Minor in Women's Studies

Explore the impact women have had across cultures and throughout history

Highlighting gender, culture and other factors that play into how society works, you'll explore the impact gender and other types of diversity have on all facets of a society. Build critical thinking skills and knowledge needed to recognize and understand the contributions, experiences and perspectives of women in society.

What You Will Learn

In addition to your major courses and General Education requirements, the Women's Studies minor includes 18-credit hours of coursework.

As a multicultural and multidisciplinary minor, the program connects to departments throughout the university.  Explore the impact gender and other types of diversity have on all aspects of a society, from performing arts to hard sciences and from impoverished families to social elites.

  • Dig into the experience and impact women have had across cultures and throughout history.
  • Examine traditions and ideas concerning women from their historical roots to the influence they have on women and society today.
  • Identify and help remedy past neglect and bias faced by women in traditional scholarship, whether in classes or in your professional life.
  • Make your minor fit your major program with a wide variety of electives, including classes in art, English, history, music, philosophy, economics, psychology, sociology, business and theatre!

Sample Women’s Studies Courses

Introduction to Women’s Studies – A multicultural and multidisciplinary survey of the traditional assumptions about women. Students will gain an understanding of the intersection of gender with race, class, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation, and issues of ability/disability.

Women, Health and Healing – A feminist examination and analysis of women’s experiences with health and illness, including women’s roles in health care systems as patients and care providers. This course provides an in-depth discussion of the impact of gender on women’s health, including the ways health problems are defined and treated.

Psychology of Women – Explores women’s psychological development and experience. Covers sex roles and how society’s attitudes about girls and women affect female self-concept, personality, relationships and work experience. Topics also include women of color, sexual harassment, violence against women and spirituality.

Career Outlook for Women's Studies Graduates

Many employers value graduates of women’s studies programs because they possess a distinct awareness of the people and social systems around them. Beyond any on-paper qualifications, graduates of these programs are typically better able to relate to and cooperate with co-workers and clients from a variety of backgrounds, an important quality in an increasingly global world. Graduates also benefit from their developed critical thinking and communication skills. For information on a specific field, check out the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook.



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