Description of the Minor

Description of the Minor

Students must take the WST 100 — Intro to Women’s and Gender Studies course, and the WST 400 — Women’s and Gender Studies Capstone course. Students will also take four elective courses from the those listed below, one which must be 300-level or above.

WST 100 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies — 3 hours
The goal of this course is to enlarge your understanding of how gender shapes our world. We will explore a variety of topics, including the socialization of gender, reproduction, sexuality, gender in the media, and the influence of gender on economics. This is NOT a course focusing only on women, but on gender. Therefore, we will also study the history and development of both the Women’s movement and the Men’s movement. In addition, we will also consider multicultural perspectives of gender in our global community.

WST 400 Women’s and Gender Studies Capstone — 3 hours
As a capstone course for the women and gender studies minor, students bring together the work they have done in courses addressing gender issues. The course includes a seminar format to address contemporary feminist and gender issues; an opportunity to reflect on students’ undergraduate experiences studying in an interdisciplinary field; and a research and writing project that explores a particular women or gender studies issue in greater depth.

Four electives from the following:

  • COM 323 Gender Communication — 3 hours
  • COM 333 Intercultural Communication — 3 hours
  • ENG/PSY 227 Gender in Children’s Literature — 3 hours
  • ENG 207 Literature by Women — 4 hours
  • ENG 354 Literature of the North American Minorities — 4 hours
  • HIS 238 The Feminine Mystique Revisited — 3 hours
  • HIS 263/363 Women in the West – 4 hours
  • HIS 348 Race, Class and Gender in Latin America — 4 hours
  • HIS 395 Race, Class, and Gender in the American West — 4 hours
  • MU480h: Women in Music—3 hours
  • PHL 243 Philosophies of Culture and Society: Feminism — 4 hours
  • PHL 443 Philosophies of Culture and Society: Feminism— 4 hours
  • PLS 307 Women and Politics — 3 hours
  • PSY 210 Developmental Psychology — 3 hours
  • PSY 235 Psychology of Gender—3 hours
  • PSY 331 Cross-cultural Psychology — 3 hours
  • REL 345 Women and Religion — 4 hours
  • SOC 110 Race, Gender and Class — 3 hours
  • SOC 264 Family — 3 hours
  • SOC 384 Women’s Gender & American Culture — 3 hours
  • SOC 394 Social Inequality — 3 hours
  • THR 336 Theatre of Diversity — 3 hours