The Women’s and Gender Studies minor introduces you to the key concerns of these two inter-related fields, allowing you to make connections between them, as well as to other disciplines.
Through the rigorous, interdisciplinary field of Women’s Studies, you focus on the roles, contributions and experiences of women—past and present. You learn to recognize all women as whole, productive human beings, and gain a more accurate and equitable account of the human experience.
Since developing out of the women’s movement of the 1960s and 1970s, Women’s Studies has evolved into a comprehensive field that can be a vital part of a university education. It incorporates knowledge, theory, methodology, pedagogy and organizational models appropriate to its vision. Through a range of disciplinary approaches, it recognizes the connections between academy and community, theory and practice, mind and body, individual and society.
Gender Studies explores the social construction of gender in a variety of cultural contexts. Also interdisciplinary, it aims to improve understanding of the situations of both women and men.
Our minor in Women’s and Gender Studies draws upon the scholarly traditions of several different fields. The minor’s interdisciplinary approach enables you to synthesize your undergraduate education through the lens of gender and related issues. Whether you’re a student in the College of Arts and Sciences or Westbrook College of Health Professions, you can enrich your perspective by pursuing the minor.
The Women’s and Gender Studies Program has identified an array of valuable learning outcomes associated with its undergraduate minor curriculum. Among those, the following three represent especially important learning areas for students graduating with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of New England.
Upon completing the Women’s and Gender Studies minor, you will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the key concerns and methodologies of Women’s and Gender Studies
- Articulate orally and in writing the importance of gender to social and cultural issues, past and present
- Conduct competent primary and secondary source research in order to develop a basis for informed opinions