The minor in Women’s and Gender Studies is consistent with the university’s mission to be “a culturally rich community dedicated to student success.” The minor enhances the cultural wealth of the campus community and promotes student success of “men and women.” It also directly supports the university’s 2011 strategic plan by enhancing the diversity of the university’s curriculum and by promoting inclusion in the campus community of all races, genders, and sexual orientation. A strong majority of OCU undergraduate students are women, and so it makes sense to develop offerings that address the specific needs and interests of women. The curriculum is designed to educate students about historical struggles and contributions of women in a variety of fields as well as the specific issues that face women today on the local, national, and international levels. It also includes the study of the nature, role and impact of gender in everyday life. The program offers an important supplement and support for students who want to develop a broader understanding of women’s and gender issues in their majors or who want to be involved in community outreach on women’s and gender-related issues.
To acquire knowledge about women and gender in a variety of disciplines.
To critically assess traditional disciplines in the light of new data concerning women and gender.
To provide an academic foundation for students planning careers in women’s and gender studies or related fields.
To promote research about women and gender within existing disciplines.
A total of 18 CH is required
Courses Required for the Minor
Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies (WGST 2103)
Colloquium on Women's and Gender Studies (WGST 4863)
Twelve (12) CH of classes specifically noted as eligible for WGST credit
(classes will be offered through various departments and will have a notation in their description that they are eligible)