The Women’s and Gender Studies Program offers the Women’s and Gender Studies minor to enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of gender issues and the position of women in society. The program encourages a historically grounded comparative, global feminist perspective. All courses are informed by theories of the social construction of gender and address issues of diversity including race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, nationality, age, and/or ability. The program emphasizes an interactive learning process and promotes scholarly research. Students may minor in one of three areas: Women’s Studies, Gender Studies, or Sexuality Studies.
A total of 18 hours is required for the minor.
All students considering a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies should take WGST 2100 as part of General Education requirements. All minors must also take WGST 4500 (completion of WGST 2100 and junior/senior standing required) plus 12 additional hours within an interdisciplinary structure as described below.
Women’s Studies Area
The Women’s Studies area focuses on women’s lives, thoughts, and social positions. The area consists of courses taught from a feminist perspective, within historical and contemporary contexts, incorporating multinational, multicultural, and multiracial points of view.
In addition to WGST 2100 and WGST 4500, minors taking the Women’s Studies area must complete one additional program (WGST) course plus 9 hours of electives from the full list below. Students may take no more than 3 hours per major field/department.
Gender Studies Area
The Gender Studies area consists of courses that take a feminist approach to offer students knowledge and experience that facilitate intelligent and informed choice and communication regarding the socially constructed meaning of gender and gender issues within our multicultural, globalized society.
Sexuality Studies Area
The Sexuality Studies area reflects the contemporary status of multi-disciplinary academic studies of sexuality. Diverse courses within the program and in various departments offer students opportunity to study sexual identities, sexuality and public policy (in local, national, and global levels), sexual relationships, sex work, sex practices and communities, and theories of sexuality and social deviance.
In addition to WGST 2100, WGST 3010, and WGST 4500, minors taking the Sexuality Studies area must complete 9 hours of electives (no more than 6 hours in any department not including WGST) from the following:
Not all sections of a given course will earn Women’s and Gender Studies credit; see online schedule for each term’s approved offerings.
Additional Information for All Minors
To choose the Women's and Gender Studies minor, (a) complete the UNDERGRADUATE CHANGE OF PROGRAM FORM and (b) contact Women's and Gender Studies office for an advising appointment.
Students fill out upper-division forms with their major advisors after they have earned at least 60 hours and then take them to the Women's and Gender Studies program director, who completes and signs the form as minor advisor.
No course can be counted for credit in both a major and minor (or in two majors or two minors). Upper division forms should be checked carefully for this conflict.
Courses providing Women's and Gender Studies minor credit each term can be found on Pipeline MT via Class Schedule Search. Select all subjects in the Subjects box. Then, scroll down to Attribute Type and select Women's and Gender Studies. For some courses, only certain sections (taught by Women's and Gender Studies Program faculty) will earn credit.
New courses not in the catalog but approved for Women's and Gender Studies minor credit will be listed in each semester's online schedule; however, such courses must be noted on the upper-division form as substitutions, or a substitution form must be completed if the upper-division form has already been submitted.
Students seeking to enroll in WGST 4900 (offered Fall and Spring terms only) must have a specific topic in mind and submit a formal proposal the semester before enrolling. Additional information can be found at http://womenstu.web.mtsu.edu/4900_enrollment_guide.htm .