Why Minor in Women's Studies?

A minor in women's studies provides a rich and flexible liberal arts education but also integrates knowledge across traditional academic boundaries. Women's studies coursework challenges students to examine the effect of gender on cultural, political, and personal experience. The minor provides excellent preparation for careers in education, health sciences, law, management, social work or policy studies.

Indeed, employers often prefer interdisciplinary students because they find these students have excellent writing and oral presentation skills and offer creative solutions. Women's studies minors are well prepared to enter their chosen career with open minds about the challenges of the workplace.

Women's studies is also an appropriate undergraduate degree for continued graduate training in the social sciences and humanities. The interdisciplinary nature of women's studies prepares students for graduate work in the social sciences and humanities and in education or library science fields, where inter-disciplinary connections are very important.

On the personal level, coursework in women's studies enhances the human potential of both women and men by questioning and redefining societal values. Our graduates are well prepared to raise the next generation with a better understanding of our diverse and multicultural world.

Minor Requirements

A minor in Women's Studies consists of 15 semester hours; 6 hours of required courses and 9 hours of elective courses.

Minor In Women’s Studies

Required Courses (6 hours)

  • WMS 200 Introduction to Women’s Studies - 3 hrs.
  • WMS 400 Directed Research in Women’s Studies - 3 hrs.

Electives (9 hours)

  • ENG 129 African American Literature - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 190 Women in Literature - 3 hrs.
  • ENG 331 Studies in Women Writers - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 304 Women in American History - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 315 US Social Movements - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 317 American Masculinities - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 334 Women in Developing Nations - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 339 Women in Global Perspective - 3 hrs.
  • HIS 382 European Women and Gender since the Renaissance - 3 hrs.
  • NUR 219 Women and Health - 3 hrs.
  • PLS 493 Seminar in Political Theory: Equality, Diversity, and Citizenship - 3 hrs.
  • PSY 300 Psychology of Women - 3 hrs.
  • SOC 210 Sociology of Families - 3 hrs.
  • SOC 300 Cross-cultural Perspectives on Gender - 3 hrs.
  • SOC 311 Comparative Family Systems - 3 hrs.
  • SOC 313 Race, Ethnicity, and Power - 3 hrs.
  • SOC 315 Gender and Society - 3  hrs.