Women's and Gender Studies

Interdisciplinary Minor

Director: Lisa Sharlach (Government)

Faculty: Baker (Social Work), M. Bellis (English), Chapman (English), Cormier (Anthropology), Dallow (Art History), Doss (History), Drentea (Sociology), Forman (Media Studies), Gunther-Canada (Government), King (History), Koskinen (Theatre), Lariscy (English), Morgan (African American Studies & Justice Sciences), Murray (History), Sharlach (Government)

Women's and Gender Studies, formerly Women’s Studies, is an interdisciplinary minor within the College of Arts and Sciences.  Courses address sexuality and the gendered dynamics of history, politics, literature and the arts, philosophy and theology, health, and socio-cultural practices. The minor may be of interest to students pursuing careers in government, the justice system, education, social services, economic development and the health professions.


 

 Minor in Women's and Gender Studies

RequirementsHours
Required Women's and Gender Studies courses
WS 100Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies 13
WS 400Theory and Practice of Women's and Gender Studies: Senior Seminar3
Women's and Gender Studies Electives 2
Select four of the following:12
Anthropology of Gender
Special Topics: Gender and the Visual Arts
African Women's Literature
Women's Literature and Theory
American Women Writers Before 1900
Black Women Writers
Women in Film
Women in American History
Sex & Latin American Society
Southern Women: Image and Reality
History of Women Latin America
Race, Crime, Gender and Social Policy
Women and the Criminal Justice System
Gender, Politics, & Policy
Human Rights
Gender, Politics, & Policy
Human Sexuality
Special Topics in Psychology
Human Sexuality
Sociology of Sex and Gender
Human Sexuality: A Comparative Approach
Gender and Health
Independent Study: Sociology
Independent Study and Special Courses in Sociology
Racism, Sexism and Other Isms
Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies
Special Topics: Women's and Gender Studies
Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies
Total Hours18
1

Note: WS 100 may also be eligible to count toward Core Curriculum Area IV; check the Core Curriculum for your particular major.

2

 Or seek approval for those not listed.

The following is not a comprehensive list of courses; other courses can be considered for credit in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. For full descriptions of courses other than Women's and Gender Studies, refer to the appropriate department’s course listings in this catalog. Note: Special topics courses with the same numerical designation may be repeated for credit. However, courses with the same content may not be repeated.

Grade & Residency Requirement

A C or better is required in all courses applied to the minor. At least half of the minor must be completed at UAB.

Courses

WS 100. Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies. 3 Hours.

Interdisciplinary study of roles of women in society through social, political, economic, philosophical, historical, and biological perspectives. Required for Women's and Gender Studies Minor. This course meets the Core Curriculum requirements for Area IV: Social and Behavioral Sciences.

WS 280. Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies. 3 Hours.

Subjects of special interest, such as women and religion, women and war and theories of women's studies. Varies in content depending upon topic. Students may enroll under these numbers multiple times but topic may not be repeated.

WS 357. Anthropology of Gender. 3 Hours.

Roles of women, men, and other genders from a cross-cultural perspective; includes bio-cultural approaches to sex and gender and changing gender roles over time. Course involves substantial writing component in essay examinations and research papers. Writing is a significant component of this course.

WS 380. Special Topics: Women's and Gender Studies. 3 Hours.

Interdisciplinary study of gender in society through social, political, economic, philosophical, historical, and biological perspectives. Required for Women's and Gender Studies Minor.

WS 400. Theory and Practice of Women's and Gender Studies: Senior Seminar. 3 Hours.

Everyday applications of feminist and queer theories. Required for the minor.
Prerequisites: WS 100 [Min Grade: D]

WS 480. Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies. 1-3 Hour.

Subjects of special interest, such as women and religion, women and war, and theories of women's stuies. Varies in content depending upon topic. Students may enroll under these numbers multiple times but topic may not be repeated.

WS 490. Directed Readings in Women's and Gender Studies. 1-3 Hour.

Independent study with faculty guidance of selected gender-related issues.

WS 491. Directed Studies in Women's and Gender Studies. 1-3 Hour.

Independent research with faculty guidance on selected gender-related issues.

WS 495. Internship in Women's and Gender Studies. 1-3 Hour.

Experience in community agency working with women or gender issues. Course requirements dependent upon number of credits student wishes to take.