Minor in Women & Gender Studies

The Graduate College and the Center for Diversity and Gender Studies offers a minor in women and gender studies (WGS). WGS offers an interdisciplinary, 9- to 15-hour program that concentrates on the images and realities of women. Drawing on recent scholarship about women and gender, this minor provides a flexible, coherent program that enables students to complement any major with the study of the significance of gender. The women and gender studies minor helps students create opportunities for themselves in a rapidly changing society.

Core Courses
WS 5376Images of Women3
WS 5377Realities of Women3
Electives
Select 3 to 9 hours from the following:3-9
Mexican American Culture
Gender and Sexuality in Cross Cultural Perspective
Latin American Gender and Sexuality
Seminar in Human Communication Theory
Historical Rhetoric and Social Influence
Gender and Communication
Diversity Studies: Theories & Issues
Contemporary Fiction 1
Studies in American Poetry 1
Studies in American Prose 1
Studies in the Romantic Movement 1
Studies in Victorian Poetry 1
Studies in Victorian Prose 1
Studies in Literature for Children or Adolescents 1
Problems in Language and Literature 1
Race, Gender, and Ethnicity in American Labor History
Women in Antebellum America
Gender, Race, and Class and the Media
Applied Philosophy 1
Philosophy of Sex and Love
Problems in Philosophy 1
Seminar in the Family 1
Seminar on the Sociology of Gender
Studies in Spanish Culture, Language, or Literature (Independent Study)
Independent Research in Women and Gender Studies
Total Hours9-15
1

Denotes topics course. Topics courses are offered on a selective basis, may count toward the minor with permission from the director of the Center for Diversity and Gender Studies and the dean of The Graduate College. 

For more information, contact Dr. Sandra Mayo, director of the Center for Diversity and Gender Studies, at 512.245.2361 or e-mail at MCGS@txstate.edu.

Master's level courses offered in Diversity and Gender Studies: WS, DVST

Courses Offered

Women’s Studies (WS)

WS 5376. Images of Women.

This course, one of two multidisciplinary team-taught women’s studies courses, is a survey of the changing images of women in the U.S. since 1800 through the eyes of historians, writers, artists, orators, the media, and educators.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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WS 5377. Realities of Women.

This course, one of two multidisciplinary team-taught women’s studies courses, is a study of the realities faced by women in the U.S. today-including biological and psychological differences in males and females, politics and law, the work force, and the home. Gender roles in societies outside the U.S. will also be examined.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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WS 5388. Independent Research in Women and Gender Studies.

Independent research course open to students on an individual or small group basis. The research area in Women and Gender Studies, bibliography, and study paper outline are to be approved by the instructor. Prerequisite: Approval of the Director of Multicultural and Gender Studies.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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Diversity Studies (DVST)

DVST 5310. Diversity Studies: Theories & Issues.

Focusing on the four major ethnic groups (Native Americans, African Americans, Mexican Americans, and Asian Americans), this interdisciplinary course introduces critical theories and issues relating to race, class, ethnicity, culture, and other areas of diversity in the United States. The literature component of the course will supplement the theoretical texts.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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DVST 5320. Global Issues in Diversity.

Course provides framework for analyzing diversity globally. Examines how globalization acts to shape and re-shape ethnic identity and ethnic antagonism. Course investigates how the shaping and re-shaping of ethnic identity influences immigration policy, reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, and healthcare delivery.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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