2014-15 Undergraduate Catalog

Gender/Women's Studies

Coordinator: Sarah Aleshire

Minot State University offers both an undergraduate minor and a concentration in Gender/Women’s Studies. The program is an interdisciplinary academic program of study that takes as its focus the history, development, and consequences of culturally acquired sexual identities. Students examine how gender structures our lives, ideas, institutions, society, and cultural practices, and both men and women gain a clearer sense of identity and purpose.

Gender/Women’s Studies provides essential background for many careers, especially those in human services, teaching, law, government, law enforcement, clinical work, social work, public relations, advertising, administration, business, healthcare, and journalism.

Undergraduate research and civic engagement are major foci of our program. Students present papers at professional conferences, publish articles and essays in academic journals, and participate in a variety of other projects. Community partnerships have also been established with local establishments such as the Domestic Violence Center, the YWCA, the women’s NRA chapter, and community clinics, providing students with the opportunity to apply classroom experience to the real world.

Gender/Women's Studies Minor

Required Core
GS 225Intro to Gender/Women's Studies3
ENGL 270Introduction to Literary Criticism3
COMM 413Gender Communication3
SOC 363Sociology of Gender3
Select three of the following:9
Interpersonal Communication
Group Dynamics
Women in the Criminal Justice System
Victims & Victimology
History of American Women
Evolutionary Psychology
Changing American Family
Development of Social Welfare
Women's Health
Additional Electives (must meet prior approval)
Ethnobotany
Major Writers
Mass Media and Society
Contemporary Drama
Special Topic courses, Senior Projects and Internships
Total Hours21

Gender/Women's Studies Concentration

Required Core
GS 225Intro to Gender/Women's Studies3
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Literary Criticism
Sociology of Gender
Gender Communication
Select two of the following: 16
Ethnobotany
Major Writers
Mass Media and Society
Contemporary Drama
Development of Social Welfare
Victims & Victimology
History of American Women
Changing American Family
Evolutionary Psychology
Special Topic courses, Senior Projects and Internships
Total Hours12