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Women’s and Gender Studies

School of Arts, Education, and Humanities

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 201 Feminist Practices

Select one of the following:

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

WGS 495 Capstone in Women’s and Gender Studies

Select one course 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, Education, and Culture

  • ENG 381 Women Writers
  • FILM 352 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/IIWGS 254 Women in the Holocaust

Sciences, Sustainability, and Health

  • ISANTH 315 Gender and Culture
  • IIEDUC 306 Women and Education
  • IIPH 350 Women and Health: Witches, Harlots, and Healers
  • 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.