Undergraduate Minor

Requirements for the Minor

The minor requires a total of 15 WGS credit hours (5 courses)

  • These courses must be taken in at least two disciplines.
  • Students may petition to receive WGS credit for a course that is not cross-listed in WGS. These courses should include identifiable content devoted to women's or gender studies, and the student must be able to do a significant project or assignment based within the fields of women's studies or gender studies. If possible, students should file this petition before the semester starts; if that's not possible, students should file the petition during the first four weeks of class.

Nursing Majors Pursuing the WGS Minor

Students in the Nursing major have the option of completing 6 of the credits needed for the WGS minor (2 courses) by doing supplementary gender-focused projects in three required Nursing courses.

Students can earn 3 WGS credits for UPNS 348 Nursing for Maternal and Newborn Health, provided that they contact the instructor during the first two weeks of the semester and also complete an independent gender-focused research project in addition to the regular course requirements.

Students can also earn 3 WGS credits for completing UPNS 357 Population Health and UPNS 324 Cultural Applications of Healthcare. Again students should contact the instructors during the first two weeks of the semester and will also need to complete an additional gender-focused research project in addition to the regular course requirements.

Students pursuing these options will not need to petition for WGS credit for these courses since the options listed above have been preapproved by WGS and Nursing faculty. Students should, however, notify the Director of WGS before the start of the semester that they plan to pursue WGS credit for these classes.

Course Offerings

Current course descriptions                              

In addition to the above courses, students may also submit a proposal to substitue a non-WGS course to fulfill a requirement for the WGS Minor. Consult the specifications prior to submitting a proposal.

The following courses are offered on a regular basis in the Women's and Gender Studies Center:

  • WSGS 202 / THEO 201, "Women and Christianity"
  • WSGS/PSYC 453, "Psychology of Gender"
  • WSGS/JMA 421, "Sex, Myth, and Media"
  • WSGS/HIST 433, "Gender in American History"

All courses are cross-listed with departmental offerings. In addition to these regular courses, a number of special topics courses are offered each semester.