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
areas such as anthropology, art, communication media, criminology, dance, English,
history, journalism, literature, philosophy, political science, psychology, religious studies, sociology, and writing.
These perspectives are used 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-centered 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.
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
the prospective employers be more sensitive to these diversity an equity
issues and to be respectful to all individuals.
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.
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
Women’s and Gender Studies Minor Requirements
Application for a Women’s and Gender Studies Minor