Women’s & Gender Studies Minor

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. This minor prepares you to work with a wide variety of people and to meet changing social needs.

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 at Shippensburg University, you will gain an increased understanding of human diversity, especially gender diversity that will help prepare them for our continuously changing global society. You will acquire 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

Shippensburg University graduates with multicultural women's and gender studies experience will have an advantage in the job market. Increasingly, employers seek applicants with knowledge of both gender issues and cultural diversity. The Women's and Gender Studies Minor will prepare you to work with a wide variety of people and anticipate their changing needs. Our graduates have found opportunities in:

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

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 electives. See the Undergraduate Catalog for the approved list of courses needed to fulfill the remaining credits for the minor.

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 listed in the Undergraduate Catalog.

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. 

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.

Women's and Gender Studies
The Women's Center, Horton Hall 125, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257
(717) 477-1104 or (717) 477-1265
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