Women's Studies Minor
The Women's Studies minor at ASU gives students the opportunity to learn about the contributions and histories of women. Through a broad range of interdisciplinary courses, Women's Studies raises questions about gender in relation to race, class, sexuality and nation. To complete the minor, students must take WMST 1101 + 12 additional hours of coursework, with at least 9 hours of upper-division credit. A grade of 'C' is required in all courses.
Students graduating with a minor in Women's Studies should demonstrate knowledge of the following concepts:
- The socio-cultural and historical construction of gender as a category of experience that intersects with race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality, at both local and global levels.
- The contexts in which gender influences agency and disempowerment and how these contexts pertain to individuals' lives, both historically and in contemporary society.
- The varieties of feminism and feminist activism and how they connect to feminist theory and practice.
Before graduation, a student minoring in Women's Studies will submit a portfolio for review to the Women's Studies Program Committee. The portfolio must contain work from three different disciplines; it may also contain a project undertaken outside of a Women's Studies course. The portfolio will also contain a brief, 2-3 page reflective essay. While graduating minors should have a basic knowledge of all of the learning outcomes, their reflective essay should demonstrate knowledge of the three learning outcomes provided above. The student will also participate in an exit interview.
How do I declare my Women's Studies minor?
It's easy to declare your minor in Women's Studies—and it's important to do so in order that the Women's Studies Program Director is able to keep you up to date about course offerings and advising information.
- Log on to MyASU and select the icon for Elroy. Once you're in Elroy, click on the link to "Personal Information." Choose the link to submit a change of major. When you choose this link, reselect the same options you already have for your major and concentration (you're not changing anything here). The last box that is available is the selection tool for your minor. Choose Women's Studies!
If you've decided to minor or are trying to figure out whether the Women's Studies minor is a good fit for you, contact Dr. Marie Drews (firstname.lastname@example.org), the Women's Studies Program Director—she'll be happy to let you know more about what the Women's Studies Program has to offer.