The Women’s Studies minor is designed to meet the needs of students interested in analyzing the influences of gender on human experience including politics, medicine, psychology, history and social institutions. Students are able to devise an individualized program with core courses that focus on an examination of women’s voices from historical and literary narratives.
Women’s Studies courses are open to all students in the college, regardless of their curriculum. Many of these courses, drawn from a variety of departments, may be used to fulfill Liberal Arts requirements in all curricula. An important component of each course is the serious contemplation of issues affecting women. Such issues include the intellectual, creative, social and political experiences of women; the nature, historical development and consequences of sexism in American culture; the evolution of gender role expectations; and definitions of women’s “nature” in the social sciences and literature.
Students enrolled in Liberal Arts & Sciences: Humanities and Social Sciences (A.A.) (Contains Transfer Paths) may qualify for the associate in arts degree with a Women’s Studies minor by completing a minimum of 12 credit hours in Women’s Studies as part of the regular Humanities sequence. Students enrolled in a curriculum other than Humanities may also meet the requirements of the Women’s Studies minor while meeting the requirements of their own curriculum.
Students who do not complete 12 credit hours from the above groups may elect a maximum of 3 credit hours from a variety of additional courses upon consultation with the Women’s Studies coordinator at (315)498-2673. Students are encouraged to enroll in LIB 100 The Art of Inquiry.