The Women’s and Gender Studies minor introduces you to the key theories, concepts, and methodologies used to study gender and sexuality as well as their relation to past and present social and cultural issues.
Through the rigorous, interdisciplinary field of Women’s and Gender Studies, you focus on the social construction of gender in a variety of cultural contexts. It aims to improve your understanding of the situations of women, men, transgender, and non-binary people, and to employ gender as a central category of analysis. The Women’s and Gender Studies program at UNE recognizes gendered individuals of all backgrounds as whole and productive human beings and, through this, provides a more accurate and equitable account of human experience.
As a field (or interdiscipline), Women’s Studies has developed knowledge, theory, methodology, and pedagogy appropriate to that vision. Although Women’s Studies developed out of the women’s movement in the 1960s and 1970s, Women’s and Gender Studies has evolved into a comprehensive field of study and a vital part of university education nationwide.
The minor exposes you to the scholarly traditions of history, English, political science, psychology, environmental studies, philosophy, anthropology, and sociology. This interdisciplinary perspective invites you to consider how gender plays out in your major field of study by exploring how gender and sexuality impact mental health; medical diagnoses and treatments; social, behavioral, and environmental initiatives for a healthier planet; and more. 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.
Students completing the Women’s and Gender Studies minor 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