WOMEN’S STUDIES MINOR CAROLYN BAUGH, Ph.D., Program Director The minor in Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary field of inquiry that encourages students to understand and articulate how gender makes a difference – in the lives and experiences of women, as well as men; in the practices and institutions of human societies; and in the cultural products of societies, such as art and literature. Emphasizing the importance of historical and cross-cultural perspectives, students in the minor will critically examine the intersections of gender, class, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, and ability to make visible structures of power that otherwise remain hidden. Curriculum Outline A minor in Women’s Studies will consist of 18 credits. Required: (6 credits) 3 Introduction to Women’s Studies/WMST 201 3 Gender and Rationality/LBST 383 Electives: (12 credits) 3 Women and Crime/CRJS 340 3 American Military History: Women and War/HIST 282 3 Women in Middle Eastern History/HIST 390 3 Women Writers/LENG 249 3 Women in Photography/LFIN 252 3 Women and Philosophy/LPHI 235 3 Psychology of Women/PSYC 275 3 Physical Activity and Women/SPRT 326 3 Women and the Pilgrim Church/THEO 346 3 Special Topics in Women’s Studies/WMST 390-391
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS WMST 201: Introduction to Women’s Studies An interdisciplinary course that explores the diversity of women’s lives through essays, readings, and the study of scholarly theories and research. The course will examine a wide range of social issues and the status of women in an historical context and in contemporary society. Prerequisite: Open to sophomore, junior or senior students or instructor’s permission. 3 credits, Fall WMST 390: Special Topics in Women’s Studies Courses may include: Gender and Identity in Literature; and Women in Science.