Minor in Women's and Gender Studies

Women's and Gender Studies Program Director

Director:  Dr. Amanda Fehlbaum

Room 437 DeBartolo Hall

(330) 941-2716


The Women and Gender Studies program allows students to use interdisciplinary feminist analysis to examine and critique ideological assumptions in regards to gender as a social construct and the impact of said gender norms on social institutions. The program aims to develop a new generation of scholars and leaders who will work to acknowledge, understand, and critically interrogate human differences such as those of gender, race, class, sexuality, nation, ability, ethnicity, and religion so that difference may be respected, accommodated, and celebrated in social life and provide the skills necessary for an advancement of knowledge about the possibilities for equality and freedom for all.

The University offers a minor in Women's and Gender Studies with the advice and approval of the chair of the department in which the student is majoring. The minor requires completion of 18 hours. For information about the Women's and Gender Studies minor, contact the director or visit Women's and Gender Studies.

WMST 2601Introduction to Women's Studies3
Select 15 semester hours from the courses listed below, with a minimum of 6 semester hours required at the 3700-level or above.15
Survey of Art History: Body, Gender, and Self
Art Education for Diverse Populations
Family Law 1
Individual and Family Development
Gender Communication
Family Law 1
Special Topics in Criminal Justice Sex Crimes
Women and Justice
Rich and Poor: Diversity and Disparity in the United States Workplace
Women in Literature
American Literature and Diversity
Honors American Literature and Diversity
LGBTQIA Literature
History of Women in the United States
Managing Workplace Diversity
Social Psychology of Clothing and Appearance
Family Housing and Technology
Philosophy of the Family
Human Sexuality 2
Human Sexuality 2
Psychology of Intimate Relationships
Psychology of Gender
Cross-Cultural Social Psychology
Cultural Diversity
Gender in Society
Human Trafficking
Identities and Differences
The Family
Sociology of the Body
Sociology of Sexuality
Special Topics in Women's Studies
Senior Research Project
Total Semester Hours18

1. Students may not take both CHFM 3718 and CRJS 3718 for credit for the minor


2. Students may not take both PHLT 2692 and PSYC 2692 for credit for the minor

WMST 2601    Introduction to Women's Studies    3 s.h.

Introduces key concepts, theoretical frameworks, and interdisciplinary research drawn from current scholarship about women. Concentrates on major issues relevant to the status and roles of contemporary women, including examination of effects of sexism, racism, ethnicity, and class distinction.
Gen Ed: Domestic Diversity, Social Science, Social and Personal Awareness.

WMST 2640    Gender in Society    3 s.h.

Sociological analysis of gender role issues by major institutions of society, including political, educational, economic and legal systems as well as media and the family. Focus is on effects of stratification, culture, gender norms, and the socialization process.
Cross-Listed: SOC 2640.
Gen Ed: Domestic Diversity, Social Science, Social and Personal Awareness.

WMST 3747    Sociology of Sexuality    3 s.h.

Examines sexuality and how it is perceived, defined, and experienced in the context of society. Sexuality is studied as subject to social norms, attitudes, and beliefs through public and private policies, practices, and institutions. Explores how the social construction of sexuality influences both sexual and non-sexual relationships.
Prereq.: 3 semester hours in Sociology.

WMST 3750    Special Topics in Women's Studies    3 s.h.

May be repeated for a maximum of 6 s.h. with different topics.
Prereq.: WMST 2601; or ENGL 1551 and permission of director.

WMST 4850    Senior Research Project    1-3 s.h.

Research and writing of a paper on a topic in women's studies, under the supervision of full-time faculty. Grading is Traditional/PR.
Prereq.: Senior standing, completion of 15 s.h. in Women's Studies, and permission of program director.