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Women's and Gender Studies Minor

The Women's and Gender 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.

Student Learning Outcomes for the Women's and Gender Studies Minor:

  • Understand and apply the theoretical framework, concepts, and terminology of Women's and Gender Studies as a field of academic inquiry.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of how gender affects human lives and experience, shapes the organization of society, and influences contemporary social issues.
  • Ground investigations of women and gender within interdisciplinary frameworks.

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 more than one 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

Core courses have women and/or gender at the center of inquiry, in terms of the subject matter or an approach that develops critical thinking relevant to the understanding of Women’s and Gender Studies issues.

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 416 Women Orators
EH 418 Representative Texts by Women Writers
EH 440 Native Women's Literature
EH 462 Shakespeare II
EH 465 Dramatic Literature
HY 367 Women in U.S. History
HY 390 Women in Modern European History
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 204 ST: Performing Gender: Exploring Gender Roles and Sexuality in International Cinema; FL404 ST: Hispanic Women Writers. See an advisor for a current list. WS 340 (Special Topics) or WS 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

Elective courses have a significant component of the course covering women or gender, or employ methodologies that are particularly useful in the interpretation of gender issues.

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/PY 330 Nonverbal Communication
CM 333 Interpersonal Communication
CM 433 The Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication
CM 455 Communication and Culture
EH 403 Literary Criticism and Theory
EH 430 American Novel
EH 438 African American Literature
EH 497 Victorian Literature
HY 370 Social History of American Technology
HY 399 Food in World History
HY 482 Comparative Slavery and Abolition
HY 485 Nazi Germany and the Holocaust
PHL 102 Introduction to Ethics
PSC/PHL 438 Contemporary Political Thought
PSC 440 Regional Studies: African Politics
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 PHL 403: Advanced Moral Philosophy: Care Ethics. See an advisor for a current list.

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