Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Program Overview

Women, gender, and sexuality studies is an interdisciplinary program concerned with issues that affect people due to their gender or sexual identity. The minor allows students to take courses in various departments that will enrich their lives as they explore topics such as the meanings of femininity and masculinity, sexual orientation, gender roles in society, sex, feminism, and global gender issues.

18 credits with at least nine credits on the 300-400 level. Students whose needs are not met by available courses may take up to three credits of independent study (WGSS 469), three credits of internship (WGSS 430), and three credits of WGSS 390 Topics in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, pending approval of the appropriate department chair and the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies coordinator. At least one course (three credits) must be taken from three of the four areas listed, which may also have WGSS designators, as well as WGSS 200, and 15 credits from:

Theoretical

PHIL 222 Philosophy of Gender 3
WGSS 400 Feminist Theory 3

Historical

ISCI 118 Women's Contributions to Science 3
HIST 330 History of Women in the United States, 1620-1865 3
HIST 331 History of Women in the United States, 1865-Present 3
HIST 335 Women, Marriage, and Family in Early Modern Europe 3

Cultural

ANTH 350 Men and Women in Different Cultures 3
COMM 380 Women and Film 3
COMM 435 Images of Gender in the Media 3
ENG 215 Introduction to Women Writers 3

Social

PS 241 Women and American Law 3
PSY 448 Psychology of Women 3
PSY 390 Human Sexuality 3
SOC 240 The Sociology of Gender 3
SOC 350 Gay & Lesbian Communities 3
SOC 445 Social Construction of Sexuality 3

The following courses will apply as approved by the women, gender, and sexuality studies advisory committee:

Theoretical

PHIL 100 Search in Philosophy 3
PHIL 382 Special Topics in Philosophy 3

Cultural

ART 490 Curatorship 3
ENG 214 Studies in International Literature 3
ENG 448 Studies in American Literature 3
ENG 458 Studies in British Literature 3
ENG 488 Studies in World Literature 3
HUM 250 Topics in European Literature 3

Social

COMM 495 Special Topics in Communication 3
PSY 498 Topics in Psychology 3
and    
WGSS 390 by topic  3
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