women's and gender studies program
The Women's and Gender Studies Program is an interdisciplinary forum for the study of women's past and present position in society. The concept of gender relations is considered a primary factor in our understanding of women's roles in various institutions and societies. The Program analyzes the similarities and differences among women as a result of such factors as gender identity, race, class, religion, and sexuality.
We encourage students to enroll in the minor in their freshmen and sophomore years, but students may decide to minor in Women's and Gender Studies at any time prior to graduation, provided that the number of required courses have been or will be completed with satisfaction.
- ENGL 2125 Introduction to Feminisms
Cross-listed with HIST 2502, SOCY 2225, and COMM 2225. Minors are encouraged to take Introduction to Feminisms as early as possible and prior to taking other WGS electives.
- SOCY 5593 or COMM 4941 Advanced Topics
Always taken as a Senior during Spring semester
Four electives from a variety of academic departments and programs are required to complete the minor and can be tailored to your own interests. Approved courses are found under the 'Courses' webpage.
- No more than two electives can be courses within the same department.
Note: Many courses that count for the minor are cross-listed with other departments. To avoid having to select an alternative course, you can select the department from which you wish to register the course. For example, if you have three additional courses from the Sociology department, one may be cross-referenced with the Communications department; therefore, you would register for it as a COMM course rather than an SOCY course.
- Only one elective can also count toward another requirement (ex: core, major, or another minor). Three of the four electives must be taken strictly for the minor. The Women's and Gender Studies program does not guarantee that one of our courses will satisfy any major/minor requirements in other departments. You are responsible for knowing whether or not your respective department will accept a WGS elective for major credit. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns.