9.40. Women’s and Gender Studies

Programs offered:

Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies (TU)

Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) is an interdisciplinary field of study that takes gender as the starting point of its inquiry. To enrich understanding of human identity, students explore the meanings and values assigned to the lives of women and men across historical, cultural, and disciplinary contexts. In addition, students look at gender from the standpoints of gay, lesbian, queer, and transgender lives. Gender identity and knowledge are investigated through systemic approaches to power and oppression, intersecting the study of gender with a critical analysis of race and ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, culture, religion, embodiment, disabilities, and geography. WGS encourages study and dialogue on a comprehensive range of topics, including gender movements of activism and social justice as well as theoretical perspectives on feminisms, masculinities, sex, gender, and sexuality. 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.

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
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
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.