Women's and Gender Studies

Department: 
Psychology

females in classMinor Courses

  • WGS 100 - Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
  • WGS 300 - Topics in Women's and Gender Studies
  • WGS 400 - Gender Theory
  • HIS 386 - Women in America
  • ANT 200 - Cultural Anthropology

Allied Courses

Select 2 courses from:

  • LIT 307 - Literature by Women
  • PSY 309 - Psychology of Women and Gender Development
  • NDI 112 - Women in Art
  • NDI 340 - Women's Voices in Latin America

Self-defining as a “woman” or a “man” affects nearly every aspect of an individual’s life. A minor in Women’s and Gender Studies will challenge students to examine critically the ordinarily unexamined gendered aspects of their identity. Through in-class discussion and presentations and out-of-class readings and assignments, students in Women’s and Gender Studies courses will consider how gender intersects with other aspects of identity, including race/ethnicity, sexuality, and class, and how gender operates within systems of power. Such a consideration of gender and its effects will benefit students in both their personal and professional lives, as exposure to gender theories will increase awareness of and sensitivity toward societal issues such as domestic violence, health and reproductive rights, religion and spirituality, and family values and workplace issues such as discrimination, sexual harassment, affirmative action, salary discrepancies, and unfair hiring practices.