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Women’s and Gender Studies



Hal Bertilson, Professor, Human Behavior and Diversity (Psychology)

Eri Fujieda, Assistant Professor, Social Inquiry (Sociology)

Randy Gabrys-Alexson, Professor Biology and Earth Sciences (Geography)

Dianna Hunter, Senior Lecturer, Social Inquiry (Women's and Gender Studies)

Gary Keveles, Professor, Politics, Law, and Justice (Criminal Justice)

William Morgan, Professor, Visual Arts

David Tobaru Obermiller, Assistant Professor, Social Inquiry (History)

Martin Pflug, Assistant Professor, World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (Spanish)

Maureen Salzer, Associate Professor, English

Deborah Davis Schlacks, Professor, English

Joel Sipress, Professor, Social Inquiry (History)

Priscilla Starratt, Professor, Social Inquiry (History)

George Wright, Professor, Politics, Law, and Justice (Political Science)


A 21-credit minor is available in Women’s and Gender Studies. It is coordinated and led by the Women’s and Gender Studies Coordinator and by the Women’s and Gender Studies Committee, a free-standing advisory committee made up of interested faculty and staff.


The Women’s Studies undergraduate minor was approved in 1976. In 2007, the Women’s Studies Committee revised the minor and the program to Women’s and Gender Studies. The minor is interdisciplinary with courses offered by a number of academic departments and programs. Members of the Women’s and Gender Studies Committee serve as faculty advisors for this minor. Students choosing this minor must take 21 semester credits from courses in the approved list in consultation with a Women’s and Gender Studies faculty advisor. 


The mission of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program is to raise awareness of issues of gender and gender inequality and to transform the university and the community through teaching, learning, and social action.


Students studying Women’s and Gender Studies will:


·        Analyze and challenge notions of femininity and masculinity in relation to people’s experiences.


·        Recognize the varieties of masculinities and femininities that exist across time, cultures, space, etc.


·        Understand social structures and institutions that create and perpetuate inequality.


·        Understand other social differences intersecting with gender.


·        Appreciate intersections of thought and action and engage in theoretically informed social and political action.


·        Employ experience as evidence for developing an understanding of power, privilege, and disadvantaging.


Women’s and Gender Studies Minor

Total: 21 credits required, with a minimum of nine credits at the 300 level or higher.


Required courses – 15 credits total, with nine credits from the three following courses:

WST 150 Introduction to Women’s Studies                                                      3 credits

WST 210 Sociology of Gender                                                                         3 credits

WST 456 Feminist Theory and Action                                                              3 credits


Plus one course with a focus on gendered experience from the following list:

WST 229 Literature by Women                                                                        3 credits

WST 255 Writing on Gender and Sexuality                                                       3 credits

WST 258 Psychology of Women                                                                      3 credits

PSYC 270 Psychology of Men                                                                         3 credits

WST 315 Voices of Hispanic Women (g)                                                         3 credits

WST 325 Writing Women, Women Writing                                                      3 credits

WST 328 Gender and Ethnicity in Contemporary American Literature               3 credits

WST 329 Women in Art                                                                                  3 credits

WST 403 Voices of African Women (g)                                                           3 credits

WST 404 Voices of Arab Women (g)                                                              3 credits

WST 406 Voices of East Asian Women (g)                                                      3 credits

WST 460 Study of First Nations Women (g)                                                    3 credits


Plus one course with a focus on social structures and institutions from the following list:

WST 201 Politics of Sexuality                                                                           3 credits

WST 312 Gender, Crime, and Justice                                                               3 credits

PSYC 318 Peace Psychology (g)                                                                     3 credits

WST 322 Women and Men in American Society                                              3 credits

WST 475 Gender and Globalization in Transnational Asia (g)                            3 credits


Plus six additional credits from the courses in the gendered experience and social structures and institutions categories or from the following courses: WST 301 Study Abroad (g), WST 490 Special Topics in Women’s Studies, or WST 499 Independent Study.


In addition, at least one course must be completed from the courses designated (g) for global/indigenous in focus.