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Women’s Studies Minor

bs wmst.jpgThis interdisciplinary minor is designed to develop a broad understanding of the study of women and women's perspectives in all areas of academic scholarship. The primary focus is on feminist analyses of women's lives, women's social, cultural, and scientific contributions, and the structure of sex/gender systems. The interdisciplinary and inclusive nature of the field is reflected in a curriculum that includes courses cross-listed with a wide variety of departments, courses that deal with aspects of women's lives throughout history, and courses that recognize the diversities of culture, race, religion, ethnicity, age, disability, and sexual orientation. The Women's Studies minor emphasizes the development of critical and analytical skills, creative approaches to problem solving, and the ability to articulate productive alternatives.

See this program's listing: Undergraduate Bulletin


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University Park , PA 16802
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Prescribed Course (6 credits):

  • WMNST 100 or WMNST 106
  • WMNST 301

Additional Courses (12 credits):

Students may choose any WGSS courses as supporting coursework, provided they fulfill the following requirements:

  • Choose at least one course with a WOC or NWW designation
  • Choose at least two 400-level courses
  • Choose at least one course from list A and one from list B:


List A: Women's Studies Arts and Humanities List

  • WMNST 106, Representing Women and Gender in Literature, Art and Popular Cultures
  • WMNST 101 The African American Woman (WOC)
  • WMNST 103 Racism and Sexism (WOC)
  • WMNST 104 Women and the American Experience
  • WMNST 116 Family and Sex Roles in Modern History
  • WMNST 117 Women in Modern History
  • WMNST 137 Women and Religion
  • WMNST 194 Women Writers
  • WMNST 197 Freshman Seminar
  • WMNST 364 Black & White Sexuality (WOC)
  • WMNST 406 Women and World Literature (NWW)
  • WMNST 407 Women and Theatre
  • WMNST 419 The History of Feminist Thought
  • WMNST 421 The History of European Women
  • WMNST 457 The History of Women in Science
  • WMNST 462 Reading Black, Reading Feminist (WOC)
  • WMNST 490 Women Writers and their Worlds
  • WMNST 497 Special Topics

Tab 1.  List B: Women's Studies Natural & Social Sciences List

  • WMNST 005 Introduction to Women, Science, Technology and Engineering
  • WMNST 102 Women of Color: Cross Cultural Perspectives (WOC)
  • WMNST 103 Racism and Sexism (WOC)
  • WMNST 110 Sociology of Sex Roles
  • WMNST 116 Family and Sex Roles in Modern History
  • WMNST 117 Women in Modern History
  • WMNST 136 Women, Minorities & Employment (WOC)
  • WMNST 202 Gender Dynamics in Africa (NWW)
  • WMNST 205 Women, Minorities & the Media (WOC)
  • WMNST 250 Sexual Identity over the Lifespan
  • WMNST 297 Special topics course number
  • WMNST 300 Latina Feminisms (WOC)
  • WMNST 410 Spirit, Space, Survival: Contemporary black Women (WOC)
  • WMNST 419 the History of Feminist Thought
  • WMNST 420 Women in Developing Countries (NWW)
  • WMNST 423 Rape and Sexual Victimization
  • WMNST 424 The Female in Exercise and Sports
  • WMNST 452 Women's Health Issues
  • WMNST 453 Women and the Criminal Justice System
  • WMNST 455 Gender Roles in Communication
  • WMNST 458 Critical Issues in Reproduction
  • WMNST 471 Psychology of Gender
  • WMNST 476 Anthropology of gender (NWW)
  • WMNST 497 Special Topics

Total: 18 credits

*When choosing WMNST courses, all students must take at least 1 course which focuses on either WOC or NWW. These courses are designated on list A and B as WOC/NWW courses.

Becoming a Minor

Women's studies undergraduate minors must complete a minimum of 18 credits of coursework, with a grade of C or better in each course. Please consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor, if you are interested in becoming a Women’s Studies Minor.

You can declare the minor in Women’s Studies through your Student Center in Lion PATH. You can view a tutorial using this link: