Women's Studies Program & Requirements


  Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary minor that focuses
  on gender as a significant cultural and cognitive category. The
  minor prepares students for fields such as communication,
  counseling, criminology, education, health, journalism, law, politics,
  psychology, and applied sociology. Employers value a Women’s
  Studies minor because it indicates that a student has strong
  critical thinking skills and an interest in fostering an inclusive,
  socially responsible workplace culture. Students interested in
  graduate school will also find a minor in Women’s Studies
  valuable for further study in English, history, social sciences,
  law, and the health professions.

To complete the minor, students take HIST/WMST 130 Introduction to Women’s Studies plus 5 additional courses drawn
from at least 2 different disciplines. If students choose the Gender Studies Pathway in the Marist Core, they may complete
4 courses applicable to the minor as part of their Core requirements.

In addition to WMST/HIST 130 Introduction to Women’s Studies, courses frequently taken for the Pathway and minor
include the following:

  • COM 400 Gender, Culture and Communication
  • ENG 220 Literature and Gender
  • HIST 332 Women and Religion in America
  • MDIA 335/WMST 385 Gender and Media
  • POSC 214 Gender and Law
  • PSYC 331 Psychology of Women
  • SOC 336 Social Inequality

For additional information about Women's Studies at Marist, please see the Fall 2015 Gender Issue, as well as Women's
Studies intern Molly Scott's reflection on the question, "What is Women's Studies, and why does it matter?"