The Women and Gender Studies Program at Clarion University is an interdisciplinary community where you can gain an understanding of gender issues across cultures. Our values include respect for diversity, open-mindedness, and self-exploration. We strive to cultivate supportive relationships between you and faculty, and inspire you to make connections between personal experience and intellectual development, and to take action for social justice. Our programs enhance your preparation no matter what your major and we prepare you to be an involved, informed and empowered citizen.
Women and Gender Studies courses in humanities, education, business and social sciences promote peer interaction, knowledge application and contribution to societal change. By studying knowledge about women and gender that in the past has been omitted, distorted, or minimized in the university curriculum, you learn to think critically and creatively. Outstanding professors from across campus teach students to think locally and globally about the intersections of sex and gender with race, ethnicity, sexuality, class, ability, religion, age and nationality.
With a minor or concentration in Women and Gender Studies, you develop problem-solving and cross-cultural communication skills that are highly sought by employers. This background is also important if you seek to work in the public and private sectors where women and girls or men and boys make up the majority of the customer base or clientele.
WOMEN and GENDER STUDIES MINOR – 18 credits
To earn a minor in women’s studies, the student must complete 18 credits of women and gender studies courses, including WGS 100: Survey of Women Studies; WGS 490: Seminar in Women Studies; and at least six other credits at the 300-400 level. Twelve credits are to be selected from ANTH 216, 315; ART216; ED/WGS 406; ENG 265, 365; GEOG 315; HIST 230; HPE 370; PHIL 357; PSY 220, 340, 390; CMST 281, 320, 362; SOC311, 352, 452; WGS 200, 300, 311, 490.
WOMEN and GENDER STUDIES CONCENTRATION – 72 credits
Students enrolled in the Liberal Studies degree program may earn a concentration in Women and Gender Studies by completing 21 credits of women and gender studies courses, including WGS 100: Survey of Women and Gender Studies; and at least 12 other credits at the 300-400 level. Eighteen credits are to be selected from ANTH 216, 315; ART 216; ED/WGS 406; ENG 265, 365; GEOG 315; HIST 230; HPE 370; PHIL 357; PSY 220, 340, 390; CMST 281, 320; SOC 311, 352, 362, 452; WGS 200, 300, 311, 425.