College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Interdisciplinary Minors

Women's Studies (Interdisciplinary Minor)

Women's Studies is an interdisciplinary program offered jointly by 18 departments and three colleges. Students majoring in any field may choose to minor in Women's Studies or to take Women's Studies courses. A minor in Women’s Studies helps women and men prepare for the sequence of careers that will be the hallmark of personal success in the 21st century. A background in Women’s Studies provides academic credentials and transferrable skills including critical thinking, writing, speaking and research skills through the methodologies and subject matters of multiple academic disciplines that study women’s abilities, history, values and interests.

Women's Studies helps students understand reasons for social changes in women’s roles. It provides informative perspectives on career options. It prepares students for graduate work in Women's Studies and other disciplines. And Women’s Studies educates students to become effective agents for change in the community and work place. Thus, Women's Studies enhances career preparation and provides a more accurate and balanced view of the society in which the student will serve.

Students electing this minor should inform the Women's Studies Director, who will serve as adviser in cooperation with the Women's Studies faculty.

Required Courses:

The Women's Studies minor requires a minimum of 16 credit hours in courses designated as Women's Studies, of which 8 credit hours must be at the 300- to 400-level. There are three distribution requirements:

  1. COURSES MUST BE SELECTED FROM AT LEAST THREE DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS.

  2. COURSES MUST INCLUDE AT LEAST ONE COURSE FROM THE HUMANITIES:

  3. AND, AT LEAST ONE COURSE FROM THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
2. The Advanced Seminar in Women's Studies (WST 495) is required for the minor in Women's Studies.

Up to 6 credit hours of independent study, WST 496, involving investigation of a topic relevant to Women's Studies, will be accepted toward the required credits. Students who wish to take an independent study course should contact the Director of the Women’s Studies Program who must pre-approve the prospectus for independent study.

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