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Shippensburg, PA
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Women’s & Gender Studies Minor

Anyone with a women’s & gender studies background will be better prepared to work with a wide variety of people and to meet changing social needs.

Women’s and Gender Studies Minor at Ship

Women’s and gender studies is an interdisciplinary program that examines the diverse experiences of women in the US and globally, both past and present. Many courses in the program also critically examine the meanings of gender as a culturally constructed category of identity. The core courses and wide range of electives explore the intersections of gender, race, class, ethnicity and sexuality, as well as the social and cultural institutions that shape women’s and men’s lives.

Courses investigate previously neglected materials, and apply new methodological, critical and theoretical approaches in order to analyze and explain the role and status of women in society, and the impact of gendered practices within societies and cultures. In the Women’s and Gender Studies program, students gain an increased understanding of human diversity, especially gender diversity that will help prepare them for our continuously changing global society. Students gain knowledge and experience that will complement and enhance any major field of study through:

  • Coursework
  • Research
  • Electives in areas of interest
  • Internships
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Leadership and service opportunities

Admission and Degree Requirements

Helpful in preparing for this program is an awareness of and interest in gender issues, especially in examining differing cultural expectations of women and men and the consequences of those expectations on human lives and societies.

The Women’s and Gender Studies Minor requires a minimum of 18 credits. Minors take 2 core courses: WST100 Introduction to Women’s Studies and WST300 Seminar in Women’s Studies. WST100 is a general education course (Category E: Social Sciences) and also meets the university’s diversity requirement. Then choose 4 elective courses from the following list to fulfill the remaining credits for the minor:

  • ANT312 Comparative Marriage and Family
  • ANT320 Comparative Gender Roles
  • BIO301 Seminar: Contributions of Women to Biology
  • CRJ466 Women in Criminal Justice
  • ECN303 Labor Economics
  • ENG345 Women’s Literature
  • ENG370 Queer Studies
  • GRN391 Selected Topics in Gerontology: Women and Aging
  • HCS335 Popular Cultures and Gender Construction
  • HCS340 Gender and Communication
  • HCS410 Feminist Perspectives on Communication Theory and Methods of Research
  • HIS318 History of U.S. Women
  • HIS407 Women in Global Perspective
  • MAT400 History of Mathematics
  • MUS330 Women in Music
  • PLS324 Women in American Politics
  • PSY410 Psychology and Women
  • SOC257 Sociological Patterns of Courtship and Marriage
  • SOC258 Women’s Roles and Status
  • SOC320 Sociology of the Body
  • SOC435 Gender and Leadership
  • SWK359 Violence in Interpersonal Relationships
  • SWK420 Gender Issues for Helping Professionals
  • TCH440 Gender Equity in Education
  • WST200 Independent Study in Women’s and Gender Studies
  • WST390 Internship in Women’s and Gender Studies

Additional elective courses continue to be developed by faculty.

A Letter of Completion, which will post to your transcript upon graduation, requires a minimum of 12 credits. Students take the two core courses—WST100 and WST300—plus two other courses from the curriculum list above.

Anyone interested in gender issues, and especially in exploring women’s contributions and concerns — past, present and future — as well as anyone committed to equality and advancing the status of women should consider enrolling in the Women’s and Gender Studies program.

Note: The 4 electives must come from at least 2 different disciplines. Two courses may be double-counted toward the student’s major and the WST minor. Two elective courses must be at the 300 or 400 level. Five courses must be taken at Shippensburg University.

Careers in Women’s and Gender Studies

Students with multicultural women’s and gender studies experience will have an advantage as potential employees, since employers will increasingly seek applicants with knowledge of both gender issues and cultural diversity. The Women’s and Gender Studies Minor will help prepare you to work with a wide variety of people and anticipate their changing needs. Graduates of the Women’s and Gender Studies Minor find opportunities in:

  • Business administration/management
  • Advertising
  • Health fields
  • Education
  • Journalism
  • Criminology
  • Social work
  • Counseling
  • Psychology
  • Politics
  • Law
  • International affairs

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The Women's Center at Shippensburg University advances the equality and empowerment of woman-identified students, faculty and staff.  In line with the Shippensburg University Mission Statement, the Women's Center assists students in their personal, social and ethical development through educational programs, specialized resources, celebration of achievements by and for women, and the pursuit of social justice.