Women's Studies, Minor

Program Code: WMNST_UMNR

Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
Requirements for the Minor 18

Requirements for the Minor

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10.

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
WMNST 3013
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
WMNST 100Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies Keystone/General Education Course3
or WMNST 106N Representing Women and Gender in Literature, Art and Popular Cultures Keystone/General Education Course
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 12 credits in Women's Studies or from the program-approved list; at least 6 credits must be at the 400-level and 3 credits from each of the following categories:12
Arts or humanities
Natural or social sciences
Focusing on non-Western women or on women of color in the United States

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

University Park

Liberal Arts Academic Advising
814-865-2545
http://starfish.psu.edu
http://www.la.psu.edu/current-students/undergraduate-students/education/majors-and-minors

Abington

Karen Weekes
Associate Professor of English
1600 Woodland Road
Abington, PA 19001
215-881-7656
kew16@psu.edu

Altoona

Megan B. Simpson
Associate Professor of English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Hawthorn Building 213
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601
814-949-5288
mbs12@psu.edu

Berks

Lauren Jade Martin
Associate Professor of Sociology
Gaige 304
Reading, PA 19610
610-396-6214
ljm37@psu.edu

Brandywine

Maureen Fielding
Associate Professor of English and Women's Studies
25 Yearsley Mill Road
Media, PA 19063
610-892-1439
mdf6@psu.edu

DuBois

Jackie Atkins
Assistant Teaching Professor in English
180 Smeal
DuBois, PA 15801
814-375-4815
jkatkins@psu.edu

Erie

Sarah Whitney, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor of English and Women’s Studies
144 Kochel
Erie, PA 16563
814-898-6325
sew17@psu.edu

Mont Alto

Alice Royer
Assistant Teaching Professor of English and Women's Studies
313 General Studies Building
Mont Alto, PA 17237
717-749-6234
axr24@psu.edu

York

Deborah Eicher-Catt
Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences
223 Grumbacher Building (GISTC)
York, PA 17403
717-771-4158
dle4@psu.edu

Career Paths

Employers today value effective communication, analytical thinking, and teamwork. With its emphasis on how gender, sexuality, race and other forms of diversity impact the experiences of every individual, this curriculum trains its minors to recognize the impacts of bias and unequal social power in the social, cultural and political arenas. Graduates enter their post-graduate world sensitive to diverse perspectives that can either facilitate or impede team building, problem solving, and negotiation. Women’s Studies graduates—no matter where their career paths lead—are committed to the kind of institutional and social change that values all voices, and supports social justice.

Careers

Women’s Studies graduates from Penn State work in a wide variety of professions and industries. You will find us in the legal profession (one alumna runs her own legal firm, serving lower-income clients and gender-based discrimination cases). Others work in communications, marketing and advertising, business, banking and human resources. Activist students find their way into non-profits, advocacy groups, government, human development, journalism and communications. Women’s health is a dynamic field—medical care, nursing and research positions are out there, as well as health administration. Teaching attracts many of our graduates.

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

The scholarly field of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies prepares students to study some of the most complex challenges in a world where gender, race, class, sexuality and power are always intertwined. As an interdisciplinary field, WGSS spans the arts and sciences, the humanities, and policy fields and provides applicable training for students seeking to continue their studies. Our scholars gain experience as researchers and teachers with the innovative tools to prepare them as leaders across the public, private and educational sectors.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATE STUDIES

Contact

University Park

DEPARTMENT OF WOMEN’S, GENDER, AND SEXUALITY STUDIES
133 Willard Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-4025
jle1@psu.edu

http://www.womenstudies.la.psu.edu

Abington

DIVISION OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES
1600 Woodland Road
Abington, PA 19001
215-881-7656
kew16@psu.edu

Altoona

DIVISION OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES
Hawthorn Building 213
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601
814-949-5288
mbs12@psu.edu

http://altoona.psu.edu/academics/womens-gender-sexuality-studies/contact-us

Berks

DIVISION OF HUMANITIES, ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
Franco Building
Reading, PA 19610
610-396-6214
ljm37@psu.edu

Brandywine

ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
25 Yearsley Mill Road
Media, PA 19063
610-892-1439
mdf6@psu.edu

http://brandywine.psu.edu/womens-studies-minor

DuBois

180 Smeal
DuBois, PA 15801
814-375-4815
jkatkins@psu.edu

http://www.womenstudies.psu.edu/undergraduates/degree-requirements/minor-in-womens-studies-requirements

Erie

SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
170 Irvin Kochel Center
4951 College Drive
Erie, PA 16563
814-898-6108
HumSocSci@psu.edu

http://behrend.psu.edu/school-of-humanities-social-sciences

Mont Alto

313 General Studies Building
Mont Alto, PA 17237
717-749-6234
axr24@psu.edu

http://montalto.psu.edu/directory/womens-studies

York

223 Grumbacher Building (GISTC)
York, PA 17403
717-771-4158
dle4@psu.edu

http://york.psu.edu/academics/baccalaureate/minors