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The academic field of Women's Studies is interdisciplinary in nature, and includes developments from psychology, sociology, education, cultural studies, philosophy and economics, to name a few. Women’s Studies programs emerged from a growing respect for the contributions and potential of women to the arenas of teaching, research and academic endeavors. The center of inquiry focuses on the reality of women as subjects as well as inquiring subjects, which enriches new ways of thinking regarding gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and their intersections impacting all of social life. The minor consists of core units and elective courses in many disciplines, for a total of 21 credit hours (minimum).
Objectives: The objectives of the Women’s Studies minor include:
offering a place to study the experiences and contributions of women;
to understand the diversity of women’s perspectives;
to analyze the causes and consequences of gender hierarchies in society and to prepare students to contribute knowledgably to the contemporary discourse on women and gender relations in global communities;
to make connections between academic learning and one’s own life experience; and,
to learn about the contributions of women in their varied social and cultural roles in the United States and the world.
Department of Behavioral Sciences
This minor is under the College of Arts and Sciences