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Women's and Gender Studies Minor

The Women's and Studies Program brings together courses and faculty from several colleges of the university to provide an interdisciplinary experience leading to a minor in Women's and Gender Studies. As an area of scholarship, Women's and Gender Studies focuses on the contributions, perspectives, and experiences of women in all areas of human endeavor, including the status, portrayal, or achievements of women in areas such as art, history, literature, science, business, engineering, and medicine. It also promotes greater understanding of gender as a fundamental category of meaning, examining the pervasive and often unacknowledged ways that gender changes our social institutions, individual knowledge, and interpersonal relationships.

A minor in Women's and Gender Studies consists of 21 semester hours, including one required course (WGS 200), five core courses, and one elective. Core courses must include at least 6 hours of humanities and 6 hours of social and natural sciences. Note that 12 of the 21 semester hours must be at the 300-level or higher. A student interested in minoring in Women's and Gender Studies should contact the director of the program for advising.

**No more than two of the courses applied to the minor can be from the student's major field of study. No course can be counted toward both a major and minor. No more than 6 hours can be taken in a single subject area. WGS 340 Special Topics or WGS 499 Independent Study may count as core courses in various subject areas if these courses carry 3 hours credit.

Download the Women's and Gender Studies Minor Advising Form.

For more information about Women's and Gender Studies at UAH, call the Women's and Gender Studies Program office at (256) 824-6190, or e-mail Dr. Molly Johnson, Director of Women's and Gender Studies, at molly.johnson@uah.edu.

WGS200 - Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies

Usual Instructors: Dr. Molly W. Johnson

Focusing on gender as a fundamental category of meaning, the course will introduce methods and approaches to Women's and Gender Studies in a variety of disciplines, examining the pervasive and often unacknowledged ways that gender changes our social institutions, individual knowledge, and interpersonal relationships. The course includes guest lectures by many of the faculty teaching courses in the Women's and Gender Studies minor. This is one of the required courses in the Women's and Gender Studies minor and counts in the General Education Requirements (GER) for students in the colleges of Engineering, Liberal Arts, Nursing, and Science.

Core Course in Women's and Gender Studies

A Women's and Gender Studies minor requires 5 courses from the following (15 hrs - at least 6 hours in each category).

Humanities:

ARH 320 Women in Antiquity
CM 345 Media Representation
CM 416 Woman Orators
EH 331 Major American Writers from the Civil War to WWI
EH 418 Representative Texts by Women Writers
EH 435 Native Women's Literature
EH 438 African American Literature
EH 440 Studies in Drama, Gender, and Sexuality
HY 367 Women in U.S. History
HY 390 Women in Modern European History
HY 399 When Men Were Men and Women Were Women: The Historical Construction and Meaning of Gender (Honors)
HY 483 Women and Gender in Latin America
PHL 335 Philosophy of Gender

Social Sciences, Health Sciences, Business and Technology:

MGT 462 Employment Law for Managers
NUR 425 Human Sexuality
PY 406 Psychology of Women
SOC 206 Marriage and Family
SOC 306 Sociology of Gender

Special Topics courses may be included in this area. (Examples include FL 404S-ST: Hispanic Women Writers. See an advisor for a current list.) WGS 340 (Special Topics) or WGS 499 (Independent Study) may count as core courses if the course carries 3 hours credit (with permission of Director).

For a description of each course, see Courses in Women's and Gender Studies.

Elective Courses in Women's and Gender Studies

Choose one additional core course or one from the following approved elective courses (3 hrs).
ARH 103 Art in Non-Western Traditions
ARH 309 Contemporary Art and Issues
BYS 318 Vertebrate Reproduction
CM 333 Interpersonal Communication
CM/PY 330 Nonverbal Communication
ED 430 Applied Multiculturalism
EH 332 Major American Writers from WWI to WWII
EH 333 American Literature from WWII to the Present
EH 391 Victorian Poetry and Prose
EH 403 Literary Criticism and Theory
EH 431 The American Novel
EH 493 The Victorian Novel
HY 365 American Labor History
HY 370 Social History of American Technology
HY 482 Comparative Slavery and Abolition
HY 485 Nazi Germany and the Holocaust
PHL 202 Introduction to Ethics
PHL 303 Contemporary Philosophy
PSC 438 Contemporary Political Thought
PY/SOC 375 Social Psychology
PY/BYS 437 Psychobiology of Stress and Illness
SOC 105 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
SOC 415 Sociology of Globalization
SOC 435 Sociology of Social Movements

Special Topics may be included in this area. (Examples include EH 440 Special Studies: Stein and Hemingway. See an advisor for a current list.)

For a description of each course, see Courses in Women's and Gender Studies.