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.