Program Information


What is the Women's and Gender Studies Minor? 

Women’s and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary program that examines the diverse experiences of women in the U.S. 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 in WST 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, you will gain an increased understanding of human diversity, especially gender diversity, that will help prepare you for our continuously changing global society.  Through required coursework, research, electives in the your own area(s) of interest, internships, extracurricular activities, and leadership and service opportunities, you will gain knowledge and experience that will complement and enhance your major field of study.   

"So far as a Women's & Gender Studies minor, I have been able to find a place where I fit in and am able to express my concerns and knowledge of what is going on in society now. I am able to speak on topics that I was afraid to do before and I am a more confident and outspoken individual."  -Madeline Kwarteng

What career choices can I expect? 

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 and management, advertising, health fields, education, journalism, criminology, social work, counseling, psychology, politics, law, and international affairs. 

How can I prepare for the Women's and Gender Studies Minor? 

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. 

What is the curriculum? 

Completion of the Women’s & Gender Studies Minor requires a minimum of 18 credits. Students take two core courses: WST 100 Introduction to Women’s Studies and WST 300 Seminar in Women’s Studies. WST 100 Introduction to Women’s Studies is a general education course (Category E: Social Sciences) and also meets the University’s Diversity Requirement. The remaining credits for the Minor may be filled by choosing four elective courses from the following list: 


  • ANT 312   Comparative Marriage and Family
  • ANT 320   Comparative Gender Roles
  • COM 245   Diversity and the Media
  • COM 410   Women and the Media
  • CRJ 326    Victimology: The Victim and the Law
  • CRJ 363    Intimate Partner Violence
  • CRJ 466    Women in Criminal Justice
  • ECN 303    Labor Economics
  • ENG 345    Women’s Literature
  • ENG 370   Queer Studies
  • HCS 335   Popular Culture and Gender Construction
  • HCS 340   Gender and Communication
  • HCS 410   Feminist Perspectives on Communication Theory and Methods of Research
  • HIS 318    History of U.S. Women
  • HIS 407    Women in Historical Perspective
  • MAT 400   History of Mathematics
  • MUS 330   Women in Music
  • PLS 324   Women in American Politics
  • PSY 410   Psychology and Women
  • SOC 257   Sociological Patterns of Courtship and Marriage
  • SOC 258    Women’s Roles and Status
  • SOC 320   Sociology of the Body
  • SOC 435   Gender and Leadership
  • SOC 445   Sexuality and Sexual Orientation: A Social Approach

Additional elective courses continue to be developed by faculty. 

Note: To complete the Women's and Gender Studies minor, students will take the two core courses (WST100 and WST300) and four of the approved electives. These four electives must come from at least two 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. 


What is certification in Women's and Gender Studies? 

Completion of the certification requires a minimum of 12 credits. Students take the two core courses — WST 100 and WST 300 — plus two other courses from the curriculum list above. 

Who can take Women's and Gender Studies? 

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 & Gender Studies program. 

Where can I get more information?  

For specific program information, contact: 

Dr. Rebecca Ward, Director 
Women’s & Gender Studies 
Horton Hall 125 (The Women’s Center) 
Shippensburg University 
1871 Old Main Drive 
Shippensburg, PA 17257-2299 

Website:  http://www.ship.edu/wst/