What are the cultural and legal debates surrounding same-sex marriage? Of sex-segregated facilities? Of reproductive rights? Why is there a gender wage gap, and how does it manifest differently among African American, Latina and white women?
A minor in Gender and Women’s Studies will provide you with the language and tools to understand some of the most pressing issues in the world today involving equality and human rights.
By viewing gender through an interdisciplinary lens (historical, psychological, rhetorical, religious, sociological, literary, artistic and biological), you will understand the ways in which gender identification and representation influence individuals and societies, and you will be able to ask and answer questions using critical analysis and tools centered around race, class, gender and sexuality.
Interning with a community organization committed to gender and/or sexuality equity, you also will have the opportunity to apply classroom theories to real-world situations.

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Dr. Nancy Locklin-Sofer

Professor of History
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Dr. Heather McMahon

Professor of Theatre
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Required Coursesclick or touch to open


The Minor in Gender and Women’s Studies consists of at least 15 credit hours and involves coursework from a variety of fields. Course descriptions can be found in the Course Listings section of this Catalog. Required courses include:

GWS 101: Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies (3 hrs.)
GWS 337: Internship in Gender and Women’s Studies (3 hrs.)
GWS 401: Seminar on Gender and Women’s Studies (3 hrs.)

And at least two additional courses (six additional credit hours) selected from:

ART 311: Survey of 20th Century Art
ENG 181: Women's and Minority Literature
HIS 342: Studies in Pre-Modern History (*When topic is relevant, e.g., medieval love)
PSY 218: Psychology of Adolescence
PSY 228: Human Sexuality
PLS/SOC 328 Global Feminisms
SOC 215: Sociology of Marriage and Family
SOC 315: Social Inequality

With approval of the Gender and Women’s Studies Coordinator and the appropriate academic Division Chair, various May-term courses, special topics courses (designated 149/249/349), or internship courses (designated 337) may satisfy requirements of the minor.

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The Maryville Curriculum, often called the “core” curriculum, consists of 51 credit hours. Some general education requirements are completed by virtue of the student’s major; others may be met by demonstration of competence. Note that some courses meet requirements in more than one domain.

Core Domain
Approved Existing Classes for New Core
First Year Seminar FYS110
Composition & Speech ENG110 & ENG120
Quantitative Literacy MTH110
Second Language Completion of a 120 course in second language (e.g., SPN120, etc.)
Creative Arts (CA) ART102, ART103, ART110, ART121, ART124, ART125, ART126, ART140, MUS140, THT101, THT140,
3 hours credit in any one of the following:
MUSE12, MUSE13, MUSE14, MUSE15, MUSE16, or THT204
Culture and Intercultural Dynamics (CD) WRC370 or an approved study abroad program
PSY249/INT249: International Child Welfare: Switzerland
SUS249/ENV200: In Search of Hygge Through Design and Sustainability in Scandinavia
EXP200: India’s Identities: Religion, Caste, and Gender in Contemporary South India
PSY200: Celtic Connections with Appalachia
Ethical Citizenship in the World (EC) ETH490
Historical Reasoning (HR) ART212, ART311, HIS149, MUS313 or THT316
Literary Studies (LS) ENG160, ENG170, ENG180, ENG181
Mathematical Reasoning (MR) STA120, CSC111, or MTH125
Empirical Study of Person and Society (PS) ECN101, INT201, ECN221, PLS211, PSY101, or SOC101
PSY/INT249: International Child Welfare: Switzerland
Religion, Spirituality and Critical Thought (RS) PHL149, REL130, REL140, REL149, REL162, REL212
Scientific Reasoning
[Students must complete 2 courses: 1 life science (SL) and 1 physical science (SP). One of the 2 courses must include a lab]
(SL) BIO111, BIO112, BIO113, BIO115, BIO149, or BIO/EXS 217, EVS101
(SP) CHM111, CHM121, CHM149, PHY101, PHY149, PHY201
U.S. Pluralism(US) ASL307, EDU412, ENG180, ENG181, GWS101, HIS131, HIS132, HIS305, MUS312, PHR321, PSY228, PSY/NSC248, PSY334, SOC101 (If taken at MC only), SOC222, SOC271, SOC315 or one of the following courses:

EXP200: Sounds of Appalachia
HIS149: Latin Americans in the United States
HIS149: The American Civil War, Emancipation and Reconstruction
HIS149: American Social History through Cookbooks
HIS149: Long 1960s in America
HIS149: New York City Immigration: A Cultural History
PSY249/PLS249/SOC249: Diversity in the U.S.: Borders, Fences, and Walls
PSY249: Diversity in America: San Francisco Case Study
PSY249: Psychology of African American Relationships in the U.S.
REL149: American Christianities
REL211: The American Religious Experience (The Past, Present, and Future of Evangelicalism in America)
SOC149: The Road to Justice
THT 249: African American Theater