Program Information

THE WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES MINOR

The Women's and Gender Studies Minor will be granted to students completing a minimum of 18 credit hours in courses approved for WGS credit. Courses meeting the Criteria for Approval of Women's and Gender Studies courses are listed each semester in the UDM Schedule of Classes. WGS courses are open to all students whether or not they are pursuing a Women's and Gender Studies minor. Upon completion of the WGS Minor, students will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the major concepts and issues of the discipline of Women’s and Gender Studies;
  2. Be able to analyze structures of power, dominance, and gender roles and relations; 
  3. Recognize the ways in which race, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, nation, and other categories inflect how one experiences gender, subordination, and agency;
  4. Be able to use this knowledge to reflect critically and thoughtfully upon their own academic, personal, and professional lives, as well as their communities.

All WGS minors must be assigned a faculty advisor from the WGS Program.  Please contact the WGS Director, Dr. Rosemary Weatherston (weatherr@udmercy.edu), if you are interested in declaring a WGS Minor. 

Requirements 

1. WGS 2000  Gender, Sex and Justice (formerly titled "Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies," 3 credits) Offered every Fall and Winter term.

2. 5 additional credits (5 courses) in WS/WGS cross-listed elective courses.  No more than 6 Elective credits (2 courses) in any one Department can be counted towards the Minor. At least 9 credits (3 courses) within the minor must be upper division courses (3000 or 4000 level). No course required for the minor may be taken pass/fail.

3. A Women's and Gender Studies Minor Portfolio: No later than the 3rd week of his or her final semester, each student must submit a Women's and Gender Studies Minor Portfolio to his/her WGS advisor for evaluation by the Women's and Gender Studies Steering Committee. The Minor Portfolio consists of:

a. Cover Page: This must include the student's name, date of portfolio submission, date of expected graduation, titles of essays/project included in portfolio, and the instructor and course for which the work was completed.  
b. Submitted Work: Five representative pieces of work from four or more different WGS courses. Pieces should be arranged in chronological order. No more than two pieces of work may be submitted from the same department. Submitted pieces should include instructors' comments and grades as well as copies of the original assignment sheets/prompts. The following must be included: 

1. WGS 2000 Capstone Essay
2. Three to four additional analytic essays or research papers of at least 3 pages. If they wish, students may include ONE project that is not an analytic essay or research paper, such as the following:    

  • Narrative or personal essays
  • Creative writing
  • Audio and/or visual compositions (including videos)
  • PowerPoint presentations
  • Research Posters 

c. Self-Reflection Essay (4-5 pages): Along with selected pieces of work, students must write a self-reflection essay in which they: 1) discuss their reasons for considering the essays/project they have chosen to be reflective of their intellectual exploration and achievements as Women’s and Gender Studies minors and 2) explain—with reference to the applicable essays/project contained in the portfolio—how their work as WGS Minors has helped them to analyze specific issues of gender in connection with three or more disciplines. One of these disciplines should be the student’s major. 
 
Completed portfolios are required for graduation with a Women’s and Gender Studies Minor. However, they are graded on a pass/fail basis. Contents of the portfolios will not be used to evaluate individual student's competence; rather, they will be used by WGS faculty to assess the Minor program as a whole. Students who have demonstrated particular excellence in the WGS minor will be recognized as “passing with distinction.”  This distinction will be conferred by the WGS Steering Committee, based on an exceptional level of engagement, sophistication, and intellectual exploration by a WGS student, as demonstrated by the submitted work and self-reflection essay in his or her WGS portfolio.  This distinction will be noted on the student’s WGS Minor certificate.

Revised September 2014