2022-2023 Course Catalog

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Women's & Gender Studies (WGS) Minor

The Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) requires the completion of 18 credits as outlined below. Three specific courses are required. Nine additional credits of electives, with six at the 3000 or 4000 level, are also required. Students must complete at least three credits of WGS coursework (including cross-listed and approved courses) with a focus on gender and race.

Required Minor Courses
To be taken in sequence
WGS 1824Introduction to Womens and Gender Studies3
WGS 2114Feminist Theory3
WGS 4224Women's Studies Seminar (topics vary)3
Elective Courses
Select 3 credits at the 2000 level of the following:3
The Black Woman in the U.S. (when course is focused on gender and race)
Asian American Experience (when the topic is women, gender, sexualities, masculinities, and/or diversity)
Race and Gender in Religion and Culture
Women and Creativity
Feminist Activism
Race, Class, Gender, and Sexualities (when course is focused on women, gender, sexualities, masculinities, and/or diversity)
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Issues
Independent Study (variable credit; by arrangement with a professor)
Select 6 credits at the 3000 and 4000 Level of the following:6
Topics in Feminism (may be repeated with a different topic)
Global Feminisms 1
Gender, Environment, and International Development
Sexual Medicine
Gender and Science
Internship (by arrangement with professor)
Independent Study (variable credit; by arrangement with professor)
Special Study (variable credit; by arrangement with professor)
Undergraduate Research (by arrangement with professor)
Total Credits18

Focus on gender and race.

Pre-approved Electives for the WGS Minor

Note: Other pre-approved electives outside of WGS for a given semester are listed on the WGS website. Non-WGS courses may not be substituted for 1000- and 2000-level WGS courses.

ENGL 3364Topics in Literature by Women3
HD 3114Issues in Aging (when the topic is women, gender, and/or diversity)3
HD 4364Gender And Family Diversity3
HIST 3105Women in U S History3
HIST 3106Women in U S History3
PSCI 3256The Politics of Race, Ethnicity and Gender 13
SOC 3014Gender Relations3
SOC 3614Gender and Work in the U.S.3

Focus on gender and race.

Up to six credits of special offerings, such as Independent Study (4974), Special Study (4984) or Undergraduate Research (4994) in any department may be used to fulfill requirements for the minor where appropriate. Permission to include such courses must be granted by the minor coordinator.

A minimum GPA of 2.0 in all courses taken to fulfill the minor is required.

For additional information contact: The Sociology Department, 560 McBryde Hall, 540-231-8971, or the Women’s and Gender Studies Director, 540-231-5932, 507A McBryde Hall.