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Women's Studies (Minor)

Curriculum

Minor Requirements (18 credit hours)

(Click a course name below to view course details). All courses are 3 credit hours.

  • WS 101 Introduction to Women's Studies

    In this course, students are introduced to the history and theories of feminism from a multidisciplinary perspective. The impact that feminist perspectives have had on society will also be studied. Gender issues will be explored from a number of different perspectives, including historical, psychological, anthropological, political, and religious perspectives.
    University Syllabus

  • WS 401 Women's Studies Seminar

    In-depth exploration and analysis of significant issues in women’s and gender studies. Content and direction of the course is the responsibility of the students under the guidance of the instructor. Prerequisite: 12 credit hrs in the Women’s Studies minor, including WS 101
    University Syllabus

Plus at least 6 credit hours from the following courses:

  • BI 340 Biology of Women

    The anatomy and physiology of women throughout their life span including issues relating to their health, nutrition, healthcare, and specific disorders and diseases relating to women.
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  • CA 304 Gender Communication

    This course provides a comprehensive view of gender communication as it relates to its prevalence and impact in society. Research of gender communication serves to enhance greater understanding of the oppressive nature of gender communication and its influence on society. Competencies in the areas of perception, adaptability, critical thinking, and innovation are addressed. Prerequisite: CA 109
    University Syllabus

  • PY 382 Psychology of Women

    Investigation of differences and similarities in psychological functioning between women and men, including the influence of major life events occurring only in women (e.g. menstruation, pregnancy) on psychological functioning. Prerequisite: PY 101
    University Syllabus

  • SO 250 Women in American Society

    Focus on how a society prescribes and assigns norms according to gender. Emphasis will be put on how major social institutions (family, government, religion, the media, economics, and medicine) define sex roles and stress differences among men and women instead of similarities. Because of this we ask: Do women have minority status in American society?
    University Syllabus

OR

Minor may include other Women's Studies courses as designated by the Program Director.

Plus no more than 6 credit hours from:

  • BI 204 Human Genetics

    This course is designed to teach Mendelian and modified Mendelian inheritance including: genotypic and phenotypic variability, DNA replication, protein synthesis and genetic abnormalities.
    University Syllabus

  • BI 206 Nutrition Through the Life Span

    This course consists of the study of the nutrients required by the human body, the foods from which they are obtained, their utilization by the body and their importance for the maintenance of optimal health throughout the life span. 3 credit hours
    University Syllabus

  • PY 211 Human Development

    This course will present the principles of human growth and development from conception to death. Topics to be included in the course are methods of child study, consideration of individual differences, and analysis of patterns and sequences of development.
    University Syllabus

  • PY 222 Human Sexuality

    Consideration of biological, cultural, developmental, and psychological aspects of human sexuality, emphasizing class discussion of relevant issues. Among topics covered are AIDS, romantic love, sexual practices, and sexual orientation.
    University Syllabus

  • SO 131 Marriage and Family

    Description and analysis of the social institution of the family in society. The course introduces students to such societal norms as courtship, engagement, marriage, childrearing practices, divorce, and remarriage. The course allows students to review the status of men and women in different cultural environments and to study alternatives to marriage and the family.
    University Syllabus

  • SO 141 Minority Relations

    Introduction to the problems of minorities in a society. Students are introduced to the concepts of dominance, minority, power, status, conflict, prejudice, and discrimination. The course examines minority groups in American society and the processes of accommodation to the larger society.
    University Syllabus

  • SO 310 Social Problems

    Introduction to major social problems in American society, including poverty, deviance, population change, urbanization, chemical dependency, suicide, family stability, and economic change. Offered once a year, alternating between day and evening programs Prerequisite: SO 101 or permission of instructor.
    University Syllabus

Nine of the credit hours for the minor must be upper-level courses.

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