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SSHS: Women's Studies


Co-Conveners: Faculty:
Maya Poran
Ellen Ross
Monika Giacoppe (AIS)
Susan Hangen (AIS)
Leah Warner
Jillian Todd Weiss


About the Minor

The minor in Women's and Gender Studies introduces students to a remarkable new international body of research, criticism, creative work, and vigorous debate about women, gender, and sexuality. Students work with questions and methods from many disciplines. Courses deal with the meaning of feminine or masculine identities; the inscription of gender in literature and art, differences among women worldwide; the history of women and feminism; and current issues centering on motherhood, work, sexuality, and reproduction. Courses in Women's and Gender Studies are often settings that enable students to formulate their educational, political, and career objectives based on a clearer sense of their social world, their own strengths, and their special values. The minor is a logical component of a student's preparation for a career in law, business, public health, the social services, and teaching. 

Requirements of the Minor


Subject & Course # Title & Course Description
Required Courses:
SOSC 223 WOMEN WRITERS: MEDLEY OF VOICES
SOSC 280 WOMEN IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY

Elective courses, three required:

ANTH 308 ANTHROPOLOGY OF GENDER
CNTP 323 SEXUAL POLITICS, GENDER AND FILM REPRESENTATION
HIST 231 US WOMEN'S AND GENDER HISTORY
HIST 342 WITCHCRAFT IN HISTORY
HIST 392 HISTORY OF SEXUALITY, 1800 –
LAWS 341 WOMEN AND THE LAW
LITR 231 (was 225) 19TH CENTURY AMERICAN WOMEN AUTHORS
LITR 306 (was 301) LITERARY THEORY AND CRITICISM
LITR 334 AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN WRITERS
LITR 312 (was 351) COMPARATIVE FEMINIST THEORIES
MGMT 428 GENDER AT WORK
PSYC 235 DEVELOPMENT SEXUAL IDENTITIES: LGBT
PSYC 311 PSYCHOLOGY OF GENDER
PSYC 349 PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN
PSYC 430 ADVANCED TOICS PSYCHOLOGY: FEMINIST EPISTEMOLOGY
PSYC 430 ADVANCED TOPICS PSYCHOLOGY: PSYCHOLOGY OF MEN
SOCI 302 THIRD WORLD WOMEN
SOCI 361 GENDER, WORK, AND FAMILY
SOSC 217 MINORITY WOMENS ISSUES
SOSC 219 DYNAMICS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
SPAN 315 HISPANIC WOMENS VOICES AND IMAGES (This course is offered in Spanish)
THEA 328 CONTEMPORARY WOMEN PLAYWRIGHTS
Related courses – One of these may count toward the minor
ANTH 307 MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
ARHT 335 19TH CENTURY ART AND CULTURE
ARHT 341 IMPRESSIONISM AND AFTER
LITR 250 (was 204) ENGLISH NOVEL
LITR 277 (was 228) SURVEY OF AFRICAN LITERATURE
LITR 340 BRITISH MEDIEVAL LITERATURE
PHIL 325 SOCIAL PHILOSOPHY
PSYC 326 LOVE AND SEXUALITY

Specific topics for LITR – may also count. For example:

LITR 319 MAJOR AUTHORS: MARGARET ATWOOD
LITR 319 MAJOR AUTHORS: CHARLOTTE BRONTE
LITR 319 MAJOR AUTHORS: JANE AUSTEN
LITR 414 LITERATURE SEMINAR



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