Overview

If you are passionate about women’s empowerment? Are you interested in the history of women’s roles in society?  Do you want to improve women’s lives?

If so, a minor in women’s studies may just be the gender studies you are looking for. This area of study complements your major, from psychology to biology and media art to professional writing.  Offered both on-campus and online, the minor will help you:

  • develop confidence in your analytical and critical skills, better enabling yourself to meet challenges with the courage that comes from deep understanding.
  • become acquainted with concerned and experienced faculty who share your interest in women’s lives and experiences, eager to work with you in linking your major area career choices to your special interest in women’s lives and concerns.
Minor

The women’s studies minor requires 18-21 credit hours of study. It is designed to provide students with great flexibility in pursuing personal interests, requiring 6 hours of core courses along with 12 to 15 hours of electives. Three of these elective hours must be at the 300-level or above.

Required Courses

6 credit hours required.

WS 101 Introduction to Women’s Studies
Campus | 3 Credits
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Introduction to Women’s Studies as an interdisciplinary field that examines diverse feminist responses to a variety of topics including women’s work, the family, discrimination, health, popular culture, violence and social activism. Students will examine how gender affects both larger social institutions as well as the individual women’s identity and choices. As needed.

Campus 3 Credits
WS 415 Feminist Theory
Campus | 3 Credits
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An advanced seminar focused on significant classical and contemporary writings that give different perspectives on womanhood and women’s experiences. The two main tasks of the course are to critique existing theories in order to understand the debates on women’s oppression on the one hand, and women’s powers on the other. As needed.

Campus 3 Credits

Electives

Choose 4-5 elective courses (12-15 credit hours). Of those, 3 courses must be upper-level (300-400 level).

AD 252 Women Artists
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Surveys the history of women’s involvement in the visual arts and the ideologies that have shaped the production of art and representation for women. Identifies the major issues and specific historical conditions that have influenced the role of women in art history and the ideologies that affected their art production. Fall, even years. Prerequisite: AD 250 or consent of instructor.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
EN 353 Women Writers
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Explores the works of women writers as perceptive recorders of the human experience through their art. Satisfies Women’s Studies minor requirements.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
GO/HI 317 Women in American Society
Campus | 3 Credits
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Investigation of the various legal, social and political factors that have determined the position of women at various periods in the nation’s history. Provides the student with the necessary historical and analytical tools to understand current themes and issues relating to the changing roles of women in contemporary society. Fall, odd years.

Campus 3 Credits
PL 430 Women and the Law
Online | 3 Credits
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Provides a historical overview of how law and the legal system in the United States have defined women’s status from the Revolutionary War period to the present in such areas as family law, criminal law, property and contract rights, earnings, and rights of citizenship. Examines selected contemporary issues, including statutory, regulatory, and constitutional remedies to gender bias or inequities; family violence, divorce, custody, and economic/employment issues. The effectiveness of the courts, legislatures, and other forums in resolving these issues is also examined. October, January, May.

Online 3 Credits
PS 240 Psychology of Women
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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An overview of current psychological theories and research on issues which impact women in their development throughout the life cycle. Gender roles, women and work, violence against women, psychological disorders in women, and the biological/cultural basis of sex/gender are among the topics explored.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
SO 340 Sex, Gender and Society
Campus | 3 Credits
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Examines the changing status and roles of women in various institutional settings in contemporary society; relevant historical, cross-cultural and ethnic comparisons; the social construction of gender concepts; socialization, stereotypes, inequalities in power; traditional division of labor by sex and its relationship to cultural beliefs about gender; parallels with minority status and current social movements. As required. Prerequisite: SO 211 or consent of instructor.

Campus 3 Credits
TH 371 Feminine Spirituality
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Explores the theology of God from the perspectives of how women image God. The class engages with the works of historical and contemporary women as primary sources. Prerequisite: TH 200 or 201.

Campus & Online 3 Credits

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog. Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.

Career Paths

Women’s Studies minors are viewed favorably, in fact sought after, by employers in a variety of professional fields. Some possible career paths for this minor include:

  • Human Resource Management
  • Law
  • Corrections
  • Community mental health facilities
  • Private business
  • Shelters for abused women
  • Women’s health providers
  • Social service providers
  • Fine and performing arts
  • Digital media communications
  • Scholarship and research