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Women's Studies

Women's studies is an interdisciplinary field that provides a framework for examining women's and men's lives within individual, familial, national and global systems. Analysis of the complex intersections of individual and cultural factors, such as gender, sex, race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, age, religion and ability, and how they relate to power and social justice are integrated throughout the program.

Women's studies courses challenge students to reconsider assumptions about the similarities and differences between and among women and men. Students expand their knowledge of the experiences of groups who are often not highlighted in traditional curricula. As a result of increased knowledge, new perspectives and self-reflection, students gain an enhanced understanding of themselves and a greater respect for people of diverse populations.

Minor in Women's Studies

The women's studies minor enhances women's and men's preparation for careers and promotes personal growth.

A minor in women's studies better equips a person for professional and personal life by promoting critical-thinking skills as well as a keen awareness of how gender and diversity affect perspectives and experiences. Employers often prioritize hiring candidates who appreciate and respect diversity and who are able to successfully work with diverse populations. 

Advancement and success in many professional fields require taking advantage of the recent explosion of new information about gender, multiculturalism and cultural competence. The minor complements a wide range of fields, such as sociology, anthropology, criminal justice, education, social work, business, nursing, counseling, law, art, journalism, political science, athletics, English, medicine and psychology, to name a few.

Women's studies is a unique discipline in academia. Students have the opportunity and are encouraged to explore their relationship to the content of the curricula and to gain a deeper, more personal understanding of the material.

21 credits (9 credits must be in 300- and 400-level courses)

Required Courses (two courses – 6 credits)

CourseCredits
WST 200 Introduction to Women's Studies3 crs.
WST 400 Capstone: Advanced Women's Studies
3 crs.

Women's Experience Electives (Select two courses – 6 credits)

CourseCredits
ANT 300 Cultural Views of Women3 crs.
ENG 127 Woman as Hero3 crs.

ENG 315 Survey of American Women Writers

3 crs.

HIS 309 Gender in Latin America3 crs.
HIS 312 Women in Europe3 crs.
HIS 325 History of American Women3 crs.
NUR 101 Women's Health Issues3 crs.
PSY 311 Psychology of Gender Roles3 crs.
SOC 290 Gender and Work3 crs.
SOC 320 International Women's Movements3 crs.
WST 300 Selected Topics3 crs.

WST 320 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Studies

3 crs.
WST 330 Examining Gender, Race, Sexuality and Class in Visual Media3 crs.
WST 340 International Violence: Focused on Women3 crs.
WST 430 Women's Studies Internship                             3 crs.

The remaining course work should include three of the following courses. Students may also select from the remaining courses not chosen above.

Women's Studies Electives (Select 3 courses – 9 credits)
CourseCredits
ANT 300 Cultural Views of Women3 crs.
ANT 329 Anthropology Internship3 crs.
ECE 319 Parent/Community Involvement in Education3 crs.
ECE 405 Early Childhood Education Seminar3 crs.
EDU 310 Teaching Multicultural Society
3 crs.
ENG 112 Myth, Magic & Mysticism3 crs.
ENG 127 Woman as Hero3 crs.
ENG 315 Survey of American Women Writers3 crs.
GTY 200 Aging in American Society3 crs.
GTY 300 Aging Policies and Services3 crs.
GTY 310 Aging in the Family 3 crs.
GTY 330 Dying, Death and Bereavement3 crs.
GTY 340 Diversity in Aging3 crs.
HIS 309 Gender in Latin America
3 crs.
HIS 312 Women in Europe3 crs.
HIS 317 African-American History to 18773 crs.
HIS 318 African-American History Since 18773 crs.
HIS 325 Women in U.S. History3 crs.
HIS 347 Race and Ethnicity in U.S.3 crs.
HIS 352 Native American History to 1850
3 crs.
HIS 353 Native American History from 1850
3 crs.
HIS 366 History of Modern Latin America3 crs.
HIS 422 History of the Antebellum South3 crs.
HIS 445 Social History3 crs.
JUS 215 Victimology3 crs.
JUS 399 Selected Topics (with WST director's approval)
3 crs.
PHI 225 Social/Political Philosophy3 crs.
POS 322 Politics of the Middle East
3 crs.
POS 323 Politics of Latin America
3 crs.
POS 325 Politics of Asia
3 crs.
POS 326 Politics of Africa
3 crs.
PSY 311 Psychology of Gender Roles3 crs.
PSY 424 Capstone (with WST director's approval)3 crs.
PSY 425 Project (with WST director's approval)3 crs.
SOC 205 Contemporary Social Problems3 crs.
SOC 210 Social Stratification3 crs.
SOC 290 Gender and Work3 crs.
SOC 315 Social Minorities 3 crs.
SOC 320 International Women's Movements3 crs.
SOC 325 The Family3 crs.
SOC 377 Modern Freedom Movements3 crs.
SOC 410 Social Theory and Society3 crs.
SOW 303 Human Sex and Society3 crs.
SOW 308 Diversity in a Changing World3 crs.
SOW 340 Poverty/Related Social Problems3 crs.
SOW 495 Seminar in Special Topics (with WST director's approval)
3 crs.
WST 300 Selected Topics in Women's Studies3 crs.
WST 320 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Studies
3 crs.
WST 330 Examining Gender, Race, Sexuality and Class in Visual Media
3 crs.
WST 340 International Violence: Women3 crs.
WST 430 Internship in Women's Studies
3 crs.

For more information about the Women's Studies Program, classes or requirements for the minor, contact Dr. Marta McClintock-Comeaux, director of women's studies, Women's Studies Program, California University of Pennsylvania, 250 University Ave., California, PA 15419; 724-938-5245; mcclintock@calu.edu.