparative Social Movements
The History of Prostitution
Topics and Issues in Values, Media and Culture 6
Women's Health Issues
Sport and Gender
Women in Music
The Politics of Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality
Intergroup Dialogues
Topics in Diversity on the American Stage 6
Selected Topics 5
Total units24