Women’s Studies Minor

Women's Studies Fundamentals

UA's interdisciplinary program includes a core of women's studies classes and a range of classes focused on women and gender from the humanities and social sciences. Students in women's studies are encouraged to debate assumptions, explore divergent viewpoints, and investigate the social, political, economic and cultural practices that produce and reproduce gender and women's status in society. Women's studies also highlights the necessity of understanding important social divisions other than gender, including age, race, economic status, sexuality and nationality.

Professional Preparation

The minor in women’s studies adds a strong complement to many majors. This program helps prepare students for careers in education, law, health, public administration and social services, as well as management and leadership positions in business or government.

Our Faculty

  • Use feminist teachings in the classroom
  • Are committed to the value of an interdisciplinary approach to the study of women and gender


Akron Advantage

Courses that count toward the minor in women's studies are taught by scholars from English, history, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, communications, psychology and more.   

Real-World Experience

You have the opportunity to apply what you learn in women’s studies courses when you enroll for the Women's Studies Internship and work in campus or community organizations.  

Women's Studies Student Organizations:

  • Liberation In Progress (L.I.P.) — Undergraduate
  • Graduate Committee for Research on Gender & Women (GradCROW) — Graduate

Sample Curriculum

Women's Studies Minor

Required Courses — 8-10 credits

3001:300 Introduction to Women's Studies 3
3001:480 Feminist Theory 3
3001:490 Women's Studies Lecture Series 1
3001:489 or 493 Internship in Women's Studies -or-
Individual Studies on Women
Total 8-10

Students must also take 12 credits of electives (below). One course must be taken from the approved classes in each of the following areas: humanities, social sciences, and fine and applied arts.

An additional elective should be selected from any of the Women's Studies or approved cross-listed courses. At least two of the non-core courses must be at the 300/400level.


  • 3001:485 ST: Women as Survivors
  • 3001:485 ST: Worlds of Women
  • 3001:493 Individual Studies on Women
  • 3300:386 Women in Modern Novels
  • 3300:389 ST: Ethnic Women in Literature
  • 3300:389 ST: Women Writers
  • 3300:489 Women and Film
  • 3300:489 20th Century Women's Writers
  • 3300:453 American Women Poets
  • 3600:355 Philosophy of Feminism

Social Sciences

  • 2540:265 Women in Management
  • 3230: The Anthropology of Sex and Gender
  • 3400:325 Women in Modern Europe
  • 3400:340 African- American Women's History
  • 3400:350 U.S. Women's History
  • 3400:400 Gender and Culture in China
  • 3700:392 ST: Women in Politics
  • 3750:474 Psychology of Women
  • 3850:325 Sociology of Women in Global Society
  • 3850:447 The Sociology of Sex and Gender
  • 3850:455 Family Violence

Fine and Applied Arts

  • 3001:485 Women, Minorities and Media
  • 7400:201 Courtship, Marriage and the Family
  • 7400:219 Dress and Culture
  • 7400:265 Child Development
  • 7400:442 Human Sexuality
  • 7400:485 Women and Food
  • 7600:408 Women, Minorities and News
  • 7750:411 Women's Issues in Social Work Practice
  • 7750:480 ST: Gay and Lesbian Issues

Summit College

  • 2260:265 Women and Addiction

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