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Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Minor

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Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSX) is a cross-disciplinary area of inquiry that investigates the social, psychological, biological, and cultural construction of gender, as well as the ways women and men locate themselves within gender systems. Because femininities and masculinities vary as a result of cultural, historical, political, and institutional forces, gender inquiry helps students understand the multiple ways gender and gender relations are socially constructed, and how these understandings of gender in turn shape virtually every aspect of our everyday lives: political institutions, law, the economy, the family, education, work, literature, the arts, media, philosophy, religion, and sexuality.

Courses in the WGSX cross-disciplinary curriculum identify gender as a fundamental category of analysis in theory and practice. The goals for the study area are to analyze the variations in gender systems that have occurred across cultures and over time; to identify the relationship between biological difference and social inequality; to explore constructions of sexuality and sexual identity; and to recognize how gender inequality is related to other social hierarchies such as race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality.

The study area is committed to the centrality of the study of women, while at the same time interrogating gender and sexuality as organizing categories. Courses will allow students to focus their study on materials that illustrate women’s condition, history, and achievements; to investigate how women have been portrayed and how those representations are changing; and to examine feminist critiques of academic areas of knowledge, including the contributions of queer theory and new feminist research. In order to provide a new site for knowledge production that engages differences constructively, the WGSX study area not only locates women within traditional disciplinary categories, but also fosters interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary exploration of the conditions that have shaped women’s experiences both as objects and as subjects of knowledge.

Degree Requirements

General College Requirements

  • General College requirements (see “Curriculum”)
  • All requirements in a major field of study

Course Requirements

At least 20 credit hours in courses approved for the women, gender, and sexuality cross-disciplinary area, with a grade of C- or above, including:

Course NameCredit Hours:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
WGSX 220 - Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Credit Hours: 4

Elective Credits

16 credit hours of elective credits, at least 12 of which must be numbered 300 or above. Electives must be selected from courses originating in (or cross-listed in) at least three disciplines.

The curriculum in WGSX is founded on its core course: WGSX 220 - Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Each semester the study area coordinator and participating faculty will designate other courses, including new courses, topics courses, and special offerings that will satisfy elective requirements. A complete list of approved current offerings will appear in the online Schedule of Classes.

In Recent Years, Cross-listed Classes Have Included:

Course NameCredit Hours:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
  • ANTH 302 - Food and Culture
  • ANTH 336 - The Cultured Body Credit Hours: 4
    ANTH 348 - African American Culture Credit Hours: 4
    ENGL 390 - Topics in Literature Credit Hours: 4
    ENGL 400 - Studies in Genre Credit Hours: 4
    ENGL 430 - Special Topics in Literature Credit Hours: 4
    ENST 385 - Advanced Topics in Environmental Policy & Social Sciences Credit Hours: 4
    ECON 316 - The Economics of Race and Gender Credit Hours: 4
  • HIST 324 - Women in Modern Western History
  • HIST 333 - History of American Muslims Credit Hours: 4
    HIST 357 - Women, Gender, and Politics in the Muslim world Credit Hours: 4
    HIST 461 - On Machos, Virgins, and Mothers: Gender in Latin American History Credit Hours: 4
    ILCS 363 - Cultural Perspectives on Gender Credit Hours: 4
    PHEC 167 - Self-Defense Against Sexual Assault Credit Hours: 2
    PHIL 321 - Environmental Ethics Credit Hours: 4
    PHIL 323 - Bioethics Credit Hours: 4
    PHIL 325 - Feminism and Philosophy Credit Hours: 4
    POSC 266 - Women and the Law Credit Hours: 2
    POSC 462 - Studies in Comparative Politics Credit Hours: 4
    PSYC 263 - Multicultural Psychology Credit Hours: 4
    PSYC 456 - Psychology of Gender Credit Hours: 4
    SOCI 230 - Sociology of Gender Credit Hours: 4
    SOCI 320 - Sociology of the Family Credit Hours: 4
    SOCI 365 - Social Stratification Credit Hours: 4
    TDPS 220 - Introduction to Film and Media Studies Credit Hours: 4
    TDPS 275 - Costumes and Clothes in History Credit Hours: 4
    PERF 325 - Methods of Study in the Performing Arts Credit Hours: 4
    TDPS 326 - World Cinema Credit Hours: 4
    TDPS 420 - Mediated Bodies: Gender, Race, and Class on Stage and Screen Credit Hours: 4
    WGSX 150 - Introductory Topics in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Credit Hours: 2-4
    WGSX 250 - Topics in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Credit Hours: 4
    WGSX 350 - Advanced Topics in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Credit Hours: 4
    WGSX 450 - Seminar in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Credit Hours: 4

    Declaration of Intent to Complete the WGSX Minor

    Any student who wishes to minor in the WGSX cross-disciplinary area should consult with the program coordinator or any participating faculty member. Formal declaration of intent to complete the WGSX minor should be preceded by completion of WGSX 220. Students may declare their minor at any time prior to the final semester of their senior year, but are encouraged to declare their participation and seek curricular advising as soon as possible.

    St. Mary’s Project

    Students may pursue a St. Mary’s Project in WGSX with the permission of their major department and with the agreement of a faculty mentor designated by the women, gender, and sexuality faculty. Project credit (eight hours) does not apply toward fulfillment of the requirements of the minor in women, gender, and sexuality studies.

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