Elizabeth Cady StantonHistory majors with a minor in Women's Studies may be better prepared for challenges of their professions; they will have taken a significant amount of course work focusing on the majority of the human population. These courses will be useful because many schools, universities, and corporations are interested in gender equity and cultural diversity. They are actively seeking employees familiar with the historical, cultural, and social contributions of women around the world.

A minor in Women's Studies offers History majors the chance to learn more about women and the gender-related issues that they encounter in History courses. Students can find out how artists, authors, and policy- makers focusing on women have contributed to change at various times in different settings. Core and elective courses in Women's Studies can assist 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 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 Gender
HIST 360 Race, Class, and Gender in American History
HIST 369 Women in United States History
HIST 346 Women in Asian History
HIST 353 Women in African History
HIST 413 Family, Sexuality, and Society since 1400
PHIL 365 Philosophy and Feminism
POLS 373 Women and Politics
SOCI 357 The Sociology of Gender
WOMS 390 Internship in Women’s Studies
WOMS 430 Special Topics in Women's Studies (e.g., Social Inequality, Current Debates: Women & Gender)
WOMS 434 Women, Men, and Language
WOMS 439 Independent Study in Women's Studies (e.g., on images of women in popular culture)

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.