Gender and Women’s Studies



Gender and Women’s Studies (GDS) Courses of Study

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3.2.09.1

Program Overview

The mission of the Gender and Women’s Studies Program is to introduce students to a critical and interdisciplinary perspective on the social construction of gender with opportunities to bring this framework to bear in a variety of areas of study and careers.

The goals of the Gender and Women’s Studies Program include the following:

  1. To understand the complex nature of gender, identity, gender expression, sexuality, and sexual orientation across time and location through interdisciplinary feminist perspectives and theories.
  2. To critically examine the social construction of gender and its intersections with other relations of power, such as race, class, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, and age using cross-cultural perspectives in a variety of disciplines.

Gender and Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary program that offers courses examining the formation of gender and intersections between gender and race, class, ethnicity, and sexuality; introduces students to women’s intellectual, social, political, economic, spiritual, and artistic contributions and experiences of women in a variety of historical, global, and cultural contexts; and emphasizes the particular challenges that women face locally and globally. Students wishing to complete a major with a focus on Gender and Women’s Studies have the option to major in Sociology and Anthropology with a concentration in Gender and Women’s Studies (see section 3.2.23.2.1.3).



3.2.09.2

Minor in Gender and Women’s Studies

Grades: Students must pass courses at a grade of C- or better to count toward the minor. Students must also maintain a minimum overall GPA of 2.0.

Total Credit Hours: Students must earn a minimum of 24 credit hours to fulfill the minor requirements.

Requirements:

  1. All of the following courses:
    1. GDS 100 Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies
    2. HIS/GDS 230 Women in American History
    3. SOC/GDS 366 Feminist Thought
  2. 4 credit hours selected from the following courses:
    1. ANT/GDS 380 Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective
    2. GDS 305 Arab Women’s Literature and Film
    3. SOC/GDS 325 Gender, Development, and the Environment
  3. At least 8 credit hours selected from the following courses:
    1. ENG/GDS 254 Gender Issues in the Nineteenth Century
    2. ENG/GDS 273 Literature by Women
    3. GDS 220 Introduction to Gender and Men’s Studies
    4. GDS 299, 499 Independent Study
    5. GDS 401 Gender and Social Change
    6. GDS 479 Supervised Internship
    7. HIS/GDS 230 Women in American History
    8. ODL/GDS 325 Women’s Voices in Experiential Education
    9. PHI/GDS 258 Feminist Philosophy
    10. SOC/GDS 211 The Family
    11. SOC/GDS 310 Media and Social Inequality
    12. SOC/GDS 324 Social Inequality
    13. SOC/GDS 325 Gender, Development, and the Environment
    14. Selected gender and women’s studies special topic courses