Advisement and Registration

For Majors/Minors in Women's Studies

Requirements for Minors

What are the Requirements for a Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies?

The minor consists of a total of 15 hours that includes three required courses and two approved electives. Courses taken to satisfy core areas A through F may not be counted as coursework in the minor. A grade of "C" or better must be earned in each course comprising the minor, and all prerequisites for specific upper division courses must be met. No more than two courses from the same department may be taken to satisfy the requirements of the minor. Beginning Fall 2008 the following coursework is required for a minor in WGST:

Required Courses:
WGST 3000 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
WGST 3100 Feminist Theory
WGST 4400 Women’s and Gender Studies Seminar
Elective Courses:
ARTH 4130 Women Artists
CRJU 4700 Women in Criminal Justice
WGST/ENGL 3330 Studies in Women and Literature
WGST/HIST 3010 Women in Ancient Greece and Rome
WGST/HIST 3020 The Status of Women: Historical Perspectives
WGST/HIST 4261 Women in the U.S. to 1869
WGST/HIST 4262 Women in the U.S., 1869 to Present
WGST/HIST 4270 History of Women in the U.S. South
WGST/HIST 4280 History of U.S. Women Activists & Social Reformers
FREN 3610 Women Writers of 17th-Century France
GRMN 4420 Questions of Gender in German-Language Texts
PHIL 4600/REL 4700 Sexual Ethics
WGST/SPAN 4220 Hispanic Women Writers
WGST/REL 3600 Women and Religion
SOCI 4680 Sociology of Gender
SOCI 4800/4810 Issues in Sociological Practice (Domestic Violence / Human Sexuality)
WGST 3630 Native American Women
WGST 4000 Masculinity Studies
WGST 4100 Queer Theory
WGST 4300 Global Feminism
WGST 4500

Directed Study

WGST 4600 Special Topics in Women's & Gender Studies

What is a Minor?

 A minor is a specific area of study a student pursues in addition to her/his major. A minor compliments the major, giving the student another area of expertise. Like a major, a minor may be taken to support a specific career direction or to develop competency and skills that will increase job choices following graduation.

Why Should I Get a Minor?

  • To provide an ancillary area of specialization
  • To gain a deeper knowledge of a subject
  • To gain greater marketability after graduation (in job market or graduate school)
  • To do something completely different-to achieve a balance
  • To explore an area of intellectual or personal interest

Why a Women's and Gender Studies Minor?

A Women's and Gender Studies (WGST) minor provides students with "a REAL Education for the REAL World." Sensitivity to and training in women's and gender issues are extremely useful in a practical sense. Our WGST courses provide students with a better understanding of the diversity of human thought, experience, and interaction which is easily transferred to the real world. An understanding of how gender affects both our perceptions and expectations of others makes students distinctive when they enter the job market or apply for graduate school. Employers and graduate schools are actively seeking candidates with an expertise in women and gender issues because they understand the positive value of diversity. There are many practical applications for the Women's and Gender Studies minor.

In addition to increasing students' employment and graduate school marketability, a minor in WGST prepares students to be active citizens in their communities. Women's and Gender Studies transforms the way students see the world and themselves in it. Students learn to challenge the status quo-including their own assumptions and to think more globally. A minor in WGST promotes the development of a social awareness that enriches the student's life both professionally and personally.

Examples of Topics/Issues Studied in Women's and Gender Studies

  • Domestic Violence
  • Women in the Workplace
  • Sexual Assault and Rape
  • Feminization of Poverty
  • Women in the Arts
  • Women Writers
  • Reproductive Rights
  • Trafficking of Women & Girls
  • Sex Workers
  • Activism
  • Motherhood: Single mothers, Childcare, Balancing motherhood & Career, etc.
  • Forced Labor & Wage Exploitation
  • Sexual Identity
  • How Women and Men are represented in Pop Culture
  • Masculinity Studies
  • Social Justice
  • Women and Religion
  • History of Women
  • Racism
  • Feminist Theories
  • Beauty Culture
  • Women of Color
  • Sexual Double Standard
  • Queer Theory
  • Women's Health Issues
  • Women and Politics
  • Women's Experiences
  • Global Perspectives on Gender
  • Social Justice Issues

How Do I Become a Women's and Gender Studies Minor?

In order to declare Women's and Gender Studies as your minor you will need to complete the Declaration of Minor form and return it to Carswell Hall. The Director of the program will sign the form and deliver it to the registrar's office. An advising file will be opened for you and kept in Carswell Hall.

Who is My Women's and Gender Studies Advisor?

In an effort to provide the best academic advising possible, Dr. Tracy Woodard-Meyers (Director) will be your Women's and Gender Studies Advisor. You are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Woodard-Meyers for an advising session at least once each semester.