Catalog
2013-14

Women & Gender Studies

Dr. Bridget Chalk
Program Coordinator

Women and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary minor that encourages students to explore the complex ways in which gender shapes who we are and how we live, and it takes the diversity of women’s experiences through history and across cultures as its central focus. Until recently, women’s experiences and work have been undervalued and often ignored. Recent scholarship by feminist historians, literary scholars, social and natural scientists, and educators has recovered the richness of women’s contributions and the complexity of women’s roles in society over time. This field of study explores the diversity of women’s experiences as they have been represented for and by them, and, in so doing, challenges students to examine critically gender relations in both the public and private spheres. Women and Gender Studies also analyzes gender as it intersects with other categories that shape social institutions and practices, power relations, and the very meaning of knowledge. Through courses, invited speakers, and faculty research, the minor seeks to promote women’s issues and gender awareness in order to help students create a more equitable world.

Minor

Minors must take 15 approved credits from the following list. 4 of these must be at the 300-level or higher. No more than two courses from any one department will apply to the minor.

ENGL 262Gender and Literature3
ENGL 323Studies in Eighteenth-Century British Literature *3
ENGL 334Studies in British Romanticism *3
ENGL 337Literature by Women3
GOVT 412Senior Seminar: Women in Politics3
HIST 308European Women to 15003
HIST 360Women in the United States3
HIST 388Women in Modern Europe3
MGMT 460Management Seminar3
MUSC 400Special Topics: in Music *3
PHIL 350Philosophers on Race, Class, and Gender3
PHIL 352Philosophers on Sexuality, Love, and Friendship3
PSYC 342Psychology of Family Relationships3
PSYC 343Psychology of Women3
RELS 300Special Topic *3
RELS 374Women in Western Religion3
RELS 375Religion and the Body3
RELS 390Sexuality and the Sacred3
SOC 302Race and Ethnicity3
SOC 306The Family3
SOC 315Special Topics: in Sociology *3
SOC 399Sociology of Gender3
SPAN 420Spanish Seminar *3
SPAN 429The Spanish Golden Age *3
SPAN 440Women in Hispanic Literature3

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When these “topics” courses focus on a subject relevant to women and gender studies. Special topics courses are also occasionally offered in education, the humanities, business, and the social sciences and may count toward the minor with permission of the Women and Gender Studies coordinator.

A minimum grade of C is required for credit toward the minor.

 

 

 

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