Women's Studies and Resource Center

Women's and Gender Studies Minor

The Women's and Gender Studies Minor provides interdisciplinary perspectives on the study of women, gender, and sexuality. Students examine the status of women from a variety of historical, cultural, and theoretical perspectives; the construction of female identity; patterns and consequences of discrimination as experienced by women; the influence of social institutions on women; and the development of organized women's social movements.

What are the benefits of a WGS minor at UNCW?
  • Understand and effectively articulate the roles gender plays in different cultural contexts
  • Analyze women's participation in, contribution to, and transformation of areas of social life including culture, society, politics, economy, and religion
  • Develop strategies for reducing prejudice and stereotyping of women and minorities
  • Internship and scholarship opportunities
  • Iota Iota Iota: National College Honor Society
Minor Requirements

Students interested in declaring a Women's and Gender Studies minor must complete eighteen (18) semester hours. Students must complete WGS 210, six (6) hours of core courses, and nine (9) hours of elective courses. A 2.00 average is expected for all courses counted toward the minor. No more than 9 hours in any single discipline may be counted toward the minor.

Required Course (3 credit hours)
WGS 210: Introduction to Women's Studies (3)

Core Courses (6 credit hours)
ANT 303: Culture and Gender (3)
ENG 230: Women in Literature (3)
HST 204: Women in Modern America (3)
PAR 225: Women and Religion (3)
SOC 350: Gender and Society (3)
WGS 212: Sexuality and Gender (3)
WGS 230: Women in Film (3)

Electives (9 credit hours)
CLA 330: Women in Ancient Greece and Rome (3)
CRM 315: Victimology (3)
ENG 373: Women's Literary Traditions (3)
HEA 205: Reproduction and Sexuality (3)
HST 330: Womanhood in America (3)
HST 383: Women and Gender in the Modern Middle East (3)
NSG 330: Maternal-Infant Nursing (3)
NSG 345: Health Maintenance Needs of Young Children (3)
NSG 486: Family Nursing (3)
PLS 316: Women in Politics (3)
PSY 265: Human Sexual Behavior (3)
PSY 366: Psychology of Close Relationships (3)
SOC 304 Popular Culture (3)
SOC 345: Sociology of the Family (3)
SOC 349: Sociology of Children and Childhood (3)
SOC 418: Women and Aging (3)
SWK 311: Child Abuse and Neglect (3)
SWK 417: Constructing Masculinities (3)
WGS 491: Directed Independent Study (1-3)
WGS 495: Topical Seminar in Women's Studies (3)
WGS 498: Internship (3)

Other appropriate courses may satisfy the elective requirements. Special topics courses are also available from our WGS faculty on a regular basis.

Upcoming WGS Courses

WGS Courses Fall 2015 (PDF)

Feminist Poster Series

The first "I am a Feminist" Poster Series was proudly hosted by the Women's Studies Student Association. The poster series is an activist movement meant to combat the negative connotations associated with the word "feminist" and make it more familiar and relatable to audiences through visual evidence.