Women's Studies Minor

The Women’s Studies minor at SUNY Geneseo focuses on women and gender using multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches. It includes feminist analyses of the construction and enforcement of gender differences and gender inequalities in various contexts, with an emphasis on the intersection of gender with race, class, sexuality, and nationality in the lives of women. Students are encouraged to apply what they learn in Women’s Studies classrooms to other areas of their lives. All students take a core program of Women’s Studies courses plus elective courses offered by other departments that study women and gender issues, using feminist methodologies and pedagogy. Additionally, each student completes a capstone experience individually designed to apply concepts from Women’s Studies to her/his life and career choices. The Women’s Studies Advisory Committee is willing to work closely with students to design feasible, individualized study, especially when students’ study abroad or other academic requirements make it impossible for them to take one of these courses.

Total Required Hours: 21 semester hours
Required Courses: 12 semester hours
WMST 100: Introduction to Women’s Studies
WMST 210: Race, Class and Gender
WMST 220: Gender and Sexualities
WMST 399: Research or Creative Project in Women’s Studies OR
WMST 395: Internship in Women’s Studies

Electives: 9 semester hours
choose from: WMST 201: Topics in Women’s Studies (3 hours, may be repeated) and/or courses cross-listed in other departments: ANTH 224 M/Ethnography of Gender in Latin America; ANTH 243 S/M/Women in Cross-cultural Perspective; ENGL 343 Women and Literature: (subtitle); HIST 200 Women in Western Society; HIST 260 S/U/Issues in the History of American Women; PHIL 204 Philosophy of Woman; PLSC 250 Women and Politics; PSYC 236 Human Sexual Behavior; PSYC 308 Psychology of Women; SOCL 201 Black Women in American Society; SOCL 210 Sociology of the Family; SOCL 215 Women and the Law; SOCL 225 Sociology of Gender.

Departmental slot or topics courses with appropriate subtitles can be submitted to the Women’s Studies Advisory Group for inclusion on an individual basis.

Guidelines for choosing electives:
1) No more than one at the 100 level.
2) No more than two with the same prefix (i.e. ENGL or HIST or SOCL).
3) At least one in the broad category of Humanities/Arts.
4) At least one in the broad category of Social Sciences.

The Concentration

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The Women’s Studies concentration at SUNY Geneseo focuses on women and gender using multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches. It includes feminist analyses of the construction and enforcement of gender differences and gender inequalities in various contexts, with an emphasis on the intersection of gender with race, class, sexuality, and nationality in the lives of women. Students are encouraged to apply what they learn in Women’s Studies classrooms to other areas of their lives. All students take a core program of Women’s Studies courses plus elective courses offered by other departments that study women and gender issues, using feminist methodologies and pedagogy. Additionally, each student completes a capstone experience individually designed to apply concepts from Women’s Studies to her/his life and career choices. The Women’s Studies Advisory Committee is willing to work closely with students to design feasible, individualized study, especially when students’ study abroad or other academic requirements make it impossible for them to take one of these courses.

Total required hours: 30

Required Courses (15 hours): WMST 100; WMST 201; WMST 210; WMST 220; WMST 395 or WMST 399;

Elective Courses: 15 hours of elective courses from ANTH 224/M, ANTH 243, ARTH 310, ENGL 142, ENGL 237, HIST 200, HIST 203/M, HIST 260, HIST 380, PHIL 204, PHIL 397, PLSC 250, PSYC 236, SOCL 201, SOCL 210,
SOCL 215, SOCL 225, SOCL 381, selected under advisement to meet the following requirements: (a) at least two courses from Humanities and/or Fine Arts; (b) at least two courses from Social Sciences; (c) at least one course dealing primarily with issues of women of color; and (d) no more than three courses with the same prefix (e.g., ENGL). Students who have trouble scheduling any specific course due to requirements of education blocks should see the Women’s Studies Coordinator for a waiver.