Women's Studies

Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary minor that focuses on gender as a significant cultural and cognitive category.

 Employers value a Women’s Studies minor because it indicates that a student has an awareness of and sensitivity to gender issues.

The minor prepares students for fields such as communication, counseling, criminology, education, health, journalism, law, politics, psychology, and applied sociology and positions such as personnel specialist, affirmative action officer, crisis intervention specialist, family and youth services provider, or legal advocate. Students interested in graduate school will also find a minor in Women’s Studies valuable for further study in English, History, Social Sciences, and Law.

To complete the minor, students must take History 130 (Introduction to Women’s Studies) plus 5 additional courses drawn from at least 2 different disciplines. These courses often overlap nicely with chosen major fields. For Spring 2015, Women’s Studies minors can choose from the many following courses:

Bio 232: Sex, Evolution, and Behavior
Com 400: Gender, Culture and Communication
Engl 220: Literature and Gender
Hist 232: U.S. Women’s History
Hist 325: American Feminism
Psyc 206: Psyc, Bio Sex Dif
Soc 336: Social Inequality
Soc 341: Social Change
 Special Topics Courses:
Eng 394 ST: Feminist Rhetorics
Honr 321/381: Images of Women and Women Artists
Honr 331/380: Edith Wharton in the Hudson Valley


For more information about the Women’s Studies minor, contact Kristin Bayer (Kristin.Bayer@marist.edu) or Angela Laflen (angela.laflen@marist.edu)