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Women’s and Gender Studies

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What is the Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) minor program about? Why minor in WGS? What are the requirements for a WGS minor? What jobs and career opportunities can WGS minors get?

The Women’s and Gender Studies minor is designed to increase the students’ interdisciplinary knowledge about the gendered nature of women’s experiences and the ways that gender, sexuality, and other identities shape and are shaped by history, culture, and society in today’s challenging, diverse, and complex world.

In order to achieve this goal, there is a rich variety of courses in the interdisciplinary field of women’s and gender studies. The courses use a variety of theories, methodologies, and disciplinary perspectives in anthropology, art, communication media, criminology, dance, English, history, journalism, literature, philosophy, political science, religious studies, psychology, religious studies, sociology, writing, and so forth to challenge the gendered hierarchies, to explore the impact of gender on the experiences of women’s contribution to multiple fields and society, to celebrate women- and gender-centered knowledge production and learning, and to nurture all individuals’ pursuit of freedom, independence, and empowerment.

Additionally, the program emphasizes and encourages the critical and historical intersections between gender and other dimensions of difference, such as sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, national origin, culture, age, ability, size, and others. Students are encouraged to challenge the traditional theories and research regarding women and gender studies and to develop critical, multidisciplinary, intersectional, global, multicultural, and gendered views of the world.

Courses typically involve the students through innovative, experimental classroom experiences and writing assignments. Courses in Women’s and Gender Studies address social equity issues and encourage students to not only analyze the world, but also to imagine and re-envision it to enact change in both theory and practice, in classroom learning, and in social transformation.

A minor in Women’s and Gender Studies strengthens and supplements very well any major or future career as students become skillful, knowledgeable, self-reflective, fair-minded, and respectful professionals. Students become critical and aware of all forms of gendered, sexualized, classed, or racialized hierarchy and injustice in one’s field, in the work place, and in society. Such knowledge and advocacy can make students assets in any position in any field to make prospective employers be more sensitive to these diversity and equity issues, and to be respectful to all individuals.

The career opportunities for WGS minor students’ job placement and professional advancement are multiple. Minors with such WGS perspectives, especially those who have excelled in rigorous and theoretically oriented classes, become very competitive in graduate schools in all disciplines.

WGS minors may also be successfully employed in the follow positions: business account analyst, educator, counselor, employees in nonprofit organizations, staff of advocacy in women’s shelters, personnel specialist, affirmative action officer, crisis intervention specialist, family and youth service provider, legal advocate, and so forth.

A minor in Women’s and Gender Studies can contribute to success in many fields, including communication, teaching, counseling, business, criminology, social work, art education, English education, education health, journalism, law, politics, psychology, applied sociology, and many more. 

Women’s and Gender Studies Minor Requirements
A total of 18 credits is required. These eighteen credits must include WMST 200 – Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies.
Application for a Women’s and Gender Studies MinorDocument icon
To apply for a Women's and Gender Studies Minor, complete this form and deliver to 103 Stabley
Courses
Courses required for the Women’s and Gender Studies minor, listed by semester
Scholarships
Two $500 scholarships will be offered to female IUP students for academic year 2015–16, offered by the Indiana American Association of University Women and cosponsored by the IUP Women’s and Gender Studies Program.
 
  • Women’s and Gender Studies Program
  • Stabley Library, Room 103
    429 South Eleventh Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-4753
  • Fax: 724-357-2281
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.