Women's and Gender Studies Concentration

Informed by the Mission of the University and motivated by the dedication to service and justice that continues to guide the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, the University's sponsoring
congregation, the Concentration in Women's and Gender Studies at UIW emphasizes the dignity of each person and the transformative power of a commitment to truth. Cross-disciplinary in
course offerings and housed in the Department of English, this concentration grounds students in theory and immerses them in practice so that they are enlightened citizens who advance
knowledge and the common good. Following current trends in academia, this program prepares undergraduates for a variety of different career and graduate school paths while providing them
with an inclusive, multi-perspective approach to learning. During this preparation, students are encouraged to value the voices of others and provide them agency in a variety of forms. By
recognizing, engaging, and validating the voices of women and other marginalized groups, students can understand and influence social ideologies as well as cultural norms and shifts based
on gender.


(Note: Only one Independent Study course equivalent to three credit hours may be applied to the Women's and Gender Studies Concentration)

1. Required Courses (9 hours):

ENGL 2340Intro to Women's/Gender Stds

PHIL 3395Feminist Philosophy

PSYC 3355Psychology of Women


RELS 3335God and Human Sexuality


ENGL 3340Women's Writing

2. Electives (9 hours selected from the following courses):

BIOL 4480Resrh/Behavioral Endocrinology

CLST 4399Selected Topics in Cultural Studies

CRJU 3372Women/Crime/Criminal Justice

ENGL 2360Literary Theory

ENGL 3330Genre Studies:

ENGL 4340Major Authors:

ENGL 4350Literary Movements:

ENGL 4355Contemporary Rhetorical Theory

ENGL 4399Selected Topics

GOVT 1391Human Rights

HIST 4320American Women's History

HIST 4350Topic World Hist:

HIST 4352Topics in US Hist:

MUSI 3349Women in Music

RELS 3340Feminist Theologies

RELS 4300Women and Faith

RELS 4310Women in Christian Tradition

3. Colloquia Requirement:

In addition to their coursework, students must document their attendance at a minimum of three events related to Women's and Gender Studies. Documentation must be presented to students' advisors.