Women's and gender studies is an interdisciplinary program that explores how gendered expectations structure social, cultural, political, economic and aesthetic human endeavors. Women's and gender studies examines femininities, masculinities and transgendered identities within a matrix of power relations constituted by race, ethnicity, class, sexuality and nationality. We draw on many disciplines, including history, literature, political science, psychology, sociology, anthropology, philosophy and the law. Women's and gender studies puts women-in all their diversity-at the center of inquiry, and is feminist, queer and anti-racist in perspective. Rather than a marginal field of study, WGS invites students to critically engage how gender and sexuality operate in all societies, institutions and ideologies. 

For a minor in women's and gender studies, students take six courses. WS 101, Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies and WS 301, Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies, are required. WS 301 should be taken during the junior or senior year. 

The other courses should include at least three different disciplines and be selected from the following:

Course Title Credits
WS 100 Rape Crisis Victim Advocacy 1
WS 101 Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies 3
WS 210 Human Sexuality 3
WS 219 Women in Political Thought 3
WS 232 Women in the Criminal Justice System 3
WS 235 Literature by Women 3
WS 244 Psychology of Prejudice 3
WS 250 Gender & the Law 3
WS 255 Sociology of Families (UC) 3
WS 262 Psychology of Women (UC) 3
WS 285 Protest & Change 3
WS 287 Women & Public Policy 3
WS 301 Seminar in Women's & Gender Studies 3
WS 304 Sociology of Gender 3
WS 308 U.S. Women's History 3
WS 309 Women in America, 1920-Present 3
WS 310 Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Gender, Sex & Sexuality 3
WS 311 Diversity in the Media 3
WS 315 Women Artists 3
WS 330 Philosophy and Gender 3
WS 335 Images of Women in Psychology & Literature 3
WS 338 American Literature by Women of Color 3
WS 345 Media Users & Audiences 3
WS 370 Intimate Partner Violence Seminar 3

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