Women's and Gender Studies


Deborah Augsburger, Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Karl Bahm, Professor, History
Hal Bertilson, Professor, Psychology
Eri Fujieda, Associate Professor, Sociology
Dianna Hunter, Senior Lecturer, Women's and Gender Studies
Gary Keveles, Professor, Criminal Justice
William Morgan, Professor, Visual Arts
Jeanette Pucheu, Assistant Profesor, Spanish
Maureen Salzer, Associate Professor, English
Deborah Davis Schlacks, English
Joel Sipress, Professor, History
Priscilla Starratt, Professor, History

A 21-credit minor is available in Women's and Gender Studies. It is coordinated and led by the Women's and Gender Studies Coordinator and by the Women's and Gender Studies Committee, a free-standing advisory committee made up of interested faculty and staff.

The Women's Studies undergraduate minor was approved in 1976. In 2007, the Women's Studies Committee revised the minor and the program to Women's and Gender Studies. The minor is interdisciplinary with courses offered by a number of academic departments and programs. Members of the Women's and Gender Studies Committee serve as faculty advisors for this minor. Students choosing this minor must take 21 semester credits from courses in the approved list in consultation with a Women's and Gender Studies faculty advisor. 

The mission of the Women's and Gender Studies Program is to raise awareness of issues of gender and gender inequality and to transform the university and the community through teaching, learning, and social action.

Students studying Women's and Gender Studies will:

  • Analyze and challenge notions of femininity and masculinity in relation to people's experiences.
  • Recognize the varieties of masculinities and femininities that exist across time, cultures, space, etc.
  • Understand social structures and institutions that create and perpetuate inequality.
  • Understand other social differences intersecting with gender.
  • Appreciate intersections of thought and action and engage in theoretically informed social and political action.
  • Employ experience as evidence for developing an understanding of power, privilege, and disadvantaging.

Women's and Gender Studies Minor

Total: 21 credits required, with a minimum of nine credits at the 300-level or higher.

Required courses: 15 credits total, with nine credits from the three following courses:

WST 150        Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies - 3 credits
WST 210        Introduction to the Social Construction of Gender - 3 credits
WST 456        Feminist Theory and Action - 3 credits

Plus one course with a focus on gendered experience from the following list:

WST 229        Literature by Women - 3 credits
WST 255        Writing on Gender and Sexuality - 3 credits
WST 258        Psychology of Women - 3 credits
PSYC 270        Psychology of Men - 3 credits
SPAN 315       Voices of Hispanic Women (g) -3 credits
WST 325        Writing Women, Women Writing - 3 credits
WST 328        Gender and Ethnicity in Contemporary American Literature -3 credits
WST 329        Women in Art - 3 credits
WST 403        African Voices on Gender (g) - 3 credits
WST 404        Arab Voices on Gender (g) - 3 credits
WST 406        The Construction of Gender in East Asia (g)           3 credits
WST 460        Study of First Nations Women (g) - 3 credits

Plus one course with a focus on social structures and institutions from the following list:

CJUS 312        Gender, Crime, and Justice  - 3 credits
PSYC 318        Peace Psychology (g) - 3 credits
WST 322        Women and Men in American Society - 3 credits
WST 475        Gender and Globalization in Transnational Asia (g) -3 credits

Plus six additional credits from the courses in the gendered experience and social structures and institutions categories or from the following courses: WST 301 Study Abroad (g), WST 490 Special Topics in Women's Studies, or WST 499 Independent Study.

In addition, at least one course must be completed from the courses designated (g) for global/indigenous in focus.