2010-2011 Academic Catalog 
    Sep 21, 2023  
2010-2011 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Women’s and Gender Studies Minor

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Undergraduate Program

Clark launched its Women’s Studies program in 1979. In spring 2006, the university approved the Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) major, effective fall 2006. The Women’s and Gender Studies major provides students with a solid foundation in women’s studies and gender analysis, introduces them to a range of disciplinary approaches to women and gender, and helps them to develop an area of specialization within the field. Courses stress the importance of social ideas and relationships such as those shaped by gender, ethnicity, race, and class to understand better individual and collective experiences, past and present. The major requires a minor in another field (and encourages a double major) in order to reinforce connections with existing majors.

WGS courses are offered by faculty throughout the university, but students are required to take three core courses within the Women’s Studies Program: Introduction to Women’s Studies, Feminist Theory, and Senior Capstone seminar. With the exception of these core courses, most offerings are cross-listed with the departments in which they originate.

Affiliate Faculty

Ya-chen Chen, Ph.D.


Program Minor

Students who wish to obtain a minor in women’s and gender studies must meet the following requirements:

A minimum of six (6) WGS courses distributed as follows:

  • Four additional courses listed as part of the WGS program (it is recommended that these include both social sciences and humanities). Two of these courses must be at the 200 level.
  • A one-credit internship or special project, or advanced research seminar in WGS. All internships include readings and a faculty supervisor.

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