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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Women and Gender Studies Minor

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The Women’s and Gender Studies Minor introduces students to the concept of gender as an organizing principle of cultural experience. Through interdisciplinary study, students will understand gender as a key factor that drives both continuity and change in our culture. Courses in this minor explore the implications of gender and gender roles in both Western and non-Western societies.

Study of the ways in which gender shapes human consciousness and determines the social, political, and cultural organization of society will stimulate both students’ intellectual growth and their personal awareness of how gender affects their world.

For career-oriented students, this minor will enhance their sensitivity to those issues of gender (such as sex discrimination, sexual harassment, equal pay for comparable worth, family leave) that have become increasingly prevalent in today’s work world.


For this minor, students are required to take as the foundation course, either Race, Gender and Sexuality or Gender and Society and five additional electives. Internship or independent study is strongly recommended, to be carried out according to College guidelines. Special topics courses offered by departments also often qualify for Women and Gender Studies credit. 

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