School of Multidisciplinary Social Sciences and Humanities
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The Women’s Studies minor offers both diversity and depth of course work, ranging from feminist humor to feminism as serious theory and world-making practice. Students can immerse themselves in experiential learning via internships and capstone work.
Through inventive classes, facilitated engagement in discussion and carefully crafted opportunities for guided independent work, the minor embraces a logic of study initiated from many start-points, grounded in cores of feminist thought, substance, and practice, enriched by multiple disciplines and capped by challenge.
The minor's curriculum aims to satisfy students' desire for both a solid foundation in women's studies and a taste of the diverse, complex and often contentious field. The minor's aim is deliver coursework that speaks to students' very specific scholarly interests as well as to their passions and persuasions, both personal and political.
Admission to a minor is open to students declared in a bachelor’s degree, the A.A.B. or A.A.S. degree or the A.T.S. degree (not Individualized Program major). Students declared only in the A.A. or A.S. degree or the A.T.S. degree in Individualized Program may not declare a minor. Students may not pursue a minor and a major in the same discipline.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of this program will be able to:
- Acquire and employ new lenses of study into subjects and experiences of "women" in contexts wherein such a designation matters.
- Employ new approaches to knowledge, new strategies of engagement with peers, new methods of research and new techniques of critical analysis and appraisal.
- Converse — and become conversant — in critiquing various studies, histories and perspectives through the lens of feminism.
- Interrogate and be able to continually interrogate the expansive lexicon of sexed-and-gendered terms to which "woman" as a question gave rise.
- Master the "thought and theory" of the field (e.g., sex, gender, feminism, intersectionality, identity politics, sisterhood, womanism).
- Understand and be able to engage feminist praxis: the techniques and tools of navigating difference and seeking transversals; attaining and optimizing goals; and skills to meet demands of activism.
|WMST 20101||INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN’S STUDIES: TRADITIONS, TRAJECTORIES, TROUBLES||3|
|WMST 30001||FEMINIST THEORY||3|
|WMST 30002||FEMINIST RESEARCH METHODS||3|
|WMST 41199||CAPSTONE IN WOMEN'S STUDIES (ELR)||3|
|or WMST 44321||PIVOTAL PRAXIS: EXPERIMENTS IN ACTIONABLE FEMINISM|
|Facets of Women's Studies Electives, choose from the following:||6|
|WOMEN IN CRIME AND JUSTICE (DIVD)|
|CHANGING ROLES OF MEN AND WOMEN|
|DEVELOPMENT OF GENDER ROLE AND IDENTITY (DIVD)|
|SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER (DIVD)|
|KEY CONVERSATIONS THROUGH WOMEN'S STUDIES (DIVD)|
|SPECIAL TOPICS IN WOMEN'S STUDIES II|
|HISTORY OF WOMEN IN THE UNITED STATES|
|PRACTICUM IN WOMEN'S STUDIES (ELR)|
|Cognate Elective, choose from the following:||3|
|BLACK WOMEN, CULTURE AND SOCIETY: HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES (DIVD)|
|GENDER AND COMMUNICATION (DIVD)|
|INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN'S LITERATURE (DIVD)|
|WOMEN'S LITERATURE (DIVD)|
|WOMEN'S HEALTH ISSUES|
|WOMEN, POLITICS AND POLICY (DIVD)|
|Minimum Total Credit Hours:||21|
|Minimum Minor GPA||Minimum Overall GPA|
- Students must complete at least two upper-division (30000 or 40000 level) courses in the minor at Kent State on a graded basis (A-F).
- Minimum 6 credit hours in the minor must be upper-division coursework (30000 and 40000 level).
- Minimum 6 credit hours in the minor must be outside of the course requirements for any major or other minor the student is pursuing.
- Minimum 50 percent of the total credit hours for the minor must be taken at Kent State (in residence).