Buena Vista University

Gender and Women's Studies

Socially speaking, what does it mean to be a woman? How has what is considered ‘feminine’ changed throughout history? What can be done to address inequality today?

The interdisciplinary women’s studies program explores the construction and representation of gender, race, class, and sexuality through courses in social work, philosophy, literature and theatre. As a student, you’ll also explore the perspectives of women and other traditionally marginalized groups, examining ignored and suppressed contributions to knowledge, history, and culture.

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Courses of study

Minor in Gender and Women’s Studies: 21 credit hours

GWST 110 Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies
15 credit hours of GWST designated courses from 2 different disciplines. (Students may select from the following course list or consult with the GWST coordinator for additional offerings)
GWST 490 Capstone
Note: Contact the coordinator of gender and women’s studies for current list of approved gender and women’s studies courses or check the course enrollment report for current semester.

Offerings may include:

COMM 302 Intercultural Communication
ENGL 215 Measuring Jack’s Beanstalk
ENGL 300 Advanced Composition
ENGL 340 Introduction to Literary Theory
ENGL 395/THEA 395 Plays By and About Women
ENGL 485 Literature By and About Women
GWST 499 Independent Study
PHIL 321 Feminist Theory
PSYC 329 Psychology of Gender
PSYC 429 Stereotypes & Prejudice
RELI 321 Women in Philosophy and Religion
SCWK 100/SOCI 100 Modern Social Problems
SCWK 270/SOCI 270 Family Relationships
SOCI 361/PHIL 361 Racism and Sexism in American Life

We recommend that students complete GWST 110 and GWST 490 at Buena Vista University to obtain a BVU gender and women’s studies minor.

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