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Women's and Gender Studies minor

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services

The women's and gender studies minor provides a critical framework to explore the significance of gender—as it intersects with racial, ethnic, religious, national, class, sexuality, and disability-based identities, past and present. Course builds knowledge about the personal, social, cultural, economic, and historical dynamics that inform gender and intersecting social categories. The minor builds fluency with critical analysis and knowledge-building methods drawn from women's and gender studies, feminist theories, critical race studies, queer studies, social justice work, and activism. The minor also provides valuable skills and experience applying these different lenses to real-world interactions with diverse individuals and communities to current social challenges that impact multiple parties, and with an eye to improving equity and fair outcomes for everyone concerned. Students will learn how to analyze and question power relations in all their rich complexities, locally, and globally.

Required Course
WGST-200 Foundations in Women's and Gender Studies
Choose four of the following:
   ANTH-325    Bodies and Culture
   ANTH-425    Global Sexualities
   WGST-206    Queer Looks
   WGST-210    Introduction to LGBT Studies
   WGST-235    Women, Work, and Culture
   WGST-237    Psychology of Women
   WGST-240    Human Sexuality
   WGST-245    Prostitution and Vice
   WGST-246    History of Women in Science and Engineering
   WGST-250    Domestic Violence
   WGST-255    Seminar on Sexual Violence
   WGST-265    Women and Crime
   WGST-290    American Women's and Gender History
   WGST-291    History of Family and Children in the U.S.
   WGST-309    Feminist Theory
   WGST-335    Women and the Deaf Community
   WGST-342    Gender, Science, and Technology
   WGST-351    Gender and Sexuality in Hispanic Studies
   WGST-361    Queering Gender
   WGST-383    Traumatic Images
   WGST-384    Art of Dying
   WGST-388    Gender and Contemporary Art
   WGST-414    Topics in Women's and Gender Studies
   WGST-451    Economics of Women and the Family

Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters.
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Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.

Legacy Quarter Text: 

The women's and gender studies minor provides a critical framework to explore the significance of gender (along with race, sexuality, and class) in the construction of knowledge within academic disciplines and in the shaping of women’s and men’s lives. Courses engage a critical pedagogy focused on the recovery of women’s contributions in a variety of fields, on women’s and men’s roles in society across cultures, and especially on critical questions about gender neutrality in the shaping of culture.

Required Course:
0522-400 Foundations of Women's and Gender Studies

Electives—Choose four of the following:
0505-491 Traumatic Images
0505-480 Women/Gender/Art
0505-516 Queer Looks
0522-401 American Women: Colonial Era to 1848
0522-402 American Women: 1848 to Now
0522-405 Women and Science
0522-406 Feminist Theory
0522-407 Seminar on Sexual Violence
0522-410 Introduction to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies
0522-415 Domestic Violence
0522-436 Women’s Stories, Women’s Films
0522-439 Queer Looks I
0522-446 Women and Crime
0522-447 Women, Work, and Culture
0522-449 History of Women in Science and Engineering
0522-450 Gender, Science, and Technology
0522-451 Global Sexualities
0522-452 Bodies and Culture
0522-453 Economic Role of Women
0522-454 Hispanic Women in the World
0522-459 Toni Morrison
0522-460 Special Topics*
0522-480 Women/Gender/Art
0522-481 Women’s Studies in Language and Literature
0522-482 Women in Politics
0522-483 Psychology of Gender
0522-484 Auto/Biography
0522-492 Native American Women’s Experience
0525-543 Women in the Hispanic World: Politics of Identity Formation

Electives—Students may choose three of the above and one of the following:
0504-455 Shakespeare: Comedies and Histories
0504-467 Black Writers Today
0505-446 American Film in the Studio Era

* Special Topics (0522-460) may include the following: Traumatic Images, Queer Looks II, Art of Dying, Contemporary Women’s History, Prostitution and Vice, and Queering Gender.