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Women's Studies Program

Requirements for Minor

To complete the Women's Studies minor, students must successfully complete WS10000 and four elective courses approved by the Women's Studies program director for a total of 15 credits.

Required Courses WS 10000: Women's & Gender Roles in Contemporary Society (3 cr.)

Fulfills General Education requirement for a Perspectives Course, under the category Self and Society.

An introduction to issues that arise when women's lives and gender roles become the focus of critical inquiry. How do different societies and academic disciplines define women? How do women's experiences vary in relation to factors such as race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, age, nationality? How have women resisted, adapted to, and transformed "women's space" in the United States and elsewhere?

This introductory, interdisciplinary course will present and problematize traditional and contemporary perspectives about women's and gender roles in society, both in the United States and abroad. Based on instructor selections, students may analyze and examine the history of women's struggles, oppressions, and resistance through the work force and the economy, education, home and family life, government and other political arenas, and religious life. Other focus topics may include, but are not limited to, health and sexuality, law and social control, and constructions of race, nationality, ethnicity, and identity.