Women's and Gender Studies Minor

The Women and Gender Studies minor is an interdisciplinary program with course offerings from several different departments throughout the university.  Students who complete this minor will examine historical and cultural conditions crucial to understanding the construction of gender and the experiences of women in the U.S. and across cultures.  The program features an interdisciplinary core course and cross-listed courses that challenge students to think critically about sexuality, gender, race, class, and nation.

The minor requires 15 hours of course work, including:

  • HUM2153 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies (required)

AND four of the following courses (with no more than 9 hours from any one discipline)

  • COM 3413 Female/Male Communication
  • ENG 4403 Topics in Women's Literature
  • FCS 3153 Family Relations
  • HIS 4003 Women in Europe from the Fall of Rome to the French Revolution
  • HIS 4333 American Women's History
  • PSY 4693 Love and Sexual Behavior
  • SOC 4293 Sociology of Gender Roles
  • SOC 3033 Marriage and Family
  • SOC 4503 Domestic Violence
  • THA 3473 (WI) Women, Gender and Race in American Theatre

Special Topics courses offered on women's and gender issues may also be designated as minor electives by the Women's and Gender Studies Director.

One seminar may be counted toward the elective requirements for the women’s and Gender Studies Minor if the topic of research is germane and approved by the director of the minor, even if the seminar is not specifically a women’s and gender studies course.

For more information, please contact a member of the steering committee.

Steering Committee


Dr. Stephanie Barron, Department of English, Foreign Languages and Philosophy
Dr. Shannon Clardy, Department of Physics


Dr. Megan Hickerson,  Department of Social Sciences
Dr. Emily Gerhold, Department of Art
Dr. Malcolm Rigsby, Department of Sociology, Human Services, and Criminal Justice