Women's and Gender Studies, Minor

Offered in: Chicago

The Women's and Gender Studies minor provides an opportunity to explore multiple perspectives on historical and contemporary issues concerning women, gender and sexuality. Courses use feminist frameworks to analyze gender and sexuality in relation to race, ethnicity, class, nationality, ability and other factors that shape experiences, identities and cultures. Courses also examine social institutions and networks of power while considering avenues of resistance, justice and transformation.

The WGS minor complements a variety of majors and provides a valuable foundation for pursuing work in education, journalism, business, public affairs, the arts, the humanities and the social sciences.

Advising

Students undertaking or considering a minor in WGS should contact the director of the WGS program to discuss their course of study.

Requirements

Six courses (18 hours) are required for the Women's and Gender Studies minor:

  • WGS 110 GENDER JUSTICE.
  • One core WGS course at the 200 level.
  • One core WGS course at the 300 level.
  • Three electives, fulfilled with WGS core courses and/or interdisciplinary courses for WGS credit.

At least two courses, one at the 300 level, must be completed at Roosevelt University. All courses counting toward the WGS minor must be passed with a C- or higher.

Note: WGS core courses in the 303-308 range rotate specific topics and titles under the course numbers and categories listed below. Students may repeat those course numbers with different topics and titles and apply them toward completion of the minor. Specific titles and topics are listed in the course schedule for each semester and on the WGS website.

Core WGS 100 Level3
GENDER JUSTICE
Core WGS 200 Level 3
GLOBAL VOICES
POPULAR CULTURE AND POWER
ACTION: INTERSECTION & COALITION
POLITICS OF SEX
Core WGS 300 Level3
TOPICS IN GLOBAL FRAMEWORKS
TOPICS IN IDENTITY, KNOWLEDGE, AND POWER
TOPICS IN CULTURE AND REPRESENTATION
TOPICS IN ACTION, ADVOCACY, AND RESISTANCE
TOPICS IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES
TOPICS IN FEMINIST THEORIES
FEMINISM AND WESTERN PHILOSOPHY
GLOBAL FEMINIST ETHICS
THE BODY: AGENCY, PAIN, DESIRE
FASHION: THE POLITICS OF STYLE
WHAT IS A FAMILY?
INTERNSHIP IN THE COMMUNITY
Additional 3 electives from the WGS core or Interdisciplinary courses9
WGS 2XX (Core WGS 200 Level courses) or
WGS 3XX (Core WGS 300 Level courses) or
Recent Interdisciplinary Electives
THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMAN
WOMEN AND ART
FEMINIST ECONOMICS: HISTORY, THEORY. AND POLICY
WORKING MEN & WORKING WOMEN
HISTORY & POLITICS OF WOMEN IN THE UNITED STATES
POLITICS OF LGBT COMMUNITIES
SEXUALITY, GENDER, AND INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS
HUMAN SEXUALITY
PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN
GENDER AND SOCIETY
GENDER BASED VIOLENCE
GENDER, POWER, & THE BODY
Additional Interdisciplinary courses may apply. See Advisor.
Total Credit Hours18