In a changing world, an understanding of the complex issues around gender and power
is more relevant than ever.
A minor in Women and Gender Studies from UND empowers you to reach your goals and
make a difference.
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Why minor in women and gender studies?
Expertise in gender issues is sought after in most careers, from business to health
to education. Women and Gender Studies at the University of North Dakota examines
the complex interaction of gender with other elements of human difference, including
race, class, religion, ethnicity, age, ability and nationality. Topics of study include:
The politics of sexuality
Gender and pop culture
Women's achievements and their contributions to history and the contemporary world
The performance of femininity and masculinity
Power dynamics and the effects on the body
Sexual minorities and LGBTQ+ identity and experience
The influence of gender in the shaping of personal identity, the family and public
Drawing from a broad range of allied disciplines, you'll customize your studies to
meet your academic goals. Expertise in gender issues is sought after in most careers,
from business to health to education.
Women and Gender Studies Minor Courses
WGS 225. The Study of Women. 3 Credits.
An introduction to the study of women as subjects of scholarly inquiry, with emphasis on transnational feminism and assessments of women's contributions around the globe. The course will provide an interdisciplinary focus on the central issues and questions posed by the new scholarship on women, and introduce students to the perspectives and methodologies of a variety of disciplines. F,S,SS.
PSYC 210. Human Sexuality. 3 Credits.
This course provides an overview of human sexuality--covering anatomical and physiological aspects, psychological aspects, behavioral aspects, and social/cultural aspects. Prerequisite: PSYC 111. S.
SOC 335. Families in a Changing Society. 3 Credits.
An exploration of how family forms, norms, and theories have changed over time; the social forces that influence families at each of the major life stages (such as courtship, marriage, parenthood, old age); how statuses such as race, class, gender, and sexuality influence a person's opportunities for family formation and experiences within families; and the social policies that help or hinder family functioning. F.
HIST 333. Women in Modern America. 3 Credits.
How did women experience and shape American history and the United States as we know it today? This course explores the social, political, and economic lives of American women from diverse cultural backgrounds from the rise of the "New Woman" in the late 19th century to the present. Using gender, race, class, and culture as analytical lenses reveals the struggles and victories of women, as well as their individual and collective influence on the broader society. S, even years.
SOC 340. Sociology of Gender. 3 Credits.
This course is a sociological exploration of how gender dynamics have changed across time and vary globally. How gender creates barriers and opportunities - for both men and women - across multiple facets of social life is emphasized. S.
WGS 200. Introduction to Gender Studies. 3 Credits.
An interdisciplinary introduction to the processes by which gender is socially constructed, in relation to sex and sexuality. This course will provide the tools to analyze the complex intersections of gender with other categories like race, ability, class, and religion and understand how they affect the circulation of power. Students will reflect on their identity and experiences, and how these concepts shape our lives and our world. This class will engage with pressing social issues and influential cultural representations, norms, practices, and institutions. F,S,SS.
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