College Catalog: 2011-2012

School of Social Science and Human Services (SSHS): Women's and Gender Studies

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About the Minor

The minor in Women’s and Gender Studies introduces students to the growing international body of knowledge and creative work about women and gender that has emerged in the past generation. Students work with questions and methods from many disciplines, focusing on the meaning of femininity and masculinity as social categories and as they intersect with race, class, sexual orientation, and other pertinent social divisions. Students will also become acquainted with feminist theories and the history of feminism in the U.S. and worldwide.  Courses in Women and Gender Studies are settings which enable students to formulate educational 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
  1. At least 1/2 of the courses fulfilling a minor must be distinct from the student’s major. That is, three of the five courses required for a minor cannot be used towards fulfillment of major requirements. A school core does not need to be completed for a minor. Minors are open to students regardless of school affiliation.