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Women’s and Gender Studies


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

12 credits

IIWGS 101 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
WGS 495 Capstone in Women’s and Gender Studies

Select one of the following:

  • WGS 301 Transnational Feminist Theories
  • WGS 302 Queer Theories
  • WGS 303 Latina Feminist Theories
  • WGS 304 Feminist Media Theory

Women’s and Gender Studies Special Topics

4 credits

Select one from Women’s and Gender Studies above the 200 level.

Women's and Gender Studies Elective

4 credits

Select one course from Arts, Education, and Humanities OR Sciences, Sustainability, and Health lists below. Students are encouraged to consult with a faculty advisor for additional information, specific prerequisites or changes on this list.

Arts, Education, and Humanities

  • FILM 352 Topics in Film Studies: Contemporary Women Directors (specified in title)
  • IHHIST 222 Marriage and Family in Western Civilization: The Ancient West
  • IHHIST 331 Sex and Sanctity in Medieval Europe
  • IHHIST 338 A History of Sexuality
  • IAMU 115 Women in Music
  • IIHGS 254 Women in the Holocaust

Sciences, Sustainability, and Health

  • ISANTH 315 Gender and Culture
  • IIEDUC 306 Women and Education
  • IIPH 350 Women and Health
  • PSYC 425 Psychology of Women
  • IISOC 330 Person and Society
  • SOC 345 Sociology of Families