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Announcing the new BSC Minor in

Gender and Women Studies (GWS)

Gender and Women Studies

The Gender and Women Studies minor serves to help students examine the social construction of gender through analytical processes.  As a supplement to a disciplinary major, the GWS minor provides students with an interdisciplinary study of the elements that have shaped gendered experiences and helped define masculine, feminine, and other gendered identities through time, across cultures, and within social spheres.  Students completing a minor in GWS will gain skills in integrating interdisciplinary knowledge and using multiple methodologies to study gendered experiences from critical and empirical perspectives. The minor, moreover, will enhance a student’s chosen major as analytical study through the lens of gender broadens the students’ understanding of their discipline.  These skills will help prepare students for graduate study and for a variety of fields such as public health, education, social service, business, and government.

Minor Requirements

GWS 200 - Introduction to Gender and Women Studies
Introduction to Gender and Women's Studies course in January E-term

Four additional units from the following:


 HI 210 U.S. Women’s History
 HI 309 Women of the American South
 EH 220 or 227 From Suffrage to Cyborgs: 20th C. Feminism(s) and the Novel
 EH 394 Contemporary Drama: Theatre of Cultural Critique and Social Change
 EH 420 or 425 Introduction to Performance Theory
 RE 375 Gender and the Hebrew Bible

Behavioral & Social Sciences:

 PS 300 Women in Politics
 SO 215  Sex, Gender, & Society 
 PY 208 Human Sexual Behavior

Fine and Performing Arts:

 ARH 250 Queer Visual Culture
 ARH 400 The Body in American Visual Culture (Special Topics in Art History)

More approved courses coming soon.

One course in an independent study and up to two E-Term courses in topics related to GWS can be used to satisfy the minor requirements.No courses counted toward a disciplinary major may be counted toward the Gender and Women Studies minor unless explicitly noted otherwise.

Questions? Contact Dr. Victoria Ott vott@bsc.edu , Dr. Heather Meggers-Wright hmeggers@bsc.edu , or Dr. Emily Klein eklein@bsc.edu