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Minor in Women's and Gender Studies

Minor Overview

From creative works in literature and the arts to discoveries in science and technology, women have shaped all aspects of society. Today, more women graduate from college than men, yet only 14 percent of top executives in the nation are women. While we have made strides in diminishing disparities and inequities based on the perception of gender, it continues to shape and influence cultures here and abroad.

In this interdisciplinary minor, you’ll examine the historical and modern effects of gender through the lenses of philosophy, literature, politics and anthropology. You’ll draw from a wide range of courses such as Human Sexuality, Gender and the Law, Women and Public Policy and Psychology of Women. You’ll learn how gender intersects with government, business and the criminal justice system in the U.S. and abroad. Studying cultures in both industrialized and developing nations gives you an understanding of how masculinity and femininity are defined in different societies. You’ll gain an understanding of gender, biological sex and sexual orientation, and how these identities intersect with race, class, ethnicity, religion and national origin.

Curriculum and Requirements

For a minor in women's and gender studies, students take six courses.

Course Structure

Required Courses:

WS 101

Introduction to Women's Studies


WS 301

Seminar in Women's Studies1


Select four of the following (from at least three different disciplines):


WS 100

Special Topics

WS 210

Human Sexuality (PS 210)

WS 219

Women in Political Thought (PO 219)

WS 232

Women in the Criminal Justice System (CJ/SO 232)

WS 235

Literature by Women (EN 235)

WS 244

Psychology of Prejudice (PS 244)

WS 250

Gender and the Law (LE 250)

WS 255

Sociology of Families (SO 255)

WS 262

Psychology of Women (PS 262)

WS 285

Protest and Change (SO 285)

WS 287

Women & Public Policy (PO 287)

WS 304

Sociology of Gender (SO 304)

WS 308

U.S. Women's History (HS 308)

WS 309

Women in America: 1920-Present (HS 309)

WS 310

Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Gender, Sex, and Sexuality (AN 310)

WS 311

Diversity in the Media (MSS 311)

WS 315

Women Artists (AR 325)

WS 330

Philosophy and Gender (PL 330)

WS 335

Images of Women in Psychology and Literature (EN 335)

WS 338

American Literature by Women of Color (EN 338)

WS 345

Media Audiences (MSS 345)

WS 370

Intimate Partner Violence Seminar (PS 370)

Total Credits


1 Should be taken during the junior or senior year.