Honors students 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. The Women's Studies minor emphasizes the social roles of women in a world in which the ability to use language is critical to one's success, yet language, interpersonal communication, and literature are significantly affected by gender and traditional social structures.

A minor in Women's Studies offers Honors students the opportunity to enhance professional skills by taking course work complementary to the Honors curriculum. Many Women’s Studies courses offer Honors sections, and a number of Honors students have completed successful capstone projects in Women’s Studies. Core and elective courses in Women's Studies can assist Honors students in developing a multi-disciplinary perspective on specific issues related to women, social roles, representation, global communities, and cultural diversity. Many Women's Studies courses are also writing intensive, enabling students to improve their persuasive writing and critical thinking skills. 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 230H, Women in Contemporary America, WOMS 235H, Women Across Cultures and Centuries, and WOMS 432H, Feminist Theory. Additional courses may be selected from a list of approved electives. Electives that may be of particular interest to and can offer special sections for Honors’ students include:

ANTH 468 Anthropology of Gender
ARTH 485 Topics in Art History: Images of Women
COMS 410 Communication and Gender
FCNS 464 Social Psychology of Dress and Appearance
FLSP 445 Latin American Women Writers
HIST 413 Family, Sexuality, and Society since 1400
HIST 473 Topics in Women’s History
ILAS 350 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies
MGMT 498 Equal Opportunity and Employment
PSYC 424 Adolescent Development
PHIL 365 Philosophy and Feminism
POLS 373 Women and Politics
SOCI 358 Racial and Ethnic Minority Families
WOMS 390 Internship in Women’s Studies
WOMS 430 Special Topics in Women’s Studies (e.g., Women and Spirituality, Women Artists)
WOMS 434H Women Men & Language
WOMS 439 Independent Study in Women's Studies

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.