Women's and Gender Studies

Minor
School of Sciences and Social Sciences

20 credits

Women's and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary field that examines feminist theoretical perspectives on the intersections of race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, nationality, religion, and other identities. This minor teaches students to think critically about the social construction of identity and the politics of knowledge production. Students will use these critical-thinking skills to understand people's lives within a global context and analyze the systems of oppression that contribute to continuing economic, political, and cultural inequalities. Women's and Gender Studies minors will be encouraged to promote social justice throughout their course work.

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

IIWGS 101 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
WGS 301 Feminist Theories or WGS 302 Queer Theory
WGS 495 Capstone in Women's and Gender Studies

Select two courses from the following list of approved electives. Special topics may also be available each semester. A Women's and Gender Studies faculty member can advise you about current offerings from various disciplines that will fulfill this requirement.

  • Arts and Humanities
    • ENG 203 Women's Writing
    • ENG 381 Women Writers
    • FILM 352 Contemporary Women Directors (specified in title)
    • IAMU 115 Women in Music
    • IIHGS 254/IIWGS 254 Women in the Holocaust
    • PHIL 240 Skin, Sex, and Genes
    • PHIL 260 Theories of the Body
  • Professional Studies
    • IIEDUC 306 Women and Education
    • IIHLSC 350 Women and Health: Witches, Harlots, and Healers
  • Sciences/Social Sciences
    • ANTH 315 Gender and Culture
    • IIECON 320 Gender and Economic Development in a Globalizing World
    • PSYC 425 Psychology of Women
    • SOC 320 Women, Gender, and Society
    • SOC 345 Sociology of Families
    • SOC 455 The Body and Sexuality in Society
  • Women's and Gender Studies
    • Any IIWGS or WGS course at or above the 200 level.