Minor in Women's Studies

The interdisciplinary Women's Studies minor offers students, both women and men, the opportunity to select courses from a wide variety of disciplines. Women's Studies courses offer students a dynamic, interactive environment that encourages critical thinking, empowers students as learners, enriches their sense of our civilization's diverse heritage, connects their knowledge from other courses, and challenges them to become actively engaged in shaping the world around them.

To complete a minor, students must take at least 18 credits, choosing from WS required and selective elective courses which are offered under individual department prefixes. Most of the courses that count toward a Women's Studies minor also satisfy CAS core requirements.

Students wishing to declare a Women's Studies Minor must contact the Coordinator of the department, Kimberly J. Pace, before completing the online declaration of a minor form.

What can you do with a Women Studies degree?

Women's studies students have gone on to work in the following occupations:

  • advocate for domestic violence victims
  • journalist
  • advocate for hate-crime victims
  • law enforcement
  • archivist
  • lawyer
  • art therapist
  • librarian
  • artist
  • minister
  • battered women's center director
  • musician
  • business owner
  • nurse-midwife
  • clinical social worker
  • Planned Parenthood clinic coordinator
  • college professor
  • program associate at human rights organization
  • communications consultant
  • psychotherapist
  • congressional fellow
  • public and government relations manager
  • cooperative grocery manager
  • rape crisis program director
  • director of program for inner-city teenagers
  • recreational therapist
  • doctor
  • sexual assault/sexual abuse educator
  • energy conservation manager
  • teacher
  • film-casting assistant
  • theater worker
  • flight instructor
  • town manager
  • health clinic medical assistant
  • union organizer
  • HIV educator
  • university staff psychologist
  • hospital foundation executive director
  • writer
  • human services administrator

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Program Requirements

Students majoring in another subject who wish to minor in women’s studies must complete the following requirements.

WS A200Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies3
WS A400Feminist Theory3
WS A401Seminar in Women's Studies *3
Pre-Approved Electives **
Complete 9 credits of the following:9
Topics in Women's Literature
Men and Masculinity Issues in Human Services Practice
Psychology of Women
Introduction to Family, Marriage, and Intimate Relationships
Marriages and Families
Sociology of Gender
Women and Social Action
Women in Politics
Seminar in Women's Studies *
Total Credits18

WS A401 may be taken a second time with a change of subtitle as an elective.


Students must select electives from at least two different disciplines (as defined by prefix). At least one elective must be upper division (300 level or higher). Relevant courses not listed as approved electives may apply with the approval of Women’s Studies chair.

A total of 18 credits is required for the minor, of which 9 must be upper division. Other courses may apply to the minor with approval of the Women’s Studies Department chair. 

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