image of a brainPsychology 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. Many Psychology majors go on to graduate school or careers in the human services. The skills and knowledge acquired in Women's Studies courses can provide students an edge in getting into a graduate program or finding a desirable job working with people. The Women's Studies minor emphasizes the unique impact of historical, cultural, and psychosocial factors on the experiences of women, their development across the life span, and their roles in society.

A minor in Women's Studies offers Psychology majors the opportunity to enhance professional skills by taking course work complementary to the Psychology curriculum. Core and elective courses in Women's Studies can assist Psychology students in developing a multi-disciplinary perspective on specific issues related to women, human development, and the social world. 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 Psychology majors include:

AHPH 306 Human Sexuality
ANTH 361 Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Women
ANTH 468 Anthropology of Gender
COMS 410 Communication and Gender
HIST 346 Women in Asian History
HIST 369 Women in United States History
HIST 413 Family, Sexuality, and Society since 1400
HIST 473 Topics in Women's History
ILAS 350 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies
PSYC 424 Adolescent Development
SOCI 354 Families and Social Change
SOCI 357 The Sociology of Gender
SOCI 358 Racial and Ethnic Minority Families
SOCI 487 Gender and Crime
WOMS 332 Growing Up Female
WOMS 390 Internship in Women’s Studies
WOMS 430 Special Topics in Women's Studies (e.g., Women’s Health Issues Across the Life Span)
WOMS 434 Women, Men, and 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.