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Women's and Gender Studies Minor

What is a Minor in Women's and Gender Studies?

The women's and gender studies program enables students to examine debates about gender and sexuality.

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What You'll Study

Classes help students analyze the structural and interpersonal dimensions of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality and disability over a range of topics including health, religion, media, global politics, and science.

Many students pursue internships with organizations, like the Women's Resource Center in nearby Radford, and we encourage students to conduct undergraduate research or design their own independent study courses with faculty.

Employers find that students who minor in women's and gender studies have developed skills in critical thinking, oral and written communication, and human relations problem-solving. Students' substantive knowledge of gender and other forms of inequality strengthens their skills, preparing them for a range of jobs which involve improving the quality of life from community organizing to advocating for women's international human rights. The minor also prepares students to pursue advanced degrees in sociology. Students with a women's and gender studies minor go on to graduate study in such disciplines as education, history, political science, sociology, communication, business, and law, as well as interdisciplinary fields such as women's studies.

18 hrs
Total Credit Hours


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