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The Women's and Gender Studies minor at Carlow fosters new scholarship in order to understand the cultural history of gendered experiences, as well as to debate gendered situations today.

Women's and gender studies incorporate interdisciplinary concepts and methods and question masculine biases across the disciplines. The courses explore the historical condition of women, the interpretation of women and gender in the various disciplines, the present and future position of women in society, and issues of intersectionality, such as race, gender, social class and sexuality.

Through the program at Carlow, you take courses that will involve examining contemporary and historical research about and creative productions by women; raising questions relevant to women and gender in global cultures; discussing sex role relationships and basic social assumptions regarding gender roles; and doing research and creative productions about gender issues. 


The Women's and Gender Studies program offers an introductory course, a course in feminist theory, and a course in global perspectives. Students who would like to minor in Women's and Gender Studies should first enroll in level-one courses, in the order in which they appear below, before moving on to level-two courses, which are cross-listed in various departments and programs. The Women's and Gender Studies program requests that the two cross-listed courses not be from the same discipline/department and that the student also complete one Women's and Gender Studies elective. Under this structure, the total credits needed for the minor in Women's and Gender Studies is 18.


Required Core Women's and Gender Studies Courses:

  • WS 101: Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies 3 credits
  • WS/EN 233I: Visions of Social Change: Global Women's Writing 3 credits
  • WS 320: Feminist Theories 3 credits

Required Cross-listed Women's and Gender Studies Courses:

  • Two cross-listed courses from different disciplines/fields total 6 credits

Required Women's and Gender Studies Elective:

  • One women's studies elective; this course can be a cross-listed course 3 credits