The purpose of the program is to acquaint students with current scholarship on gender, sexuality, and women's studies; to introduce them to feminist theory and research; and to provide opportunities and support for students to engage in feminist activism. Students are also encouraged to undertake their own feminist research projects. Search the dynamic schedule to find each semester's GSWS courses. Students may declare a major or a minor in GSWS.
The GSWS minor prepares students who wish to gain a strong interdisciplinary perspective in advance of employment and/or graduate or professional study leading to careers in a wide variety of fields including, for instance, law, education, politics, business, social action, the arts, medicine and so on. Graduates of GSWS programs nationwide report reasons for choosing this field of study that range from lifelong interest in feminism, to discovering new intellectual challenges, to providing themselves with the confidence and freedom to "do whatever you choose to do."
The following guidelines have been reviewed and approved by the GSWS Curriculum Committee, the GSWS Executive Committee, and the Committee for Honors and Interdisciplinary Studies. Because the program's curriculum offers a wide variety of choices, each minor is asked to work closely with a GSWS advisor to select related courses in a content area reflecting a specific interest in GSWS. For example, students might seek out courses in anthropology, Africana Studies, English, history, literary and cultural studies, psychology, sociology and so on, that help them consider issues relating to their interests in women's roles in a variety of cultures and in women's history, health, creativity, etc. In other words, minors are asked to select courses according to an organized plan that allows them to build expertise in a subject from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.
A minor in GSWS consists of a minimum of 19 credit hours. All students must complete GSWS 205, at least 6 credits in humanities courses, at least 6 credits in social science courses and approved electives. Courses that fulfill the minor requirements are listed on the GSWS website under Courses.
If you want to declare a GSWS minor, find a GSWS adviser and in consultation with her/him, fill out two forms: Declaration of GSWS Minor (pdf) and Registrar's Declaration of Academic Minor (pdf). These forms are also available in the GSWS office. Upon completion, they are filed with the adviser and with the Office of the Registrar in the basement of Blow Hall.