9.38. Women’s and Gender Studies

Programs offered:

Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies (TU)

Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) is intended to introduce students to the theory and history of women and  the effects of gender on the forms of and approaches to disciplinary study and practice. This cross-disciplinary approach to WGS encourages study and dialogue on a comprehensive range of issues related to women’s and men’s contributions and movements, but also interdisciplinary theoretical perspectives on feminisms, masculinities, sex, gender, and sexuality. With the study of women and gender in scholarly, popular, public, and interpersonal discourses, students have opportunities to examine, question, and evaluate cultural, biological, and social constructions of gender and power.  The power relations and embodiments of gender are approached from critically integrative and interdisciplinary perspectives, which intersect the study of gender with analysis of race and ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, culture, religion, disabilities, and geography. A minor in WGS provides students with a lens to reflect critically on their own stances and definitions of civic engagement, activist practices, and social change, thus cultivating an ethics of global and local citizenship and responsibility.

WGS goals, learning objectives, and courses enable students to thoughtfully reflect on and perform ethical decision-making and message-making; to assume responsibilities of a) leadership in public and private life, including organizing efforts of others for worthy causes; b) pursuing life-long learning; and c) committing to a set of career and life goals; and to become critically aware of an increasingly international, interconnected world and to become skillful in communicating cross-culturally.

Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies (TU)

  1. Completion of WGS 280 Gender, Culture, and Communication.
  2. Completion of four of the following elective courses, totaling at least 16 semester hours:

ART 491                  Advanced Special Topics in Art History: Feminism and Art
CRS 420                 Media, Culture and Society
CRS 480                 Rhetoric of Human Rights
CRS 490                 Just Food? Cultural Rhetorics and Politics of Consumption
ECO 424                 Labor Economics
ENG 240                 Topics in Literary and Cultural Studies: Lady Rebel: Women’s Literature
ENG 340                 Advanced Topics in Literary and Cultural Studies: Women Poets
ENG 340                 Advanced Topics in Literary and Cultural Studies: Woolf and Morrison
FRE 404                  Great French Actresses and Their Film Roles
HIS 413                   The Witch Craze
INT 290                   Special Topics in Interdisciplinary Studies: Sex and Gender in the Cinema
JPN 250                  Princes, Hermits and Courtesans: Traditional Japanese Literature in Translation
JPN 251                  Identity and Nationhood in Modern Japanese Literature
PHI 211                   What’s Love Got to Do With It? An Examination of Historical and Contemporary Philosophical Accounts of Friendship, Love, and Sex
PHI 290                   Special Topics in Philosophy: Feminist Philosophy
PSY 125                  Human Sexuality
SOC 125                 Human Sexuality
SOC 201                 The Family
SOC 290                 Special Topics in Sociology: Gender and Society
SPN 490                  Advanced Special Topics in Spanish: Contemporary Latin American Women Writers
ULP 202                  Women’s Political Leadership
WGS 200                Independent Study in Women’s and Gender Studies
WGS 290                Special Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies
WGS 400                Advanced Independent Study in Women’s and Gender Studies
WGS 407                Internship in Women’s and Gender Studies
WGS 490                Advanced Special Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies

  1. Additional requirements and things to note:
    1. At least one of the four elective courses must be at the upper level.
    2. Students must select their elective courses in 2., above, from at least three different disciplines.
    3. No courses taken in completion of the minor can be used towards satisfying the requirements for any other major or minor.