Minor in Women's and Gender Studies

A Women's and Gender Studies minor can be a component of any undergraduate degree granted at MU.

The curriculum includes women's and gender studies core courses as well as cross-listed courses from several departments throughout the University. These courses assume that knowledge cannot be separated from the study of women and gender, and that gender and sexuality are fundamental categories of analysis in all disciplines. The department stresses interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching that are broadly comparative and range across multiple cultures, national and transnational contexts, and historical periods. Its faculty employ a broad range of theoretical approaches and methods.

When students graduate with a Women's and Gender Studies minor they should be able to:

  • Apply cross-cultural and global awareness to "big questions" about women and gender
  • Have a comprehensive grasp of intersectionality and matrices of domination
  • Think critically: i.e. consider an issue from multiple perspectives; locate, evaluate and interpret diverse sources, including statistics; engage in critical self-reflection
  • Construct arguments with evidence obtained from research
  • Work collaboratively
  • Recognize sexist/racist writing and thinking
  • Connect knowledge and experience, theory and activism, Women's and Gender Studies materials with other courses
  • Communicate effectively in writing and speech
  • Apply knowledge for social transformation, citizenship
  • Use gender (and other identity categories) as a category/ies for analysis

A student minoring in Women's and Gender Studies is required to fulfill all requirements for their major degree program, and in addition complete at least 15 credits of Women's and Gender Studies courses, including:

WGST 1120Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies3
WGST 2010Gender and Identity: Understanding Intersectionality3
Additional WGST credits numbered 2000-level or above6
Additional WGST elective credits3

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