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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:

Graduates of the Women's and Gender Studies Program will be able to:

  • SLO 1: Demonstrate knowledge of women’s participation in, contribution to, and transformation of society.
  • SLO 2: Analyze how gender is embedded within social institutions and culture.
  • SLO 3: Articulate how different academic disciplines investigate women and gender.
  • SLO 4: Analyze how gender intersects with other categories of identity.
  • SLO 5: Explain how gender constructions affect individual lives.
Minor Requirements:

To obtain a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies, a student must complete 21 semester hours, of which 12 must be 300 or above. Students must also complete a portfolio and portfolio conference during their final semester at UAH.

Notes: No more than two of the courses applied to the minor can be from the student’s major field of study. One course may count towards both the major and the minor. No more than 6 hours in a single subject area.

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

 


Required Course (3 hrs)

WGS200 - Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies

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 Charger Foundations for students in the colleges of Engineering, Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Nursing, and Science.


Core Courses:

3 courses required from the following (at least 1 in Humanities and 1 in Social Sciences) 9 hrs

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.

 

Humanities:

  • ARH 320 ST* - Women in Antiquity
  • ARH 320 ST* - Modern Women Artists
  • EH 414 - Creative Nonfiction Writing
  • EH 418 - Representative Texts by Women Authors
  • EH 440 ST* - Native Women’s Literature
  • EH 461 - Shakespeare I
  • 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 - Feminist Philosophy
  • TH 324 - Modern American Theatre
  • WLC 204 ST* - International Cinema

Social Sciences

  • PSC 440 ST* - Regional Studies: African Politics
  • PSC 440 ST* - Regional Studies: Latin American Politics
  • PY 406 - Psychology of Women
  • SOC 206 - Marriage and Family
  • SOC 306 - Sociology of Gender
  • SOC 309 - Sociology of Sexuality

WGS Advanced Courses

    • WGS 340 - Special Topics in WGS
    • WGS 499 - Independent Study

WGS 340 and WGS 499 may count as core courses if the course carries 3 hours credit with permission of Director.

*ST designates “Special Topics.” Students should note that only the specific special topic section noted above, not all courses offered under that course number, is counted towards the minor.

 


Elective Courses:

Up to 3 additional core course or 3 from the following approved elective courses (up to 9 hrs)

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

 

      • ARH 103 - Art in Non-Western Traditions
      • ARH 309 - Contemporary Art and Issues
      • ARH 310 - Nineteenth Century Art
      • CM/PY 330 - Nonverbal Communication
      • CM 333 - Interpersonal Communication
      • CM 433 - The Dark Side of Interpersonal Communication
      • CM 455 - Communication and Culture
      • EH 242 - Mythology
      • EH 403 - Literary Criticism and Theory
      • EH 430 - American Novel
      • EH 434 - Science Fiction
      • EH 438 - African American Literature
      • EH 451 - Arthurian Romance
      • HY 370 - Technology in American History
      • HY 383 - Food in World History
      • HY 473 - US-Latin American Relations
      • HY 482 - Comparative Slavery and Abolition
      • HY 484 - Latin American History Through Film
      • HY 485 - Nazi Germany and the Holocaust
      • PHL 102 - Introduction to Ethics
      • PHL 303 - Continental Philosophy
      • PHL 337 - Philosophy of Race
      • PHL 403 ST* - Advanced Moral Philosophy: Care Ethics
      • PSC/PHL 438 - Contemporary Political Thought
      • PY/SOC 375 - Social Psychology
      • PY/BYS 437 - Psychobiology of Stress and Illness
      • SOC 330 - Race and Ethnicity
      • TH 322 - Theatre History I

*ST designates “Special Topics.” Students should note that only the specific special topic section noted above, not all courses offered under that course number, is counted towards the minor.

 


Portfolio and Portfolio Conference

In addition to coursework, WGS minors complete a portfolio and portfolio conference.

Download the Women's and Gender Studies Capstone Guidelines.

 


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 email Dr. Chad Thomas, Director of Women's and Gender Studies, at chad.thomas@uah.edu