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Program Requirements

Students who complete the minor requirements for the women’s and gender studies program will develop an understanding for their own and others’ identities by recognizing the nexus of gender and other identity markers, such as race, class, nationality, religion, sexuality, and others.

Minor Requirements

Course descriptions for all WGS courses are available at the bottom of this page.

20 semester hours (sh) of courses:

  • Required core courses (16 sh) — WGS 2010, 2020, 2130, 3100
  • Electives (4 sh) — choose from WGS 2150 or 4910

Courses

Click on the links below for course descriptions for all women's and gender studies courses. For a complete list of all North Park' programs and course offerings, review the academic catalog.

WGS 2010 – Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
This course introduces students to Women's and Gender Studies by exploring contemporary gendered issues through the lenses of race, class, sexuality, and disability. Women's experiences across cultures and co-cultures are emphasized.

WGS 2020 – Gender and Justice
This course traces the pursuit of justice and equal rights for women and men in the U.S. through the first and second wave feminist movements, as well as contemporary feminist and queer movements. The focus is on the ethics and moral reasoning used in the past and today to frame the cultural debates.

WGS 2130 – Contemporary Feminism
This course introduces students to Women's and Gender Studies by exploring contemporary gendered issues through the lenses of race, class, sexuality, and disability. Women's experiences across cultures and co-cultures are emphasized.

WGS 2150 – Gender Studies
Exploration of male and female gender roles in culture and society. Importance of gender in workplace, family, education, and belief systems. Analysis of power. Assessment of the contribution of feminist theories to study of gender. Cross-listed with SOC 2150.

WGS 3100 – Global Perspectives on Feminism and Gender
This course explores the ways in which gender equality and justice vary across global cultures. Students examine the opportunities and challenges created by transnationalism, including those related to global economics, human rights, ecology, and cultural traditions.

WGS 3910 – Topics in Women's Studies
An in-depth study of a chosen topic within any discipline.

WGS 4910 – Independent Study in Women's Studies
Advanced independent research in Women's Studies.