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Program of Study

In 1989, the Women’s Studies program proposed an undergraduate minor in Women’s Studies for IUP students.

Women’s Studies as a minor course of study is designed to examine the status and experiences of women from a multidisciplinary perspective. The courses use a variety of methods and disciplinary perspectives to explore the impact of gender. Students are encouraged to challenge traditional theories and research regarding women and to develop a critical, multidisciplinary, multicultural, and gendered view of the world. Courses in Women’s Studies address social equity issues and encourage students to perceive themselves as capable of transforming society.

No longer can education be primarily involved with preparing men and women for traditional, sex role stereotypic, or gender segregated roles and careers. Students attending college now and in the future must be prepared for the new family structures and the gender integrated workplace of the new millennium. Women’s Studies offers a body of courses which explains gender bias and can help women and men challenge and overcome such prejudices in their own minds.

A minor in Women’s Studies indicates to the prospective employer an awareness of and sensitivity to gender issues. This awareness may be needed in the following positions: personnel specialist, affirmative action officer, crisis intervention specialist, family and youth services provider, or legal advocate. A minor in Women’s Studies can contribute to success in a variety of fields, including communication, counseling, criminology, education, health, journalism, law, politics, psychology, and applied sociology.

Minor in Women’s Studies
The Women’s Studies minor is designed to examine the status and experiences of women from a multidisciplinary perspective.
Requirements
A total of 15 credits is required. These fifteen credits must include WMST 200 – Introduction to Women’s Studies.
Why Minor in Women's Studies?
A minor in Women’s Studies indicates to the prospective employer an awareness of and sensitivity to gender issues.
 
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    429 South Eleventh Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
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