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Coordinated by Dr. Sushmita Chatterjee

The world is complex, interconnected, and interdependent, which complicates how we understand and relate to one another.  That’s why a Women's Study Interdisciplinary Minor is important.  By exploring the way gender intersects with sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, ability, religion, and nationality, our students come to better understand personal and political identities, a critical component to understanding how power and privilege play out in work, politics, and culture. Through classes in anthropology, art, economics, English, ethnic studies, psychology, sociology, and other related fields that specifically focus on women and gender dynamics, students will:

1) explore academic disciplines from a feminist and gender studies perspective;

2) develop an appreciation of the historic and contemporary contributions of women and gender in culture;

3) understand the ideological assumptions regarding women and gender implicit in social institutions;

4) recognize how multiple systems of power and privilege intersect in our everyday lives; and

5) acquire knowledge and skills necessary for physical, social, and emotional well-being. 

The Women’s Study Interdisciplinary Minor prepares individuals for the needs and opportunities of a changing world by building awareness of the range of human experience, potential, and accomplishment that place women and gender at the center of inquiry.  Women’s Studies transform disciplinary assumptions and theories, create innovative models for teaching and research, and develop practices for challenging systems of power and privilege.  Students interested in pursuing the Women's Study Interdisciplinary Minor should contact the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research. Completion of requirements will be noted on the student’s permanent record.

Effective Fall 2022

Students must satisfactorily complete the total credits required for the minor. Minors and interdisciplinary minors require 12 or more upper-division (300- to 400-level) credits.

Additional coursework may be required due to prerequisites.

Students enrolled in the undergraduate Women’s Study Interdisciplinary Minor are required to earn a grade of C (2.000) or better in each course completed for undergraduate minor credit.

Core Courses
ETST 305Ethnicity, Class, and Gender in the U.S.3
WS 200Introduction to Women's Studies3
WS 472Seminar in Multiracial & Decolonial Feminisms3
Intersectionality of Race, Sexuality and Gender 1
Select one of the following courses:3
Gender and Anthropology
La Chicana in Society
Queer Studies and Women of Color
Indigenous Women, Children, and Tribes
Black Feminism(s)
Queer Creative Expressions
Elective Courses 1
Select 9 credits from the following courses:9
Appearance, Self, and Society
Gender and Anthropology
Women, Health, and Culture
Gender in World Literature
Early Women Writers
Modern Women Writers
Gender in the Economy (GT-SS1)
La Chicana in Society
Queer Studies and Women of Color
Indigenous Women, Children, and Tribes
Black Feminism(s)
Queer Creative Expressions
Women and Gender in Europe, 1450-1789
American Women's History to 1800
American Women's History Since 1800
Women and Development
Feminist Philosophies
Psychology of Women
Psychology of Gender
Women, Crime, and Victimization
Gender and Communication
Group Study
Independent Study
Program Total Credits:21

Courses may not be used to satisfy both the “Intersectionality of Race, Sexuality, and Gender” and the “Elective Courses” categories. At least 6 of the 12 credits required for these course selections must be upper-division (300- to 400-level).