Womens, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

The Women’s and Gender Studies program is an inter- and multi-disciplinary academic program devoted to the critical analysis of how gender, race, class, ethnicity, and sexuality contribute to the diversity of women’s and men’s experiences.  Women’s and Gender Studies at UMKC is one of over 650 such programs in the United States.  Students trained in this program will be afforded career opportunities in a wide variety of areas, including academic and governmental settings, business, journalism, social services, and the health professions.

Minor in WGSS

The minor in WGS offers an excellent inter- and multi-disciplinary curriculum that examines women, girls and gender throughout history and across cultures. WGS courses teach critical thinking through an examination of the historical and contemporary problems facing women locally, nationally and globally. Students expand their understanding of gender difference, cultural diversity and social change as they complete an 18-hour program of study from among a wide variety of classes in numerous fields and disciplines. WGS courses in history, sociology, psychology, criminal justice, English, religion, political science, law and other areas enable students to pursue a specialized focus which enhances their major in the humanities, social sciences or natural sciences. The minor also provides sufficient flexibility to allow for the creation of a course of study especially suited to the individual interests of students.

Requirements for the Minor

A minor in Women’s and Gender Studies requires 18 credits. Nine credits must be in upper division courses (that is, 300 and 400) and no more than nine credits may overlap with your major. Readings courses on selected topics also may be arranged with individual faculty members.

In fact, if you have taken courses that focused on women, girls, and gender, these may already count toward your minor. (A maximum of six hours of other coursework may be applied to the minor.)

Required Courses (6 hours)

WGS 201:  Introduction to Women’s & Gender Studies

WGS 301:  Introduction to Feminist Theory

The remaining 12 hours must include a minimum of 3 hours of social sciences credit and 3 hours of humanities credit and be chosen from an approved list of courses.  A list of approved courses is published every semester.

Students are also encouraged to take WGS 484: Women’s & Gender Studies Internship.

For more information and to declare your minor, please make an appointment with Dr. Brenda Bethman, Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Haag Hall 105, (816) 235-1638.