Artemisia Gentileschi, 'Self Portrait,' 1630.Art History majors with a minor in Women's Studies may be better prepared for challenges of their profession; they will have taken a significant amount of course work focusing the majority of the human population. These courses will be useful in gallery or museum work since there are increasing numbers of shows by women artists and galleries devoted to women's art. The Women's Studies minor can also balance traditionally male-centered art and art history courses by providing background on the historical, cultural, and social contributions of women.

A minor in Women's Studies offers Art History majors the opportunity to enhance professional skills by taking course work complementary to the Art History curriculum. Core and elective courses in Women's Studies can assist Art History students in developing a multi-disciplinary perspective on specific issues related to women, representation, and cultural diversity. Students can also pursue personal interests by enrolling in special topics courses and independent study.

To earn a Women's Studies minor, students should take 18 hours of approved courses, including three core courses--WOMS 230, Women in Contemporary America, WOMS 235, Women Across Cultures and Centuries, and WOMS 432, Feminist Theory. Additional courses may be selected from a list of approved electives. Electives that may be of particular interest to Art History majors include:

ANTH 361 Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Women
ANTH 468 Anthropology of Gender
ARTH 485D Topics in Art History: Images of Women
COMS 410 Communication and the Sexes
HIST 360 Race, Class, and Gender in American History
HIST 369 Women in United States History
HIST 413 Family, Sexuality, and Society since 1400
HIST 473 Topics in Women's History
SOCI 357 The Sociology of Gender
WOMS 390 Internship in Women’s Studies
WOMS 430 Special Topics in Women's Studies (e.g., Gender, Race, and Class in Museums)
WOMS 439 Independent Study in Women's Studies (e.g., Women in Visual Media)

A complete list of electives is available in the undergraduate catalogue.

For additional information about the Women's Studies minor, please call 753-1038, or visit Reavis Hall, room 103.