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Women and Gender Studies explores women’s past and present contributions to societies as persons, creators and thinkers. It also explores the cultural, racial, and economic diversity of women’s experiences as well as the scholarship concerned with the factors that affect women's and men's lives. The minor prepares students to think critically about issues with which they will be faced all of their lives. Thus, Women and Gender Studies is an essential component of a liberal arts education.

Women and Gender Studies draws upon methods and content from a wide range of disciplines, including anthropology, literature and the arts, biology, economics, history, political science, psychology, religion and sociology. It seeks to extend students’ intellectual development by helping them to understand women’s accomplishments and capabilities, and by looking beyond the limits of traditional gender-differentiated roles.

Any student may elect Women and Gender Studies as a minor in addition to their chosen major. The minor is excellent preparation for further study in law as well as for graduate programs in women’s studies, psychology, social work, literature and education. Graduates with Women and Gender Studies minors are working in a variety of fields, including business, child and family services, education, journalism and social service administration.