Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies

The Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) minor critically examines the place of women and gender in culture and society. It is an interdisciplinary program that combines the analytic tools from different disciplines, incorporating both practical and theoretical approaches. Course offerings provide students with opportunities to integrate experiences from a variety of different fields of study. The minor provides an education in gender issues that responds to an increasing demand for such expertise in many professions and offers strong preparation for further study in a variety of postgraduate fields and job markets, including business, human resources, health and medicine, counseling, education, government, and graduate studies.

Courses in the Women’s and Gender Studies Minor

The WGS minor is an interdisciplinary program housed in the English department. Students must include specialized research and/or an internship as part of their WGS minor. They may do so by completing a Capstone or Senior Seminar course in their respective majors: however, a WGS critical lens must be applied to the research project or internship to receive WGS credit. The minor consists of three core classes and three chosen electives:

  • Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Gender and Society
  • Women in Literature
  • WGS electives (electives are cross-listed with other departments, including Communications, History, Political Science, and Modern Languages)

For full details of the requirements for the minor in WGS, please contact the WGS Chair.

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