Gender, Art, and Media Minor

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Overview

In the gender, art, and media minor students explore how gender issues and identities, in their intersections with culture, race, ethnicity, nationality, social class, age, and (dis)abilities, are represented and portrayed in various artistic, literary, and media forms. By engaging with cultural texts and productions from both historical and contemporary perspectives, the minor introduces students to critical analysis and knowledge-building methods drawn from fields such as women's and gender studies, feminist theories, critical race studies, queer studies, social justice work, and activism. The minor teaches students to analyze gendered images as they appear in arts and media, recognize power inequalities and stereotypes in gender representations, and acquire the conceptual skills to critique and improve current conditions of artistic, literary, and media production and consumption in view of increased gender equity and fairness. The minor complements any course of studies in a number of art and media-related fields such as art and literary criticism, art curation and exhibition, journalism and photojournalism, media studies, filmmaking, literature, photography, advertising and marketing, public relations, social services, and more.

Notes about this minor:

  • This minor is closed to students who have already declared a minor in women and gender studies.
  • Posting of the minor on the student's academic transcript requires a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the minor.
  • Notations may appear in the curriculum chart below outlining pre-requisites, co-requisites, and other curriculum requirements (see footnotes).

Curriculum for Gender, Art, and Media Minor

Course
Required Course*
Gender theory courses
Choose one of the following:
   WGST-200     Foundations Of Women And Gender Studies
   WGST-205    Feminist Practices of Inquiry
   WGST-210    Introduction to LBGTQ+ Studies
   WGST-309    Feminist Theory
Art courses
Choose one of the following:
   ARTH-577    Displaying Gender
   GRDE-322    Women Pioneers in Design
   WGST-206    Queer Looks
   WGST-375    Women/Gender/Art 
   WGST-383    Traumatic Images
   WGST-384     Art of Dying
   WGST-388    Gender and Contemporary Art
Media courses
Choose one of the following:
   ARTH-577    Displaying Gender
   SOCI-355    CyberActivism: Diversity, Sex, and the Internet
   WGST-206    Queer Looks
   WGST-330    Performing Identity in Popular Media
   WGST-357    Communication, Gender, and Media
   WGST-383    Traumatic Images
   WGST-388    Gender and Contemporary Art
Electives
Choose two of the following:
   ANTH-325    Bodies and Culture
   ARTH-577    Displaying Gender
   GRDE-322    Women Pioneers in Design
   SOCI-355    CyberActivism: Diversity, Sex, & the Internet
   WGST-200    Foundations Of Women And Gender Studies
   WGST-205    Feminist Practices of Inquiry
   WGST-206    Queer Looks
   WGST-210    Introduction to LBGTQ+ Studies
   WGST-309    Feminist Theory
   WGST-318    Philosophies of Love, Sex, and Gender
   WGST-330    Performing Identity in Popular Media
   WGST-351    Gender and Sexuality in Hispanic Studies
   WGST-357    Communication, Gender, and Media
   WGST-375    Women/Gender/Art
   WGST-383    Traumatic Images
   WGST-384     Art of Dying
   WGST-388    Gender and Contemporary Art
   WGST-414    Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies

*  At most two non-WGST courses may be counted toward the GAAM Minor.