Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies

Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies Minor

Participating Faculty: John Anderson (CS), Miranda Banks (VMA), Lindsey Beck (IN), MaryEllen Beveridge (WLP), Claudia Castañeda (IN), Angela Cooke-Jackson (CS), Benoit Denizet-Lewis (WLP), Ken Feil (VMA), Maria Koundoura (WLP), Daniela Kukrechtova (WLP), Kristin Lieb (MC), Eileen McBride (IN), Amissa Miller (PA), Cynthia Miller (IN), Yasser Munif (IN), Jane Shattuc (VMA), Tulasi Srinivas (IN), Sunil Swaroop (IN), Erika Williams (IN)**, Sarah Zaidan (VMA).

The minor offers students the opportunity to think critically about the meaning and expression of gender and sexuality in everyday life, culture, and institutions. Students will develop an historical awareness of the role of feminism as well as LGBTQ movements in both local and global contexts. This history and the more contemporary lived practices of sex, gender, and sexual orientation will be contextualized in relation to other categories of difference. After completing the minor, students will be more versed in imagining effective ways to combat inequity and foster transformations of identities and social roles.

For the Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies minor, at least 16 credit hours in designated courses are required.

Required Courses

For the core course, students may choose one of the following:

IN 200 Introduction to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
SO 206 Gender in a Global Perspective

For the remaining 12 credits, students may choose from the following courses, at least one of which must be at the 300 or 400 level. (For additional classes always check the semester registration listings):

IN 117 Women Artists in Cultural Contexts
IN 125 Topics in Gender Studies
IN 138 Staging American Women: The Culture of the Burlesque
IN 154 Power and Privilege
IN 230 The Evolution of Queer Identity
IN 307 Gender, Sexuality and the Middle East
IN 310 Gender, Sexuality and the American Music Industry
IN 319 Feminist Cultural Theory*
IN 374 Making Space
IN 406 Queer Dreams: Politics, Culture, Difference*
LI 210 American Women Writers
LI 396 International Women Writers
LI 436 Cultural Criticism
PS 306 Psychology of Prejudice*
PS 380 Psychology of Relationships*
TH 205 Dress Codes: American Clothes in the 20th Century
TH 531 Contemporary Women Playwrights
VM 402 Queer Film and Video*

*Note prerequisites

**Adviser for the minor