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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Penn State DuBois

Women's Studies Minor (WMNST)

Contacts:  Abington College, Tom Smith,; Altoona College, Le Ann De Reus,; Penn State Behrend College, Dr. Sarah Whitney,;Berks College, Laurie Grobman,; Penn State Brandywine, Phyllis Cole,; Penn State DuBois, Jacquelyn Atkins,; Penn State Mont Alto, Alice Royer,; College of the Liberal Arts, Mindy Boffemmyer,; Penn State York, Dr. Deborah Eicher-Catt,

This interdisciplinary minor is designed to develop a broad understanding of the study of women and women's perspectives in all areas of academic scholarship. The primary focus is on feminist analyses of women's lives, women's social, cultural, and scientific contributions, and the structure of sex/gender systems. The interdisciplinary and inclusive nature of the field is reflected in a curriculum that includes courses cross-listed with a wide variety of departments, courses that deal with aspects of women's lives throughout history, and courses that recognize the diversities of culture, race, religion, ethnicity, age, disability, and sexual orientation. The Women's Studies minor emphasizes the development of critical and analytical skills, creative approaches to problem solving, and the ability to articulate productive alternatives.

Women's Studies minors have a definite career advantage, and can be successful in a wide variety of career paths. Some of these include legal advocacy, counseling, journalism, public relations, management, nonprofit administration, teaching, medicine, politics, or art. In addition, many alumnae/i are currently studying in professional, law, or graduate schools.

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)


WMNST 301 GH(3) (Sem: 1-4)

WMNST 100 GS;US;IL(3) or WMNST 106 GS;US;IL (Sem: 1-4)

Select 12 credits in Women's Studies or from the program-approved list; at least 6 credits must be at the 400-level
--3 credits from each of the following categories: (Sem: 1-8)

a. arts or humanities
b. natural or social sciences
c. focusing on non-Western women or on women of color in the United States


Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2002

Blue Sheet Item #: 30-02-008A

Review Date: 6/29/05