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Dr. Chad Thomas, Director

The Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program brings together courses and faculty from several colleges of the university to provide an interdisciplinary experience leading to a minor in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. As an area of scholarship, the principal focus is on the contributions, perspectives, and experiences of women in all areas of human endeavor, including the status, portrayal, or achievements of women in areas such as art, history, literature, science, business, engineering, and medicine. It also promotes greater understanding of gender and of sexuality as fundamental categories of meaning, examining the pervasive and often unacknowledged ways that gender and/or sexuality shape and change our social institutions, individual knowledge, and interpersonal relationships. While the classes included as Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies courses may be offered in various departments, the minor organizes these courses in a coherent structure such that the sum of the experiences offers a more comprehensive insight into the discipline of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies than the individual courses provide on their own.

A minor in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies consists of 21 semester hours, including one required course (WGS 200), three core courses, and three additional core or elective courses as shown in the following table. Core courses must include at least 3 semester hours of humanities and 3 semester hours of social sciences classes listed below.  Students must also complete a portfolio and portfolio conference during their final semester at UAH. A student interested in minoring in Women's and Gender Studies should contact the director of the program for advising.

  • 25% of the minor must be earned at UAH
  • A minimum 2.0 GPA is required in the minor
  • 12 of the 21 semester hours must be at the 300-level or higher
WGS Minor Requirements21
WGS 200INTRO WOMENS/GENDER/SEXLTY STU3
Core Courses 3 courses required from the following, at least 3 hours in each category: 1,2,39
Humanities (at least 3 hours)
SPECIAL TOPICS IN ART HY (Women in Antiquity OR Modern Women Artists) 3
CREATIVE NONFICTION WRITING
REP TEXTS-WOMEN WRITERS
SPECIAL TOPICS ENGLISH STUDIES (Native Women's Literature) 3
SHAKESPEARE I
SHAKESPEARE II
DRAMATIC LITERATURE
WOMEN IN U.S. HISTORY
GENDER & SEXUALITY MODERN EURO
GENDER & SEXUALITY LATIN AM
FEMINIST PHILOSOPHY
THEATRE HISTORY II
MODERN AMERICAN THEATRE
INTERNATIONAL CINEMA (Performing Gender & Sexuality) 3
Social Sciences (at least 3 hours)
REGIONAL STUDIES (African Politics OR Latin American Politics) 3
PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN
MARRIAGE AND FAMILY
SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER
SOCIOLOGY OF SEXUALITY
Additional Core Courses
SFM 385WOMEN IN SPORT3
WGS Advanced Courses (may substitute for Core courses)
SPECIAL TOPICS 5
INDEPENDENT STUDY 5
Elective Course 49
Select up to 3 additional core courses or up to 3 elective courses from the following:
ARH SUR: WORLD ART
CONTEMPORARY ART & ISSUES
NINETEENTH CENTURY ART
PSYCHOBIOLOGY STRESS & ILLNESS
NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION
NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
DARK SIDE INTERPERSONAL COMM
COMMUNICATION & CULTURE
MYTHOLOGY
LITERARY CRITICISM & THEORY
THE AMERICAN NOVEL
SCIENCE FICTION
AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE
ARTHURIAN ROMANCE
TECHNOLOGY IN AMERICAN HISTORY
FOOD AND WORLD HISTORY
U.S.-LATIN AMERICAN RELATIONS
COMPTV SLAVERY & ABOLITION
LATIN AMERICAN HIST THRU FILM
NAZI GERMANY AND THE HOLOCAUST
INTRO TO ETHICS
CONTINENTIAL PHILOSOPHY
PHILOSOPHY OF RACE
ADV MORAL PHILOSOPHY (Care Ethics) 4
CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL THOUGHT
CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL THOUGHT
SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
PSYCHOBIOLOGY STRESS & ILLNESS
PSYCHOBIOLOGY STRESS & ILLNESS
RACE AND ETHNICITY
THEATRE HISTORY I
1

No more than 6 semester hours within a single subject area.

2

No more than two of the courses applied to the minor can be from the student's major field of study. One course may count towards both the major and the minor.

3

Approved Special Topics courses may count as "Core" courses toward the minor.  Current approved Special Topics "Core" courses are: ARH 320EH 440, PSC 440SOC 340, and WLC 204

4

Approved Special Topics courses may count as "Elective" courses toward the minor.  Current approved Special Topics "Elective" courses are: PHL 403

5

WGS 340 or WGS 499 may count as core courses in various subject areas if these courses carry 3 semester hours credit.

Note:

New courses may be added to this list when approved for inclusion by the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program Advisory Committee. For current listing of approved Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies courses and for additional information on the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program, please see our website at www.uah.edu/la/departments/womens-studies/programs/minor